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November 19 2023, 9:30am - November 19, 16:30pm

Understanding and Working with Shame in Person-Centred Practice

Community Base, 5th floor conference room, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
£85 (£65 concession for students/unwaged)

Understanding and Working with Shame in Person-Centred Practice

Shame is everywhere – lurking in the shadows of human experience and relationships, and used as a tool for social and relational control. Shame often looks like something else however, and stays unrecognised or mis-recognised by both clients and therapists. Missing such crucial experiences is likely to reduce the effectiveness of therapy.


This workshop will help person-centred practitioners recognise and work with shame in the therapy room – both in their clients and themselves – and to understand it from a person-centred theoretical perspective. While consistently underpinned by theory, the day will emphasise and allow time to explore the unique, personal and profoundly impactful experience of shame.


The day will consider:

  • What is the nature and existence of shame?

  • How does shame manifest in everyday life and in the therapy room?

  • Shame within the person-centred theoretical framework

  • How does therapist shame get in the way of facilitating a therapeutic relationship based on the six conditions?

Helen Skelton is a person-centred psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and teaches on the MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London. She is a passionate explorer of the person-centred approach and theory as a living practice, informing all relationships - personal, professional and with the self. She is also passionate about helping practitioners feel secure and articulate in expressing areas of their person-centred work. Her interest in shame comes from both personal and professional experience.

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Last updated: 27 September 2023