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Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship

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Although it may seem that humans suffer from an endless number of emotional problems and challenges, Healing Developmental Trauma presents a model for psychotherapy and growth showing that most emotional difficulties can be traced back to the compromised development of one or more five core capacities. These five core capacities are associated with biologically based core ...more
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Published September 25th 2012 by North Atlantic Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 20, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
Draws together all major lines of theory, research - accurately so IMO.

Their approach views developmental trauma as leading to five main adaptive/organizing styles, depending on age when trauma began relating to connection, attunement, trust, autonomy, and love-sexuality. Most of the book addresses how to deal with connection difficulties, but arguably all are intertwined.

A couple of chapters give case studies of how therapy may proceed from this model. It is a somatic approach - and is similar
Nov 24, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book really illuminates the trauma experienced in childhood when primary caregivers are unable to provide healthy attachment experiences with their children either because they suffer from addiction, mental illness, or have not worked through their own attachment trauma. Heller really puts some amazing pieces together to form a whole picture of how adaptations to early attachment trauma create patterns of behavior that carry into adulthood. The science behind the physiological responses to ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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This book is a blueprint into our subconsciousness. It explains why all of us at times act in a very irrational way, why we can't quite control it, why we deny that fact and why we can also be resistant to seeking out or receiving the help we need.

The authors present the subject matter in a very non-judgmental and non pathological way; they use cause and effect approach. They also don't just present a problem, they present a healing approach that is holistic as it draws upon many different psych
Steve Woods
Nov 06, 2015 Steve Woods rated it it was amazing
A really useful book for anyone dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, or even the consequences of later "shock" trauma. With a small grounding in these techniques some decades ago, I have by instinct worked out ways to process much of the traumatic experiences that have been so much part of my life, both childhood abuse and combat related ptsd. This book just formalized my own approach and provided reinforcement of my internal sense of conviction that this is the way forward and of my se ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Lawrence Heller and Aline Lapierre deliver a brilliant synthesis of developmental psychology, psychoanalytic theory and the work of Peter Levine (Somatic Experienceing). Heller and Lapierre bring together "top down" and "bottom up" approaches to understanding and intervening in with challenges of developmental trauma and nervous system disregulation which are critical in understanding emotional wellbeing.

This book extremely well written and easy to digest despite the complexity that is addressed
Heiki Eesmaa
Aug 29, 2015 Heiki Eesmaa rated it it was amazing
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A superb synthesis of body-centered approaches, bonding theory, neuroscience, trauma theory and ... more. It feels fresh, wise, and original. Great case examples, including commented session scripts. Very interesting work with gaze is described.
Candace Wegner
Apr 20, 2013 Candace Wegner rated it really liked it
A bit difficult to get into but well worth the read. Excellent reference for those who work with hurting people.
Sergey Bir
Aug 13, 2015 Sergey Bir rated it it was amazing
the most important book i've read
Kathleen McKee
Dec 01, 2016 Kathleen McKee rated it it was amazing
Dense but very important work about how to work with people who have suffered subtle to intense neglect in early childhood, how that affects us know, and the nuances of therapy that are important to keep in mind with different kinds if attachment issues that each person may have experienced.
Nov 04, 2016 Marsmannix rated it liked it
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Lawrence Heller outlines a new model of developmental trauma, called NARM. This is not a lay person's book, unless you are smarter than average. Good information
Maria Menozzi
Sep 11, 2016 Maria Menozzi rated it it was amazing
Far from a dry read of psychological theory, this book gives a concise, non-pathologizing process for healing developmental trauma, e.g. childhood abuse. This process, known as NARM, the Neuro Affective Relational Model, focuses on how trauma affects our ability to have safe, productive, constructive relational experiences with self and others and the dire effects that has on our ability to function daily and find meaning and purpose in life. There are five "survival styles" depicted and delinea ...more
Jun 27, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
If I were just reviewing the second half of this book I would give it four stars. The clinical vignettes, interventions, and approach to psychotherapy are illuminating, exciting, and immediately applicable. The focus on the body, integrating experience, and facilitating self-regulation are excellent clinical interventions that are described systematically and coherently. I am considering the multi-year training course because I can easily see how these methods could be of valuable use in clinica ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it
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Perhaps this is really a 4-star book but when compared to Bessel van der Kolk's "The Body Keeps the Score", this book felt like a distant second place. The 5 subtypes of developmental trauma in the beginning of the book were interesting but overly-generalized without enough room to contain variants and amalgamations which clearly exist. Only 1 of the 5 subtypes was explored in depth, the "Connection" subtype, which was a big disappointment. Based on the level of self-promotion and trademarked te ...more
Tom Britz
Dec 12, 2015 Tom Britz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written for the professional therapists. It is one long commercial for a certain type of treatment, called "NARM", NeuroAffective Relational Model. It was a long and involved read and I needed to look up a few words. It didn't really help me understand Complex PTSD anymore than I had.
Izabela Dziugieł
Apr 11, 2016 Izabela Dziugieł rated it it was amazing
Dense, well-edited summary of a practical approach to early trauma. One of the very few theories that make a distinction between traumatic event and a traumatic eg.neglect. Perfect for practitioners to see certain struggles of clients in a different light. Need more!
Ceylan Crow
Jun 24, 2016 Ceylan Crow rated it it was amazing
Very well written, backed by research. Even though meant for therapists very accessible. Plan to read through again to absorb and really incorporate into daily life more of the content and suggestions.
Jan 20, 2016 April rated it it was ok
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I did not finish it.

Seems to take brain research and attach new less technical terminology to it.

I think there are probably some interesting treatment methods suggested toward the end but I gave up.
Brandy Vanderheiden
Jun 08, 2015 Brandy Vanderheiden rated it it was amazing
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Really helpful book for understanding the physiological aspects of trauma and the survival strategies we came up with to get through difficult times.
Jul 29, 2015 Lexy rated it liked it
Whilst this book contained some very interesting information, some chapters were really difficult to get through, especially in terms of repetition and writing style.
Jan 21, 2016 Joy added it
So interesting, really encapsulates "types" of people and how they formed that way from trauma and neglect.
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