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A gentle yet powerful practice

Guided Focusing sessions are by 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 Email to discuss.

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About Focusing

Focusing provides a specific way of tending to our emotions and dealing with personal dilemmas and life issues. It allows us to work safely with difficult emotions and to become a more empathic listener to ourself and to others. Focusing can help you to live with greater self- awareness and self-trust

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Becoming a Focuser

Focusing includes paying attention to your feelings and noticing your gut sense, or bodily sense of a situation. People often find that difficult feelings change with accepting attention. You can arrange to have a guided Focusing session and you can learn to Focus alone. Eventually you might like to Focus regularly in a Focusing partnership.

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General Training Information

Paula Newman and Elizabeth Smith 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. Training is in North West London. Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

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Focusing Days

Each day has a theme and includes group discussions and Focusing practice.These days are opportunities to begin a fresh partnership and to connect with other Focusers. Focusing days are suitable for people who have completed level two.
The price is £80. Early bird price £70

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Grounded Presence

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.

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Focusing with Decisions

We invite you to bring a decision to work with in a Focusing way. We will go through the four stages of a Focusing session, getting a sense of our decision, making contact with what is there, deepening our experience of it and coming to an ending. Throughout this process you will be sensing into the various sides of your decision.

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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.

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Certificate in Focusing Skills

Level One is on July 1st and 2nd or July 15th and 16th 2019

The price is £160 for the two days. There is an early bird price of £150 if payment is received by June 1st.

As we update our workshops, taking account of participants' feedback, there may 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.

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