Please note this course requires participants to have completed the Introduction to Focusing (two day workshop) either at The Albany Centre or elsewhere! Click for information.

The Certificate is suitable for people who would like to continue with their Focusing journey, deepening personal insights and developing their Focusing and Companioning skills. The training continues to be applicable as personal development. Counsellors and therapists can explore bringing Focusing to their practice and other participants may wish to explore its relevance in their particular workplace.
Level Two
Participants will 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, a way of being developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara Mc Gavin. Self-in-presence can help you to pay attention to your emotions without becoming overwhelmed. During Level Two there will also be an introduction to Wholebody Focusing and the work of Kevin McEvenue.

Level Three
During Level Three we will explore the stages of a Focusing session in more detail. The stages are: Coming in, Making contact, Settling down, Deepening contact, and Coming out. As part of this you will learn about suggestions that can help the Focuser to listen inwards with acceptance, empathy and compassion. We will spend some time looking at Focusing language and its benefits at each stage. There will be group discussions and experiential work in pairs. We also continue with 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 criticises your actions. Maybe it tells you that you are not capable of trying something new. On the second day we will look at symbols and images in Focusing. This includes Focusing with dreams and Gene Gendlin’s methods. Participants will be invited to work with their own dream in a group exercise.

Level Five
As you approach the end of this part of your journey we look towards your next steps as a Focuser and Companion, and 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 you to consider ways of incorporating Focusing within your own practice or workplace.

During Level Five there are two additional topics: understanding and working with Trauma from a Focusing perspective and working with action blocks. An action block is something within you that prevents you from doing what you want to do. Examples are eating healthily, writing an article or book and changing your job.

This is our final workshop as a group and we will take time for an ending. Upon completion of Level Five you will receive a British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills.


As we are continuously updating our workshops and taking account of participants’ feedback there might be some changes to the content.

Your teachers

Each of the five Levels is a two day workshop taught by Elizabeth Smith and Paula Newman who are both registered teachers with the Focusing Institute (New York) and members of the British Focusing Association. They are also experienced counsellors and supervisors. It is our intention to create an empathic, accepting, friendly and supportive atmosphere for your learning. You can visit our websites to find out more about us.


Paula Newman


Elizabeth Smith


Workshop Details

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Who should attend: People who are interested in personal development; counsellors and psychotherapists; anyone working relationally with people in their workplace.