RHCP CPD Training

Like a wound that never heals: working with shame in therapy

With Dr Clare Symons PHD MBACP Snr Accred on Saturday 15th July 2017


Shame can be challenging to work with in our practice. The pain of feeling diminished in another’s sight can make speaking about shame-filled experiences feel excruciating and dangerous. What responses can best help clients speak about and work through their feelings of shame? And how might therapists’ own personal histories and experiences of shame influence their work in this area, for good or for ill?

Day Content

In this training day we will look at definitions of shame in the literature, we will think about the developmental importance of shame, and we will consider how experiences of shame can become toxic. We will use case examples and experiential exercises to explore the challenges that shame can present in practice, making reference to relevant research about working with shame.

Participants should be aware that there will be some focus on their own experiences of shame. As the nature of this material can feel personally challenging, we will take time as a group at the start of the session to carefully agree a contract in order to work together as productively and safely as possible. Nonetheless, participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their own emotional safety on the day.

About the trainer:

Dr Clare Symons is a BACP senior accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with experience of working therapeutically in a range of settings including private practice, the voluntary sector and higher education. She has over 15 years’ experience as a trainer of counsellors and psychotherapists, and until recently she worked at the University of Leicester, designing, and delivering professional counsellor training courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has conducted research to doctoral level and, based upon this research she offers ethical consultancy to therapy organisations and individual therapists. She was previously the Editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, and currently works part-time for BACP.

More Information:


Rutland House, 7 Bowling Green Street, Leicester, LE1 6AS

Date & Time:

Saturday 15th July 2017 / 10am - 5pm (9.30am Registration)


Lunch/refreshments included

CPD Hours:

6 Hours and certificate provided