I read Laurence Heller's Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship last year and found it helpful in understanding the challenges of self-regulation for survivors of early childhood trauma.
About the book
Witten for those working to heal developmental trauma and seeking new tools for self-awareness and growth, this book focuses on conflicts surrounding the capacity for connection. Explaining that an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others and the ensuing diminished aliveness are the hidden dimensions that underlie most psychological and many physiological problems, clinicians Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre introduce the NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM), a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma that, while not ignoring a person’s past, 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.I enjoyed this conversation and thought you might, too.
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Posted on December 19, 2013
Laurence Heller, Ph.D. is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™). He is the co-author of Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Automobile Accident Trauma with Diane Poole Heller published in multiple languages and the recent book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. This recent book written with Aline LaPierre, Psy.D. has also been published in multiple languages.
He was the founder of the Gestalt Institute of Denver, is a Senior Faculty member of the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute and has been a clinician for over 30 years. He teaches all over the world and regularly in many countries in Europe.
NARM™ is a neuroscientifically informed, somatically oriented, and psychodynamically informed approach for working with developmental trauma and works both top-down and bottom-up. He is currently teaching NARM™ in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
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