Brené Brown, renowned author, educator, and speaker on trauma and shame defines shame as an:

“Intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.”

At The Bridge to Recovery, we love this definition. We believe that shame defined in this manner is at the root of pain caused by our trauma. Until we let go of unwanted shame, we stay in a state of emotional and mental unbalance.

Healing Unwanted Shame

Clients attending The Bridge to Recovery spend a tremendous amount of time on shame reduction work. We approach this in several ways:

Shame Awareness & Education

  • What shame is.
  • Signs of shame.
  • Where shame comes from.
  • Generational impacts of shame.
  • Unwanted shame.

Using our Story as Power

  • Writing our story.
  • Sharing our story.
  • Identifying our own shame.
  • Giving our feelings identity.

Letting go of Shame

  • Physically expressing shame based feelings.
  • Anger & grief work associated with shame.
  • Accepting the power of our story and our emotions.
  • Self-Love Work

“It’s Not My Shame”

This is a common phrase we use at The Bridge to Recovery. Toxic shame is never helpful.  

Nearly every modality and exercise we use at The Bridge to help our clients heal from their trauma chips away little-by-little at this shame monster.

We work in great detail with our clients to understand that shame was given to us by others, who had shame given to them by others – and so on. Understanding this allows us to do the experiential work necessary to let go of the shame holding us in its grips. 

If you would like to learn more about our program or if we may be a good fit for you, a loved one, or a client, we invite you to reach out to us today. Do not let shame continue to ravage your emotional health.