Focusing is learning to trust your own inner sense of things. It is the conscious interaction with our bodily felt knowing that allows a natural unfolding of our innate felt knowing. Historically, Focusing arose out of the work of Gene Gendlin. It was originally conceptualised within the psychology of Carl Rogers, but since then (1960's) has been integrated and applied to many other areas of life including problem solving, personal growth & spirituality, and all forms of creative expression. There is no diagnosing or analysing or counselling, just listening, describing and gently attending your inner experience until it reveals its meaning and you see a way forward that you didn't see before. That's what Focusing is.
Its the experience of waking up your inner knowing, aligning with the inside and living from it more deeply and authentically.
"Your body is not a machine, rather a wonderfully intricate interaction with everything around you,
which is why it "knows" so much just in being" ~ G. Gendlin
Individual Focusing sessions
What is the session like?
Sessions usually last an hour, and are a mixture of tuition and Focusing time. After some initial arriving time, we will start the Focusing session. You might want to focus on particular issue or you might want to explore what your body is bringing that day, or maybe you would like to learn the skill of focusing and explore how it can support and enrich other aspects of your life. What I will be doing here is accompanying and guiding you throughout the process. I might be make gentle suggestions and also follow you to support your contact with yourself. The process itself will lead the way.
It can applied to many areas of your life including a specific life issue that needs your attention or what you are being called to in the current chapter of your life, or to simply to reconnect with yourself in a deeper and more life enriching way
There are many, but to mention just a few:
~ a sense of relief and clarity about your life and your forward steps
~ a greater ability to be compassionate to yourself
~ a shift in perspective about what’s bothering you
~ new possibilities, new options, insights, and fresh energy to move forward
~ learning the art of focusing, reconnecting with ones own inner knowing
Online (Skype/phone): Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: day & evening times
Rickmansworth: Monday and Wednesday at 11am
Chesham: Tuesday and Thursday at 10am
Watford: Wednesdays at 4pm
First online sessions free
Online: £45 for 1 or £120 for 3 sessions
In person: £50 for 1 or £140 for 3 sessions
To book: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Focusing Skills Course
(listening with the whole body)
Focusing Skills Journey is a 60 hour series of experiential seminars spread over 5 modules.
Each module consists of six 2 hour sessions over five weeks. Seminars are mixture of Focusing theory, discussion, exercises and practice and are open to beginners as well as those wishing to refresh or deepen their experience.
Places are limited to max 6 participants per group allowing for a more intimate sense of community and quality learning.
The format of the course is a combination of online seminars and partnership practice between sessions with other participants. There is a possibility for some modules (3rd and 5th) to be explored on in-person weekend workshops (in/near London). Participants can choose to cover the whole course online if preferred.
There is no obligation to commit to the whole course in advance, so please feel free to sign up for the first five calls or first weekend workshop as a starting point.
The Course is BFA Certify and enable you to join further Focusing workshops and training.
On these modules you will learn how to:
~ Sense inwards & listen with sensitivity and subtlety
~ Engage and communicate with that in you which knows more than you can say
~ Broaden your perception of the inner landscape and navigate your life choices from the deeper place inside
~ Recognise how the body "speaks”
~ Explore the stages of Focusing and ways of communicating that facilitates deeper movement and change
~ Relate to yoursef with care, compassion and wonder
~ Support yourself and your Focusing partner in difficult places and inner explorations
~ Be with tangled issues, blocks, the inner critic & other 'parts' (aspects of our inner selves)
~ Connect with yourself and others in deeper and more enriching way
~ Deepen your inner journey in meditation, creative flow and your pathway to wholeness
Zoom seminars are held weekly on Tuesday morning or afternoon (9:30am-11:30am or 1pm - 3pm )
There is a possibility for the evening course on Thursdays (7-9pm). Please let me know if you are interested in that option.
Module 1: Beginning the Journey:
Tue 14th Nov - Week 1: The Doors
Tue 21st Nov - Week 2: The Heart of Presence: the field of compassion
Tue 28th Nov - Week 3: Sensing inwards: inner landscape and felt sensing
Tue 5th Dec - Week 4: Making sense of your felt experience: describing and resonating
Tue 12th Dec - Week 5: Felt companioning within and without
Tue 19th Dec - Week 6: Long journey without distance: Focusing steps
Module 2: January - February 2018
Module 3: February - April 2018
Module 4: April - May 2018
Module 5: June - July 2018
Virtual "meeting room" on Zoom platform. Zoom (like Skype) is very user-friendly and
easy-to- install software for on-line video meetings. If you do not already have Zoom on your
computer, you will be given simple instructions for downloading Zoom (free of charge) prior to
First individual online session free
£120 for 1st module (6 x 2h online classes or one intoductory weekend)
£400 for 4 modules (24 x 2h online classes or 12 x 2h online sessions and two in person weekend workshops)
If you are interested in joining the training please conact Halina for your free skype session.
Halina: email@example.com, 07528 122 281, www.focusing.org.uk/halina-rozensztrauch
Beginning the Journey
Exploring the Footprints
Fine tuning the Inner Compas
Ways through the Maze
Unfolding into Wholeness
"Your physically-felt body is, in fact, part of a gigantic system of here and other places, now and other times, you and other people, in fact the whole universe. This sense of being bodily alive in a vast system is the body as it is felt from inside" — Gendlin
Broadeing the sense of things through the exploration of your wholebodied presence. We will include Whole Body Focusing practice, inquire into what's before and ahdead of us in our lifescapes, and settle deeper in the intimate participation of the unfolding now
"Every bad feeling is a potential energy towrads a more right way of being if you give it space to move towards its rightnes" — Gendlin
Unsticking our process and applying your broader seeing in meeting tangled issues, blocks, body symptoms and pain, exiled parts and the inner critic. As well as being more intuitive with focusing, listening and guiding
"As you start to walk on the way, the way appears"
Going further into focusing movements and felt companioning by making space for aliveness & uncrowding our attention. Waiting at the edge of awareness, listening deeper and more on symbolising and language facilitating change
"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a magnificent world in itself" —Henry Miller
Deepening and fine tuning your focusing and listening skills by self guiding your process, giving and recieving suggestions and invtations as we settle deeper in the experience of attuned listening. We will explore being more creative with focusing, guiding and expressing our felt experience.
Your body is not a machine, rather a wonderfully intricate interaction with everything around you, which is why it "knows" so much just in being. — Gendlin
Beginging the journey of being in touch, engaging and drawing from your inner knowing. And that's through the art of sensing inwards, communicating with your bodily felt awareness and making sense of it. We will practice felt companioning withing and without and begin embodying the life transforming steps of a long journey without distance.