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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

Focusing Training

Guided Focusing sessions

About Focusing

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.

Focusing will enable you to find and change where your life is stuck, cramped, hemmed in, slowed down. And it will enable you to change – to live from a deeper place than just your thoughts and feelings. ~Gendlin~

Focusing Training

British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills

The next certificate training starts with Level One, On November 12th and 13th 2018

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.

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.

It opened my eyes to a new way of becoming more self-aware. I appreciated the gentle pace which was deep and very engaging ~ Zion Ekunelare, Level one ~

This was my most enjoyable level. Found the material very interesting, particularly the suggestions. I have come to appreciate Focusing and the days are very relaxing. Looking forward to levels 4 and 5 ~ Kathy Humberstone, Level three ~


Each day begins at 10 am and ends at 4 pm


The price is £150 for the two days. There is an early bird price of £140 if payment is received by October 12th.


Stanmore / Harrow, Middlesex

About Our Focusing Days

Each day has a theme and includes group discussions and Focusing practice. It may be that you have been trying to find a Focusing partner, these days are opportunities to begin a fresh partnership and to connect with other Focusers. Our Focusing days are suitable for people who have completed level two.

The venue is in Harrow, NW London. We start at 10 am and end at 4 pm.

The price is £75. Early bird price £65

We will provide hand outs and refreshments, please bring a packed lunch

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

Focusing with Decisions

On January 29th 2019

How do you reach 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. This can be revealing, bringing new self-understandings.

Self-Care and Focusing

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. Next date to be decided

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. Next date to be decided

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 Focusing 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.

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

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