Neuroaffective relationship model

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neuroaffective relationship model

The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM) brings the current understanding of self-regulation into clinical practice. This resource-oriented, non-regressive. Connection: Our Deepest Desire & Greatest Fear The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is an advanced clinical training for mental health professionals. The NeuroAffective Relational Model® brings the current understanding of self- regulation into clinical practice. It is a therapeutic model for both developmental.

NARM recognizes biologically based core needs that are essential to our physical and emotional well being. When a biologically based core need is not met, predictable psychological and physiological symptoms result - self-regulation, identity, and self-esteem are compromised. When our biologically based core needs are met in childhood, core capacities develop that allow us, as adults, to recognize and meet these core needs for ourselves and in healthy relationship.

To the degree that the capacity to tend to our own core needs develops, we experience internal organization, expansion, connection, and aliveness - all attributes of physiological and psychological well-being. And, to the degree that the capacity to tend to our own core needs does not mature, we develop survival styles to cope with the associated disorganization, disconnection and dys-regulation. Initially, survival styles are adaptive, not pathological.

However, because the brain uses the past to predict the future, survival styles become fixed in our nervous system and form what we take to be our identity.

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It is the persistence of survival styles appropriate to the past that distorts our present experience and creates Ongoing disconnection. Survival styles, once having outlived their usefulness, become the source of our symptoms. The NARM process adds two new applications or refinements to the traditional practice of mindfulness: Somatic mindfulness Mindful awareness of the organizing principles of our survival styles Using somatic mindfulness together with the mindfulness awareness of survival styles allows a therapist to work with a person's life story from a perspective that is deeper and broader than the story itself.

Using an awareness that is anchored in the present moment, clients become mindful of cognitive, emotional, and physiological patterns that began in the past while not falling into the trap of making the past more important than the present.

Bottom-Up and Top-Down There are continual loops of information going from the body to the brain bottom-up, and from the brain to the body, top-down.

There are similar loops between lower and higher structures within the brain. Top-down therapies emphasize cognitions and emotions. Bottom-up therapies focus on the body, the felt sense, and the instinctive responses as they are mediated through the brain stem and move toward higher levels of brain organization. We are able to say no and set limits with others.

neuroaffective relationship model

We speak our mind without guilt or fear. Our heart is open and we are able to integrate a loving relationship with a vital sexuality. To the degree that these five basic needs are met, we experience regulation and connection. We feel safe and trusting of our environment, fluid and connected to ourselves and others.

We experience a sense of regulation and expansion.

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To the degree that these basic needs are not met, we develop survival styles to try to manage the disconnection and dysregulation. A Fundamental Shift Whereas much of psychodynamic psychotherapy has been oriented toward identifying pathology and focusing on problems, NARM is a model for therapy and growth that emphasizes working with strengths as well as with symptoms.

It orients towards resources, both internal and external, in order to support the development of an increased capacity for self regulation. At the heart of what may seem like a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, most psychological and many of physiological problems can be traced to a disturbance in one or more of the five organizing developmental themes related to the survival styles.

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Initially, survival styles are adaptive, representing success, not pathology. However, because the brain uses the past to predict the future, these survival patterns remain fixed in our nervous system and create an adaptive but false identity. It is the persistence of survival styles appropriate to the past that distorts present experience and creates symptoms.

neuroaffective relationship model

These survival patterns, having outlived their usefulness, create ongoing disconnection from our authentic self and from others. In NARM the focus is less on why a person is the way they are and more on how their survival style distorts what they are experiencing in the present moment. Understanding how patterns began can be helpful to the client but is primarily useful to the degree that these patterns have become survival styles that influence present experience.

The Metaprocess Each therapeutic tradition has an implicit metaprocess. The metaprocess teaches clients to pay attention to certain elements of their experience and to ignore others.

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When therapies focus on deficiency, pain, and dysfunction, clients become skilled at orienting toward deficiency, pain, and dysfunction.

Focusing on the difficulties of the past does not sufficiently reduce dysfunction nor support self-regulation. The metaprocess for the NARM model is the mindful awareness of self in the present moment.