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Shame Workshop


Date to be decided

Zoom Workshop

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Costs: Zoom price £75

Maximum of 12 places

You will be given an attendance certificate for 6 hours.

Written and facilitated by Catherine O’Riordan (MBACP/UKCP/APSE)

To book please pay by bank transfer and email me for a receipt at:


I also deliver this as a closed workshop to organisations.

In a confidential space you will explore:

  • How to identify shame in yourself, others, transgenerationally and systemically.

  • How to understand the 'why' and how of 'how' of shame as a protective dynamic of the authentic self.

  • How to treat clients with underlying shame trauma.

My approach crafting this workshop:


People often feel shame when they unexpectedly meet indifference, disapproval, or criticism. I call this a shame slap. According to Kelly and Lamia 2018 ‘Shame is wired into our human brain as a program that reacts immediately when the positive affects – things we are enjoying and want more of – are interfered with by something or someone’. For example, you might find yourself enthusiastically telling someone something only to find them indifferent or critical and the feeling of shame may hit you. When we experience a shame hit, we might react with anger whilst others end up swallowing the situation and the experience whole. This can set up a shame association and the next time they feel enthusiastic they dial it down, keeping their enthusiasm under wrap. In this way shame seeks to protect the authentic self from knock-backs. Over time the shame landscape can become very complex indeed. The feeling of shame can develop into a core experience and underpin many other problems.


Drawing on my personal and clinical experience, as well as theories from Tomkins, Kaufman and Gestalt, I facilitate participants into understanding the complex dynamics of shame and through case study examples explore treatment approaches and interventions.

Prior to the workshop I will invite you to complete a short pre-workshop assignment around your experience of shame and this will help prepare you for the actual workshop day.

Following the workshop resources like handouts and a bibliography will be emailed to participants

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