The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) was developed by Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed., a licensed psychologist in Pittsburgh, PA. The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is a neuro-biologically based trauma treatment model which facilitates targeting of traumatic experiences by bridging the most primitive aspects of the person and their brain, to their purest, healthiest part of the self. This bridge catalyses the mind and body to access all forms of emotional trauma and stress by utilizing layers of internal resources such as attachment neurobiology, breathwork skills, somatic resources, our connection to the natural world, toning and sacred geometry, and one’s relationship with self, our intuition, and higher consciousness. The sequencing and combination of these resources, and the eye positions that anchor them, provide the opportunity for fear responses to be cleared thoroughly while the client is fully aware and present moment to moment. CRM allows individuals to effectively orient fully towards the most frightening material, uniquely accessing and clearing the origin of the split second moments of intolerable affect that result in defence responses which lead to life-interfering symptoms, addictions, and disconnection from self and others. The potential for clearing neurobiological debris from the nervous system clears the way for positive neuro-plasticity and personal expansion whether that is seen as spiritual or otherwise, and which is separate from one’s history of pain and woundedness.
CRM was originally developed for use with those individuals who experience the challenges of Complex PTSD, severe Dissociative Disorders, and Attachment Disorders, however many psychiatric diagnoses are effectively addressed through the use of this model. Military veterans and their families find this modality to be particularly effective in healing the deep wounds caused by war.
Individual CRM resources as well as the model as a whole can be used with many types of psychotherapeutic modalities including:
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy,
- Somatic Experiencing,
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,
- Clinical Hypnotherapy,
- Internal Family Systems, and many others.
Work is done from the time of conception through the present and includes methods for working with generational trauma out of the realm of the client’s conscious knowledge. This is a heart-centred approach in which clients are guided to re-member who they really are and to learn to embody their true authentic self in their day to day lives (see www.comprehensiveresourcemodel.com for further information about CRM).