The Shame Training Company

Shame as an emotion is often overlooked in therapy because it is rarely acknowledged within current training and education settings. This means it can be difficult to identify in clients but can often be the thing that keeps them stuck.

Through our training courses you will learn the fundamental aspects of shame and how to apply the concept of shame containment theory to your work.

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FREE Introduction to Shame Containment Theory

The concept of shame is controversial. There continues to be disagreement about its purpose, how it develops and why. There is no agreed definition of shame, and the numerous definitions that exist are all different.

In this sampled section of the training, we explore the question “What is Shame” with a view to developing a more rounded perspective of the subject.



To help the world and the people in it improve their relationship with shame.


To train therapists and allied professionals across the world about the therapeutic importance of shame.


The Shame Training Company was formed in 2022 by Lisa and Rob Etherson as a result of their professional and personal experience, spanning over twenty years, within the world of therapy and therapeutic interventions. 

As a trained psychosexual therapist, PhD researcher studying shame and relational trauma, and through shared experiences alongside her husband Rob, Lisa has developed Shame Containment Theory as a new and innovative approach to understanding and working with shame.


Despite its significance, Shame has historically been overlooked in psychological and therapeutic training. However, its influence extends deep into our personal and societal dimensions, affecting everything from individual self-esteem to interpersonal relationships. Yet, shame remains one of the least addressed emotions in therapy, overshadowed by more commonly discussed issues like anxiety and depression.

Shame Containment Theory, developed by Lisa Etherson, brings this hidden emotion to the forefront of psychological study and therapeutic intervention. Lisa offers us a vital framework for understanding and addressing shame, providing practical tools that can transform therapeutic practices and enhance personal growth. By focusing on shame, we can unlock new pathways to healing and understanding, making a profound impact on mental health and well-being.

Register for the free introduction lesson below.