NARM Advanced

Dr. Larry Heller

Larry Heller







In this Advanced NARM training we will be exploring the primitive edge of experience in ourselves and how that applies to working with our most difficult clients: those struggling with early and complex trauma as well as those with personality disorders.

We will be exploring the basis of what we take to be our identity.  We will focus on the distortions of the early identifications and object relations as well as the related somatic correlates of  those distorted identifications and object relations.

Early trauma is coped with by the deepest distortions of those early object relations the results of which are challenging psychological as well as physiological symptoms that for many people create life-long suffering.  We will be using the NARM techniques we already know but expanding that knowledge using significant new NARM based understanding and interventions.

Acceptance as a powerful solvent
We will be present Acceptance (nothing to do with resignation) of all parts of our selves as a powerful solvent for the self rejection, self judgment and even self hatred we experience in ourselves that develops as we and our clients have attempted to come to terms with early trauma. Clinically we will continue to cultivate our clinical skills for working with the challenges of working these kinds of early trauma. I will be going deeper into non-Western approaches where we cultivate a deep, and quiet place within ourselves.  From this quiet vantage point working with all of our shame and pride based identifications is  much less challenging.  The distortions themselves become much clearer  from this place.

Using somatically based inquiry
We will expand our understanding of somatically based inquiry and the advantages of working with even the most early and profound trauma using somatically based inquiry. This deeper level of work is the ripe fruit of the NARM approach and I am excited to be sharing it with you all.  Only individuals who have completed the NARM 2 year training will be considered.

Working resource oriented
The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) brings the current understanding of selfregulation into clinical practice. This resource-oriented, non-regressive model emphasizes helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are organized, coherent and functional. It helps bring into awareness and organization the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional without making the regressed, dysfunctional elements the primary theme of the therapy.

A Fundamental Shift
Whereas much of psychodynamic psychotherapy has been oriented toward identifying pathology and focusing on problems, NARM is a model for therapy and growth that emphasizes working with strengths as well as with symptoms. It orients towards resources, both internal and external, in order to support the development of an increased capacity for self regulation. At the heart of what may seem like a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, most psychological and many of physiological problems can be traced to a disturbance in one or more of the five organizing developmental themes related to the survival styles. Initially, survival styles are adaptive, representing success, not pathology. However, because the brain uses the past to predict the future, these survival patterns remain fixed in our nervous system and create an adaptive but false identity. It is the persistence of survival styles appropriate to the past that distorts present experience and creates symptoms. These survival patterns, having outlived their usefulness, create ongoing disconnection from our authentic self and from others. In NARM the focus is less on why a person is the way they are and more on how their survival style distorts what they are experiencing in the present moment. Understanding how patterns began can be helpful to the client but is primarily useful to the degree that these patterns have become survival styles that influence present experience.

Bottom-Up and Top-Down
There are continual loops of information going in both directions from the body to the brain and from the brain to the body. There are similar loops within the lower and higher structures of the brain, that is between the brain stem, limbic system, and cortex. NARM uses both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Top-down approaches emphasize cognitions and emotions as the primary focus. Bottom-up approaches, on the other hand, focus on the body, the felt sense and the instinctive responses as they are mediated through the brain stem toward higher levels of brain organization. Using both bottom-up and top-down orientations greatly expands therapeutic options. The spontaneous movement in all of us is toward connection and health. No matter how withdrawn and isolating we have become, or how serious the trauma we have experienced, on the deepest level, just as a plant spontaneously moves towards the sun, there is in each of us an impulse moving toward connection. This organismic impulse is the fuel of The NeuroAffective Relational Model™.

Larry Heller and Aline Lapierre published the book Healing Developmental Trauma, about the NARM method. More information:

Practical Target group
Professionals who completed the 2-year NARM training.

10 days in 2 modules of 5 days each. 4 Individual sessions and 6 supervision sessions are obligatory. See Study record document for further conditions for certification.

May 6-10 and October 9-13 2019

Will be announced later.

Will be announced later.

Tel. +31-(0)10-4667625