Deepening Psychotherapy through Focusing
Do you have clients who seem to live in their heads and have a hard time sensing inside themselves? Focusing is a process that helps clients speak from their feelings, rather than about them. It teaches clients to listen to their body’s signals, bypassing defenses and accessing the implicit body wisdom of their “felt sense.” Focusing can be easily integrated into sessions or used as an everyday life practice that gently brings emotional issues into fuller awareness. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:
- Apply Focusing to your current therapeutic approach and expand clients’ access to their somatic self and nonverbal awareness
- Use Focusing to enhance clients’ capacity for insight and to 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
- Use Focusing to enhance your own well-being as a therapist
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, is a psychologist who has taught Focusing to the public and mental health professionals for over three decades and across seven continents. She’s an adjunct professor at Lesley University and has published articles, book chapters, and other Focusing resources.