Focusing, first described by the Philosopher Eugene Gendlin, has 40 years of research behind it which demonstrates its effectiveness in bringing about transformative change. It can be easily integrated into counseling, spiritual companioning and spiritual direction. Focusing invites people to go beyond talking about their problems and helps them to get a fresh felt sense of an issue, which lies below concepts and emotions. The Focusing process often leads to a reduction of stress and to people finding fresh insights and solutions to long-standing psychological and spiritual issues. It helps us to find “answers” that we simply can’t get to through the intellect alone. Facilitated by Focusing experts Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and Carol Ivan, this workshop is an excellent opportunity for beginners to explore the Focusing method or for more experienced practioners to deepen their skills.
In this introductory workshop you will experience the Focusing method and begin to practice it with a listening partner. You will also hear about applications for working with people who are making difficult decisions, facing challenging situations, or connecting with their feelings—without getting overwhelmed by them.
Lunch is included.
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a psychologist for the past 35 years, teaches at Lesley University and for The Focusing Institute where she integrates spirituality and psychology. She has taught Focusing to therapists and pastoral counselors nationally and internationally for over three decades.
Carol Ivan has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is trained in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 20 years, with a special interest in using Whole Body Focusing to help clients increase their access to wisdom and spirituality.