Try Focusing in a one-off, online session for £30.
Experience is a myriad richness.
We think more than we can say.
We feel more than we can think.
We live more than we can feel.
And there is much more still.
– Eugene Gendlin, Focusing
People who use Focusing say things like:
“I feel whole again.”
“The decision feels clear. I feel like I can move on, now that I understand what was difficult about it.”
“I have support. Yes it’s ok. I have support.”
“I recognise that part of myself now and see that it’s only trying to help. I feel compassion for it. And I need it.”
“I feel lighter. It’s such a relief to hear what this was trying to say.”
“There’s an energy. A feeling of vitality.”
Focusing is a method of offering a special kind of attention to our own process which helps us become more aware of what’s going on. It is a way to check in with ourselves, allowing us to learn more about a vague sense we have about something and listen to what we need.
Whatever your question, your body knows the answer.
So, Focusing can help with:
– making difficult decisions
– writer’s or creative block
– untangling emotional responses to an event or situation
– understanding dreams
– coaching through life projects and transitions
– finding ways to express thoughts and feelings about something
– and much more.
More generally, Focusing can help us relax by supporting us to find out a little more about what’s going on, why our thoughts may be circling or why something is getting to us. So it helps with anxiety and stress, and enables us to resource ourselves.
Focusing emerged out of research into why some people seemed to be successful in therapy and others not. It turned out that what was important was a certain kind of self-attunement that allowed clients to come close to their experiencing. This is something that can be trained and is the basis of Focusing. (Gendlin, 1996, Cornell, 2013). Gene Gendlin, who discovered Focusing, explains a little about it in this video.
I offer sessions online and on the phone, in which you can be guided through some of the basic skills of Focusing and put it to use in your life. The sessions are a gentle, reflective, non-judgemental space in which you will be encouraged to follow your own directions without being criticised, analysed or advised. All of you is welcome in the session. Everything in a session is treated confidentially.
Focusing sessions differ from therapy in that I offer them as one-off sessions, as and when you need them, and you decide how many sessions you would like at any time. They are for learning attentional skills and exploring what’s going on for you in each session rather than working with more complex matters which may be better supported in an ongoing therapeutic relationship. However Focusing sessions may also be a way into therapy.
Sessions last one hour, some of which will be spent finding out what you would like to use the session for and how we might approach that. The cost is usually £50 per session. I offer an introductory session for £30. I have a limited number of low cost slots and while I am not always able to offer these I welcome enquiries from those whose circumstances mean they may not otherwise be able to afford sessions. To arrange a session please contact me.
I also offer short Focusing courses for everyone as a way to learn Focusing skills in groups. Please subscribe to my newsletter to be kept up-to-date.
I have been using Focusing for myself for many years. I am certified by the British Focusing Association as a Focusing Practitioner and Focusing Teacher. I am based in Glasgow in Scotland but work with people online worldwide.