Focusing & Experiential Psychotherapy
Focusing is a simple yet powerful way of accessing the wisdom of your whole body. Learning to focus can be a wonderful way to grow as a person, and find out how you really feel about any particular issue or situation.
Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy was developed by Dr Eugene Gendlin at the university of Chicago. He discovered that clients who were successful in therapy, worked on their problems in a special way, and could be identified in the first couple of therapy sessions. He also discovered that clients who were destined not to succeed in therapy, could learn to do what the successful clients did. From this research he developed both Focusing for everybody, and also Focusing Oriented Therapy.
Focusing is a simple skill, that involves you accessing the wisdom of your whole body. Your body is picking up information all the time from your environment, whether you are conscious of this or not. You can access this information through bringing awareness into your body – your heart beating, your breathing, body sensations – and testing out your goals, thoughts and ideas, to find out how your body responds to them. Focusing provides you with a tool to find out how you really feel, and make better informed and more rounded decisions. see the following link:
I am a qualified Focusing Oriented Therapist, holding an MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy from the University of East Anglia. This is the only psychotherapy qualification offered in the UK that is recognised by the Focusing Institute in America.
I can offer both “guided focusing sessions”, and also “focusing oriented therapy”, as part of the ongoing counselling. Focusing is an excellent skill to develop, as you can use focusing both within therapy, and also can use it as a skill to help you deal with issues in your life outside of the therapy session.
One of my male clients commented on focusing:
“I like focusing because it is a tool that I can use outside of therapy, to help me deal with problems in the real world.”
How Can Focusing Help?
- With personal growth and development
- Finding out how you really feel
- Making better decisions
- Interpreting dreams
- As an aid to counselling and psychotherapy, where you feel it has become stuck
- Overcoming writer’s block, or other creative blocks
- As an aid to spirituality
If you are interested in working with me, then please contact me for an initial first interview where we can discuss these matters further.