Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship


By Laurence Heller, PhD and Aline LaPierre, PsyD

This book introduces a new paradigm for understanding human development by looking at identity through the lens of developmental trauma. Now translated in ten languages, the book emphasizes working with a person’s strengths, capacities, and resiliency to regulate the nervous system and promote connection to self and others.

Each book will be signed by Dr. LaPierre.

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Locally available translations: French, German, Danish, Greek, Czech, Spanish, Polish, and Italian. Forthcoming: Japanese and Chinese.

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Developmental trauma is the result of ongoing injurious parenting that is beyond a child’s control. Naturally open-hearted, innocent children are unprepared for physical abuse, emotional betrayal, and relational neglect. In addition, traumatizing families seldom teach their children the skills to cope with the roller coaster of their painful emotions, confused thoughts, and dysregulated physiology, leaving them unprepared for the challenges of adult life.

Adults who grew up in misattuned or hostile family environments often do not realize that their struggle with anxiety, lack of confidence, shame, self-hatred, depression, anger, violent behavior, and difficulties in relationships are the outcome of the physical and emotional trauma sustained within the family ― what is referred to as developmental trauma or Complex PTSD.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (1st edition: September 25, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1583944893
ISBN-13: 978-1583944899

The NeuroAffective Touch® Institute is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional. The NeuroAffective Touch® Institute reserves the right to approve or deny any application to any training or membership, revoke approval at any time, and approve or deny the participation of any person, at its sole discretion, with or without cause, and in accordance with its policies and the law.
Peter A. Levine

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, PhDFounder of Somatic Experiencing®

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