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ACT with Shame & Self-Criticism

Jason Luoma, PhD 

is Director of Portland

Psychotherapy Clinic in

USA  where he also has

a small clinical practice.

Jason is an internationally

recognised trainer in

ACT, former Chair of the

ACT Training Committee & past President of the ACBS. He is also an author of Learning Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, a book popular with professionals for its mixture of sophistication & accessibility. He has conducted research & published on interventions for shame & stigma for over a decade, for more information see

Jenna LeJeune, PhD is the Director of Clinical Services at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic in the US. In her clinical practice, Jenna specialises in working with adults who struggle with intimacy problems, trauma-related difficulties, problematic eating/body image & others who tend to experience a high levels of shame & self-criticism, and conducts research & international training events on self-criticism & chronic shame.

11th & 12th 

September '17 


City of Edinburgh

Methodist Church

          BOOK NOW  



Persistent self-criticism & shame are  two of the most difficult issues in working with stuck clients.


By their very nature, shame & self criticism bring about high levels of experiential avoidance and resistance. Defusion techniques don’t touch the sides. Values work can feel like up hill work. Our standard therapy techniques just  fall short of the mark!


If you have struggled yourself in working effectively with shame & self-criticism (and who hasn’t!), then this workshop is designed for you.


This workshop comes full of learning opportunities, both through watching Jason & Jenna work, and your own skills practice. You will learn how to use defusion, acceptance, mindfulness, self compassion & perspective taking to effectively target shame & self-criticism. You will be given the unique opportunity to experience these interventions from the inside as you interact with your own experiences of shame & self-criticism. You will get the chance for experiential practice of ACT processes in small groups. You will also learn how to skillfully use measures to track & target processes. Guidance on how to sequence ACT interventions when specifically targeting these difficulties will be provided. At the end of the workshop, you will come away with both a deep & rich experience of this approach & also a solid practical understanding of how to do the work.














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with Dr Jason Luoma & Dr Jenna LeJeune

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