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NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™)

A new epoch in the Treatment of Addiction and Trauma has arrived. The latest in state-of-the-art addiction treatment, The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) and Addiction Focused NARM (NARMA™AF™) are intensely practiced at Grata House under the tutelage of trauma expert and bestselling author Dr. Laurence Heller Ph.D.

About
NeuroAffective
Relational Model

NARM is an evidence-based approach to psychotherapy that is currently being used to treat a wide range of conditions resulting from attachment issues and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These include depression, anxiety, substance dependence and addiction, PTSD, compulsive behaviors, social anxiety, personality disorders, complex PTSD, other traumas, insomnia, eating disorders, relationship and family conflict issues.

NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™)

A new epoch in the Treatment of Addiction and Trauma has arrived. The latest in state-of-the-art addiction treatment, The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM™) and Addiction Focused NARM (NARMA™AF™) are intensely practiced at Grata House under the tutelage of trauma expert and bestselling author Dr. Laurence Heller Ph.D.

About NeuroAffective Relational Model

NARM is an evidence-based approach to psychotherapy that is currently being used to treat a wide range of conditions resulting from attachment issues and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These include depression, anxiety, substance dependence and addiction, PTSD, compulsive behaviors, social anxiety, personality disorders, complex PTSD, other traumas, insomnia, eating disorders, relationship and family conflict issues.

“Connection, our greatest desire
and greatest fear”
— Dr. Laurence Heller PhD – NARM Founder,
Grata House Partner/Owner
and Head of Treatment

NARM Origins

Developed by Dr. Heller over the course of his 45 year clinical career, NARM was first introduced in his widely selling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. Currently available in over ten languages.

The NARM model is a powerful approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and its long-term consequences, as highlighted in the 1995 (ACEs) Study (CDC/Kaiser Permanente): ACEs are common. For example, 28% of individuals report physical abuse and 21% report sexual abuse. Many also reported experiencing a divorce or parental separation, or having a parent with a mental and/or substance use disorder.

In the 2015, CDC ACE’s Study two-thirds of individuals reported at least one adverse childhood experience. The number of ACEs was strongly associated with adulthood high-risk health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, promiscuity, and severe obesity, and correlated with ill-health including depression, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and shortened lifespan. Compared to an ACE score of zero, having four adverse childhood experiences was associated with a seven-fold (700%) increase in alcoholism, a doubling of risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and a four-fold increase in emphysema; an ACE score above six was associated with a 30-fold (3000%) increase in attempted suicide.

How NARM Heals the effects

of Adverse Childhood

Experiences (ACEs)

To help individuals reconnect and bridge the gap between mind and body, NARM therapy focuses on five organizing principles related to core capacities that allow people to have a healthy sense of self, develop the capacity for meaningful intimacy, and regulate both biological and emotional responses.

These include:

  • Supporting connection and organization
  • Exploring identity
  • Supporting emotional completion
  • Working in present time
  • Supporting re-regulation of all systems of the body
  • NARM 5 Developmental Life Themes & Core Capacities
  • Connection: The ability to be in touch with oneself and others and feel belonging
  • Attunement: The ability to recognize one’s own needs and reach out for help when one cannot meet their needs alone
  • Trust: The ability to have faith in oneself and one’s choices as well as others; healthy dependence and interdependence
  • Autonomy: The ability to set limits, speak one’s mind without feeling guilt or fear, and set boundaries
  • Love-Sexuality: The ability to open one’s heart to loving relationships with themselves and others and embrace sexual intimacy in viable, healthy relationships

NARM Origins

Developed by Dr. Heller over the course of his 45 year clinical career, NARM was first introduced in his widely selling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. Currently available in over ten languages.

The NARM model is a powerful approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and its long-term consequences, as highlighted in the 1995 (ACEs) Study (CDC/Kaiser Permanente): ACEs are common. For example, 28% of individuals report physical abuse and 21% report sexual abuse. Many also reported experiencing a divorce or parental separation, or having a parent with a mental and/or substance use disorder.

In the 2015, CDC ACE’s Study two-thirds of individuals reported at least one adverse childhood experience. The number of ACEs was strongly associated with adulthood high-risk health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, promiscuity, and severe obesity, and correlated with ill-health including depression, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and shortened lifespan. Compared to an ACE score of zero, having four adverse childhood experiences was associated with a seven-fold (700%) increase in alcoholism, a doubling of risk of being diagnosed with cancer, and a four-fold increase in emphysema; an ACE score above six was associated with a 30-fold (3000%) increase in attempted suicide.

How NARM Heals the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

To help individuals reconnect and bridge the gap between mind and body, NARM therapy focuses on five organizing principles related to core capacities that allow people to have a healthy sense of self, develop the capacity for meaningful intimacy, and regulate both biological and emotional responses.

These include:

  • Supporting connection and organization
  • Exploring identity
  • Supporting emotional completion
  • Working in present time
  • Supporting re-regulation of all systems of the body
  • NARM 5 Developmental Life Themes & Core Capacities
  • Connection: The ability to be in touch with oneself and others and feel belonging
  • Attunement: The ability to recognize one’s own needs and reach out for help when one cannot meet their needs alone
  • Trust: The ability to have faith in oneself and one’s choices as well as others; healthy dependence and interdependence
  • Autonomy: The ability to set limits, speak one’s mind without feeling guilt or fear, and set boundaries
  • Love-Sexuality: The ability to open one’s heart to loving relationships with themselves and others and embrace sexual intimacy in viable, healthy relationships

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with Only a Willingness

We’re here to encourage and support you: Start On Your Path today! Need Clarity?
Text or Call our Admissions Team Anytime.

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The Benefits of NARM Therapy

In addition to resolving many of their overall attachment issues, NARM therapy may benefit those who receive it in the following ways:

  • Enhanced Mind-body Awareness
  • Maturation of Survival Skills
  • Sealization of the Authentic Self
  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Greater Cognizance of Emotions

A Closer Look

NARM is a present-focused model that allows individuals to focus on their current strengths rather than pathologizing an issue. By utilizing mindfulness to remain aware of the present moment, clients can address long-standing and outdated coping mechanisms that no longer serve their original intent. Clients can then achieve improved awareness, increased self-esteem, and healthier relationships, allowing them to be more autonomous and able to handle life’s challenges in a healthy and positive manner.

Those eager to embark on a therapeutic journey with a NARM therapist can find a practitioner through Heller’s NARM website directory tool.

The Benefits of NARM Therapy

In addition to resolving many of their overall attachment issues, NARM therapy may benefit those who receive it in the following ways:

  • Enhanced Mind-body Awareness
  • Maturation of Survival Skills
  • Sealization of the Authentic Self
  • Increased Self-Esteem
  • Greater Cognizance of Emotions

A Closer Look

NARM is a present-focused model that allows individuals to focus on their current strengths rather than pathologizing an issue. By utilizing mindfulness to remain aware of the present moment, clients can address long-standing and outdated coping mechanisms that no longer serve their original intent. Clients can then achieve improved awareness, increased self-esteem, and healthier relationships, allowing them to be more autonomous and able to handle life’s challenges in a healthy and positive manner.

Those eager to embark on a therapeutic journey with a NARM therapist can find a practitioner through Heller’s NARM website directory tool.

“Paradoxically, the more we try to change ourselves, the more we prevent change from occurring. On the other hand, the more we allow ourselves to fully experience who we are, the greater the possibility of change.”
Dr. Laurence Heller, Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship – Grata House Senior Fellow

Your Journey to Wholeness Begins

with Only a Willingness

We’re here to encourage and support you.
Start On Your Path Today!
Need Clarity? Text or Call our Admissions Team Anytime.

Talk to Us

Your Journey to Wholeness

Begins with Only a Willingness

We’re here to encourage and support you. Need Clarity? Text or Call our Admissions Team Anytime.

Start On Your Path today!

Talk to Us
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