Trainings with Amy Sullivan

Amy is known to be a warm, inviting and humorous presenter who can make the information being presented easily understood and quickly put into practice. Since the late 1980’s, Amy has provided training to a variety of audiences, from teens to older adults, on subjects ranging from the Polyvagal Theory, communication skills, and understanding human behavior to employability skills and alcohol and other drug abuse prevention. Amy has studied and uses the Polyvagal Theory extensively in her work and personal life. She considers this to be a specialty for her. Participants in Amy’s trainings report an ease of learning even challenging topics due to Amy’s conversational tone, insight and use of interactive practices within the trainings.


Trainings offered by Amy Sullivan, LPCC

Rooted Compassion offers a range of presentations for counselors, businesses, schools, and community agencies. Some of our offerings and listed here:

  • The Polyvagal Theory in Counseling

  • The Polyvagal Map

  • Exploring the Essence of Adolescence

  • Simple Ways to Apply Neurobiology in Classrooms

  • Understanding Another’s Emotional Response and Responding with Ease

  • Difficult People At Work: When You Think It Is Them and They Think It Is You

  • SoulCollage for Self-Care: Using Collage to Ease Emotions

  • Regulate for a New Direction: Helping Through Transitions

Trainings can be scheduled by calling or emailing Amy 513-546-0342 or


Using the Polyvagal Theory in Counseling

Understanding how our nervous system and the vagus nerve impact our lives is central in helping others process their experiences. The one objective of this training is to provide detailed information to help clinicians understand the nervous systems impact on individuals from a bio-social-emotional standpoint. In addition, clinicians will be given specific tools to work immediately with clients in helping them identify their reactions and feelings as they navigate their experiences.This training will help therapists understand more deeply how clients experience a sense of felt safety, offer processes to create safety and comprehend some of the biology of emotions.

Understanding the Polyvagal Theory

Porges (2015) states that feeling safe is the preamble to attachment. Neuroception is the unconscious assessment of risk/danger or safety in the environment and with people (Porges, 2004). It occurs in a primitive part of the human brain, the brainstem, without conscious awareness. From this determination, the neurological system indicates to the body if behaviors of social engagement are to be activated, or if the body should move into a fight, flight, or freeze state of being (Porges, 2004).