How to Identify Shame in Trauma Treatment
I have heard shame described as “trauma’s twin,” meaning that where you see the effects of trauma you will more than likely see the effects of shame. Understanding how to identify and treat shame is vital when working with trauma survivors.
Dr. Brene Brown (link to her work here), a shame researcher, has done wonders for helping us become more comfortable with talking about and addressing shame. I find a number of her books and resources to be invaluable to my clients as they begin to openly confront their shame. It is a great way to address shame from a cognitive standpoint.
I also want to help you consider shame from a somatic standpoint as well. How does shame show up in the body? What are some visual signs that might be present as a client struggles with shame?
In this week’s vlog I address these questions and share some insights for you to consider as you treat clients. Check out the vlog below.