False Gods of Shame

Come join Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., TEP, an internationally known clinical psychologist and developer of TSM¹ psychodrama, in building a safe space to transform the shame that is accrued from outer authorities into the blessings that are powered by inner authority.


Eve After the Fall – Auguste Rodin

Many people find their lives revolving around fears that are rooted in shame: fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of their deeper intuitions, even fear of success. They sense that they can never be good enough, never worthy of unconditional blessing and unlimited grace. Who are your false gods of shame? Culture? An over-achieving community, Parents? Reactive partners? Religious purity codes? Whence is their authority?

Using therapeutic, clinical psychodrama, we will walk more than talk our way through and past these sources of shame and into a circle of strengths where we can hear an authoritative truth: “Blessed are you.”

False Gods of Shame is a therapeutic workshop for adults who are restrained by shame, self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of confidence or feelings of unworthiness. Using the Therapeutic Spiral Model, which consists of psychodrama, existing strengths and numerous safety structures, participants experience and gain confidence embodying healthy, self-supporting and self-affirming roles. This workshop begins with an evening session and then continues the following day, morning and afternoon.

“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” (Carl Jung)

“Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.” (Anais Nin)

“In letting go of your shame, …, you do not lose yourself, but fall into your foundational and grounded self.” (Richard Rohr)

“Who told you that you were naked?” (Genesis 3:11)


Shekhinah – Christine Hartmann


6:00pm to 9:00pm, Tuesday, March 7, continuing 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 8


4049 First St., Suite 128, Livermore


The fee for False Gods of Shame is $175. Sliding scale fees are available according to need. Contact Gregory Burns to register at 925-223-7228 or gdburnsca@yahoo.com.

  1. Blatner, Adam. Healing world trauma with the Therapeutic Spiral Model: Psychodramatic stories from the frontlines. Edited by Kate Hudgins, and Francesca Toscani. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.