Models of birds in front of a banner reading 'Freedom'.

Welcoming tensions around nonstandardisation and maximum diversity.

The Focusing Institute’s Diversity Statement was approved by the Board of Directors in February 2009, I think it is a brave and wonderful statement, as it grapples with the ‘tension’ that so many institutions deny between valuing diversity and being efficient rather than fudging a compromise in which life-honouring principles are sacrificed for homogeneity. In …

Focusing mentoring and study groups

While I have been travelling in South America I have been able to stay connected with the Focusing community by attending the Weeklong in Chile and the International Conference in Mexico. I have also been active in two very different focusing groups. One is as a mentor on Charlotte Howorth’s new two-year online training programme. …

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Focusing Weeklong and Certification, January 2019

This February my two-year training as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist and trainer culminated in a community gathering at Punta de Tralca, Chile. This was The Focusing Institute’s first weeklong outside of the USA and witnessing the meeting of people from all of The Americas made this particularly special to me. The week was led by Jeffrey …

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International Focusing Conference, March 2019, Merida, Mexico

 This lively conference of Focusing professionals from all over the Americas and a few people from Europe was a great opportunity to experience the diversity of the applications Focusing can be used for. Presentations ranged from Gendlin’s philosophy and its political implications to dreamwork, creative processes, couples therapy and Nonviolent Communication. I had an opportunity …

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Completing the first two-year, online training in Focusing

Yesterday we came to the end of the first online training in Focusing offered by the Focusing Institute, which builds on the work of Eugene Gendlin, philosopher and psychotherapist. “Focusing” is a process for helping your mind listen to the wisdom of your body. “What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn’t …

Events

PCE conference 2018 – Facilitating Hope

The thirteenth World Conference for  Person-Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy took place at the beginning of July in Vienna. It coincided with the end of my MSc and fit neatly into the transition from student counsellor to professional Focusing Oriented Therapist and gave me an opportunity to meet this new community in the flesh. …

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Becoming a Focusing-Oriented Therapist and Focusing Trainer

I have just completed my two-year training with Charlotte Howarth to become a Focusing-oriented Therapist (FoT) and trainer. I visited Charlotte on my trip to New York this February as the programme has taken place in online groups. Last month I happened to be in Vienna for the Person-centred and Experiential Psychotherapy world conference and …