The Biology of Connection and Success. Fear and stress are part of the human experience, and our body’s response to those things is deeply rooted in our survival instinct. Although necessary, this system can get in the way of living a life full of possibility and choice. The BOCAS Method is a way of understanding this biological response and mastering it, opening up the possibility of connection and empowering us towards success.

The thread of Nancy Rubbico’s experiences has led her to a deep understanding of the nervous system and how it impacts human behavior. As a licensed psychotherapist, she’s seen first-hand what being trapped in a fear-response loop can do. As an international consultant and trainer, she’s worked with individuals and organizations all over the world to help them understand the relationship between their nervous systems and their behaviors, empowering them to make real change.

Nancy D. Rubbico, LMHC
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We are all guided by the complexities of our nervous systems. During Nancy’s work as a psychotherapist, she helped her clients understand Polyvagal Theory, enabling clients to change their behaviors, emotions, and how they experience life. While working as a consultant, trainer, and workshop leader, she quickly realized that this theory could be a powerful tool for everyone.  She began to develop a method of applying Polyvagal Theory in meaningful ways to everyday life.

Nancy developed the BOCAS Method as a framework for understanding, identifying, and adapting the biological impact of the nervous system on behavior. She drew on her experiences of working across sectors and fields to adapt Polyvagal theory to the real world. Using her knowledge as a trainer for the Polyvagal Institute, her training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP (Attachment Theory), and Yoga, she built the Bocas Method as a cross-discipline practice that can be applied to a variety of situations. The richness of these varied experiences has led Nancy to understand that many people want the tools to move beyond feeling stuck, to access the possible, to access clarity, to have choice, and to walk through life with a sense of ease.   

She’s also drawn on her life experiences as a mother, a wife, and a chaos organizer of two dogs, to build the Bocas Method as a robust framework that considers the complexities of the human existence.

Humans are hard-wired to operate with survival in mind. In the modern world, survival looks a lot different than it did for our ancestors. As a species, we’ve traded the threat of the literal jungle to our everyday living, whether it is at work or in our personal life. The tools that have been baked into our biology can create roadblocks to feeling heard, having clarity, and knowing there is choice. So how do we empower ourselves and those we interact with to overcome an unfounded alarm response? How do we break down the barriers that prevent true connection and success?

The Bocas Method is a framework to not only understand the connection between the nervous system and human behavior, but also to create a game plan to action on that understanding. It breaks down the complexities of this system and helps those who follow the Bocas Method to take that comprehension from theory to practical application.

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