The Toxic Emotion

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Shame is painful, hard-wired, rapid response, primitive emotion. It is often activated by the loss of relationship connection or threat of demotion or exclusion. Being an emotional experience that can be intensely painful, shame has the capacity to negatively impact self worth and how a person relates to others. The experience of toxic, maladaptive shame is so destructive, it is closely associated with most major mental health issues including depression, body image and eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, violence , social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress and suicide. 

The pain and embarrassment associated with this experience of shame drives it underground where it is suppressed, denied or managed in a way that creates even more distress to self and others.

"Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging"

Brene Brown

In recent years the communal norm to hide and avoid shame is being exposed alongside a growing recognition of the importance of naming, understanding and therapeutically treating shame. Shame is seen as a dominant and common experience clients bring to counselling and an underlying reason why many seek therapeutic help. 

Yet, addressing shame directly with clients is difficult as most clients are either reluctant to talk about their shame or are unaware of it, which leaves it up to the practitioner to approach. If shame is not approached and addressed, it is legitimised.

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Greg Yee is a family and individual Therapist, with over 30 years experience of working therapeutically with issues relating to shame. He divides his time between his successful private practice, delivering training for professional audiences and supervising individuals and teams. Greg has previously delivered his ‘Family Violence” workshop for Compass Seminars and is returning to deliver this new workshop in response to demand from our customers to explore Shame in a deeper manner. Greg presents with insight, clarity, and compassion, meaning this is a training opportunity not to be missed by anybody working with individuals and families.

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SHAME: The Toxic Emotion


  • 12 Aug 2024
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Rydges Southbank Townsville, 23 Palmer St, Townsville, QLD, 4810

The Toxic Emotion

SHAME: The Toxic Emotion


  • 12 Sep 2024
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Commercial Club, 618 Dean Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

The Toxic Emotion

SHAME: The Toxic Emotion


  • 29 Nov 2024
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Rydges Adelaide, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000

The Toxic Emotion

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