Shame lives in the body. It originates in early childhood through verbal and nonverbal communication perceived as disapproving. It activates the body’s stress system, compromising self-regulation and promoting patterned behavior. We explore the interpersonal origins of shame; its impact on the body, nervous system, and social–emotional functioning; and somatic interventions to support healing. We emphasize the therapist’s use of self in forming a therapeutic alliance that serves as a foundation for change.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling / LPC,
University of St. Thomas - Houston / Private Practice
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