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2100 South Cherry Street

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Denver, CO 80222

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Experiencing and Working with Shame: Applying EFT for Individuals and Couples with Shame

Sponsored by Sandstone Care and the Colorado Center for EFT

Let's stop messing around with our clients’ shame, avoiding it, or letting absorbing shame limit how we show up as therapists. This pesky feeling and its accompanying world views offers both opportunities and obstacles. Clients avoid sharing this emotion with us. People with absorbing levels of shame may seek to please us and not upset us in session. Shame shows up with the toughest issues such as addiction, depression and P.T.S.D. Without addressing shame with addiction for example relapse is more likely. Trauma survivors limit their openness with loved ones as a result of toxic shame. From cultural shaming to body shaming, from shame for being too much or not enough, across the board we find that clients benefit from working with empowered, shame-aware change-agents in therapy. That means us. The therapists who understand shame processes and how to work with them. So let’s stop working around the margins and utilize the full array of tools available to us to put shame in its useful place in our clients’ (and our own) emotional and relational lives.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify our own shame style (and gain tools to help identify your client’s shame style)
  • Understand Shame, both healthy and toxic shame, through an attachment lens
  • Apply Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, E.F.I.T., to addressing shame effectively
  • Help clients stay connected with you (and each other in relational therapy) when absorbed by shame
  • Practice E.F.I.T. methods for unpacking shame from other primary emotions
  • Use these powerful experiential methods to transform shame in the treatment of addiction and trauma
  • Leverage the relationship between joy, sadness and shame in emotionally focused work
  • Identify our signature themes around shame and practice ways of addressing our own therapist shame in session
  • Help treat Shame more effectively in couples therapy using EFT

Following this workshop we believe attendees will embrace being shame warriors. Learn to uncover and root out hidden, deep layers of shame. Develop the capacity to sit with toxic, absorbing shame with clients and in couples or family therapy. Became adept at helping people explore shame from a new paradigm even as they recover from addiction or work to heal trauma.

We offer a liberating, empowering view of shame and experiential tools to help you and your clients access, lean in to, and transform the experience of shame. We will use addiction and trauma as focal points, but this workshop material is applicable across treatment populations and treatment approaches.


8:00am Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9am-4pm Presentation

*Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks will be provided both days*

*Eligible for 12 Continuing Professional Development Hours*


About the Presenters

Jim Thomas, LMFT, Approved Supervisor teaches couples and therapy around the world. Passionate about strength-based, humanistic and attachment informed therapy, Jim values the authentic use of self and fuller engagement of therapists in their work. "In spite of 30,000 clinical hours, providing thousands of hours of supervision, and teaching therapy and E.F.T. throughout the U.S. and internationally, my relationship with shame continues." He first began exploring shame in workshops with John Bradshaw decades ago and in his own Adult Children of Alcoholic support group work. Professionally, Jim finds that toxic, absorbing shame remains a major obstacle in much relational and individual therapy. And, he recognizes with Cindy that there are innumerable opportunities and potential in working more effectively with shame.

Jim Thomas is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainer, International Centre for Excellence in E.F.T., as well as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow. He has developed and presented workshops on topics as diverse as Addiction and Couples Therapy, Transforming Shame through Secure Attachment, and Evidence-Based Effective Psychotherapy Relationships across Models. Jim's clinical work includes working with multi-stressed populations experiencing the impacts of trauma, addiction, oppression, and loss. "I live in the intersection professionally of trauma, addiction, shame and pain. How do we open up and go inside with people? Not leave them alone with these hidden parts of themselves, but rather help them access a richer, more vibrant emotional life not deadened or made isolated by toxic shame."

His style is described as engaging, authentic and vulnerable. "Jim Thomas is one of the leading edge thinkers in the world of relational therapy. I would go out of my way to hear what he has to say today," - Dr. Bill Doherty, author of Soul Searching and developer of Discernment Counseling. For more information visit, https://jimthomas.care/ and http://www.engagingtherapy.com/

Cindy Wander, MA, MS, LPC, LMFT
From volunteering in the locked psychiatric unit of her local hospital as a senior in high school to engaging youth in counseling through an undergraduate counseling internship and ultimately working with couples and families in private practice, Cindy has always wanted to know people’s stories. After moving from New York to Colorado in 2002, Cindy earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of Colorado at Denver. During this time she began working with her puppy Joey to become a therapy dog. As he grew, so did Cindy’s interest in canine behavior and the human-animal bond. Cindy and Joey became a Registered Therapy Team with Delta Society/American Humane, and they went on to develop original Animal-Assisted Therapy groups and interventions for individuals, couples, and families.

Cindy opened her private practice, in 2007 transitioning from community mental health to working at a college counseling center and teaching graduate level classes in therapy skills, the family life cycle, ethics, and assessment and diagnosis at Regis University. Always a student, Cindy earned another Master’s Degree in Organization Leadership from Regis University and was distinguished with the David M. Clarke, S.J. Innovative Leadership Award. Cindy deeply values her work as a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and grounds herself in a relational framework with self-as-instrument at its heart. Although Joey has moved on to what is next, he and Cindy maintain a close relationship that continues to influence her therapeutic presence today. For more information, visit: http://www.wanderspring.com/

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