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.
"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
-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."
-Midwest Book Review