Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM), a specialised psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma. NARM is a method of psychotherapy specifically aimed at treating attachment, relational and developmental trauma, otherwise referred to as “complex trauma” (Complex-PTSD or C-PTSD).
NARM focuses on the adaptive survival strategies that people use to cope with trauma. As the link for understanding the symptoms that people experience in the aftermath of traumas such as neglect, abuse, and chronic-misattunement. This approach has proven to be very effective and transformational. This developmentally-oriented, attachment-based, neuroscientifically-informed model draws from psychotherapeutic orientations including Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory, as well as a long tradition of somatic psychotherapy approaches.