NEURO AFFECTIVE RELATIONAL MODEL™ (NARM™)
Connection: Our Deepest Desire & Greatest Fear:
The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM™) is the work of Dr. Laurence Heller, co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. NARM™ addresses relational and attachment trauma by working with early, unconscious patterns of disconnection that deeply affects our identity, emotions, physiology and behavior.
NARM™ is a developmentally-oriented, neuroscientifically-informed mindfulness-based model. Both a psychodynamic and body centered approach, NARM™ works simultaneously with identity distortions and nervous system dysregulation, and how each reinforces the other. It works with the link between psychological issues and the body, integrating shock trauma skills into a coherent approach for working with developmental trauma. Working relationally in the present moment, the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ draws on psychodynamic models such as attachment and object relations theory, elements of Somatic Experiencing®, and a non-western orientation to the nature of identity. Learning how to work simultaneously with these elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing developmental trauma.
who we truly are beneath these patterned ways of relating to ourselves and the world
Grounded in mindfulness and contemplative spiritual practices