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I am a Focusing teacher, registered with the British Focusing Association. I offer guided Focusing sessions, online or face to face. I teach the British Focusing Association Certificate, online and with a colleague. We also offer themed Focusing days. Focusing can be included within counselling and supervision sessions. Contact Paula

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Second Focusing 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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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.

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Focusing Days

Grounded Presence

Looking at situations where you lose your grounding and noticing what you are experiencing at these times. For example merging with an emotion and overwhelm. We will Look at supporting yourself in restoring grounding and we will consider how does a‘sense of my whole self’ and being self-in-Presence relate to this.

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Focusing with Decisions

You are invited 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. Hopefully the workshop will be growthful and open up steps forward in caring for ourselves more effectively.

Certificate in Focusing Skills

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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What a fabulous course this is! It has been such a wonderful journey for me, which has led to a much deeper understanding of myself. As a trainee psychotherapist it has improved my work with my clients, enabling me to be more present with my clients and work at a greater relational depth. Paula is a fantastic teacher, her teaching style is very engaging, gentle, easy and flows. She is wonderfully warm, friendly and candid, and has such a calming presence. If you wish to enhance your therapeutic practice then you must do this course! Paula has trained under and with the best in this field, so what she doesnt know isn't worth knowing. I have so much gratitude for Paula and for the whole team who made this course very accessible, and such an amazing and rewarding experience. My therapeutic toolbox is far bigger and better as a result! With much gratitude and warmest wishes to the whole team, Helen

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