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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2013
I read this book as an adoptive mother of an adult child with developmental trauma. It described him and his struggles 100% and me a lot too! I think this work is hugely important and am impatient for Laurence Heller's NARM treatment to be available in the UK. I watched Dr Heller's video on his website - also useful.
What I am aware of and can tackle now, is my own developmental trauma which has been exacerbated by secondary trauma.
I also recommend books by Dr Peter Levine.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2012
This excellent book brings together knowledge of the body and brain, and how the affects of trauma manifest and impact on the individual's holistic development. It identifies 'survival strategies' which the individual makes use of, when trying to sustain contact with their primary carers in 5 clear areas of development (connection, attunement, trust, autonomy, love and sexuality); it then suggests how to support reparation and healing. This is an excellent guide to integrating psychological approaches with somatic / body / felt sense.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I have real interest in Neuroscience and despite studying it at university have found many of the books too "Wordy " and difficult to fully comprehend/understand. as a Psychodynamic/Integrative counsellor I have found this book indispensable. The book is easy to follow with good examples and uses language that is easy to understand.

Because of this book I have questioned some of my own practices, but equally gained confidence in how I practice. One of the best books I have read and one of the most useful. Although very different how it is written has similarities to the Presenting Past, a book you can dip in and out of to inform your practice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2014
Teaches powerful tools for tracking and developing present moment awareness, physical, emotional, psychologica and relational. When we have the courage to learn from and trust what arises in the now moment, healing intelligence and core vitality are given the space to develop. Clear and easy to understand this book is an integrative gift!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2015
The 'NARM approach' while having positive aspects is also yet another trade marked, and therefore highly saleable gimmick. Survivors of childhood trauma deserve better than these endless 'new approach' technologies of helping. Contrary to what the intro says it does work from a deficit model of trauma and uses psychiatric labels and terms throughout. There's even a positive reference to Eckhart Tolle (run!)
Even the intro provided on Amazon would exhaust most people and included complex jargon and diagrams. Sure enough when I Googled Laurence Heller (Ph.D doncha know) up he pops in a suit, map of the world to his right, emblazoned across the top of his site selling training/seminars in this special approach, products, a list of specially trained 'NARM' therapists and *cringe* a testimonials section. Speaks volumes really. $$$
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 18 February 2014
A fascinating book detailing the NARM process to help heal problems in adulthood that are the result of early trauma, especially birth and prebirth issues. Laurence Heller builds on the shoulders of giants - especially Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing work - to create processes to help heal people's long held wounds. As someone who has spent the last 20 years trying to find the source of continual ill-health, emotional problems and a capacity to attract drama in my life, this work is, I hope, the last bend in the road. In my own work with clients I see again and again that many presenting with anxiety, issues with relationships, a dissatisfaction with life, or chronic illness had some form of birth trauma. It is likely to take months if not years of therapy to resolve these critical issues (in my case a premature birth, several weeks in an incubator and problems bonding with my mother at birth and later through life), but I feel confident that this research in the field of birth trauma is groundbreaking work that will help many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2015
If, like me, this is something that has affected you, it explains a lot we need to know. Accessible, and revealing. The patterns we blame ourselves for have a reason, recognising that feels like a step forward to healing. Somebody understands. Validating. Worth a read.There is a lot to take in, and some things more relevant to therapists, but plenty enough to make it worthwhile to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2014
Excellent book. really clear and informative with a good mixture of theory and practical cases. I would recommend it to any therapist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2015
Great book to help people to heal all types of trauma caused at any age. The good thing about this book is that, read in conjunction with others that talk about the inner child, a person can make leaps and bounds in their personal healing journey.
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on 6 July 2015
Really useful and thought provoking book which will help me in my work with young people who have experienced trauma in their early lives.
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