Workshop

“Is something wrong with me?”
– Chronic shame

Do you feel you have to hide your vulnerablity from the world? Or do you feel that you are too much or too little or just don’t fit in? Do you fear that something is inherently wrong with you? You may be suffering from chronic shame!

Nobody wants to talk about shame, although we all suffer from it. The less we talk about it, the more power it has over us.

I offer workshops on how unacknowledged shame can stunt both your personal growth and your spiritual practice. Shame can be a debilitating reaction to the feeling of worthlessness, and the fear of that feeling, which can impact our entire life and livelihood. We hide in isolation while struggling with the negative self-belief that “something is inherently wrong with me.” I call this “chronic shame.”

The good news is it is possible to release the power that lies within so that instead of impairing your life, chronic shame can transform into healthy shame and actually enrich it.

In these workshops, you will learn to recognize the universal core reactions around the feeling of worthlessness, cultivate the emotional resiliency to explore it, and release the energy to transform it. Workshop participants attest to the healing power of sharing this process with each other. Shame is a social pain and listening to others’ suffering, activates compassion, and healing.

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Method

I use silence as the starting point and ground of our common being, the silence that lies beneath the emergence of everything and flows through even the most suppressed and complex.

Acceptance of diversity is one of the most fundamental principles we practice in these groups. Listening to one another and being curious from a non-judgmental heart, the varieties of background and social location, experience, values, worldview, and pace bring depth and insight into what we do not already know.

The quirky and unexpected often hides new insights that we could never have imagined on our own.

We play, laugh, explore, we cry, grieve, rage, dance, listen, love, reflect or sit in silence.

FEES, POLICIES

The fee for a standard session of 55 minutes is $150. I also offer a limited number of sliding-scale appointments based on need and availability. Feel free to inquire about this option.

If you are interested please contact me to schedule an initial conversation, free of charge, to discuss your needs and together determine if I can provide what you are looking for. Click here for information on contacting me.

Due to the pandemic, I currently only offer on-line therapy and group sessions. As soon as the Covid-19 is under control I will also resume in-person therapy and groups.

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Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel or re-schedule an existing appointment within 24 hours of your appointment or fail to show up for your scheduled appointment without notice–excluding emergency situations–you will be charged for the full amount of your session.

“We cannot change the way the world is, but by opening ourselves to the world as it is, we may find that gentleness, decency and bravery are available – not only to us, but to all human beings.”

– Chogyam Trungpa