Special Transforming Trauma Podcast: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. Heller and Brad Kammer
In this special episode of Transforming Trauma, host Sarah Buino is joined by Dr. Laurence Heller, creator of the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), and Brad Kammer, NARM Training Director and Senior Faculty. As we face the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the trio reflects on how to come together in community to support each other in times of crisis.
Faced with the need for physical distancing and isolation, it can be difficult to connect to the resources that we rely on to manage the stressors in our lives. Additionally, the fear and anxieties triggered by the unknown – our uncertain future – can create additional challenges for us all. Particularly for those dealing with the impact of unresolved adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma, this can be a very difficult time to navigate.
Dr. Heller and Brad Kammer share constructive advice for managing the powerful emotions triggered by the COVID-19 crisis. Feelings of fear, helplessness, uncertainty, and grief, valid during any crisis, are often overwhelming. What if, instead of avoiding them, we followed Dr. Heller’s suggestion and allowed ourselves to fully experience these emotions? What if we gave ourselves the same compassion we show others and created space for self-reflection and self-compassion? “Emotions are not designed to be permanent,” says Dr. Heller. “They only tend to stay permanent and fixed if we run away from them.”
Recognizing that we’re all in this together, the NARM Training Institute was created to support individuals, families and communities in facing the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma, and provide effective strategies for navigating the fear, isolation and uncertainty during this challenging time for our world.