A dynamic two-day workshop exploring the limiting power of shame, in our lives and our work with others, with international guest facilitator Simon Cavicchia.

Develop yourself

Explore how you work with clients around shame

Increase self awareness

Recognise the experience of shame in yourself and others

Gain new perspectives

New approaches and practices for working with the inner critic

At this workshop we will:

  • Explore and understand the phenomenon of shame, how it is experienced and its effects on human relationships and behaviour.
  • Focus on the role of the superego or “inner critic” in perpetuating shame experiences.
  • Explore practitioner and client sensitivities to shame and the workings of the inner critic.
  • Consider factors in social and organisational life that activate, play into and amplify shame experiences.
  • Learn, understand and practice a range of approaches and practices for working with shame and the inner critic in ourselves and with others.

Ways of working

The workshop will blend theory with deep experiential learning. Places are limited for this programme so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Who is it for

This workshop is designed for those people working 1-1, such as coaches, executive developers, mentors, and consultants as well as those working to develop small groups. It’s ideal for those who work with culture change, think seriously, feel deeply and are exploring how shame can impact on personal agency.

What you will learn

  • Learn to recognise the experience of shame in yourself and in others.
  • Learn a process for working to reduce the grip of the inner critic on yourself and others.
  • Learn strategies for working sensitivity with experiences of shame and self-doubt in individuals and client systems.

The fear that something we have done or failed to do, an ideal that we’ve not lived up to, or a goal that we’ve not accomplished that makes us unworthy of connection.

Brene Brown

About Simon Cavicchia

Simon has been interested for many years in the phenomenon of shame and how it inhibits human potential and fulfillment. He first began studying the psychology of shame when training as a Gestalt psychotherapist and is now involved in bringing these insights and experiences to wider audiences, particularly organisations and those who work in them as coaches and consultants.

Simon is an experienced Executive Coach, OD Consultant, Coach Supervisor, Team Coach and Lecturer. Simon draws on his experience in consulting, deep human systems understanding and psychology to enable individuals and organisations to successfully navigate the complexities of transformational change processes, develop senior leaders and leadership culture.

He is currently a member of faculty on the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching and for eight years led the Masters Programme in Coaching Psychology at the Metanoia Institute in London. He was also a faculty member on the Masters in Organisational Development – A Gestalt Approach, also at the Metanoia Institute. He works in Financial Services, the NHS, University Sector, Oil and Gas, Media, Retail and a number of Charities and Public Sector organisations such as the Probation Service.


05/12/2019 – 06/12/2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Boston Spa


This 2-day workshop is £395 for self-funded and £495 for organisation-funded places.

Reserve your place

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment