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.