Touch is at the foundation of our relational experience. Scientific evidence has shown that attuned, caring touch is critically important for normal brain development as well as for healthy emotional and cognitive maturation.
NeuroAffective Touch® is a polyvagal-informed model that uses intentional mindful touch to bring the unconscious memories held in the body into conscious awareness. Working with the polyvagal nervous system, NATouch™ helps establish a new somatic foundation from which to rework trauma-based unconscious behavioral responses and rebuild self-awareness and identity.Explore the NeuroAffective Touch® Training
Dr. Aline LaPierre is the coauthor of Healing Developmental Trauma, an essential guide for anyone seeking to heal complex PTSD and looking for new tools to expand self-awareness and support post-traumatic growth.
Healing Developmental Trauma clearly explains the symptoms that result from chronic relational and emotional distress. Now in nine languages, the book emphasizes working with a person’s strengths, capacities, and resiliency to regulate the nervous system and promote attuned connection to self and others.
The World Health Organization in its 2018 International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) now recognizes the new diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Consequently, training in how to work with developmental trauma and complex PTSD is more important than ever.
NeuroAffective Touch® addresses the effects of family abuse and neglect that are at the root of complex PTSD. By communicating directly with the body at the nonverbal level where we have all received our first imprints, NeuroAffective Touch® treats childhood emotional and relational traumas that unconsciously shape our behavior and sense of identity.
Simply the Best
"Aline is simply the best at bridging the divide between bodywork and talk! I highly recommend studying with her."
Healing Developmental Trauma
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.
The fastest, safest, most gentle approach
In my experience, Aline’s NeuroAffective Touch® is the fastest, safest, most gentle approach to shifting a client’s anxious dysregulated nervous system into a more coherent and resilient one.
Effectively working with relational trauma
NeuroAffective Touch® has helped me build on the skills I already have, giving me a framework and language for effectively working with the relational traumas that become part of the therapeutic encounter.
Integration of relational and somatic models
The integration of relational psychodynamic and somatic models makes the work especially useful for what most of my clients struggle with: an arrest at one stage or another of their development.
Neuroscience and polyvagal-informed therapies have revolutionized modern body psychotherapy and concretized its historical wisdom. Advances in somatic practices offer new embodied approaches to treat developmental and relational trauma, restore connection, and galvanize the restorative properties of our innate vitality.
Now that neuroscience has given solid evidence of the critical role of touch in cognitive and emotional development, the time is ripe to challenge the marginalization of touch in psychotherapy. It is time to reappraise its vital contribution in the repair of early relational and emotional trauma.
This day-long workshop explores how current research in neuroscience and embodied cognition reveals the fundamental role that touch can play in healing developmental trauma. It also takes a look at how the new research can guide the evolution of touch interventions.
“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.”
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