Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Announces Partnership with NARM Creator Laurence Heller, PhD

Laurence Heller

In new role as Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Heller will bring his NeuroAffective Relational Model and clinical expertise to MBH’s proven treatment programs

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Heller to the team. We have long been familiar with his important work developing the NeuroAffective Relational Model, which fits seamlessly into MBH’s treatment approach.”

Sean Walsh, CEO
[WICKENBURG, ARIZONA – April 21, 2022] Meadows Behavioral Healthcare announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Dr. Laurence Heller to join their team as a Meadows Senior Fellow. His NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), developed over the course of his 45-year clinical career, is a powerful approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Heller to the team. We have long been familiar with his important work developing the NeuroAffective Relational Model, which fits seamlessly into MBH’s treatment approach,” said Sean Walsh, CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. “We look forward to having Larry more directly involved in bringing NARM to our clinicians and patients.”

Meadows Senior Fellows are some of the nation’s top addiction and recovery experts, and they provide ongoing direction, consultation, and training for staff as well as interacting with patients. They work together to ensure that The Meadows Model is the most clinically comprehensive and nurturing program available today. Meadows Behavioral Healthcare’s network of specialized behavioral healthcare programs provide evidence-based treatment for those struggling with emotional trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, and co-occurring conditions.

A renowned clinical professional and bestselling author, Dr. Heller is a natural fit to join the work Meadows Behavioral Healthcare is already doing. NARM’s method of psychotherapy specifically aimed at treating attachment, relational, and developmental trauma enhances the work already being done across our Meadows programs. NARM holds that while what happened in the past is significant, it is not simply trauma itself that creates the symptoms that people experience as adults. It is the persistence of once lifesaving survival mechanisms that distort present experience and create symptoms. These survival patterns, having outlived their usefulness, create ongoing disconnection from our authentic self, our bodies and emotions, as well as from others.

“I am thrilled to have been invited to become a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. It is another step in presenting NARM to their clinical team along with the understanding and treatment of C-PTSD and its causative role in so much human suffering,” Dr. Heller said. “I look forward to a rich and fruitful collaboration and hope to support the important work being done at the Meadows family of treatment programs.”


Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is a network of specialized behavioral healthcare programs, individualized addiction recovery centers, and acute psychiatric care centers located throughout the United States. An industry leader, MBH provides evidence-based treatment for people struggling with trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, and co-occurring conditions. Their full continuum of programs and services deliver personalized treatment plans to people from all walks of life, meeting them at their point of need to help achieve long-term recovery. This treatment approach rooted in decades of clinical experience treating childhood and relational trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues has established a strong foundation of trust among patients, referring healthcare partners and the local communities served. For more information on all of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare’s treatment services, visit, or call 800-244-4949.


Dr. Laurence Heller holds a PhD in psychology and spent more than three decades in private practice, but he is probably best known as the founder of the NeuroAffective Relational Model©. NARM is a specialized psychobiological approach to working with developmental trauma that is detailed in his bestselling book Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image and the Capacity for Relationship. Dr. Heller also co-wrote The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolve Complex Trauma and Crash Course, a book on shock trauma. He speaks several languages fluently and conducts seminars in the NARM approach throughout the United States and Europe. He and his teachers also present NARM worldwide. Dr. Heller is currently working on a project led by Christina Bethell, PhD, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to bring a trauma informed understanding to pediatricians and general practitioners throughout the US.


For more information, contact:

Carrie Steffenson
[email protected]