Healing Developmental Trauma

  • by Laurence Heller, Aline Lapierre
  • Narrated by Tom Perkins
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Sally

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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- DeCatalyst

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio