Laurence Heller, Ph.D.

Laurence Heller, Ph.D.

Creator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM) and senior faculty member at the NARM Training Institute

Laurence Heller, Ph.D. is the creator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model© (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and was in private practice for over 30 years. He is currently a senior faculty member with the NARM Training Institute.

The NARM Model is presented in the bestselling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship, which is currently published in more than 15 languages.

His new book with Brad Kammer, The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolve Complex Trauma, presents the clinical model. He is also the co-author of Crash Course, a book on shock trauma. He speaks several languages fluently and for the past 30 years has been conducting seminars in the NARM approach throughout the United States and Europe. He and his teachers present NARM worldwide.

He is currently working on a project led by Christina Bethell, Ph.D., a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and others to bring a trauma-informed understanding to pediatricians and general practitioners throughout the U.S. Their first article for this project was published in 2021: “Social and Relational Health Risks and Common Mental Health Problems Among U.S. Children.”