Inner Relationship and the Art of Facilitative Language

Presented by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD on 07-16-2010 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

People in psychotherapy need an accepting relationship with their own emotions and felt senses if positive change is to happen. Therapists can facilitate an inner relationship with the person in treatment that allows for acceptance, curiosity, and exploration. But how does one do that when people are caught up in states of emotional overwhelm and/or dissociation?

Inner Relationship Focusing is a somatically-based process for emotional healing and positive growth, developed by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin from the Focusing work of Eugene Gendlin. In this presentation, Ann will demonstrate how to use simple shifts in language and attention to help people in therapy move into the present moment and access a friendly, witnessing state with their own emotional material, becoming neither overwhelmed nor dissociated. These respectful interventions can be combined with any form of therapy for even greater effectiveness.

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Meet the Presenter

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, is an internationally known author and seminar leader who has been working with the Focusing process since she learned it from its originator Eugene Gendlin in 1972. She is perhaps the best-known Focusing teacher in the world, having taught in eighteen countries around the world for the past twenty-five years. With her colleague Barbara McGavin she has been developing Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF) since 1992, and today there is a flourishing worldwide network of therapists and practitioners who use IRF.

Ann has given presentations and trainings in IRF at the Esalen Institute, the Psychotherapy Networker Conference, the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and at the Cape Cod Institute.

Ann was a Woodrow Wilson scholar at the University of Chicago, where she received a PhD in Linguistics in 1975. She puts her linguistics training to use with her fine attention to the language that facilitates inner process, which she calls “the art of facilitative language.”

Ann is the author of The Power of Focusing and The Radical Acceptance of Everything. She is the founder and CEO of Focusing Resources, which offers over 60 phone seminars on IRF every year. You can learn more about Focusing Resources here.

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