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Using Interpersonal Skills to Heal Shame

  • 26 Feb 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Online

Using Interpersonal Skills to Heal Shame: Undoing Aloneness and Building Attachment by Matching, Joining and Activating Mirror Neurons 

With Sheila Rubin LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon PhD, SEP

4 Fridays: February 26, Mar 5, 12, & 19  10am–1:30pm PST Online via Zoom – Live and Recorded

$395 full price / $375 with full payment by February 6, 2021 / Special price for interns
13 CE credits available – $40 fee (See website for details) CAMFT CE provider #134393

In many studies of the effectiveness of therapy, a strong connection between therapist and client has been noted as the clearest predictor of success. And yet our own fear and shame of doing the wrong thing can get in the way of that connection. We can be overly susceptible to messages telling us to be "neutral” and “professional.” We can find ourselves holding back our warmth, generosity, and enthusiasm.

In this workshop, you will discover powerful tools to connect with a client quickly and deeply. We will provide demonstrations to help you decide when to hold back and when to bring yourself forward, both emotionally and physically. Because shame can produce a state of freeze, we may need to be even more active in order to counter it. You will learn ways to convey to the client “I’m right there with you”—in a dance in which you alternate between follower and leader. Being “right there” with the client is especially important in working with shame, which turns people’s gaze inward and makes them feel lacking and inferior. The workshop will examine ways to level the playing field that shame distorts—and combine the seemingly contradictory roles of caring friend and trusted expert.

There is no prerequisite for this course. It can be taken by itself or as part of a sequence.


TO REGISTER, please visit the Schedule page at or use this link:

For more information, call Sheila at 415-820-3974 or email

For details about our complete training program in Healing Shame, visit our website, where you can also check out articles and free Healing Shame webinars.

The Center for Healing Shame is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs in California – approved CE provider #134393. Berkeley and online courses meet the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credit. CE credits for PhDs and nurses licensed in California and PhDs, therapists, and nurses licensed outside of California in the U.S. and Canada are available through our co-sponsor. Please visit our website for details. The Center for Healing Shame maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Presenter Bio
Sheila Rubin and Bret Lyon are leading authorities on healing shame. They created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and are the directors of the Center for Healing Shame, a continuing education provider that offers Healing Shame workshops to therapists and other helping professionals. They have co-led workshops on Healing Shame for over a decade, in many cities in the U.S. and Canada. Both have trained in EFT with Sue Johnson and in AEDP with Diana Fosha.

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