What people are saying about the NeuroAffective Touch® Training
Aline is simply the best at bridging the divide between bodywork and talk
Aline is simply the best at bridging the divide between bodywork and talk! I highly recommend studying with her.
Aline creates a very supportive and safe environment to practice the tools of bodywork techniques and client-centered therapeutic self-touch. I am now able to gently assist clients in moving past defenses and projections. This enables them to experience the trust, relaxation, and internalized sense of safety they had never experienced before. My clients report experiencing calmer re-regulated nervous systems with less reactivity in their reactions to life’s roller coaster ride of disappointments and frustrations.
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.
A Brilliant and Comprehensive Approach
I’m hugely grateful and honored to have witnessed the development and growth of the NeuroAffective Touch® trainings over time. Neuro-, affective-, and touch were first interwoven as themes in Dr. LaPierre’s 2003 article, From Felt-Sense to Felt-Self: NeuroAffective Touch and the Relational Matrix. Aline has created and continues to evolve a dynamic training that surpasses any bodywork class I’ve taken. She brings to our community a brilliant and comprehensive approach to touch that gives equal attention to body, psyche, and emotion, presented from her heart and mind with a sense of passion and profound respect for the human organism. Aline teaches and meets students with support, compassion, and tenderness. That in and of itself, is healing, and always encourages a sense of “you can do this.” Aline is an intellect, artist, and insightful somatic therapist who knows the embodied mind and mindful body from the top down, bottom up and inside out.
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in developmental trauma and addiction and Aline’s teachings have added immensely to my therapeutic work and my client’s recovery rates. She is extremely intelligent, compassionate, warm, caring, sensitive, and has a brightness that shines through. Her lectures are full of scientific and clinical information and alive with visuals, videos, dyadic and experiential exercises. I have left every training more fascinated and more educated. Being able to deeply work bottom up, along with top down, has strengthened my work and my confidence.
One of the Best in the Field
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been able to learn from Aline LaPierre at her NeuroAffective Touch® training. Her knowledge in the field of somatic psychology is vast. Her heart of compassion is palpable. And her ability to help me grasp what she knows and feel what she feels has been a gift to me — and in turn, to the clients I can now more effectively serve.
As a therapeutic bodyworker who has trained in working with shock trauma, the NeuroAffective Touch® training has helped me build on the bodywork and trauma skills I already have, giving me a framework and language for effectively working with the relational traumas that invariably become part of the therapeutic encounter. I look forward to continuing to be mentored by one of the best in the field, who I have no doubt will be known for years to come as a pioneer in integrating bodywork and psychotherapy.
The NeuroAffective Touch® training has given new dimension to my work as a clinician working with all my clients. I teach couples to learn to be more somatically attuned to their partners and how they can support each other through bodywork techniques. I have always incorporated drawing, writing, and sound in my practice and now using somatic approaches dovetails very well with these other modalities.
I value Aline’s work because of how she brings in attachment and that is so essential in learning bodywork. Also, I love that she includes the life force showing that there is an intelligence within us that guides the healing process. It is at once scientific and metaphysical.
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. These disciplines support each other in ways that approaching clinical work with either one or the other separately could not accomplish.
Bodywork therapy has been a very accessible way to re-establish the relationship within myself and a reminder that my clients struggle with this same relational disconnection.