417 – Focusing and the Felt Sense

Harnessing an Underutilized Therapeutic Resource
Joan Klagsbrun

The “felt sense”—our implicit body wisdom—is a resource in each of us that typically lies at the edge of awareness but has the capacity to accelerate the healing process and make therapy more effective. When therapists welcome and encourage exploration of the felt sense, clients speak from their feelings instead of about them, and are often released from stuck places. This workshop will teach participants how to use Focusing for themselves and demonstrate how it can be integrated with any kind of therapeutic orientation. You’ll discover how to:

  • Apply Focusing to your current therapeutic approach to expand clients’ access to their somatic self and nonverbal awareness
  • Use Focusing to enhance clients’ capacity for insight and work with emotional issues in a gentle yet powerful manner
  • Implement Focusing with specific types of cases, including clients dealing with serious illness, anxiety, or depression


Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, is a psychologist and adjunct faculty at Lesley University. She developed the CD Focusing: Listening to the Deeper Self and the video A Focusing Approach to Life-Changing Illness.

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