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The Founder of the NARM™ Approach

Dr. Laurence Heller


Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model ™ (NARM), a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma.

Dr. Heller is a Senior Faculty member, International Trainer, and co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship and Crash Course: A Self-Healing Guide to Auto Accident Trauma and Recovery  published in several languages.Dr. Heller has been on the faculty of several major universities and has taught courses and seminars at medical schools, hospitals and pain clinics in the US and Europe. He co-founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver and later the Rocky Mountain Psychotherapy Training Institute. For the past 25 years Dr.Heller has been conducting internationally seminars in the NARM approach and  has provided thousands of case consultations for therapists in the US and Europe.



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Michael Mokrus


Studies of English and German Literature, Political Science and Medicine. Postgraduate Education and Specialization in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy, Structural Body Therapy, Somatic Experiencing SE®, NARM ™ Neuroaffective Relational Model, Integral Somatic Psychotherapy ISP. Activity for 25 years  as a trainer in  Somatic oriented Psychotherapy  and Trauma Treatment Training programs and supervisor in various European countries.    




NARM™ Certified Assistants

Zoe Paradomenaki Dipl.-Psych., ECP, EuroPsy

Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Certified NARM Master Psychotherapist

Organizer  of  NARM  Training in Greece


Studies in  Psychology, postgraduate education and long-term professional activity in Germany. Certified in the approaches: Systemic, Psychodynamic and Body Psychotherapy, and in Integrative Trauma Therapy. She works in Athens in private practice, collaborated as a trainer for Integrative Psychotherapy in Trauma Treatment at the “Athens Synthesis Center” (2017-2019), at the Child and Family Care Institution  "Merimna" (2018,2019) and at the "European Institute for Counseling and Psychotherapy EICP former Psychological Educational Center of Chania" (2021,2022).  She has done the scientific editing of the books: Heller, L., & La Pierre, A., "Healing Developmental Trauma", and Bentzen, M., "The Illustrated Book of Neuroaffective Development", Asimakis Publishing, 2018. She is a member of the German Psychotherapy Federation (DVP), the Association of Greek Psychologists (SEPS), former Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Psychotherapy Association of Greece (EEPSE), Former Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Panhellenic Association of Body Psychotherapy (PESOPS) and holder of ECP & EFTA Euro Psy.





Doris Richa Görg


Director (1997-2016) of the Training Institute UTA Academy in Cologne, Health Coach. Training in Humanistic Psychotherapy and certification in the approaches Cranial Psychodynamic Approach, Trauma Treatment Somatic Experiencing® (P. Levine), Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP), Neuroaffective Relational Model ™ (NARM), Spiritual Healing. Practitioner and long-term participation at the Assistance Team of the related trauma treatment training programs.

Dr. Beate Leisse    


Dr. Med. In Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Foundation education in the psychodynamic approach. Further Training and Certification in: EMDR, Cranial Psychodynamic Approach and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Trauma Treatment Somatic Experiencing® (P. Levine), Neuroaffective Relational Model ™ (NARM). Since 2003, after her clinical years she has been working in private practice in Essen, Germany with a special focus on developmental trauma. Long-term, continuous participation at the Assistance Team of the NARM training programs in Europe (Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Austria and Netherlands) with Larry Heller and Michael Mokrus.  


Barbara Pawson,  EAP, BACP


I have  been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. I completed my training at several universities and specialist centers across England, Ireland, the US and Germany, including London South Bank University and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. I am highly skilled in dealing with all types of personal issues, specializing trauma and addiction. I offer bespoke support, drawing on my years of experience and in depth knowledge. I'm bilingual (English / French) and I am accomplished in using an adaptive style to deal with patients from different cultures. I have been an NARM therapist since 2015 and have seen first hand the impact this model can have. I am assisting in several NARM training in Europe with Larry Heller and Michael Mokrus.  


Jürgen Heinrich


​Studies in social science / diploma in political economy, additional studies in psychology.Certified as Systemic Supervisor, Gestalt-Therapist, Teacher for Meditation and Relaxation Therapy, Trauma Therapy on the basics of art therapy and imagination, NARM-Master, alternative practitioner psychotherapy, Counselor BVPPT, Supervisor DGSV, Member of the Assistance-NARM-Team in Cologne with Larry Heller.Practicing as a therapist with clients / groups in Cologne and as a supervisor in psychiatric hospitals and supporting groups for addiction.  


 Sabine (Sonika) Husfeld Süthoff

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Educated and certified as a Physiotherapist, Naturopath, Medical Herbalist (1991-2001), Since 1991until today Sonica has been practicing in different practices in Germany, clinical settings in Auckland NZ and in Psychosomatic Clinic Centers in North Germany. Additional education and  certification in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy and continuous participation  in advanced Seminars for Trauma Treatment since 2011. Certified NARM Psychotherapist. Member of the Somatic Experiencing Assistance Team since 2011, Member of the European NARM Assistance Team since 2015.

Aleksandra Chybicka-Myszka, Ph.D.


​Psychologist with 18 years of experience and phd in clinical psychology. My first therapeutic background is in Gestalt (3-year course) and SystemicPsychology as well as Sport Psychology (postgraduat estudies).  I developed myself also in Dance and Movement therapy along with various dynamic meditations (OSHO, 5rhytms) .After the few years working as a University teacher nowadays I work in the private practicewhere I specialize in working with body, mind and spirit of people that experienced trauma using ollistic approach- including movement and touch. I work with individuals, adults and adolescents. I also cooperate with Universities and Colleges in Poland teaching graduate and postgraduate students Somatic Psychology, Psychology of Stress and Sport Psychology. I am a practitioner of NARM ™,   SomaticExperiencing  ®  and SOMA-embodiment ™ and an assistant to Michael Mokrus in NARM ™ trainings organized in Poland. I also assist in SE® trainings organized in Poland. I appreciate very much non-judgmental, open and curious,  here and now perspective offered by NARM ™.


Dr. Doris Lange    


​As a doctor of internal medicine I worked many years in hospital and directed a private practice of dialysis. Seeing a lot of trauma in all patients I delt with, I started to qualify and work as a psychotherapist. I am certified in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy (P.Levine), NeuroAffective Relational  Model (NARM) and Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP).

Karima Valentina Hočevar

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Karima Valentina Hočevar graduated from the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana, majoring in Human Resources Management. She is a certified therapist of several approaches - Craniosacral Resonance, the Neuroaffective Relational Model, Somatic Experiencing, Integral Somatic Psychology, and Learning Love. She is also a Dance Yoga therapist. In Craniosacral Resonance, she has been (co)conducting trainings and seminars both in Slovenia and abroad since 2011. In the Neuroaffective Relational Model, she has been a part of a team of teachers and a supervisor for trainings in many European countries since 2015. She never stops acquiring new skills and she uses her knowledge in her work every day in order to offer the best possible support to her clients.

Linda Riemsdijk


I am a body oriented Psychotherapist (ECP) with 10+ years experience in my private practice in the Netherlands. Started as a teacher in special primary education. I have a therapeutic background in Gestalt and systemic/family/couples therapy. Specialized in working with families dealing with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.I am a certified therapist in NARM™, SomaticExperiencing®, EMI® and NeuroAffective Developmental Psychology. Since 2019, I participate as an Assistant in various NARM trainings in Europe with Michael Mokrus and Laurence Heller.I am a certified clinical supervisor (EANSE) and currently doing a Masters degree in Human and Organizational behavior. Active as a trainer since 2016 in mental healthcare and education, teaching and supervising with a focus on body oriented trauma-approaches.

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