Coping with Shame

Shame is a natural emotion that many of us feel from time to time. However, if it becomes really intense, it can be a barrier to being able to seek out help when we need it.

Shame may occur in childhood, particularly if we were punished severely or unfairly, criticised frequently, or abused physically, emotionally or sexually. The sense that there is something deeply wrong with us – which must be kept hidden from others – can be carried well into adulthood, unless we’re able to examine it more deeply.

Counselling provides a non-judgemental space in which shame, along with all our other emotions, can be expressed and explored. By developing a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship, we are enabled to look at whether we really need to carry around the burden of shame, or whether we can finally put it down and move on with our lives.

It’s common to feel shame when we feel that we’ve failed, or that we need help. Don’t let shame prevent you from reaching out for our help if you need it. At Counselling Nottingham at the Wellbeing Clinic we’re here to help.


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