October 15, 2019

106 - Guilt, Shame, and the Traumatized Client

Finding Release from Toxic Emotions

Although trauma can affect clients’ inner lives in countless ways, most survivors grapple with deep-seated feelings of guilt and shame. Until these powerful and debilitating emotions are specifically addressed, it’s difficult for clients to fully heal. In this workshop, learn how to compassionately help clients understand the root causes of shame and guilt, and offer creative strategies for releasing themselves from the grip of these toxic emotions. You’ll explore: 

  • The difference between guilt and shame, and why shame is so difficult to resolve 
  • The specific dynamics of trauma and early childhood coping strategies that promote and sustain shame 
  • How secondary gain and “protective parts” affect clients’ willingness to let go of shame 
  • How to cognitively, somatically, and creatively enhance the two antidotes to shame: self-compassion and curiosity 

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is the founder of The Ferentz Institute. Her books include Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behavior, and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch. 

Note: This workshop is live.


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