Chris Grosso – The Indie Spiritualist – Ep. 103 – Sarah Buino

Sarah Buino

Therapist Sarah Buino joins the Indie Spiritualist for a discussion around addiction, speaking your own authentic truth, and working with shame and self-compassion.

Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF is a therapist, teacher, speaker and the founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, and Certified Daring Way™ facilitator. Sarah is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and Fordham University, and also hosts the Conversations with a Wounded Healer podcast. You can learn more about her work at and on social media: Head/Heart Instagram | Head/Heart Facebook | Head/Heart Twitter | Wounded Healer Facebook | Wounded Healer Twitter

In Recovery From the Human Condition

Chris welcomes Sarah and asks what led to her path as a therapist. They discuss addiction, and how it’s not always about substance abuse, it’s simply about the human condition. They talk about how recovery programs really help put knowledge into action, and the power of peer support.

“It’s so humbling to remind myself I don’t have all the answers, and it really is a different path for every person.” – Sarah Buino

Chris Grosso speaks with Gabor Maté about addiction on Indie Spiritualist Ep. 38
Speak Your Authentic Truth (19:52)

Chris passionately illuminates the need to speak your own authentic truth in life. It’s possible to be punk rock and spiritual at the same time! Sarah talks about what inspired her to create Head/Heart Therapy, and how it’s a space for everyone to feel seen.

“Group work is my jam, that is my favorite. I love that early stage of recovery when people are starting to find themselves for the first time. I just think that’s so inspiring.” – Sarah Buino

Shame and Self-Compassion (36:40)

Sarah covers the difference between guilt and shame, and why self-compassion is crucial in dealing with shame. She and Chris recommend some books about self-compassion, then end the show with a conversation about facing your fear.

“Shame is, ‘I am bad,’ and guilt is, ‘I did something bad.’ Shame is focused on self, guilt is focused on behavior.” – Sarah Buino

Recommended Books on Self-Compassion and Fear: The Places That Scare You | When Things Fall Apart | Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy | The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook | Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway


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