NeuroAffective Relational Model for Healing Attachment

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Psychology

Somatic Touch

Spiritual Healing

A revolutionary approach to healing trauma

  "Trauma is a fact of life.  It does not, however, have to be a life sentence." - Dr. Peter Levine

After many years of training and experience, I have developed a unique treatment approach using a combination of psychotherapy, NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Experiencing touch, and grief work, together with spiritual and intuitive resources. This blended approach is gentle, healing, and restorative. Sessions are dynamic.  Sessions often bring immediate relief.    

NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) - NARM is a relational model that focuses on Attachment, Relational Trauma, and Developmental Trauma, also known as Complex PTSD.  By working with lifelong Attachment patterns, we address psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties.  In a session, I start by asking the question, "What would you like from our time together"?  This question is a way for the client to name what it is they are yearning for and it helps guide the session.  The work is based on the present; we explore the conscious and unconscious beliefs and strategies that may be getting in the way of the client's wellness. 

Somatic Experiencing for shock trauma - We spend just enough time on "the story" and focus more on how the body responds. Somatic work is very different than traditional talk therapy.  There is no need to revisit painful experiences; the focus of treatment is to regulate the nervous system. This process is effective in resolving symptoms and restoring inner peace.  Our primary focus is to invite relief by calming (regulating) the system and by creating energetic space so that the body can do what it is designed to do, heal.  When the nervous system is less stressed (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) and more resourced, it has a greater capacity to function, heal, and thrive.   I work with individuals who are healing from a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, childhood abuse, and unresolved grief.  In addition, I work with many clinicians who are on their own healing journey. 

The conscious mind determines one's actions, the unconscious mind determines one's reactions. This approach focuses more on the body's memory.  This body-based approach is geared towards releasing the body's emotional conditioning and reactions that interfere with life today.

I have offices in Stamford and Southbury CT. Please call 203-966-5509 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Valerie Candela 


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