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Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship Paperback – September 25, 2012


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Product Details

  • 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

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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A must read for everyone that is dealing with trauma, or for those helping others with trauma.
Blessed Truth
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."
Svetlana
Of all the books on trauma and developmental trauma that I have read, this is clearly the best.
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96 of 98 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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100 of 103 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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68 of 69 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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47 of 49 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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78 of 85 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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2013
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Such an easy read for such a complicated subject! I've experienced other 'self-help' or 'methodology' books that can be read in parcel, meaning that much of those may be oversimplified or overwritten for many readers. Not so with this book. It is neither oversimplified nor too 'techie'. That being said, when I downloaded this book I proceeded to read it cover to cover - something new for me. It gives a clear understanding for how humans incorporate early experience in non-verbal ways, positively or negatively. From that point on, we as humans can find ourselves reacting to our environment and experiences in self-hurtful and sometimes harmful ways.

Yes, this is important information to me in a very personal way, for early experiences of my own. I will be dipping back into the text as I move into and beyond my own experiences. Thankfully, it is written in the adult persective - for the adult (much of what I have found on this subject is not). Another positive with this book is that it gives a 3D approach to overcoming these issues. It's not coming at the problem with a single focus but to the individual as a whole - biologically, physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually; and it treats each aspect with respect.

But I see a value far beyond that. This book can be pivotal in understanding how we impact others in such a positive and/or negative way. Parents, teachers, grandparents and others helping to raise or support families can benefit from this information. I know it's impossible to predict every possible outcome in our interactions with young people and teens, but knowledge such as this can help guide our behaviours and help us to develop a respect for the sensitive natures of our future... yes, I said future; these babies, toddlers and teens are our future - they deserve that hope, as do we.

Thank you Laurence Heller and Aline LaPeirre for your work in this area - and for making it available!
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