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 works with people to observe what is happening in the present moment that is ready to be released in order to have more of ourselves. It is includes attachment theory framework while supporting that we are always ready to heal and release our patterns of suffering. I have found it to be effective in helping with complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, relationship with food, body, and substances.

— Kayle Evans, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

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

— Jackie Cook, Therapist in Raleigh, NC

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

I had the incredible privilege of training under, world-renowned author, psychologist and relationship expert Dr. John Townsend. He founded the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling, through Concordia University, Irvine, CA to address both the head and the heart, incorporating scriptural truths with current neuroscience and tried and true therapeutic approaches to bring real and lasting breakthroughs and growth.

— Karissa Catlin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I am a certified NARM Therapist specializing in working with adverse early life experiences that result in developmental and complex trauma. By working relationally in the moment to find what is getting in the way of our greatest desires, we are able to shift patterns of identity no longer serving us and tap into a greater source of life energy and core states of ease and peace. I'd like to add that as a therapy client myself, I now prefer NARM Therapy for working through such patterns.

— Whitney Sutherland, Licensed Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX

NARM addresses the attachment, relational and developmental trauma that contribute to early patterns of disconnection that can be at the root of lifelong challenges. Maybe our need for trust, independence, love, and connection were not fulfilled in our early relationships. With curiosity and acceptance, I will help you reconnect to the parts of yourself that are organized, coherent, and functional so that you can increase your experiences of self-esteem, joy and connectedness.

— Cheryl Calderon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

My specialty is using NARM to treat complex and developmental trauma and other psychological conditions, including depression, trauma, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflict, and addiction. NARM is a relational model focusing on using curiosity, compassion, and consent for our clients. NARM is informed by principles from attachment theory that go beyond symptom reduction, seeing every human being moving toward a deeper connection to themselves and others.

— Claude Cayemitte, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

I am currently enrolled and participating in getting trained in NARM. This model is utilized to treat the effects of developmental trauma, which is something I believe we have all been subject to in various ways. I relate to this model because it is oriented around acting within our own agency and helping individuals discover the barriers getting in the way of what we most want for ourselves. I will complete the training in Spring 2022.

— Bethaney Clark, Professional Counselor Associate in Gresham, OR

The NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health professionals who work with complex trauma. 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 (

— Sladja Redner, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX