Focusing is unlike other therapy methods involving body work. This technique involves being fully aware of exactly when your body and mind collide and understanding the reactions and how they relate to the circumstance you are experiencing. Initially, it is difficult to get a clear picture of the body sense. But by focusing on it, you begin to form images and words and feel a felt shift of body. The physical feeling of how your body is addressing the issue is experienced. By understanding from a deeper place within, answers and strategies for handling the situation emerge. It was developed by Eugene Gendlin, Ann Weiser-Cornell, Barbara McGavin , Ed Campbell, Peter McMahon, Elfie Hinterkopf, and Neil Friedman.

Client Experience in Focusing

Focusing employs the art of self-healing and explores the empathic relationships in brevity of treatment. Clients can experience resolution of issues relating to psychological ailments in as few as ten sessions. Focusing therapy targets the structural component of the being and can facilitate dramatic changes in personality and behaviors in even the most serious cases of neglect and maltreatment in children. Listening skills are honed when this type of therapy is implemented for couples healing.

Method and Healing through Focusing

By developing the ability to focus inward, clients are empowered with their own self-healing and are able to successfully navigate their life circumstances through their own volition. Out of Focusing emerges a new relationship between one’s own inner therapist and the internal wisdom they possess within their subconscious. Because the client is able to experience the continuation of felt shift, the possibility of success is greatly enhanced with Focusing.

Aside from the obvious benefits of introspection and self-awareness, Focusing helps people to transform lives that are otherwise entrapped in a specific circumstance or pattern. In addition, people who practice Focusing are able to better address and adapt to new situations as they arise. Focusing has been shown to improve immune functioning, decrease anxiety and depression, and increase the relative functioning of the body as a whole.

Resources Related to Focusing:

Official Website of Focusing The Focusing Institute

Wikipedia's Page on Focusing

Articles about Focusing


Last updated: 06-07-2016

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