The capacity for connection defines emotional health. But developmental and relational trauma, which can result from ongoing experiences of early neglect, abuse, and misattunement, impairs our capacity to connect with ourselves and others. In Healing Developmental Trauma, authors Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre demystify the seemingly endless number of emotional problems we face as a result of developmental and relational trauma. They demonstrate how these struggles stem from five biologically-based organizing principles—the need for connection, attunement, trust, autonomy, and love-sexuality.

”This well-organized, valuable book offers easy-to-understand tools for all of us who are seeking a better understanding of our fundamental conflicts between oneness and separateness, dependence and autonomy. Healing Developmental Trauma provides clear guidance to help us hold, with knowledge and self-compassion, those seemingly irreconcilable opposites and is a vital and accessible map supporting emotional maturity and psycho-spiritual growth.”
—Peter A Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

For many, the experience of developmental and relational trauma results in a sense of diminished aliveness. In Healing Developmental Trauma, Aline LaPierre introduces NeuroAffective Touch™, a therapeutic approach to addressing early attachment and developmental deficits that engages the body at the deepest biological level, to heal the relational matrix. Read more about NeuroAffective Touch™.

“Laurence Heller, PhD and Aline LaPierre, PsyD's Healing Developmental Trauma provides a method that blends bottom-up and top-down approaches to regulating the nervous system, and provides the NeuroAffective Relational Model which focuses on maximizing client strengths and resiliency to integrate physical and emotional connections in the body.”
—Midwest Book Review

As part of a larger strategy of engagement and support, NeuroAffective Touch™ embraces the spontaneous movement toward connection that we all possess. With this in mind, Healing Developmental Trauma which introduces the NeuroAffective Relational Model™, works with the dysregulations, disruptions, and distortions of the nervous system underlying most psychological and many physiological problems. NARM, which emphasizes working in the present moment without ignoring the past, supports the development of a healthy capacity for connection and aliveness.

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