Through the lens of polyvagal theory, you can help clients regulate their autonomic nervous system and achieve a sense of safety with a shame-informed approach to therapy.


It can be challenging to bring unconscious shame-based beliefs to the surface, but with the right tools, you can help clients excavate the parts of themselves that have been hidden under their core shame identity.


Patti Ashley, Ph.D., L.P.C., is an international workshop presenter, author, and psychotherapist, who owns and operates Authenticity Architecture in Boulder, Colorado.  She has developed a unique approach to working with shame in clinical practice.  After her doctoral research uncovered a chronic sense of “not-enoughness,” she has been committed to helping people feel better about themselves and heal the wounds of toxic shame.

Dr. Ashley offers experiential healing retreats in the United States and Europe that help clients excavate the authentic self and heal aspects of a shame-based identity.  Combining elements of developmental, cognitive, strength-based, somatic, relational and positive psychology, Dr. Ashley guides clients on a journey of self-discovery that enables them to identify dysfunctional family patterns and utilize somatic techniques to sustain long-term changes in body memory.  Dr. Ashley has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of education and psychology, including developing continuing education courses for physicians and hospital wellness programs; instructing undergraduate and graduate courses for universities; and counseling individuals, couples and families in mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice settings.  Dr. Ashley completed a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from the Union Institute and University in 2002.

She is the author of the book Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2014.)  She has two new books scheduled for release in 2019.  Letters to Freedom, a memoir of grief and relationship coming spring of 2019 (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing;) and Shame Informed Therapy (SIT,) a workbook for clinicians on Shame in Clinical Practice coming in the fall of 2019 (PESI Publishing.)


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patti Ashley maintains a private practice.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Patti Ashley has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.