Training with Amy

What you can expect

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.

Mary Vicario

Mary Vicario, LPCC-S

Finding Hope Consulting, LLC

The brilliance of Amy Sullivan is her ability to put strengths alongside challenges.  Her presentation of the Polyvagal Theory allows us to see how our vagus nerve does so much more than just respond to fear.  Amy shows us how it also supports regulation and resilience.  Passionately and creatively, she helps us identify ways to engage our vagus nerve for our growth instead of working to only contain its fear response.  She helps us identify, celebrate and strengthen our higher selves based on the power of our own biology.

 Amy’s creativity inspires, enriches and invites those she serves to find new and unexpected ways to discover and engage their hidden gifts and resilience.   

Amy is a lifelong learner who synthesizes and expands on what she learns to find new and creative ways to help us explore the strengths within our survival skills. 

Mary Vicario

Mary Vicario, LPCC-S

Finding Hope Consulting, LLC

Trainings offered by Amy Sullivan, LPCC

Trainings can be scheduled by calling or emailing Amy.

The Polyvagal Theory in Counseling

The Polyvagal Map

A Bubble Bath and Glass of Wine Ain’t All That: Real Self-Care

The Power and Practice of the Pause

Exploring the Essence of Adolescence

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

Let’s Get Started with Training and Consultation!

Rooted Compassion Counseling and Consulting, LLC Is available to train and consult with public and private businesses, agencies and organizations, and schools about trauma, the causes and effects, and ways to build resiliency and practices that honor and support those who have experienced trauma.  Rooted Compassion will work with you to create new practices and trainings, as needed, to support your goals and work mission.

Current & Past Training Locations include:

  • American Counseling Association National Conference

  • Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio

  • Bethesda North Hospital

  • Butler County Juvenile Detention Center

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

  • Community Action Agency

  • Envision

  • Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

  • High Schools That Work

  • Mental Health Recovery Services, Wayne and Clinton Counties

  • Northern Kentucky University

  • Tristate Trauma Network

  • Union Institute and University

Rooted Compassion will continue to work with you to help implement what was learned through trainings, so you will realize your goals.

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).