NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

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What is NARM?

Psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties are affected not only by traumatic childhood experiences but are influenced and created by our attachment and survival patterns. These patterns shape who we are, how we feel, and how we act as individuals, including any disconnect that we have with ourselves and our relationships with others.

NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) focuses on adulthood issues that have arisen from early trauma and identifies how the past has created ongoing behavioral patterns that perpetuate the symptoms of complex trauma. By distinguishing the coping mechanisms that we exhibit as adults, NARM therapy encourages mindfulness of the present to create healthier emotional and biological responses.

How does NARM therapy work?

Trauma can affect your entire biological system, leading to problems regulating heart rate, sleep, digestion, and emotional responses. NARM therapy helps bridge the gap between your biological and emotional selves, while supporting the re-regulation of all systems of your 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

Why should I try NARM therapy?

NARM can help your body heal from unresolved trauma such as:

  • Event or shock trauma (PTSD)
  • Relational trauma
  • Environmental trauma
  • Intergenerational trauma

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