Shame Resilience

At Innova Grace, our patients learn to process shame through Shame Resilience Therapy, making a powerful shift from experiencing shame to feeling empathy, power, and freedom.

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What Is Shame?

According to researcher and author Brene Brown, “Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging.”

This leads to isolation, fear and insecurity which are breeding grounds for anxiety, depression, substance use and eating disorders. Shame is therefore present in most mental health struggles.

Survivors of trauma often feel shame as a result. Some feel shame they survived when others did not. Some feel shame they did not do something to prevent it or stop it. These are just some of the lies that shame whispers that keep one paralyzed on their road to recovery.

Shame resilience combats these lies with acceptance of yourself right where you are. Brene Brown says shame resilience is the “ability to recognize shame when we experience it and move through it in a constructive way that allows us to maintain our authenticity and grow from our experiences.”

Processing Shame Through Shame Resilience Therapy

Shame Resilience Therapy first identifies shame for what it is. Where do you feel it? Is it like a mask stuck to your face? Is it a knot in your stomach? A weight on your shoulders? What is the physical feeling of shame?

Next, you will label its effect on your life. Does it steal your voice? Keep you isolated? Prevent you from trying new things? Shame is a thief of our identity and our progress. It is stifling.

Now that you recognize the heaviness of shame in your life, you can work to move through it. The opposite of shame is empathy. It is building compassion for yourself to know that you did the best you could with what you had. Empathy and shame cannot co-exist. As you learn to validate your experiences, shame loses its power. However, that requires vulnerability. Shame seeks to build walls and keep you hidden. Vulnerability breaks down those walls and builds bridges of connection - inside yourself and with others.

Shame Resilience at Innova Grace

In our Shame Resilience group, you will learn how to be vulnerable and stay safe at the same time. This may seem like an impossible paradox, but that's the power of Shame Resilience Therapy (SRT).

During your time at our residential treatment center, our staff works intimately with you to help you reach your goals through cutting-edge therapies, including SRT and many others. Our trauma treatment strategies and therapies aim to heal the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. You are not alone. You are capable. You are worthy. Let us help you learn how to let your light shine.

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If you would like more information on Shame Resilience Therapy at our inpatient treatment center, please contact our team. All calls are confidential.