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NARM Therapy

NeuroAffective Relational Model Therapy

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What is NARM Therapy?

NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) Therapy is a depth psychology and trauma-informed therapy model that supports posttraumatic growth through cognitive (mind) and somatic (body) awareness of adaptations from trauma, and interventions that support agency over these adaptations in real or present time. These once life saving adaptations may now psychologically and physiologically get in the way of what we most want for ourselves in our daily lives that bring us improved health and wellness. This drive to not only survive, but grow from trauma and adversity is what makes us human, and what brings many into therapy after a crisis, mental health episode, and years of suffering or feeling stuck. Although NARM therapy is not a skills focused model as it emphasizes experiential learning within a therapy session, NARM does provide language and terms adapted from psychoanalysis to support the client's and therapist's understanding of the experiences within a session. You can learn more from my interpretations of NARM through my training and application with clients through the years. To directly learn from NARM creators and faculty, you can refer to Healing Developmental Trauma by Laurence Heller and Aline Lapierre and The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma by Brad Kammer and Laurence Heller, and licensed therapists and mental health adjacent professionals, can access trainings through the NARM Training Institute or The Complex Trauma Training Center.

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