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Shame-Informed Therapy: Treatment Strategies to Overcome Core Shame and Reconstruct the Authentic Self

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Patti Ashley, Ph.D., L.P.C.
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Jun 30, 2020
PESI Publishing & Media
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Overcome Core Shame and Reconstruct the Authentic Self

If your therapy clients have anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, or chronic low self-esteem, they may also be struggling with underlying shame. This workbook will give you proven tools and techniques to help your clients overcome the debilitating negative thought patterns and feelings of never being good-enough that often result from core shame.

Combining 40 years of experience as an educator, child development specialist, and clinician, Dr. Patti Ashley created Shame-Informed Therapy to help clinicians crack the code on the often unseen and unspoken aspects of core shame, and develop more effective treatment for even your most resistant clients.

  • Understand, demystify, and treat the neurobiology of core shame
  • Work with Polyvagal Theory and the Four Therapeutic R’s: Recognize, Respect, Regulate, & Re-Story
  • Individualize somatic techniques that build and sustain self-compassion
  • Develop therapeutic empathy and balance power in the therapy room
  • Recognize how shame-informed therapy is a Hero’s Journey



Patti Ashley, Ph.D., L.P.C.'s Profile

Patti Ashley, Ph.D., L.P.C. Related seminars and products

Patti Ashley, Ph.D., LPC, has integrated 40 years of experience in special education, child development, and psychology into her wholehearted work as a psychotherapist, author, international speaker, and authenticity architect coach. She brings unique insights into the identification and treatment of shame, trauma, grief and dysfunctional family patterns.

Dr. Ashley owns and operates Authenticity Architects in Boulder, Colorado. Her inimitable Authenticity Architecture model facilitates long-term changes in the brain and nervous system, helping clients break through unconscious barriers and rediscover a sense of self-love, belonging, and connection. As a licensed professional counselor since 2000, Dr. Ashley has counseled a myriad of individuals, couples, families and groups in metal health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice settings. She also has many years of experience developing continuing education courses for physicians, hospital wellness programs, universities and other organizations.

Patti holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in psychology from the Union Institute and University, a Master of Education Degree in early childhood from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in special education from James Madison University. She is the author of Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype (2014), Letters to Freedom, and Shame-Informed Therapy: Treatment Strategies to Overcome Core Shame and Reconstruct the Authentic Self (2020). For more information, please visit

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Patti Ashley maintains a private practice. She is an author with Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing and receives royalties. Dr. Ashley receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Patti Ashley has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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