Positively Healing Shame @ Brattleboro Retreat Sept 23, 2016


Positively Healing Shame: Compassion Focused Approach

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Brattleboro Retreat
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

“Deirdre Fay has been applying her Becoming Safely Embodied model to individual and group trauma treatment for many years, long before mindfulness or somatic techniques became well-accepted in the field.  These deceptively simple skills and new ways of relating to themselves and others are easy for clients to absorb, yet enable them to stabilize their emotions and behavior and to tolerate a deeper therapeutic exploration.  Deirdre’s warm, experiential style of teaching and jargon-free language also make her neurobiologically-informed ways of working accessible even to therapists for whom these concepts are unfamiliar.  This is a very useful workshop that offers many usable tools for therapists to take away and new paradigms for helping their clients see a different future.”

–   Janina Fisher, PhD, coauthor with Pat Ogden of
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

The physiological distress of shame shapes the experience of reality. This is complicated for those with trauma and attachment wounding who find being in the body difficult.
Yet it is where we need to meet and heal shame with compassion. Using an embodied approach to understand the root causes of shame, bound in the wounds of attachment, we’ll gently unpack the implicit protest communication of shame reorganizes internal distress.
This experiential day-long workshop offers positive, practical, and supportive skills for clients to buffer body, mind, and heart reactions to shame. Deirdre will demonstrate that client reactivity can lessen as an embodied experience of compassion develops.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:

•         Define and identify protest and how it manifests in the body.
•         Explain and practice the skill of cultivating “nourishing opposites”.
•         Assess and design practices to re-organize shame.
•         List at least 3 ways shame derails connection to self and others.
•         Demonstrate and apply breathing practices to calm the nervous system.

Deirdre Fay, LICSW, integrates traditional trauma and attachment therapy with yoga and meditation. Former supervisor at The Trauma Center, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute trainer from 2000–2008, and qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, Ms. Fay has practiced for 30 years and is the originator of the Becoming Safely Embodied skills used throughout the world.

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