Counselling Services Counselling & Supervision in Harrow and Stanmore


For self awareness and emotional healing

Guided Focusing Sessions

Having a Focusing experience

You might be in a profession where it helps to be self aware such as counselling, or maybe you are interested in developing yourself and gaining deeper insights.

I offer guided sessions by phone, Skype and face to face. The sessions are suitable for people who are new to Focusing, as well as experienced Focusers. If you have not Focused before you can try it out. Sessions are confidential and at your pace.

You are most welcome to Contact me to discuss.

You can also come along to my workshops to practice Focusing and to learn about the ideas behind it. Here you will find time for discussion, practice and enjoying the group experience.

About Focusing

Vague feelings become more clear and reveal their meanings

You might sometimes notice feelings in your body, such as a pressure in your chest and butterflies in your stomach. Maybe you experience something that is difficult to define such as a vague feeling of unease.

With Focusing you can deepen your experiences of these sensations, allowing them to become more clear. As this happens underlying personal meanings and emotions can emerge.

People often gain fresh insights and understandings of themselves

You may also learn more about areas in your life where you are feeling stuck

Focusing can help you to become aware of what is really important to you when making decisions

Through Focusing you may discover a new way forward, perhaps something that had not occurred to you before and now feels just right

Focusing can help with particular issues for example bereavement, depression, anxiety and trauma, as well as less specific areas such as feeling stuck, a sense of emptiness, restlessness, a vague feeling that all is not well and a longing for something


Paying attention to whatever is going on inside and accepting everything.

Self-in-presence is a term coined by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. It refers to a special way of being with our feelings and emotions. Everything that we become aware of within ourselves is welcomed and accepted. Feelings that might be difficult such as anger, guilt and embarrassment are acknowledged and treated with compassion and empathy.

This can make it safe for more to be revealed during a Focusing session

Being self-in-presence allows us to attend to our anger, fear, shame and sadness without becoming overwhelmed by these feelings. Instead we make space for whatever is there.

Learning to soothe and calm one's self with gentle acceptance and compassion can be empowering.

Focusing Workshops

British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills

The Certificate is taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith. We are both registered teachers with the British Focusing Association (BFA) and experienced counsellors and supervisors accredited by the BACP. We aim to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for your learning.

Course Structure

Ten days divided into five two day workshops or levels.

Each level builds upon previous learning, with Focusing practice, theory and discussion.

Throughout your training we will introduce you to various topics these include physical ailments, the inner critic, dreams, trauma and action blocks. Therapists can explore bringing Focusing to their practice. Participants can also consider how they would like to continue their Focusing journey.

Between each Level we suggest that you practice focusing in pairs. This can be by phone, Skype or face to face. We will give you our contact details so that you can be in touch with us if any questions arise.

There will be refreshments provided during breaks and folders with reading materials and exercises.

Levels One-Five

Since we are continuously updating our workshops and taking account of participants' feedback there might be some changes to the content below.

Level One

Learning to sense inwards is at the basis of Focusing. During Level One the emphasis is upon noticing messages that your body gives you and accepting everything that you become aware of. Focusing is very natural and gentle and at the same time you might find that working at this level is powerful and revealing. Throughout the training there will be opportunities to share in the group, and to work with your own process. There will be a mixture of Focusing theory, discussion and practice.

Level Two

Participants practice Focusing in pairs, taking turns to focus and to companion each other. Exercises are designed to support working at a deeper level. At the same time you are always in charge of your session and each person is encouraged to work at their own pace.

Topics include Gene Gendlin’s six Focusing steps, and Self-in-presence developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara Mc Gavin. Being Self-in-presence can help you to experience your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. During Level Two we will look at examples of Focusing with pain and ailments. There will also be an introduction to Wholebody Focusing and the work of Kevin McEvenue.

Level Three

Exploring the stages of a Focusing session in more detail including suggestions that can help the Focuser to listen inwards with acceptance, empathy and compassion. We also look at Focusing language and its benefits at each stage. There will be group discussions, experiential work in pairs and Wholebody Focusing exercises.

Level Four

Level Four is an opportunity to explore challenges which you might encounter as Focuser and Companion. There will also be a topic on understanding and working with the inner Critic. This is an inner ‘voice’ that you might have noticed, perhaps it criticizes your actions, maybe it tells you that you are not capable enough to try something new. On the second day we look at symbols and images including Focusing with dreams and Gene Gendlin’s methods. Participants will be invited to work with their own dream in a group exercise.

Level Five

During Level Five we explore trauma from a Focusing perspective and we work with action blocks. An action block is something within you that prevents you from doing what you want to do. Examples are eating a healthy diet, writing an article or book and changing your job.

As you approach the end of the certificate training we look towards your next steps as a Focuser and Companion. We will provide information about further training and useful websites. There will be time for each person to review their own process and an opportunity for therapists and counsellors to consider incorporating Focusing within their own practice.

This is our final workshop as a group and we will take time for an ending.

Certificate Dates for 2017

We are running level one twice, on September 11th and 12th and on November 27th and 28th. The new dates for levels two-five will follow.


Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm


The price of level one workshops is £150 for the two days and we are offering an early bird price of £140 if payment is received by 21st July for the September workshop and 13th October for the workshop in November


Stanmore / Harrow, Middlesex

Focusing Workshop Self-Care

June 29th 2017
Venue in Harrow, NW London
10 am - 4 pm (refreshments at 9.45)
Suitable for people who have completed level two
The price is £75. Early bird price £65 if paid by June 1st

Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

Exploring Self-Care in a focusing way can bring fresh insights and deeper awareness of our personal needs. Inner struggles and tangles that relate to looking after ourselves might emerge and we can give these our attention. Paula and Elizabeth hope that the workshop will be growthful and open up steps forward in caring for ourselves more effectively.

As usual we will have group discussions and Focusing practice.
We will provide refreshments during breaks, please bring a packed lunch.

It may be that you have been trying to find a focusing partner. This day could be an opportunity to begin a fresh partnership.

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything that you would like to ask and for payment details. Contact me

Focusing Workshop Grounded Presence

Next date to be decided
Venue in Harrow, NW London
10 am - 4 pm (refreshments at 9.45)
Suitable for people who have completed level two
The price is £75

Taught by Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith

Our theme is grounded presence. What are the situations where I lose my grounding? What am I experiencing at those times – merging, overwhelm? How can I support myself in restoring my grounding? How does the ‘sense of my whole self’ and Self-in-Presence relate to this? We will also present a case study relating to the topic.

As usual we will have group discussions and Focusing practice.
We will provide hand outs and refreshments, please bring a packed lunch

It may be that you have been trying to find a focusing partner. This day could be an opportunity to begin a fresh partnership.

Please feel free to contact me if there is anything that you would like to ask and for payment details. Contact me

Wholebody Focusing

Listening to Your body's wisdom

Wholebody Focusing is included within the Certificate course, It is a combination of the Alexander technique and Focusing. The Alexander technique teaches people to move and to hold themselves in a balanced way. With
Focusing instead of depending upon someone else to show us how to move and how to hold our selves, we can discover what is needed by checking inside.

Wholebody Focusing is based upon the idea that our bodies carry an implicit knowledge of what we need in order to resolve problems that are felt in the body. It emphasizes the support of the environment, sensing into your whole body and welcoming and allowing any movements which feel right. Wholebody Focusing is in your own way and at your own pace.

Participant's comments

Experiencing Focusing Workshops

'Wonderful, useful, fun and interesting. Looking forward to doing Level 2 with Paula'

'The relaxed atmosphere, I felt 'held'!

'Calm manner and clear explanations'

'Answers to any questions asked'

'Paula's non-defensive, interested & clear style of teaching'.

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