Sheila Rubin, a master therapist with over 30 years of experience, is an internationally sought-after keynote speaker, author, teacher, and director.


Sheila is the therapist individuals, couples, and other therapists come to for support after they’ve tried everyone else. She’s helped thousands of people and saved hundreds of relationships.



Through her private therapy sessions, therapist training programs,  Embodied Life Story workshops and Healing Shame workshops she helps people of all walks of life heal their self doubt, discover their creativity and access their true voice.

Sheila is a leading authority on Healing Shame. She developed Healing Shame Therapy work over the last two decades and is the co-director, with Bret Lyon, of the Center for Healing Shame. in Berkeley, California, a continuing education provider that offers Healing Shame workshops and a full certification and training program to therapists and helping professionals.

Sheila has delivered talks, presentations and workshops across the country and around the world, at conferences from Canada to Romania. She is a Board Certified Trainer through NADTA, past adjunct faculty in the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Drama Therapy Program, and current adjunct faculty in John F. Kennedy University’s  Somatic Psychology Department.

Sheila's expertise, teaching and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including six books and the internationally published book The Self In Performance. 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, 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, and the chapter “Unpacking Shame and Healthy Shame: Therapy on the Phone or Internet” in Combining the Creative Therapies with Technology: Using Social Media and Online Counseling to Treat Clients (all books edited by Stephanie L. Brooke).

Sheila is also the creator of the Embodied Life Story Workshops,  a theater for shy people and form of drama therapy she developed 20 years ago that weaves writing, Jungian dreamwork, imagination, and improvisation into embodied storytelling. She has directed over 25 full-length productions and hundreds of self-revelatory performance vignettes.

Sheila offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and online via Zoom. She also provides consultations to therapists via Skype and leads workshops in Berkeley, internationally and online. When she’s not transforming lives, you can find her hiking, swimming, dancing, and painting.

Sheila has served as adjunct faculty at these accredited graduate schools:

She has contributed her expertise and writing to the following books, which can be purchased on the SHOP page:


Shelia has delivered presentations and workshops for organizations such as:


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