Shame, Post-Psychotic Trauma, and Compassion-Focused Therapy


Research from the U.K. explores the role of shame in relation to psychosis and mental illness, and makes recommendations regarding its assessment and the use of Compassion Focused Therapy regarding its assessment and treatment.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. At this point I’m not too interested in reading abstracts outside of MIA, but I love surfing the headlines and intros you write, Kermit. It is my lived experience as a bipolar for 12 years that shame was a huge part of my illness. I appreciate the attention linked to this Adam-and-Eve-old concept.

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