NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

NeuroAffective Relational Model, also known as NARM, is a therapeutic approach that follows a specific model (based on both traditional psychotherapy and somatic approaches) for trauma. NARM does this by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection can have an impact on our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. NARM is a non-regressive model of therapy that emphasizes helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are organized, coherent and functional. It helps bring into awareness and organization the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional without making the regressed, dysfunctional elements the primary theme of the therapy. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one  of TherapyDen’s NARM specialists today. 

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NARM is an innovative therapeutic approach that focuses on healing early developmental trauma and its impact on our present lives. NARM combines insights from neuroscience and psychology to address the ways childhood experiences shape our adult behaviors and relationships. Unlike traditional talk therapy, NARM works with both the mind and body, helping clients understand how their past experiences continue to affect their emotions and behaviors.

— Tania Buchanan Boyd, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Plantation, FL

I am currently enrolled in a year long level 2 training. In general, I see the world through a lense of CPTSD. Not to diangose folks but rather empower.

— Traci Ruble, Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

I have been training for NARM and believe in the healing power of it. NARM is a treatment for developmental and complex trauma. The reasons why I love NARM is that is is non-regressive, works in the moment, and does not pathologize. What is developmental and complex trauma? Developmental trauma stems from environmental fails while we were growing up and that our needs were not being met. Complex Trauma is repetitive traumatic events in a context of a relationship.

— Joshua Davis, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Several of the therapists at HeartMind Resiliency are trained in NARM, as well as other somatic, depth oriented approaches.

— HeartMind Resiliency LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, VA

I was trained in NARM™ more recently, in 2021-2022, completing all requirements for Level 2 training. NARM helps folks with chronic, developmental, relational, or attachment trauma who struggle with emotion dysregulation, toxic shame, and difficulties in relating to self and others. It's a non-pathologizing model that uses top-down and bottom-up interventions to resolve emotional stuck points and increase a sense of agency in our lives.

— Stacey Rosenfeld, Psychologist in Coral Gables, FL

I offer developmental trauma therapy guided by the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). This model is a gentle and depth-oriented approach which focuses on the present-moment, how we relate to ourself and how our survival patterns from childhood get in the way of what we want most. NARM encourages curiosity, self-inquiry & intersubjectivity (being human together) to heal developmental trauma, and move in the direction of our aliveness.

— Karen Ihrig, Clinical Social Worker in Tempe, AZ

I completed training through the NARM institute with Brad Kammer, Dr. Laurence Heller, and Stefanie Klein.

— Jackie Cook, Therapist in Raleigh, NC

I have completed level 1&2 of the NARM training. NARM specializes in working with developmental, relational, complex PTSD, intergenerational, cultural, and attachment trauma. It is a top down and bottom up approach. I have over 300 hours of training completed in this modality.

— Jessie Allee-Walsh, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

The NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and developmental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. “What are the patterns that are preventing me from being present to myself and others at this moment and in my life?"

— Jenna Powell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I am in the process of completing the Level 2 NARM training and will receive the official certification after completing supervision in 1 year.

— Jodie Yorg, Clinical Trainee in Chicago, IL