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May 16, 2019

The Shame Spiral & Cultivating Healthy Attachment: Dealing With Anxiety & Relational Difficultes

Rokelle Lerner
Rokelle Lerner is a pioneer in the development cutting edge treatment for children and adult children of alcoholics and a renowned author and lecturer in the field of...

Rokelle Lerner presenting at iCAAD London 2019.

Toxic shame and rage stem from trauma that is unacknowledged or unaccepted. This debilitating and complex shame is among the most destructive of human emotions. Isolation, depression, violence and anxiety emerges in a variety of ways that are profoundly damaging to the lives of the people we work with and the lives of those around them. Working with individuals experiencing unhealthy shame presents us with a formidable therapeutic challenge and by nature is so excruciating that it pushes people, particularly addicts, toward avoidance.