Dr. Eugene Gendlin, whose research led to the approach known as Focusing (link is external), found that clients who made the most progress in psychotherapy (link is external) (despite the orientation of the therapist) were those who were contacting and speaking from their actual felt experience. They paused, stammered, and groped for words or images to describe their deeper experience rather than just talking from their heads. Things shifted and opened up as they stayed with their authentic experience from moment to moment.
Focusing Tip #459 “I have parts of me that I used to assume were the actual voices of my mother, father, husband…” Katherine writes: I am noticing how I have parts of me that I used to assume were the actual voices of, or almost like, an actual...
Focusing Tip #463 “I have a history of being abused and have found it rather difficult to put a hand anywhere on the body.” A Reader writes: I really like the gesture that you recommend, of placing a gentle hand on the body where “something” needs...
For 25 years Helene Brenner (www.helenebrenner.com) has been a Focusing-oriented psychologist in private practice, offering supervision and individual therapy and phone coaching. Known for her warm and compassionate manner and astute, intuitive way of getting to the core of client’s and supervisee’s issues, Helene is also a Focusing coordinator for the Washington, D.C. area and co-directs the Greater Washington Center for Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Therapy (www.washingtonfocusing.com), which offers two-year certification programs in FOT. She's also on the faculty of Focusing Resources, teaching telecourses for focusers and therapists. Helene is the author of I Know I’m in There Somewhere: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity, co-authored by Larry Letich and published by Penguin (USA) in 2003, and has led Focusing and “Inner Voice” workshops in venues including Omega Institute and Kripalu Center. She is the co-chair of the 2016 International FOT Conference.
Focusing Tip #460 “I have trouble explaining to my Companion and myself why I want reflections when it is my turn…” Tewa writes: When I am Focusing with a partner, I like to hear two or three reflections and then silent presence.
From The Carl Rogers Reader by Carl Ransom Rogers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1989 DARE WE DO AWAY WITH PROFESSIONALISM? By Carl Rogers A challenge that I wish to raise, especially for clinical and social psychologists, is the radical possibility of sweeping away our procedures for professionalization. I know what heresy that idea is, what terror it strikes in the …
Focusing Tip #462 “This negative voice is an immediate punch in the stomach that drains all my energy.” Marty writes: I have a terrible habit of comparing myself to others (negatively), and it is an immediate punch in the stomach, which hurts and...
Focusing Tip #468 “Life and relationships go better as we make room for our human vulnerability, not shut it down.” Dear Readers: Today, I’d like to bring you a guest Tip by my good friend John Amodeo.
Focusing Tip #467 “I have difficulty finding the purpose of Focusing if no link is made with my reality.” A Reader writes: I learned Focusing a few years ago and I practice it quite regularly with people who have more experience than me.
Focusing Tip #458 “When you are Focusing, who is the leader?” A Reader writes: I would like to ask you: when you are Focusing and you are speaking of all the parts of you, who is the leader? How do you decide what to do?
Focusing Tip #465 Mary Elizabeth writes: When I do Focusing, my release is usually with tears. In other words: I cry. Sometimes I wonder am I blocking myself from going deeper by crying? I feel good after and definitely have had a shift.
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