Carolyn's Books

Unshame (Kindle)


How we do move from shame to ‘unshame’? This book by Carolyn Spring documents her journey through psychotherapy to overcome trauma and dissociation: a must-read for all counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals, as well as clients and survivors.

Awesome – People you need to read this book! A fantastic insight into trauma shame and the therapy room. The honesty of this book hits you straight in the heart.”

Raw and Real – My therapist introduced me to Carolyn Spring, and I’m so glad she did. In ‘Unshame’, Carolyn shares her experiences; highlighting the pain of trauma and the complexity of recovery. Her vulnerability and openness invites you to relate to her thought processes and apply the recovery practices to yourself. She also offers honest hope for recovery from trauma.”

Beautiful book – I’ve never read anything like this that lays open the experience of the person in the client’s chair so vividly, plainly, bravely and I’d dare say unashamedly. With particular attention paid to dissociation and what did and really didn’t work for Carolyn in supporting her. It is quite incredible.”

Excellent – Brilliant book, easy to read and packed full of thought provoking ideas. I’ve learnt so much and I’ve already changed my practice as a result of reading this book. Carolyn takes you on a gentle journey of discovery.”

Captivating – I was captivated by this book. I’m amazed by how Carolyn so clearly explains such difficult subject matter and ultimately this is a story of hope that I believe will help many people.”

Essential reading for working with trauma – I cannot praise this book enough. I am 3 years into my psychotherapy training and also work in my job with clients who have experienced trauma and abuse. I have read several books on this area but none of them has been as profoundly enlightening as Unshamed. Perhaps the main strength of the book is that it is written through the eyes of the client. This enabled me as the therapist to experience, very deeply, the moment-by-moment thoughts and feelings of the client within a session. It has hugely deepened my understanding of the effects of trauma and of what is needed to help traumatised clients to heal. It has also deepened my compassion. I feel every therapist should read this. Extremely grateful for this book.”

Carolyn Spring, author of Recovery is my best revenge: my experience of trauma, abuse and dissociative identity disorder, documents in this, her second book, her journey through psychotherapy to heal and resolve trauma-based shame, which had resulted in a catastrophic mental breakdown in her early thirties and an eventual diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder (DID). She then embarked on a nearly ten year journey of psychotherapy through which she came to realise that shame had actually saved her life. However, the cost to this protective function is a life lived dissociated from feelings of joy, connection, love and belonging.

This book explores Carolyn’s pathway towards ‘Unshame’ using dramatised therapy sessions between Carolyn and her therapist. Suitable for both professionals and survivors alike, it is a fascinating insight into that most private and mysterious of places – the therapy room, and the mind.

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