Authors: Caryn Scotto

Potential Holiday Shame: 10 Common Triggers & Unshaming Tips

TRIGGER #1 Family Issues Our families of origin are often where we have experienced our first shame wounding or internalized feeling inadequate in some way. The source of these memories are held in our bodies and associative memory chains and can be triggered without our realizing it like a tick that has burrowed its way under […]

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AST Model® Case Study-Ruth

In-Person Weekend Intensive, California, July 2018 Ruth and AST Model’s Law of Reversals Background Like so many of us that experienced chronic shaming as a way of life from a young age, Ruth suffered from what I have now deemed: AST Model’s Law of Reversal. Law of Reversals describes the hard-wired experience of having an […]

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A Paradigm Shift Toward Greater Health & Self-Love

I was struggling with a number of physical health challenges when my always buff and yoga teacher-svelte figure suddenly morphed into amoeba proportions. By the time I turned 45, my 5’2” stature was carrying 142 lbs; by the time I arrived in Southeast Asia in Jan 2018 at 50, I weighted 164lbs. The entire and […]

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Learned Helplessness: Learned Hopefulness

While in Northern Thailand I had the opportunity to experience bonded moments with elephants. I also witnessed incredible mistreatment of life, both human and animal. It is from these experiences and AST Model work that this piece emerged to be shared with you. The conditioned shame response is like the baby elephant taught ongoingly through […]

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Grief’s Reach: Avoiding its Lure Back into Early Developmental Shame – March 2017

When we help clients neurobiologically separate out early shame from grief, we bring them to the awareness of how present day experiences are actually a confusing entanglement of calling cards from the past. As the responses separate and integrate with support into the client’s present day self, a felt sense of choice and autonomy emerge. […]

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Inside Shame Transformation – October 2016

Editor’s Note: The ‘client’ in this blog represents a collage of stories and experiences to represent the writer’s perspective. This is not a real person. PDF version available here   Her cheeks were beet red and her blonde wig hung down in front of her face hiding much of her eyes from my view. “What’s happening […]

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How to Build Resilience in the Face of Shame’s Helplessness – Inside Shame Transformation

Shame is often experienced as a massive, tornado-like swirl of helplessness and hopelessness that keeps tearing through our hearts and minds, through the very core of our being. Its redundant looping can become stuck on any number of thoughts of inadequacy: I am such a terrible failure; there is no way anyone could ever love […]

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Inside Shame Transformation – Somatic Psychotherapy Today

I recently had the honor of working with an 80-year-old client, a magnificent embodiment teacher and leader in her own right. When she first came to me, she was spinning in such shame-chaos that a crucial legal document needing attention remained unaddressed, which only compounded her shame, self-blame, and worry, and increased real world consequences. She […]

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About the Author

Caryn Scotto d’ Luzia, MA, SEP, is an innovative developer of holistically-based models. As a somatic facilitator she transforms, educators, and trainers professional 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 the developer of what is fast becoming the gold standard approach to shame resolution: AST Model of Holistic Shame Resolution®.

Inside Shame Transformation monthly blog published by Somatic Psychotherapy Today, Inside Shame Transformation offers highly sought tips and case studies to professionals for applying the AST Model’s breakthrough shame resolving principles. As post-advanced instructor with Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute Caryn trains therapists, somatic practitioners, healers, life coaches, and community leaders in how to facilitate shame resolution. Through her online programs, work with the United Nations, and FB presence, Caryn leads the (SFLM) or shame free living movement worldwide.