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Psychotherapy: Addressing shame and guilt

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

My name is Shabnam and I'm a qualified psychotherapist.

Guilt and shame are powerful emotions that can hold us back from living our lives fully.

They can lead to negative self-talk, self-doubt and a sense of unworthiness.

They can stem from a variety of sources including childhood experiences, cultural messages and traumatic events but with the help of psychotherapy we can learn to understand and manage these emotions in a healthy way.

One approach that can be particularly helpful is self-compassion - this involves treating yourself with kindness and understanding rather than judgment and criticism.

Self-compassion can help to counteract the negative self-talk that often accompanies feelings of guilt and shame.

At the same time you should explore the root causes of these emotions.

Often by delving into your past experiences and relationships, Freudian and Jungian approaches to psychotherapy can be particularly effective to manage this as they emphasize the importance of understanding the unconscious mind and the impact of early life experiences on our current emotional states through therapy.

We want to understand the patterns and beliefs that underlie your feelings of shame and guilt.

This may involve exploring your relationship with your family members, and cultural and societal expectations, as well as traumatic experiences that may have shaped your belief around yourself and the world around you.

As we work together we aim to develop a deeper understanding of your unique experiences and needs and to cultivate self-compassion as a tool for coping with guilt and shame.

Guilt and shame can be challenging emotions to address but through Psychotherapy we can work to delve deeper to understand the root causes and learn healthy coping strategies by cultivating self-compassion and exploring the unconscious mind.

We can begin to heal from past experiences and build a more fulfilling present and future.

If you're interested in Psychotherapy or any of our other services please book your free initial consultation to discuss your needs.

Let Healand be part of your Healthcare Journey.


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