Dr. Aline LaPierre demonstrating NeuroAffective Touch

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NeuroAffective Touch™ Training for Therapists and Bodyworkers

NeuroAffective Touch™ (NATouch™) is a body-focused and neurologically informed psychotherapy that uses somatic therapy and bodywork approaches as vital psychobiological interventions. Designed to bridge the disciplines of psychotherapy and bodywork, the training integrates the key elements of developmental theory, relational psychotherapy, somatic psychology, and bodywork. By highlighting the primary role of the body and emphasizing its equal importance to the mind, NeuroAffective Touch™ addresses emotional, relational, cognitive, and developmental deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone. As the creator of NeuroAffective Touch™, Aline LaPierre, PsyD, MFT, SEP, brings a crucial new dimension to the therapeutic dialogue, a valuable tool that speaks the language of the body, yet invites the mind as active partner.

Transcending the Limitations of Talk Therapy

NATouch™ addresses what to do when there are no words, when words are not enough, or when words get in the way. The training explores the stages of psychobiological development beginning with conception, pre-natal development, and birth. Because the roots of healthy individuation begin before the verbal brain comes online, NATouch™ supports access to the early neurological and relational patterns that are at the genesis of self esteem and identity. Working with developmental trauma must include talk and bodywork.

Our Bodies Tell the Story of Our Struggles to Love and Be Loved

For example, pressures on the cranial base and brain stem, respiratory diaphragm, heart, or digestive system reflect and maintain the emotional injuries of abandonment, neglect, abuse, and betrayal. Thus, the ability to address chronic emotional shock goes hand in hand with nurturing a dysregulated physiology. We use bodywork therapies to enable the release of fear and tension in the musculature and viscera and cultivate the heart-centered connection that supports post-traumatic growth.The training addresses psychobiological development from conception to birth and through the identity-forming phases of separation and individuation. It connects the development of self-image and identity to the individuation of the body.
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Dr. Aline LaPierre (right) and assistant faculty Laura Melton (left)

Building a Bridge Between Psychotherapy and Bodywork

In the field of psychology, students orient to learning primarily via thinking and feeling. In the field of bodywork, students orient to the nonverbal experiences of sensation and life force. This difference in focus influences how students make meaning of their experience and apply it in their clinical practice. Integrating psychological and biological perspectives helps transform their capacity to see deeply into the complexity of psychobiological reality.

Developing Personal Somatic Awareness

This training gives special attention to the personal somatic development of the practitioner. NATouch™ recognizes that to work with a client’s body, therapists must know their own. The training therefore includes a focus on personal psychobiological awareness to help practitioners develop an embodied presence that heightens their capacity for sensory attunement and resonance in their clinical work.


Join the Foundational Training in Los Angeles

The NeuroAffective Touch™ Training welcomes professionally licensed participants including psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, analysts, bodywork and massage practitioners, medical doctors, nurses, and coaches.Psychotherapists and Mental Health Practitioners will progressively gain confidence in integrating bodywork and body-focused interventions, and body-centered interventions in clinical practice.Bodyworkers and Health Practitioners will expand verbal and psychological skills to integrate the use of identity-forming cognitive narratives that broaden the reach of body-centered interventions.This professional training is helpful to all practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical outcomes by integrating body and mind in the resolution of attachment trauma and emotional/relational deficits. CE credits can be purchased.

Sample the Training

Watch the video clips below to get a good impression of the scientific underpinnings of the NeuroAffective Touch™ approach and the professional character of the training.

Aline LaPierre, PsyD, MFT, SEP

Dr. Aline LaPierre is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma, an essential guide for those seeking new tools for self-awareness and growth. This book introduces a new paradigm for understanding human development and the symptoms that result from developmental trauma. Now translated in nine languages (English, French, German, Danish, Greek, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, and Italian), the book emphasizes working with a person’s strengths, capacities, and resiliency to regulate the nervous system and promote connection to self and others.

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, Founder of Somatic Experiencing®

Author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

CE Credits

CE credits are provided by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 and can be purchased here. 17 CE credits are available for each 3-day module in Los Angeles, for a total of 85 CE credits for the complete Foundational Training. 24 CE credits are available for each 4-day module in San Francisco, for a total of 72 CE credits.

CE credit is awarded for completion of every live training module. Participants must have paid a tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Visit R. Cassidy Seminars to make sure your profession in your state is covered. Credit is available for the following professions:

Psychologists (APA), Psychoanalysts (NY), Social Workers (ASWB), Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors (CA, TX), Educators (TX), and Nurses (CA).

How Students are Impacted by the NeuroAffective Touch™ Training

New Relational ExperienceKristi“I feel like I got permission to do bodywork. And that has just really freed me up.”
GroundingRahi“After a client arrives I now suggest whether they want a heated pillow behind their sacrum or behind their heart, and it grounds them.”
Everything is ImportantMelody“We pick our battles in therapy as to what the person needs, but just everything is important.”
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