, 1:00 pm—5:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It is at the root of both “the inner critic” and perfectionism. It binds with other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that is often hard to detect Also, revealing shame can be in itself shameful. For many clients who don’t get better in therapy, shame — unacknowledged and not worked through — is the primary factor. In this workshop, we will learn how to help our clients recognize shame, work through it and move on. 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.