Isabelle Shook LPC | Therapist

NARM®: NeuroAffective Relational Model

What is the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)?

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is a treatment approach that offers a comprehensive framework for resolving complex trauma and fostering positive relational patterns. NARM acknowledges the intricate connections between our nervous system, emotions, and relationships, in contrast to conventional approaches to treatment that just concentrate on minimizing symptoms or mental clarity. It highlights the significance of resolving relational trauma and early attachment trauma to facilitate long-term healing and growth.

NARM also emphasizes somatic awareness and embodiment very strongly. It acknowledges that trauma is not only kept in our bodies but also in our minds and memories. People can access deeper phases of healing and let go of stress and trauma stored in their bodies by paying attention to their bodily sensations, emotions, and actions. 

What Makes NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) Special?

The NeuroAffective Relational Model has characteristics that make this treatment approach unique and different from other conventional treatment methods. Now, let’s discuss them below.

Recognizing Complex Trauma

The NARM approach is aware that trauma can be complex. It recognizes the effects of developmental trauma, which can alter an individual’s nervous system and relationship patterns when it happens at key developmental stages. That being said, NARM then deals with the aftereffects of complex trauma while supporting the growth of individuals’ capacities for resilience, integration, and self-awareness.

Relational Healing

NARM places therapeutic relationships and connection as one of the highest priorities for an individual’s healing. It emphasizes that early relational trauma can disrupt an individual’s healthy attachment patterns, which can lead to unhealthy attachment issues and a harder time forming healthy connections with others.

Integrating the Mind, Body, and Emotions

Trauma affects not just our cognitive understanding but also our physical and emotional experiences. That said, NARM enables individuals to have a deeper understanding of the mind-body link and supports it through the integration of all of these components.

Tools Used

​​NARM gives individuals the tools and methods they need to improve their emotional control, self-awareness, and ability to communicate authentically with others. These tools comprise bodily awareness exercises, meditation approaches, and methods for identifying and altering patterns of dysregulation.

Individuals can build better coping mechanisms and more skillfully deal with the consequences of early attachment and relational trauma by developing self-awareness and regulation.

Holistic Approach

NARM treats trauma in a comprehensive and all-encompassing manner. Instead of only managing symptoms, it understands that symptoms are not isolated and tries to tackle the underlying causes of distress. NARM supports holistic recovery by considering every aspect of the individual, including their thoughts, emotions, sensations, and relational patterns.

Our Dedication to Exceptional NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) Services

Our goal at Isabelle Shook LPC is to help your healing process by offering exceptional NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) services. We are here to support you, whether you need help with mental health issues, anxiety, or trauma recovery.

Our individualized private sessions are based on your unique needs and utilize our knowledge of the NeuroAffective Relational Model. Join us as we explore the NeuroAffective Relational Model in an innovative way. Regain a sense of enthusiasm and genuine connection as you set out on your path to healing and personal development. Contact us right away to begin this empowering adventure.


NeuroAffective Relational Model is not an appropriate platform for crisis interventions. If you need immediate help for any reason, please call 911, visit your nearest emergency room or call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.