Sounds True Presents

Take Back Your Nervous System

Transforming Our Five Defensive States

A FREE 5-video series with Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein for those interested in self-regulation and embodying a healing presence.

A FREE 5-Video Series

Practical ways to calm yourself and others throughout each of our five defensive states

Video #1: Fight

Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself or others becoming more aggressive to a perceived threat than is called for. In Video #1 Jeffrey explains why our bodies react this way and outlines simple ways to offset it.

Video #2: Flight

Why does your body sound the alarm to flee what it perceives as a stressful situation? And how can we practice self-regulating when this reactive state has been misinterpreted? Video #2 has answers.

Video #3: Freeze

Have you ever frozen up in the face of what should otherwise be a nonthreatening situation? It can be confusing to say the least. Video #3 addresses what we can do to begin the path to self-regulation.

Video #4: Attach

The most misunderstood reactive state is that of attachment: forming unhealthy bonds after perceived situations of stress. Video #4 outlines how to recognize this state and self-regulate during and afterwards.

Video #5: Submit

It’s all too common to appease others when faced with what your body sees as a threat—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Video #5 provides real-world solutions for self-regulating when you feel the urge to give in.

About Your Teacher

Jeffrey Rutstein, PsyD, CHT

Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein is a clinical psychologist, an expert in the treatment of trauma, a certified Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic psychotherapist, and a meditation teacher who has been in private practice for over 35 years. He has practiced meditation for over 50 years. He has devoted his professional life to helping people reduce their suffering and struggle while empowering them to claim their strengths, their talents, and their unique abilities to live a more fulfilling and rich life.

I found his insightful and in-depth explorations with the presenters so engaging. I gained new depths and understandings from the work of even those whom I have studied and have heard speak before. Bravo, Jeffrey!

Healing Trauma Summit Attendee

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Can I participate in an Inquiry discussion group?

The Diamond Approach is offering live, online Inquiry groups to accompany this course at a discounted rate — $100 for eight, 90-minute sessions, where you’ll take turns with other students working one-on-one with an expert teacher. This is completely optional and available after purchasing Presence.


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