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Ending the Flood of Shaming Self-Talk: How to effectively face up to the inner critic

An online webinar

Speaker: Linda Graham

Date: 20 January 2022,  Thursday
Location: Online streaming only (
all our webinar tickets now include complimentary access to a video recorded version for 1 year)
Times: 6:30pm to 8:30pm, London, UK time
CPD hours: 2

Individual ticket price per delegate for online streaming + video recording of the event: £60

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Self-blame, negative self-talk, endless pummelling by the inner critic and the relentless self-shaming that can go on in the minds of our clients can effectively thwart their trust in themselves and derail their capacity to cope and to bounce back from stress and trauma. As therapists, we are tasked with helping our clients recover their inner secure base of resilience and well-being. If we are equipped with the right therapeutic tools – we can help our clients re-wire the neural circuitry of self-shaming mental patterns and empower them to retire the inner critic to the role of internal advisor.

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Full Course Information

This practical, online webinar which will be useful for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists across modalities, will provide us with the neuroscientific background that explains the seeming intractability of negative, shaming-blaming messages and beliefs, even when clients are trying extremely hard to modify or even re-wire them. We will look at practical therapeutic tools that can help our clients cultivate the self-awareness, self-empathy, self-compassion and self-acceptance that allows for revision and re-wiring of such negative beliefs.

The webinar shows how we can use the brain’s neuroplasticity to modify coping behaviours, even when these appear to be seemingly ‘stuck’ or intractable. Linda helps us identify empirically-validated therapeutic techniques that can be applied across modalities. Specifically, we consider how we can help our clients to learn:

  • The ABC model of working with disruptive emotions and beliefs (aware, allow, accept, be with, be-friend, compassion and curiosity)
  • Experiential exercises to strengthen self-awareness, self-compassion, self-empathy, self-forgiveness and self-acceptance in reliable, measurable ways
  • Practices and protocols for healing toxic shame
  • Tools for memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation (the juxtaposition of opposites) to rewire seemingly intractable patterns and shift from negativity to positivity
  • Guided visualisations for the creation of inner resources – Wiser Self, Compassionate Friend, Inner Protector – to support and companion the healing process
  • Mindful awareness practices that allow clients to see their repetitive mental patterns clearly and discern options
  • The Wiser Self-Inner Critic dialogue that will allow the inner critic to retire to a new role of inner advisor
  • Tools of guided imagination, inner parts dialogue, written reflection and why each is more effective at different stages of learning and growth

Linda Graham is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is the author of The Resilience Handbook: Powerful Practices to Bounce Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster (September 2018, New World Library) and Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award.  She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her international trainings on resilience and well-being.  She publishes a monthly e-newsletter and weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience, archived at


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