NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) .
NARM addresses attachment, relational and developmental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships.
In the NARM approach, we work with individuals who have experienced developmental trauma, and focus on identity and the capacity for connection and regulation.
NARM uses four primary organizing principles:
- Supporting connection and organization
- Exploring identity
- Working in present time
- Regulating the nervous system
Five Organizing Developmental Themes
There are five developmental life themes and associated core resources that are essential to our capacity for self-regulation and affect our ability to be present to self and others in the here-and-now:
- Connection. We feel that we belong in the world. We are in touch with our body and our emotions and capable of consistent connection with others.
- Attunement. Our ability to know what we need and to recognize, reach out for, and take in the abundance that life offers.
- Trust. We have an inherent trust in ourselves and others. We feel safe enough to allow a healthy interdependence with others.
- Autonomy. We are able to say no and set limits with others. We speak our mind without guilt or fear.
- Love-Sexuality. Our heart is open and we are able to integrate a loving relationship with a vital sexuality.
To the degree that these five basic needs are met, we experience regulation and connection. We feel safe and trusting of our environment, fluid and connected to ourselves and others. We experience a sense of regulation and expansion. To the degree that these basic needs are not met, we develop survival styles to try to manage the disconnection and dysregulation.
A Fundamental Shift
NARM is a model for therapy and growth that emphasizes working with strengths as well as with symptoms. It orients towards resources, both internal and external, in order to support the development of an increased capacity for self regulation.
In NARM the focus is less on why a person is the way they are and more on how their survival style distorts what they are experiencing in the present moment. Understanding how patterns began can be helpful to the client but is primarily useful to the degree that these patterns have become survival styles that influence present experience.
Using a dual awareness that is anchored in the present moment, a person becomes mindful of cognitive, emotional, and physiological patterns that began in the past while not falling into the trap of making the past more important than the present.
Tracking the process of connection/disconnection, regulation/dysregulation in present time helps clients connect with their sense of agency and feel less like victims of their childhood.
Working with the Life Force
I approach therapy through providing safe place to explore what gets in the way of you thriving? What patterns and believes show up in your present life that keeps you in the past or in the future and not in the present.
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