How to Identify Shame in Trauma Treatment

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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.

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Catherine Kirby · October 31, 2019 at 10:24 am

Somatic ways of diagnosing shame and then helping the person to change their posture as a way of exploring their issues with shame is very valuable. That empathy and not trying to change the person with shame’s thinking by other ways is interesting to hear too. Thanks, Nina.

    ninakeeler · November 4, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Empathy is so powerful. I really love Dr. Brene Browns thoughts on the power of empathy and how it dismantles shame!

Catherine Kirby · October 31, 2019 at 10:28 am

Somatic ways of diagnosing shame, and then helping the client to change their posture, as a way of exploring their various issues with shame is valuable. It’s also interesting to note that empathy is powerful in dissolving shame. Thanks, Nina.

    ninakeeler · November 4, 2019 at 10:04 am

    You are so welcome Catherine! Happy the content is helpful in your trauma treatment journey.

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