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Focusing

A gentle and powerful practice





About

I am a Certified Focusing Practitioner, registered with the British Focusing Association. I teach Focusing to groups and provide guided Focusing sessions.I bring Focusing into my counselling and supervision work when this is requested and helpful. The trainings that I offer are the BFA Focusing Skills course and the BFA Focusing Practitioner Professional training.



Focusing is....

Sometimes we have a sense of something but it is so vague and elusive that we let it go. Focusing is a process of staying with our bodily felt-sense. As we pay attention to hazy sensations they become more clear and substantial, revealing meanings that can be new and surprising. We can gain fresh insights, increasing self-awareness. Focusing is accepting and respectful of everything that emerges. It enables us to work safely with difficult emotions.



Benefits

People often tell me about their experiences of Focusing and what they have gained. As a Focuser myself I find that this practice helps me in many ways. Here are some areas that stand out for me.

  • Deepening knowledge of yourself, your emotions and your moods. Understanding underlying traumas and how you have been affected. Experiencing shifts and significant change.

  • Learning about your qualities and your strengths increasing a sense of your own solidness and resilience. This can be empowering and can encourage self-confidence. Youmay also become aware of areas that need some extra attention

  • Noticing where you are stuck in your life and development and having an effective way of attending to something that is blocking you.

  • Deep appreciation for your body as you experience its wisdom and understand that your body knows and can tell you what is needed for your own physical and emotional health. Listening to your body's messages allows you to take good care of yourself.

  • Developing Focusing skills that can empower you to calm yourself down and to manage anxiety, stress and overwhelm.

  • Decision making becomes easier as you listen to your sense of what is best for you. Sensing in freshly and letting go of what you think is best can bring something new and refreshing.

  • Having a way to be with physical pain that can really make a difference.

  • Listening to yourself with self-acceptace, compassion and empathy is at the heart of Focusing. These qualities tend to develop naturally with Focusing practice and can be extended to others, enhancing personal and professional relationships.



  • Guided Focusing Sessions

    During sessions you can work with a particular issue, or you can use the time to get an overall sense of how you are. Focusing includes paying attention to bodily feelings and emotions and accepting everything that you become aware of, even an inner voice that is telling you off can be welcomed and heard. You might find that in a friendly and warm atmosphere, some of your difficult feelings become easier. There can be new insights and fresh perspectives.

    When we are ready to begin I will invite you to make yourself comfortable and to close your eyes. Many people find that with closed eyes there are fewer distractions and it is easier to be inwardly aware. Others prefer to have their eyes open and that is fine too.

    Guided Focusing sessions are supportive of you and your Focusing process. They are a good way of starting out as a Focuser.



    Supporting Mentor

    Supporting trainee Focusing teachers

    Learning to teach Focusing can be both exciting and challenging. As second mentor I am here to support you. This includes encouraging you to deepen your awareness of personal strengths, and to develop your own ways of teaching .



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