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NeuroAffective Touch®

Why is touch important?

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 professional somatic training that introduces psychotherapists and bodyworkers to touch as a vital therapeutic bridge to body-mind integration. The training addresses attachment, emotional, and relational deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone. NeuroAffective Touch® was created by Dr. Aline LaPierre, clinician, author, teacher, and Vice President of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). Learn more about NeuroAffective Touch® >

A Polyvagal-Informed Model

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.

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By the Coauthor of Healing Developmental Trauma


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. 

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NeuroAffective Touch® and The New Diagnosis of Complex PTSD

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.

Dr. Aline LaPierre Pre-Conference One-Day Workshop
at the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
2018 National Conference

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.

November 1, 2018 | Pre-Conference Workshop with Dr. Aline LaPierre

Touch, Attachment, and the Repair of the Relational Matrix
An Evolving Neuroscience-Informed Theory of Touch

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.


Maggie Kline Somatic Experiencing Faculty

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.”

Peter A. Levine, PhD Founder of Somatic Experiencing®