Focusing

I am a Certified Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and incorporate this body-centered, inner-wisdom-based modality into my work with adults, children, couples, and parents. I am also a Focusing Trainer and Coordinator-In-Training. This means I can walk with you on a journey of becoming trained and certified as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Professional, and/or Trainer too. In addition to psychotherapy, I offer guided-Focusing sessions as a non-therapeutic experiential process to guide individuals who want supported inner exploration without feeling the need for a therapist or coach. People find individual Focusing sessions to be a powerful form of self-care and personal inquiry.

Focusing is a mind-body-spirit centered approach to growth and healing. It is a way of being with self and others that connects the logical, emotional, and physical experiences of being in the world through the awareness and cultivation of a profound inner knowing place we are all born with but often lose track of. This  innately wise core part the self, referred to as the felt sense, is a feeling place that helps people explore their experience beyond words, allowing the body to share and grow its story deeply and holistically.

This integrated, mindful perspective was pioneered by Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago in the mid-twentieth century while doing research in conjunction with psychology professor Carl Rogers. While investigating what makes therapy work they discovered that therapeutic value far transcended the methodology of the individual therapist and rested instead on something many clients were already doing within themselves.

Clients who were readily able to slow down and give attention to ambiguous, more-than-words type places in their experience were the ones who ultimately succeeded in meeting their goals for therapeutic change. Often these places were accompanied by a sense of grasping for words such as: I don’t know…um…it’s sort of like…but not quite, maybe more… These felt places when followed and supported by a therapist become the modality of change in therapy. Focusing-Oriented therapy is also based strongly in humanistic, person-centered theory where the relationship between client and therapist is considered paramount to healing interactions.

Often people ask me, why they haven’t heard of Focusing before. Gendlin, wanting Focusing to be freely available to everyone chose not to patent or trademark his discoveries. Thus, while you may not know it, the Focusing philosophy underlies other common movements and theories such as Somatic Experiencing, Body Psychotherapy, and Hakomi.

In addition to being a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, I have extended training in a connected practice called Children Focusing. Children Focusing facilitates a gentle, respectful way for children to be with their innermost places. In addition to my therapeutic work, I have a passion for teaching. I offer workshops on focusing, parenting, intergenerational and vicarious trauma, boundaries and control, or other topics as discussed with me in advance. I am available for large and small group speaking opportunities or collaborative process facilitation. Due to COVID-19 I am currently only available for remote engagements. Please contact me for more information.

Guided Focusing Sessions and 1:1 training (not therapy): $120 per 50 minute session

Here are a number of resources to learn more about Focusing:
The Focusing Institute
Focusing Resources
Focusing Centre Zeeland
Getting Bigger Than What’s Bugging You
BioSpiritual Focusing Education

Local practitioners who incorporate Focusing with other types of healing work:
Anastasia Brencick, LMP – Whidbey Island, WA
Dawn Flynn, ND, LaC. – Bellevue/Renton, WA
David Martin, MD – North Seattle, WA
Great Life Focusing – Anacortes, WA

Other Focusing-oriented therapists in Washington state:
Embodied Presence Counseling
Lesie Savage
Lori Nelson-Martin
Morrison Therapy & Training
Palmetto Psychotherapy & Counseling
Parke Burgess

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