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About Bret Lyon & Sheila Rubin

“I want to thank you for your openness, your loving attitude of acceptance, your presence, and the sharing of your selves and your skills and knowledge.  Being with you was very rich.”  
— C. Doyle, MSW, RSW, Toronto

“Thank you so much for your work, expertise, commitment and deep kindness."
— Kathleen K., MFCC

Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin have co-led Healing Shame Workshops for therapists for over eight years in many cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Berkeley, New York, Portland, Montreal, Ottawa and Victoria, BC. They are based in Berkeley, California, where they offer workshops several times a year, as well as a full training program for therapists. Click here for full schedule.


Bret Lyon

Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP has been a teacher of Somatic and Emotional Mindfulness for over 30 years and holds Doctorates in both Psychology and Drama. He is certified in Focusing and Somatic Experiencing® and has trained in EFT with Sue Johnson, in AEDP with Diana Fosha and in Coherence Therapy with Bruce Ecker. Bret has also trained in Reichian Breathwork with Al Bauman, who worked directly with Wilhelm Reich. He finds his theater background very helpful with clients and especially in giving presentations.

Bret can be reached at bret@healingshame.com or by phone at 510-420-1441. He also has his own website: www.BretLyon.net.

“This workshop developed out of my life-changing experience in discovering and exploring my own bypassed shame – and my extensive reading of the shame literature developed by Sylvan Tompkins and his followers. As a teacher/consultant/developer of Somatic and Emotional Mindfulness, I found that my new ability to identify and explore shame vastly expanded my capacity to help clients to heal their shame and come to peace with themselves. It became clear to me that I needed to pass on what I had discovered. I am extremely gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response the Healing Shame Workshop has received and excited about having expanded it into a fuller, more comprehensive training program.”  

Sheila Rubin  

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is a leading authority on Healing Shame. She co-created the Healing Shame - Lyon/Rubin method and has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania, for over 30 years. Sheila is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Drama Therapist and a Board Certified Trainer. Her work integrates AEDP, EFT, Drama Therapy and somatic work. She has served as adjunct faculty at JFK University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books. Sheila has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive modalities to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie eating disorders, addictions and toxic family dynamics. She offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco and also offers consultation to therapists over Skype. Sheila and her husband, Bret Lyon, are CAMFT approved CE providers, offering Healing Shame workshops for therapists as well as a full certification and training program.

Sheila can be reached at sheila@healingshame.com or by phone at 415-820-3974. She also has her own website: www.SheilaRubin.com.

"Shame is something that gets between a person and their soul—their self-expression, their relationships, their sense of self. Much of the material I bring to these workshops comes from my many years of working with women who have eating disorders and coming to understand the all-pervasive shame that permeates their day to day experience. It also comes from my own journey in growing out of painful childhood shyness (a form of shame) and the residue that still affects me. I have supervised interns and helped them when they became lost and defeated trying to work with their clients' shame and then went into their own shameful feelings of incompetence. I have also helped couples who are caught in a horrible dance of shame and blame. I have discovered ways to support people in confronting their shame and growing beyond it to a place of joy, creativity, and life force. It's important to me to share my deepening understanding of shame—and how to heal it—through this training."




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