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Explaining that an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others underlies most psychological and many physiological problems, clinicians Laurence Heller, PhD, and Aline LaPierre, PsyD, introduce the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM), a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma that emphasizes working in the present moment. NARM is a somatically based psychotherapy that helps bring into awareness the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional, without making the regressed, dysfunctional elements the primary theme of the therapy. It emphasizes a person's strengths, capacities, resources, and resiliency, and is a powerful tool for working with both nervous system regulation and distortions of identity such as low self-esteem, shame, and chronic self-judgment.

©2012 Laurence Heller, PhD, and Aline LaPierre, PsyD (P)2015 Tantor

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"Healing Developmental Trauma presents a comprehensive exploration of our deepest human urge." (Peter A Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice)

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very good

super helpful, feel like I went to a great training. great therapeutic tools, really great framework...working with what is, remaining present in here and now, focusing on pacing, honoring defense strategies and reflecting positive changes encouraging more of what we want to see

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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This book is not just regurgitation of popular self help pop psychology

This book is very helpful for anyone wanting to understand and change maladaptive thoughts and behavior caused by developmental trauma. I have read hundreds of healing books over the past 20 years and this one is unique. I highly recommend it.

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A must for therapists!

Very good explanations and examples of characteristics of attachment failures. A must listen for therapists.

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Good detailed material

Most useful for someone interested in or using NARM Therapy in their practice. More theoretical in some places explaining the therapeutic process than I could easily follow and grasp without a broader understanding of the categories and types presented. Some real jewels about physiology and physical effects of developmental trauma on the body and person. Good but requires work.

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I found this incredibly insightful and descriptive

I particularly value the diverse information about the nervous system and related biology. Thank you.

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growing beyond SE

this book is a step beyond se. It enabled me to grow as a therapist.

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Excellent insight into the self-conscious and damaged individuals

This audiobook was an enlightening experience into unexplainable behavioral patterns affecting all areas of my life.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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In a world of constant transformation, this book is the key to survival.

This book is an instrumental to assist anyone who needs helps understanding the effects of traumatic experiences.

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Healing Developmental Trauma

Excellent source of understanding of where and how much of today's level of consciousness has come into being and the impact on self and others comes into play. It is of little wonder the planet is in need of healing, growing and awakening..

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healing developmental trauma

What made the experience of listening to Healing Developmental Trauma the most enjoyable?

not as easy read or audio. worth the effort.

Who was your favorite character and why?

none

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none

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh and cry of relief.

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it is a must have.

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  • Sally
  • 01-16-17

Excellent, challenging, engaging.

This challenged my perception of my experiences in therapy. I have always had a dreadful experience even when fully connected and feeling secure with the psychotherapist. The NARM approach says this is because it is 're-traumatizing'; in traditional therapy models I have been told this is necessary in order to get better. NARM goes against that model and creates an effective recovery program for those that are open minded. It would probably suit someone with a background in meditation/prayer/spirituality; but it is not necessary, nor does it require you to have a belief system. I have found listening to this book (which would be different to attending therapy), retraumatising however, so if you are in the throngs of PTSD behavior be mindful that this introduction to NARM may not be for you. Why do I feel this? Because he describes types of adaptive behaviours that are based on childhood neglect. This is mainly intended for therapists. Can be a little convoluted with psychological terms at times because of this, so you just need perseverance if you're not familiar with the specific terminologies, etc. I personally thought it was OK.

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  • DeCatalyst
  • 11-05-16

Useful and informative, but heavy going at times.

I found the developmental information very helpful and informative, in terms of thinking about how attachment styles develop and how people develop their presentation, communication and coping styles.
I especially found it interesting and enlightening to learn about addressing trauma not only from the cognitive but also in the body and the nervous system, where the "bottom up" is addressed and not just "top down".
However, it was heavy going a lot of the time and the narration felt monotonous and not very engaging.
It took a lot of discipline to listen to, and probably a lot of drifting off occurred.
I think this audiobook is probably more useful to academics who have a specific interest in this area, maybe from a clinical practice or medical perspective.
I'm not sure whether it suits those who are just looking for accessible information about trauma in general and how to/they can address it.

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  • Zoe
  • 07-08-15

Applicable

Thorough and available information, the study and cases are in type. Work that was well referenced and suitably aimed at higher educated readers but not restricted to professions in psychology.

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  • Cat
  • 09-27-16

Resonated deeply, poignant find

What a relief to find this book. For years I've put together scraps of it and finally this puts it all together and explains it all, taking it seriously and validating everything I have already figured out. Definitely going down as one of my most poignant finds!

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  • Brian Mc
  • 05-17-17

Gestalt therapy in disguise?

This IS a good book. It deals well with developmental trauma. Very good examples of therapeutic interactions. Great descriptions of many concepts.
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While the writers have promoted this as NARM therapy it reads to me as a rewrite of Gestalt therapy. Many gestalt concepts have been 'harvested' and presented as NARM concepts; metaphorically the Gestalt 'car' has been stolen, then resprayed and given new licence plates!
Sadly, when the writers very briefly describe other therapies they completely misrepresent Gestalt Therapy describing it as an approach that is about catharsis. Revisit the brilliant theory and highly effective practises of Gestalt Therapy you carjackers!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-17

Thought provoking

Interesting approach which brings together humanistic skills such as empathy and intuition with biological knowledge of brain development and function, along with up to date knowledge of attachment and trauma. My only complaint is the rather prescriptive and presumptive links between psychological stress and particular illnesses which to my mind need a firmer evidence base

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  • Belinda Bucknell
  • 10-07-17

A PROFOUND BOOK!

This book resonated on so many levels, both professionally and personally. It is an extremely useful and valuable body of work.

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