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Healing Developmental Trauma presents a comprehensive exploration of our deepest human urge. Seasoned clinicians Larry Heller and Aline LaPierre weave a rich and coherent synthesis of childhood development in the pioneering tradition of Wilhelm Reich, Erik Erikson, and Alexander Lowen. This well-organized, valuable book offers easy-to-understand tools for all of us who are seeking a better understanding of our fundamental conflicts between oneness and separateness, dependence and autonomy. Healing Developmental Trauma provides clear guidance to help us hold, with knowledge and self-compassion, those seemingly irreconcilable opposites and is a vital and accessible map supporting emotional maturity and psycho-spiritual growth.”
—Peter A Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

“Laurence Heller, PhD and Aline LaPierre, PsyD's Healing Developmental Trauma provides a method that blends bottom-up and top-down approaches to regulating the nervous system, and provides the NeuroAffective Relational Model which focuses on maximizing client strengths and resiliency to integrate physical and emotional connections in the body.”
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Laurence Heller, PhD, is the originator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model©, a unified approach to developmental, attachment, and shock trauma. He co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and is a senior faculty member for the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute.

Aline LaPierre, PsyD, is an adjunct faculty member in the somatic doctoral program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Trained as a psychoanalyst and as a hands-on somatic psychotherapist, she has been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than 25 years.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583944893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583944899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Gerald E. Sullivan on February 25, 2013
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Briefly put, this is one of the most important and profound works in the whole trauma literature. The authors' thesis holds that developmental trauma is very different than PTSD. Developmental trauma is radically far-reaching and colors the entire life of those affected by it. The athorrs outline five different adaptive survival styles used by infants to cope with trauma. The five styles are chronological in order. The first, connective survival style, is the earliest and most impactful. It takes place between birth and about a year. Where the child receives inadequate nurturing or abuse, this style becomes dominant. Other styles come in different times and have their own but less catastrophic impact. In the connection survival style the child adapts by disconnecting from his(or her) physical and emotional self. As a result, the child experiences great difficulty in relating to others and is often isolated without knowing how to address the problem.
The other survival styles flow in later stages of infant development progression : attachment (difficulty knowing what we need and feeling that our needs deserve do not deserve to be met), trust (feeling that one cannot depend on anyone but themselves and feeling a need to be in control), autonomy (feeling burdened and pressured with difficulty setting limits and saying no directly), and love-sexuality (difficulty integrating heart and sexuality).
The book focuses almost exclusively on the connective survival style. The two authors spend a great deal of time describing the conditions that cause this style and the difficulty that those who use it have with even recognizing it. They also spend several chapters outlining how to address the connective survival style therapeutically.
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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Svetlana on November 5, 2012
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I read this book recently and found it very helpful. I struggle(d) myself with all these issues described. As no such books existed when I started, it took me a long time to figure out the root course of my trouble. To my mind this book gives a very good description of the complex topic of developmental trauma. The way into this unfortunate state of being traumatized (and the impact on life), and also the way out. It all fits to my personal experience. It is very helpful to understand the dependencies and also the effect trauma has on the nervous system. It is certainly not easy to get out of a developmental trauma, but it is possible - it will take time however. This books gives a good starting point by making you understand: "Yes, you are not crazy. You only reacted in a "normal" way to an unbearable situation." Being aware, of what happened to you is already a big step forward. I hope this book helps many people to come to a better life.
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia on December 4, 2012
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This book was truly transformational. I feel as if I finally found a book written about my life. It was so healing, as if somebody finally understood the trauma of my childhood development. Full of life-changing information for every person who did not have their core needs met. I mourned my way through it, as it was so fundamental to the understanding of my foundation. For me this book rates 6 stars. Thank you for writing this book! I have already passed it on to 3 people.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Louisa Dent Pearce on January 6, 2013
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As a mental health professional as well a person with lived experience of trauma, I rate this book highly. It provides one of the clearest, most concise and useful explanations of developmental trauma I have encountered. It avoids the common tendency for such books to see mental distress through a prism of diagnoses and medical jargon. Instead, this book acknowledges that many people suffer from varying degrees of trauma; therefore, it does not pathologise the symptoms of distress. This is refreshing and helpful. It also offers many practical suggestions for overcoming the effects of trauma. I will use this information both personally and professionally.
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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on October 21, 2012
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It explained my issues EXACTLY! I've never read a book that did that so well. I will read this book over and over again to absorb all of its content and healing information into my wounded parts. It already healed some of those parts just reading things that made me realize that things I thought made me "crazy" were just normal reactions of a child to having to adjust to a world that did not meet it's most basic emotional connection and physical needs. I would highly recommend this book, especially to all the people who think they are "crazy" and don't know why they act and react like they do.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Maarten van der Laan on November 27, 2013
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What you should know, however, is that this book is based on experience of the authors. They make some great points, but they do so in a way that is somewhat confusing and actually may complicate treatment. Let me explain.

The authors differentiate between five survival styles, five specific categories of coping mechanisms that where useful during the childhood trauma, but now limiting in adulthood. There are many similarities between those styles, and I believe that's because there's a bigger pattern at work which the authors address in the chapters on treatment, but not in the chapters on the difference between styles. That's a problem because it confuses the reader and makes it hard to choose effective action together with a qualified therapist.

It seems the authors have worked with trauma for so long that they don't really know what they needed to know when they started to treat it. This is clearly recognizable in the chapters where therapeutic interventions or a whole session is transcribed. There's a lot going in between the lines, and although especially Heller makes a real effort to explain what he's doing, I think there's actually more to it then he realizes. I've watched a video lecture of him speaking and he has a way about him that just can't be ignored when reading his work on how to act as a therapist. He puts an emphasis that you need other people to learn how to regulate yourself, but the qualities or aspects of him that apparently makes him so good at this, aren't explored in the book to my satisfaction.

Also, the book offers a framework that feels a bit "early". It encompasses much things and insights that seem trivial.
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