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 ModelTM (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.
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©2012 Laurence Heller, PhD, and Aline LaPierre, PsyD (P)2015 Tantor
"Healing Developmental Trauma presents a comprehensive exploration of our deepest human urge." (Peter A Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
"A must for therapists!"
Very good explanations and examples of characteristics of attachment failures. A must listen for therapists.
"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.
"growing beyond SE"
this book is a step beyond se. It enabled me to grow as a therapist.
"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.
"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.
"I found this incredibly insightful and descriptive"
I particularly value the diverse information about the nervous system and related biology. Thank you.
"written like a textbook. read with no personality"
awful book to turn into an audiobook. huge waste of money. You can't even tell when the guy is reading headers or charts or what the heck is going on. it's word salad.
Not a great listen... The narrator was good, but this is more like a textbook than an enjoyable story. We enjoy authors like Brené Brown and Pema Chodran because they make their reearch into stories. This book is clinical and factual, but not very interesting. If you are a researcher, you may enjoy (and need) this very much… lay people, not so much
"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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