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.
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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.
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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
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