Healing Shame: A Workshop for Therapists
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Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It is at the root of both “the inner critic” and perfectionism. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it is often hard to detect. Many individuals and couples go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging or even feeling shame – and this gets in the way of making progress in treatment. Shame often fuels and promotes the negative cycle between members of a couple. Where there is blame, there is shame.
The difficulty we feel in dealing with shame carries over into the therapy situation. For many clients who don’t get better in therapy, shame – unacknowledged and not worked through – is the primary factor. Both therapists and clients need to be educated about shame – how it develops, what it is and how it works. And therapists need help in developing a working model of how to help their clients identify, work through and heal their shame.
In this workshop, we will learn how to help our clients recognize shame, work through it and gain a new sense of compassion for themselves – and their partners. We will become more sensitive to the shaming often implicit in the therapy situation and learn how to counter shame in therapy. We will be able to help clients separate feelings of shame from other emotions. And we’ll learn how to take clients back to early shaming situations and reverse the outcome – helping clients move their energy powerfully outward rather than turn it against themselves. We will look at working with individuals – as well as unpacking the dance of shame that arises within a couple in the reactive cycle as neither partner gets their attachment needs met.
“Best workshop I attended all year. Essential knowledge for anyone who does any kind of emotionally based psychotherapy. Greatly needed information which will be immediately useful.”
"This may be the best, most helpful CEU workshop I have been to."
“Best workshop I've been to this year. Loved it. Somatic and experiential focus, with excellent cognitive framing.”
"It was all very helpful – the demos, the sharing, the didactic. Good balance. It was all relevant – personally and professionally."
“My work with clients has deepened as I am seeing and addressing shame so much more and educating clients about it, often with dramatically positive results.”
“I want to thank you guys again for a wonderful, stimulating, evocative workshop. I do think that the perspective you bring to the central importance of shame in healing the psyche is unique and timely. The safe environment that you created in the group was special. I was touched by your courage in putting yourselves out there to work in front of the group. I loved the soft, gentle but persistent way each of you tracked the client–finding ways to connect with and highlight their underlying process.”
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Schedule of Upcoming Workshops
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