Dr. Heller, founded the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma. He holds a Ph.D in psychology and was in private practice for 30 years.
The NARM Model™ is presented in the best-selling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, which is currently published in more than 15 languages.
His new book, The Practical Guide for Healing Development Trauma: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolve Complex Trauma, presents the clinical model. He is also the co-author of Crash Course, a book on shock trauma: He speaks several languages fluently and, for the past 30 years, has been conducting seminars in the NARM™ approach throughout the United States and Europe. He and his teachers present NARM worldwide. Dr. Heller, aloing with Grata Clinical Director James McNinch, LCSW, has most recently incorporated NARM into the latest model of evidence-based addiction treatment, the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Addiction (NARMA™). He is also currently working on a research team left by Dr. Christina Bethell, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and others to bring a trauma-informed understanding to Pediatricians and General Practitioners throughout the U.S. Their first article for this project was published in 2021: Social and Relational Health Risks and Common Mental Health Problems Among U.S. Children Published by Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America co-authored with Christina D. Bethell, Ph.D, MDA, MPH (lead) Andrew S. Garner, MD, Ph.D, Narangerel Gombojav, MD, Ph.D Courtney Blackwell, Ph.D, Tanar Mendelson, Ph.D.
James McNinch LCSW, Clinical Director:
Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience developing some of the most high-profile and influential treatment centers in Malibu and across the globe. James began his career studying child attachment as a Full-Bright candidate at Arizona State University and working as an Addiction Crisis Clinician for the University of Arizona Medical Center and state/federal agencies. Treatment centers brought him to Malibu to change the addiction treatment culture, increase positive outcomes and train clinicians in addiction and trauma-informed care. James is currently working on a Ph.D and collaborating with Grata’s own Dr. Laurence Heller to integrate the NeuroAffective Relational Model for Addiction (NARMA™) as a new treatment standard for addiction at Grata House and worldwide.