NARM Training Testimonials

Laurence Heller’s NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is among the very best trainings I have encountered. I was first drawn to the training after reading Dr. Heller’s book, Healing Developmental Trauma, which I found to be exceptionally clear, coherent, and accessible. This training is consistent with this standard. NARM is both an integrative and comprehensive approach. Drawing on somatics, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma treatment, psychodynamics, and character development, the material is presented in a way that is digestible and immediately applicable in clinical practice. I found it particularly useful that NARM is presented as a set of principles, rather than a set of protocols to be memorized.  This empowers students to trust their own creativity and clinical intuition while significantly expanding their conceptual framework and skills.  Perhaps most valuable (and moving) to me is the deep respect NARM has for clients’ own capacity to heal, which is inherent in the model. This training has contributed enormously to my personal and professional development.

~ Jamal Granick, Ph.D., LMFT, Albany and Palo Alto, California

I bless the day I discovered NARM. As a LMFT I would say about 100% of my clients are troubled with the lasting legacy of developmental trauma. NARM has given me tools and techniques to do my part to help clients find some relief from their suffering. But, more importantly it has given me a lens through which to understand developmental trauma, which is to say, to understand the human condition in a much deeper way. Most importantly, it has helped me to heal from my own developmental trauma so that I can be much more present with my clients and not triggered or projecting my own unfinished business on them. I can’t imagine doing therapy without the wisdom I received as a NARM student.

~ Neal Winblad, LMFT, Certified NARM Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Pleasanton, California

I have been searching for a model that could address the limitations that we carry from childhood.  I believe to have found this in NARM.  The quality of the NARM training is above and beyond all the other bodywork/therapy trainings I’ve attended in 25 years of study.  The teaching style is clear and informative, which bring academic rigor and depth to this model of attachment and relational trauma. The NARM material has allowed me, in just over a year’s time, to assist clients in deeply connecting to their own life’s expression, a sense of agency and meaningful action. The fact that NARM explicitly addresses our earliest formation of identity around connection and who we see ourselves to be in the world has also assisted clients who have appreciated somatic work but were looking for a way to cognitively address their struggles with self and with relationship. The training presents the material in modules that support the students in self-exploration as well as practicing the principles and arc of the material in session.  In both personal sessions and classroom practices I was able to re-examine parts of my own early strategies and have gained significant insight into my motivations and behavior as a therapist.  Coming from a background in body therapy, this had not been available to me in a classroom setting.  I am grateful for the inclusion of the material in this training as well as the gentle way it unfolded.

~ Ellen Byrne, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Therapeutic Touch, Los Gatos and Palo Alto, California

Attending the NARM training was one of the best personal and professional decisions I have ever made.  In my opinion NARM provides the missing piece for the trauma practitioner’s toolbox, enabling us to skillfully support people in navigating the complexities of developmental trauma by marrying the cognitive and the somatic and thereby acknowledging each client as a whole, fully empowered adult. I find myself enjoying my work in private practice more than ever as I witness my clients come alive while they deconstruct lifelong patterns which recede into the past as they experience a new level of presence and agency in the here and now.

~ Suzie Gruber, MA, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Sebastopol, CA

I joined the NARM training after hearing rave reviews from colleagues who were in the NARM class ahead of me.  I am hugely grateful I did. NARM is the missing piece I needed to help clients liberate themselves from the aftereffects of childhood trauma. An elegant, yet flexible, framework, NARM lets us meet clients in their embodied adult consciousness in the present moment and help them gently explore and resolve the core developmental dilemmas that have kept them profoundly stuck, for years and even decades. The results can be quite powerful and moving. My clients are more engaged, curious and willing to take steps needed to facilitate their own healing and well-being.  NARM has also helped me heal my own childhood trauma at a deeper level so I can provide a more skillful and compassionate secure base for my clients as they work through very difficult material.

~ Barbara Stafford, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Santa Rosa, CA

I have been in the trauma field forever.  And I consider myself a training junky, going to all the major trauma trainings: In the early days I started with Hypnotherapy and EMDR, and then moved into other trainings like Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Post Induction Therapy, and more recently Trauma Sensitive Yoga.  When I was first introduced to NARM in the book Healing Developmental Trauma I thought to myself, not another training!  But I decided to do it – and it has completely changed my work.  NARM was the model I had been searching for all these years.  I could write on and on about my love for this work but I’ll just say to anyone who is considering whether they need to take yet another trauma training, my answer is YES, and NARM is the one to take. 

~ Anonymous feedback form in a NARM Training

This NARM process is so powerful.  Having this NARM process allows me to continue to work after 40 years when almost all my peers have burned-out or retired.  Even though I am nearing the end of my career and definitely wish I had these tools 30 years ago, my clients continue to benefit greatly from my learning.  They will even tell you that they love for me to go to trainings and how what I am able to offer is so different than what they have ever experienced in treatment before.  Even unsophisticated clients who know nothing about NARM, love the process and love to come back “to see what else emerges” from the process.  Most come in and indicate that change is “going to take a long time”.  They are mystified by how quickly a shift can occur and how permanent it tends to be. I usually consider myself to have great appreciation for the healing process, holding sacred space, and people’s ability to blossom when they get their needs addressed, but these shifts [with NARM] blew me away.  A good part of traditional counseling methods would have given up on some of my clients, labeled them with more diagnoses, and had them heavily medicated. I look forward to seeing what can become possible as people tap into their own inner strengths and processes.  It is so affirming at so many levels it is even hard to put into words.

 ~ Karen T, Student in NARM Training