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.
Understand the nature and role of body and the brain in creating, maintaining, and healing the experience of shame.
Identify and apply interventions that facilitate clients’ use of their body and brain to self-regulate and attain integration.
Understand the implications of using somatic interventions and therapist use of self and presence with clients suffering from shame.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling / LPC,
University of St. Thomas - Houston / Private practice