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Working with Toxic Shame & Guilt

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Laurence Heller, PhD
59 Minutes
Sep 27, 2021
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Goals: Increasing participants capacity to understand and work with toxic shame and guilt on somatic, emotional and identity levels. Outline: Understanding the development roots of shame and guilt as adaptive survival mechanisms. Shame as an effort to protect the attachment relationship. Shame and guilt and their impact on both the level of identity and the nervous system.



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.


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Laurence Heller, PhD, developed the NeuroAffective Relational Model® known as NARM®. Dr. Heller is also the founder of the NARM Training Institute.

He has 40 years of clinical experience and has been leading trainings for psychotherapists for much of that time. He has developed an innovative psychotherapy which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy, which integrates elements from Attachment Theory, somatic psychotherapies, Object Relations Theory and non-western traditions, creating a unique psychotherapy model that is non-regressive, non-interpretive, present moment oriented and works in a unique way with a client’s personal history: The NARM model is based on the premise that it is the persistence of once life-saving adaptive survival style mechanisms not the trauma itself that creates symptoms.

Dr. Heller is the co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma, published in English and 14 other languages as well as the co-author of the Practical Guide to Healing Developmental Trauma to be published in July 2022 as well as two other books on psychotherapy.

He and NARM teachers that he trained run trainings online, throughout the USA and in most European countries.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laurence Heller is the founder and director of NARM Training Institute and developed NeuroAffective Relational Model®. He has an employment relationship with Foundation for Human Enrichment. Dr. Heller receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laurence Heller has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate toxic shame and guilt from healthy shame and guilt.
  2. Theorize the origins of toxic shame and guilt as the result of developmental trauma.
  3. Support shame-based identification as part of an adaptive mechanism.
  4. Extrapolate the development of shame as a function in attachment.
  5. Apply psychotherapeutic interventions for working with shame and guilt in our clients.


  • Current treatment paradigms for PTSD and C-PTSD in working with shame 
  • How treatment differs when working with PTSD v C-PTSD 
  • How the NARM approach addresses C-PTSD 
  • Key Clinical elements in working with emotional vs biological completion 
  • How to work with the fear of the loss of the attachment relationship as a key to working with C-PTSD 
  • Three-step process for working with emotional completion to resolve toxic shame and guilt

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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