Log in

Renewal, member update and event registration instructions: to renew your membership or register for events you must log in first. To edit your profile or renew click the blue person icon below. Select Profile.

Log in

USABP Presents - Shame, Trauma and Addiction: Treating Addiction as an Attempt to Break Out of the Shame-Trauma Freeze

  • 16 Feb 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Members don't pay
  • Special rate for member invited guests that enter their given code.

Registration is closed

This Spotlight Series Event is brought to you in partnership with Official USABP Educator The Center for Healing Shame. 

Understanding, reducing and transforming shame is the key to freeing someone from addiction. Shame, like trauma, produces a state of freeze in the nervous system. Shame is designed to bind with other emotions to lower their affect. It effects our ability to fully feel anger or grief.  Shame also lowers our ability to feel pleasure. While there seems to be a physiological component that does make some people more prone to addiction, we believe that people develop and maintain addictions to gain a temporary escape from that sense of freeze. In the famous “rat park” experiment, Bruce Alexander showed that rats who were not isolated, but in cages with other rats and lots of stimulating objects, even when offered ready access to drugs, didn’t become addicted.  Just as rats need activity and other rats to be happy, people need people. When shame disrupts our ability to gain pleasure from being active or connect with others, we become more prone to addiction. This is especially true when the shame comes from physical or emotional trauma in childhood.

Working with addictions can be challenging because letting go of the addiction is a huge, terrifying unknown.  In this presentation, you will learn how to counter the shame that has been causing and maintains the addiction.  You will gain tools to become a true support to the part of the client that wants to heal and help them find new paths, while also gently challenging the unhelpful behavior, and help clients both express the anger and grief that is bound with shame and seek out resources - people, places and other sources of pleasure, ease and belonging - that can sustain them.


  • Welcome
  • USABP Announcements
  • Presentation, Demo & Experiential
  • Q & A
  • Overtime discussion (after the event formally concludes)

This event will include our special Overtime! 
Overtime allows attendees to continue to ask questions and invite conversation on the event material, other related inquiries, or cases after the formal event ends. 

Check back for more details.
Sign up now for this event to receive emailed updates.

This event will be recorded and available for members.
Non-members who register for this event also have access to this video. This course will not include CEs.

Our featured presenters:

Sheila Rubin and Bret Lyon are the founders of the Center for Healing Shame. They have been at the forefront of guiding mental health professionals to recognize and move through shame with their clients.

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is a leading authority on Healing Shame. She co-created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania, for over 30 years.

Sheila is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Drama Therapist and a Board Certified Trainer. She has developed therapy techniques that integrate AEDP, EFT, drama therapy and somatic therapy to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie eating disorders, addictions and toxic family dynamics. Sheila has served as adjunct faculty at JFK University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books.

Sheila offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and also offers consultation to therapists over Skype.

- - - -

Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP has been a teacher of Somatic and Emotional Mindfulness for over 30 years and holds doctorates in both Psychology and Drama.

He is certified in Focusing and Somatic Experiencing® and has trained in EFT with Sue Johnson, in AEDP with Diana Fosha and in Coherence Therapy with Bruce Ecker.

Bret has also trained in Reichian Breathwork with Al Bauman, who worked directly with Wilhelm Reich. He finds his theater background very helpful with clients and especially in giving presentations.

About the Spotlight Organization

Center for Healing Shame with Bret Lyon, PhD and Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT – Their Training Workshops are designed to help therapists show clients how to recognize shame, work through it and move on. We will become more sensitive to the shaming often implicit in the therapy situation and learn how to counter shame in therapy. We will be able to help clients separate feelings of shame from other emotions. And we’ll learn how to take clients back to early shaming situations and reverse the outcome – helping clients move their energy powerfully outward rather than turn it against themselves. READ MORE


Get invited to events like these, updates on free resource materials and more. Subscribe to the USABP Highlights Newsletter.

Sign Up

Check back as new information on our events happen regularly and updates are ongoing.

These exclusive webinars are brought to you by the USABP and its proud educational and training institute member organizations.

These live webinars are for Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs. Counselors, Somatic Practitioners, Body Worker and other Health Professionals.


Registration is in three steps. Get the details below.

Non-members see special message* to you below.

Members you must be logged in to be able to access free registration.


Non-members are better off to join the USABP. For a little more money paid as a member - instead of an event registrant - you can participate in 12 plus upcoming webinars FREE and get access to our library of training - lectures. Plus get our International digital and/or printed version of our International Peer Reviewed Journal and much more.


Our events often include demonstrations, video and slide presentations, experiential exercises, Q & A discussions, insights from attendees, presenter shares about their personal journey and inspirations, and much more.

These courses content levels serve introductory or beginning level; intermediate level; or advanced level.

Please cancel prior to 24 hours before the course starts. For questions or concerns, phone 202-466-1619.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.


REGISTRATION is in three steps:

1) Register first on the USABP website (click the register button on this page), and then

2) Register at Zoom too. Use the Zoom link that we will email to you after you register with USABP (click the register button on this page to begin registration).

3) Once you register with Zoom.  Zoom will send you your login link.

We look forward to seeing you at this premiere event.

1321 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77055


Marketing Powered by Brand Awakening

© 2003- 2018 United States Association for Body Psychotherapy

All rights reserved.® is a registered trademark of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy®

No part of this Web site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. 

USABP is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to developing and advancing the art, science, and practice of Body Psychotherapy.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software