In this two day Introduction to Focusing, we will be bringing awareness to our bodies and appreciating our body’s wisdom. We will explore how to be in touch with deep feeling without becoming overwhelmed. Learning to sense inwards is at the basis of Focusing. During this 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.  The emphasis is on sensing inwards, on presence and on self-acceptance. The understanding of process which it brings can be invaluable in client work. Level One is suitable for anyone with little or no experience of Focusing. Level One, the Introduction, is mostly experiential and there will be a mixture of Focusing theory, discussion and practice. There are four more Focusing levels (the Certificate) for those who wish to continue.

Specific topics that will be covered in this Introduction will include:
Focusing Lead-Ins to help participants to be more in touch with their experiencing
Theoretical background including the ideas of Gendlin, Ann Weiser Cornel and Barbara McGavin
Experiencing a felt-sense, including exercises
Understanding Self-in-Presence
Focusing demonstrations and exercises, includes working in pairs
Exploring the roles of Focuser and Companion
Focusing language and how it can help

We will provide handouts and CPD certificates.

Who should attend : This practical workshop is for anyone with an interest, and also serves as a foundation to further training on the: British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills: Levels Two – Five


The trainers

Elizabeth trained on the MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy at the University of East Anglia and Paula trained as a focusing teacher with Ann Weiser Cornell; both of us received a Focusing Trainer certificate from the Focusing Institute in New York. We are both members of the British Focusing Teachers Association and Accredited Counsellors with the BACP.

Paula and Elizabeth are Person-centred counsellors and supervisors. We find that Focusing increases our congruence, even when we are experiencing something very vague and difficult to grasp. It involves listening with a special quality of presence that is empathic and completely accepting.

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Introduction to Focusing (two day workshop)

Trainers : Paula Newman & Elizabeth Smith

Certificate of attendance for the Introduction to Focusing will be issued on completion of the workshop

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