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What is Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)?
CRM neurobiology was developed by Frank Corrigan, MD.
A synopsis of the CRM model and Corrigan’s work was compiled below by Lisa Schwarz, M.ed.
Chronic symptoms, addictions, relationship problems, and behavioral challenges are the presenting problems that bring people to therapy and to doctor’s offices. These are considered defense responses that follow the profoundly difficult emotions that are too much to experience. Terror, grief, rage, shame, pain, and disgust are the feelings that we try to avoid feeling throughout out life. Our mind buries these feelings. Our defense responses or symptoms not only protect us from feeling this intolerable pain, but in the CRM therapy process, gives us the information about the true cause, or root issue resulting from the truth of our life.
Because our nervous system cannot allow us to feel that pain fully and completely, our brains make sure that we have ways to avoid those painful feeling and we call these defense responses. They are actually the symptoms mentioned above that bring us to therapy and are driven by the need to fight, flight, freeze, hide, avoid, submit or dissociate from those experiences and the pain that goes with them. In the CRM process, we are guiding the client to access within themselves the resources of their mind, body and spirit that makes feeling painful feelings possible. When we can feel the most painful things completely, and step into the pain fully, the need for our defense responses (symptoms, addictions, etc.) are no longer needed. Our nervous system does not need to avoid, fight, hide or bury the things that have influenced how we have operated and related to ourselves and to 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-centered approach in which clients are guided to embody their true authentic self in their day to day lives.
What kind of clients benefit from CRM®?
CRM® was originally developed for use with those individuals who experience the challenges of:
However, most psychiatric diagnoses are effectively addressed through the use of this model. Those issues might include:
- Military veterans and their families
- Performance Enhancement goals for sports
- Expressive Arts
- Public Speaking or any type of performance anxiety
CRM® works well with children as young as 4 years old as well as adolescents, adults and couples. Group therapy benefits from creative use of various aspects of the model in inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient group settings.
Breathing, connection to our history with nature, our instinctual ability to connect and attach to ourselves or others, and the ability to really feel a connection to our physical body allows us to feel safe enough to try feel deeply to release that pain and terror. For the times when the fear keeps us from being able to develop these resources, the CRM therapist will guide you through these obstacles, CRM clears out the sludge and debris that keeps us from re-membering who we really are, the us that is not defined from our pain and history.