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Melting the Shame Freeze: Using Somatic Techniques to Create Safety and Build Attunement

  • 18 Feb 2023
  • 25 Feb 2023
  • Online

Center for Healing Shame - Melting the Shame Freeze – Using Somatic Techniques to Create Safety and Build Attunement

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

Saturday, February 18, 25 2023, 10am-6pm PT
Online via Zoom – Live and Recorded

Shame is an embodied belief that “Something is wrong with me.” Because shame exists in the body as well as in the mind, it is helpful for therapists to work with shame somatically. Clients stuck in shame have trouble seeing anyone but themselves. It can be hard for them to receive support from another person as they are caught in the grip of shame.

In this workshop, you will explore how to utilize somatic techniques to connect more quickly with the client and forge a strong therapeutic alliance.

You will:

Focus on using breathing and grounding to resource the client, becoming more aware of your own breathing and expanding it in the process.

Learn how you can resource yourself so that you don't fall into somatic counter-transference and take on the client's physical shame patterns. 

Explore how to keep your clients more present in the room with you and counter over-verbalization, dissociation, and freezing.

Learn techniques and theory from Wilhelm Reich (the father of Somatics), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing®), Stephen Porges (Polyvagal Theory), Ron Kurtz (Hakomi), and Eugene Gendlin (Focusing).

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

$395 full price / $375 with full payment by Jan 20 / Special price for interns

13 CE credits available – $40 fee (See website for details)

CAMFT CE provider #134393

Registration & Info

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

For more information, contact Bret Lyon at or Sheila Rubin at

We also have a complete training program in Healing Shame, leading to Certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner - Lyon/Rubin Method.

To learn more about all our workshops—and our program to be Certified as a Healing Shame Practitioner, and for articles and webinars about healing shame, please check our website.

The Center for Healing Shame is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs in California – approved CE provider #134393. Berkeley and online courses meet the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credit. The Center for Healing Shame maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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