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Shame and the Body: Body Image, Eating Disorders and Embodiment – Learning to Love our Bodies at any Age - 13 CE Credits

  • 830 Bancroft Way, Suite 102 Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States (map)

Our relationship with our body is our first and most important relationship.  Even Freud reported that “All ego is body ego.” Yet many people feel uncomfortable in their own skin. Many feel flawed due to society’s demand that they meet impossible standards of looks and size at every stage of life. For women, especially young women, it’s about comparing clothing sizes with each other and air-brushed models who aren’t real women, somehow teaching each other to withhold food and not need anything. For men it is about meeting impossible “iron man” standards of fitness, strength, power and size. 

When we get older, we begin to compare ourselves physically to who we used to be. We may see the symptoms of overeating or restrictive eating as opposites, but underneath is the inability to nourish or to receive. Underneath is doubt and the inner critic and shame, which fuel the overeating or restrictive eating, and also the body hate that drives the behavior. This is between self and body. When we are able to live in our bodies instead of hiding from them, we are able to have relationship with ourselves and then with others.

This workshop focuses on aspects of body image and embodiment, including working directly with eating disorders. It will include theory and also be a process group with an experiential component. We will explore embodiment through somatic embodied processes, expressive arts and drama therapy. We will learn to help the client listen to the secret conversations inside, because those conversations have to do with perfectionism and shame.

You will learn how to help clients:

  • Move beyond the toxic shame into healthy shame that can allow healthy nourishment and pleasure.

  • Identify a kind inner coach.

  • Learn mindfulness techniques.

  • Work with the secret conversations inside.

  • Develop and/or deepen the relationship a person has with her body, which begins with kindness.

  • Cope with triggers from holiday meals and expectations.

This workshop will be taught by Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT.

There is no prerequisite for this course. It can be taken by itself or as part of a sequence.

SATURDAY, December 7, 10:00AM - 6:00PM &
SUNDAY, December 8, 10:00AM - 5:30PM

In Berkeley, California, just off I-80.

13 CE credits* (See CE info below.)
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

This course is for therapists and helping professionals. If you're not sure if it's the right class for you, please contact Sheila Rubin at This workshop can be applied toward certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner

$350 / $325 with full payment by November 2(Use coupon code EARLYBIRD) Note: To receive the discounted price you must pay in full by the early bird deadline. The $100 deposit does not qualify you for the early bird discount.
Special rate for interns - $55 off full price. (Use coupon code INTERN)


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This is a workshop for therapists and other helping professionals, taught by Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT.


Sheila Rubin and Bret Lyon have co-led workshops on Healing Shame for over a decade in many cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Berkeley, New York, Montreal, Ottawa and Victoria, BC. Both have trained in EFT with Sue Johnson and in AEDP with Diana Fosha.

 * The Center for Healing Shame is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs in California - CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393. PhDs in California and PhDs and licensed therapists outside California may be able to receive 12 CE credits through the co-sponsorship of R. Cassidy Seminars. (Apply for CE credits from R. Cassidy Seminars prior to the workshop at

The Center for Healing Shame maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds. The amount paid can be applied toward a future workshop within 12 months. Registrations are not transferable.

The Center for Healing Shame welcomes people who have disabilities. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Location is wheelchair accessible.

Artist credit: “Breath of Life” by Margherita Arkaura