Connecting with Shame: A Relational Stance
Shame can be experienced as a sense of personal ‘flawedness’ undermining the existential core of our psychological well being.
Shame often remains a hidden dynamic in the therapeutic encounter due to feelings of exposure and unworthiness within both client and therapist. The therapist may be taken by surprise at getting caught up in a shame cycle with a client and can mask ‘uncomfortableness’ with the ‘stock-in-trade’ asking of questions, which act like a spotlight on the client and can keep the therapist safely hidden.
The workshop will include experiential exercises, theory and counselling practice related to:
– Defining Shame: a relational concept
– Differentiating guilt, healthy and toxic shame
– Understanding therapeutic ‘choice points’ in the healing of shame
This 1 day workshop, presented by international guest Alan Leach, will take a relational stance to understanding the phenomena of shame, bringing in the therapists’ own experiences and offering ways to work with shame so that the work itself is not shame inducing.