AST Model®’s potential potency lies in its ability to draw from the latest findings in a number of today’s leading fields. The AST Model® combines cutting-edge neuroscience + the latest findings in brain developmentattachment theory + bio-energetics + studies in stress physiology + and the Eastern practice of mindful awareness in one non-medical/non-psychological, organic method designed to transform  your whole self to re-embody life!


Caryn Scotto d’ Luzia, MA, SEP
Developer of AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®
Author of Alchemy of Shame Transformation

Caryn Scotto d’ Luzia

Caryn Scotto d’ Luzia is an innovative developer of holistically-based models. As a somatic facilitator she transforms, educates, and trains professionals around the world in paradigm-shift, life-affirming approaches to human development and growth. Author of Alchemy of Shame Transformation for Therapists and Healing Professionals, Caryn is a pioneer and thought leader in the field of shame resolution. She has developed what is fast becoming the gold standard approach to shame resolution: AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®.

AST Model® is based on 14 paradigm shifts and is the only model in its field that facilitates life-affirming shifts in chronic shame survivors. Both neurobiologically-principled and neuro-relational-based, AST Model® specializes in chronic shame relief, building shame and inner critic resilience, resolving shame-based early trauma, and fostering life-affirming, authentic self-expression and empowerment.

In addition to her worldwide bestselling ebook, highly sought after and deemed indispensable by professionals in every corner of the globe, Alchemy of Shame Transformation for Therapists and Healing Professionals, Caryn is author of various articles and ebooks including, The Yin/Yang of Abandonment Recovery, and Wound & Essence: A Call and Response Approach to Transformation, and Detaching from Shame as a Practice for Greater Compassion and Peace.

Caryn’s blog Inside Shame Transformation offers highly sought tips to professionals for applying the AST Model®’s breakthrough shame-resolving principles. She trains therapists, somatic practitioners, healers, life coaches, and community leaders in how to facilitate shame resolution, and through her online programs, work with the United Nations, and FB presence, Caryn leads the (SFLM) or shame-free living movement worldwide.

Caryn works face to face with people around the world on Skype, and in-person in the California Bay Area and New York City where she sees adult clients. She offers professional phone case consults to therapists, healers, and coaches as well as teaches shame resolving and neurobiological principles through webinars, online courses and live trainings. On a wider scale, Caryn collaborates with UN-affiliated NGOs and Governments to heal collective trauma and post-conflict, shame-based PTSD. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a member of the UN NGO Committee on Mental Health, presenter for USABP, Post-Advanced Trainer for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and speaker at the United Nations on the issue of resolving shame in women and girls around the world. Caryn seeks to cultivate greater world peace, acceptance, worth, empowerment and belonging by making shame resolution available to those who need it in every corner of the globe.

How AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution® is Different

AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution® is the only mind-body-spirit model of its kind. With a laser focus on shame resolution through its manifestations as underbeing, inner conflict, chronic criticism, paradoxical physiobiological states and spiritual shattering, it is the gold star approach in somatic-based shame resolution.

Taught as part of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute’s Post Advanced Learning Program, AST Model® effectively harnesses the advances in neuroscience, physiobiological principles, chakra energetics & yoga principles, mindfulness, emergent design principles, stress physiology and polyvagal theory to bring their potency together in one gentle yet powerful life-changing approach.

Neurobiologically-Based & Integrative in Nature

Built upon 14 paradigm shifts, AST Model® offers one of the most pioneering distinctions in shame resolution today. Unlike cognitive-behavioral approaches or even other neural-based approaches that often leaves the client to manage a new dilemma of half-processed, naked shame, and the professional in burnt out, AST Model® partners with the various branches of the autonomic nervous system to shift the endless looping of shame and its hard-wired responses. AST Model® then invites these shame shifts to integrate into mind, heart, and spirit. Concretely for clients this shows up as new thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and actions that despite historically seeming deeply habituated and impossible, now shift easily and in some instances even effortlessly.

The joy AST Model®’s approach can offer you as a professional
AST Model® respects all past learning and expertise and works best when its cutting-edge insights, principles and techniques are integrated into already successful professional modalities and backgrounds. AST Model®’s emphasis on an attuned facilitator-client alliance is reciprocal in nature. This fosters nervous system regulation between client and facilitator as the work for the client unfolds and brings shared satisfaction. Those integrating AST Model®’s approach experience less burnout, confusion, depleted energy levels, hopelessness and greater joy, satisfaction and sense of meaning when working with their clients on resolving shame.



What’s a Body’s Nervous System to Do?

Healthy Nervous System

A healthy autonomic nervous system functions in a wave pattern, like a sonic wave, oscillating gently up and down.

Stuck Sympathetic

A stuck sympathetic arousal is another type of nervous system imbalance. This responsible for panic attacks, anxiety, restlessness and phobia.

Alternating Imbalance

This imbalance alternates between sympathetic and parasympathetic extremes and expresses itself as severe moods, bouncing between anxiety and depression.

Stuck Parasympathetic

A stuck parasympathetic arousal is another type of nervous system imbalance. This is the kind that causes depression, numbness, and spaciness.

What do AUTONOMIC and SOMATIC mean?

Our bodies send out physiological signals every moment that we ignore. That’s the reason we have what is called an “autonomic” nervous system. It runs automatically without any interference from our cognitive mind. Plus, our “somatic” or body-based signals don’t come to us in the form of words. If we notice them at all, we usually experience them as bodily sensations. We live frenetically paced, to-do listed lives, whose sheer complexity and velocity place us in overwhelming and risky situations in cars, planes, surgical procedures that make it nearly impossible to stay in touch with ourselves.

Why “Thinking” Our Way Back to Ourselves Can Be Tricky

As overwhelming or negative experiences accumulate and create stuck patterns in our nervous systems and bodies these unconscious patterns over time can appear as negative beliefs, severe mood swings, or limiting mental states. The premise of the AST Model® is that they can resolve fully when addressed at their autonomic and somatic core, or said differently, when they are spoken to in their own nervous system-based language.


The AST Model® is designed to bring resiliency building principles into mind-body sessions and makes these insights available to a wider audience for sustainable life transformations through its somatic approach. The AST Model® is intended to address the need to make major life shifts in the face of bodies, minds and spirits that have, for whatever reasons, become tapped out by life. Because the AST Model® aims to address underlying nervous system function and hidden body responses first, it can create a foundation of repair, stability and resilience out of which healthier change can be sustained.


AST Model® has been shown to be a powerful, effective yet gentle approach and is highly sought out by:

  • Mid-Life Changers
  • Adrenal Burn Out Suffers
  • Seniors
  • Surgery Patients
  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Chronic Health Suffers
  • Live Performers
  • Yoga fans
  • Dancers
  • Bodyworkers
  • Gardeners
  • Healthy Relationship Seekers
  • Chronic Shame Suffers
  • Mindfulness and Meditation regulars
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Somatic Therapists, Life Coaches, and Psychologists

Who Can Benefit from AST Model®

If you have a body, you have a nervous system, and if you have a nervous system, there is always the potential for repair, renewed wholeness, and the ability to bounce forward into life!

Our Services

AST Model®

AST Model® sessions are integrative and somatic-based sessions held in-person, by Skype or over the phone for individuals and couples. 

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AST Model®

Learn to harness the powers of the body to provide forward-moving interventions that can bring hope and empowerment to the people you serve.

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Collective Shame Transformation

Reduce violence safely and heal communities from the inside out and their people from the bottom up, one nervous system at a time.

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