Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is Co- Director of the Center for Healing Shame, a continuing education provider, teaching Healing Shame workshops to therapists. She co-created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania. Sheila has trained in AEDP, EFT, Hakomi and Drama Therapy and has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive modalities to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie toxic family dynamics, eating disorders, and addictions. Her expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books. She offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and also offers consultation to therapists over Skype.
- Counseling Psychology- Holistic
Sheila is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer through NADTA. She has studied AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) with Diana Fosha and EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy) with Sue Johnson. She is an alumnus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and past adjunct faculty for the CIIS Drama Therapy Program. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University’s Somatic Psychology Department. Sheila has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive modalities to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that underlie eating disorders, addictions and toxic family dynamics.
Sheila’s expertise, teaching and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books. Her writings on shame include the chapter “Women, Food and Feelings: Drama Therapy with Women Who Have Eating Disorders” in the book The Creative Therapies and Eating Disorders and the chapter “Almost Magic: Working with the Shame that Underlies Depression: Using Drama Therapy in the Imaginal Realm” in the book The Use of Creative Therapies in Treating Depression (both books edited by Stephanie Brooke).
Sheila is also the creator of Embodied Life Story Workshops, a theater for shy people and form of Drama Therapy she established 20 years ago that weaves writing, Jungian dreamwork, imagination, and improvisation into improvised embodied storytelling. She has directed over 25 full-length self-revelatory performances as the capstone of drama therapy program at CIIS, and hundreds of mini self-revelatory performances from workshops. She trained in Hakomi with Ron Kurtz and John Eisman in Portland in 1991 and came to the bay area in 1992 to study Drama Therapy at CIIS Drama Therapy Dept with Renee Emunah. She also took classes with the Traveling Jewish Theater Co as well as Authentic Movement, NIA and more. She also taught preschool many years ago and developed music, storytelling and magic for young children that transformed into the child therapy classes she teaches.
The Body in Society, Child Therapy
Chapters: Almost Magic, Working with the Shame that Underlies Depression in The Use of the Creative Therapies in Treating Depression, Ed Stephanie Brooke and Charles Meyers. Women Food and Feelings in The Creative Therapies and Eating Disorders ed Stephanie Brooke, and Shame and Counter-transference in CAMFT magazine the Therapist
Credentials & Accolades
MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy from CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, 1996, MFT License #36484 1/2000, RDT, Registered Drama Therapist #180 10/97 NADTA- National Association of Drama Therapy, BCT, Board Certified Trainer #50 through NADTA. 2006 Outstanding Chapter Leader for San Francisco CAMFT presidency