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Focusing

Focusing is a practice which restores our innate and natural ability to draw on our body's wisdom in living our life. As well as self-development it can enhance therapeutic work with clients.





About Focusing

A gentle yet powerful practice


Vague sensations in the body such as a slight pressure in your chest and a sense of unease can be easily missed or disregarded. Focusing involves noticing these feelings and deepening your experiences of them. As fuzzy sensations become more clear and formed underlying personal meanings and emotions can emerge.

You may gain fresh insights and understandings

Learn more about areas in your life where you are feeling stuck

Become aware of what is really important to you when making decisions

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, self-criticism, a sense of emptiness, restlessness, a vague feeling that all is not well and a longing for something.

All thoughts and feelings are heard and acknowledged with acceptance, compassion and empathy. You can learn how to be with your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them.

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Focusing Training

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.

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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

Level One is on November 20th and 21st . The dates for levels two-five will follow.

Times

Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm

Price

The price of level one workshops is £150 for the two days.

Venue

Stanmore / Harrow, Middlesex

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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. Early bird price £65

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



Focusing Workshop Self-Care

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. Early bird price £65

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



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 Wholebody 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.



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.

Paula Newman is a Focusing trainer, supervisor and counsellor in Stanmore HA7

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