Shame is a powerful emotion that can cause people to feel defective, unacceptable, even damaged beyond repair. It's that inner voice that tells us,
"If people knew the real you, they wouldn't love you."
The experience of shame - feeling unworthy, inadequate, or wrong - can be deeply painful. When you struggle with shame you have this overwhelming belief that they are —as opposed to their actions or feelings—are bad or that you're a mistake. While guilt (e.g. what I did was wrong) may inspire a change in behavior, shame can be extremely paralyzing. Shame can prevent you from getting your core needs to be met, such as self-esteem, hope for the future, friendship and intimacy, productivity, and love. If left unresolved it can foster depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
Getting help for shame begins with identifying shameful emotions. Some people are not conscious of their shame. Others know they feel ashamed, but worry that seeking help will force them to disclose their shame to others. Because shame is linked to feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem, some people fear that those from whom they seek help will eventually discover that the shame is deserved. They fear exposure and worry that others will reject them when they see the truth. Therapy helps people understand why they feel ashamed and work to break free from shame. We provide a grace-filled, judgment-free place where you can finally remove the shackles of shame for good.