Shame is an emotion we all experience from time to time, however when shame becomes toxic, it can be one of the most disorganizing of all emotional experiences. Excessive shame can interfere with our meeting needs and disrupt our health and sense of self-esteem. Emotionally reactive, harsh, and self-critical voices can develop. And shame-prone identities can emerge which become painfully pronounced over time.
Recognizing, managing, and resolving the various symptoms and manifestations of shame, both conscious and hidden, is central to the process of healing and recovery. This workshop focuses on the development a fuller understanding of the shame process, how toxic shame evolves, how shame can become hidden and buried, and on the relationship of shame to other psychological and emotional problems and behaviors. Strategies for managing and/or resolving past and present issues of shame are offered.