Narm Introductory Session - Seattle


This educational and experiential workshop is designed to provide an introduction to NARM theory and experiential skills for psychotherapeutic, somatic practitioners and coaches working with complex trauma, attachment, relational and developmental trauma.

The NeuroAffective Relational Model ™ (NARM) will give clinicians a roadmap to working with patterns and strategies that keep clients stuck. It is an integrated clinical approach that weaves together a somatic/ body based perspective (bottom -up) with psychodynamic inquiry (top-down), in the context of a mindfulness based relational framework.

We will explore the distinction between working with shock and developmental trauma, the role of attachment in personality development, discern the five adaptive survival styles as well as uncover a new perspective on shame and guilt. We will discover basic NARM clinical skills as well as learn from observing and debriefing a NARM demo session.

NARM effectively addresses disturbed self-regulation and the distorted sense of self that results from developmental trauma.

Clients report feeling more connection to themselves, their own sense of agency and a deeper sense of freedom from their old identifications. Many report a greater sense of aliveness and self expression in their relationships.

Clinicians working with NARM report feeling more engaged in their work and less pressured to fix clients; subsequently report experiencing renewed energy for their practice.


Our Mission

In recent years the role of self-regulation has become an important part of psychological thinking. The NeuroAffective Relational Model ™ brings the current understanding of self-regulation into clinical practice. This resource-oriented, non-regressive approach emphasizes helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are organized, coherent and functional.

NARM 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.

Connection: Our Deepest Desire & Our Greatest Fear
— Lawrence Heller


NARM Faculty Seattle

Stefanie Klein, LCSW, SEP, NARM MP, NARM Faculty

A licensed clinical social worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and  NARM Master Practitioner and Faculty, Stefanie has been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than 20 years.  After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at UCLA, she worked in human resources for 4 years and then made the decision to pursue a graduate degree in clinical social work.  She graduated from UCLA's School of Social Welfare in 1995 and have been working in a private practice setting treating adult individuals and couples ever since. Stefanie has been working with Lawrence Heller for the past __ years.

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Stefanie Klein, LCSW, SEP, NARM Master Practitioner, NARM Faculty

I joined the NARM training after hearing rave reviews from colleagues who were in the NARM class ahead of me. I am hugely grateful I did.

NARM is the missing piece I needed to help clients liberate themselves from the aftereffects of childhood trauma.

An elegant, yet flexible framework, NARM lets us meet clients in their embodied adult consciousness in the present moment and help them gently explore and resolve the core developmental dilemmas that have kept them profoundly stuck, for years and even decades.

The results can be quite powerful and moving. My clients are more engaged, curious and willing to take steps needed to facilitate their own healing and well-being. NARM has also helped me heal my own childhood trauma at a deeper level so I can provide a more skillful and compassionate secure base for my clients as they work through very difficult material.
— Barbara Stafford, Santa Rosa, CA