Successful Ways to Work With Clients Who Struggle With Deep Feelings of Shame










When a client experiences shame, they live in constant fear of being rejected. And they become trapped in the avoidance strategies they create to escape the pain.

However, shame left untreated grows more powerful. And it can often lead our clients into behaviors that invite even greater shame.

But to effectively work with shame, we have to understand its neurobiology and why it’s so difficult to erase its deep tracing on the nervous system. We need to know why shame vigilantly protects itself, and how our traditional treatments may be sustaining shame or driving it even deeper.

That’s why we’ve brought together 19 of the top experts in our field to bring you . . .

How to Work With Shame


How to Break the Power of Shame by Engaging it

Marsha Linehan, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT
  • The one counterintuitive technique that removes the fear of rejection from shame
  • The most common type of shame (and why clients often believe they caused it)
  • How to approach treatment when a client’s shame is legitimate

The Way a Shame Posture Impacts Emotions (And How to Bring Clients Out of It)

Peter Levine, PhD      Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT
Ron Siegel, PsyD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD
  • Why a posture of shame looks identical to a posture of trauma
  • How to adjust your office seating to avoid triggering your client’s shame
  • A guided exercise to help bring clients out of a posture of shame

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