Treating Grief and Shame in Clinical Practice

Dr. Patti Ashley, Psychologist

Resources to help you guide your clients through their loss


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  • 2h of continuing education
  • 20 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 94% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


Grief and shame are complex emotions that often intertwine and may be mistaken for anxiety or depression. On top of that, the clinical definition of grief is frequently updated, and its distinction from depression and other mental health conditions remains a topic of debate.

Such complications present challenges when trying to pinpoint and address the quiet, non-verbal expressions of grief and accompanying shame. Similar to trauma cases, understanding how the nervous system reacts to grief and underlying core shame can aid in guiding individuals through their loss.

In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Ashely will unravel how the application of therapeutic empathy techniques can foster the grieving process.

She will also outline methods for detecting the subtle indications of unexpressed grief and core shame. Additionally, she will delve into the creation of person-centered, right-brain, relational techniques designed to aid clients in fully processing their losses and liberating themselves from core shame.

About the expert

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International workshop presenter, author, and psychotherapist, Dr. Patti Ashley, PhD, LPC, has integrated 40 years of experience in special education, child development, and psychology into her wholehearted work as a psychotherapist, author, and international speaker. Dr. Ashley owns and operates Authenticity Architects in Boulder, Colorado, bringing unique insights into the identification and treatment of shame, trauma, grief, and dysfunctional family patterns. She completed a PhD in psychology from the Union Institute and University, a MS in early childhood from Old Dominion University, and a BS 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 (2019), and Shame-Informed Therapy: Treatment Strategies to Overcome Core Shame and Reconstruct the Authentic Self (2020). For more information, please visit

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Learning objectives

  1. Define grief and shame and understand how unexpressed grief can induce shame
  2. Develop an understanding of attachment and early childhood influences on shame
  3. Recognize the role of the ANS in grief and shame
  4. Practice right brain psychotherapy techniques

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • Understanding Grief and Shame: Foundations and Perspectives

  • 1. Presentation
  • 2. Grief and the DSM
  • 3. Grief is Praise
  • 4. A culture that dismisses grief
  • 5. Why look at shame
  • Exploring Attachment and Emotional Responses

  • 6. Early attachment wound
  • 7. The shame story
  • 8. The autonomic nervous system
  • 9. The antidote of shame
  • 10. Therapeutic empathy
  • 11. All feelings are okay
  • Strategies and Healing Approaches

  • 12. The stages of grief
  • 13. Six ways to express anger
  • 14. Deep S.E.A. dive
  • 15. Journaling & letter writing
  • 16. Prosody, poetry, music and sound
  • 17. Meditation & mindfulness
  • 18. Other ideas to activate the right brain
  • 19. Tolerating grief and shame
  • 20. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

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This training is intended for mental health professionals.

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  • 2h of continuing education
  • 20 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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