Introducing Focusing

The Focusing Process

The Focusing process involves body awareness, pausing and sensing inside, acknowledging, then listening and relating with what is here now, in a uniquely gentle, curious and allowing way.  This way of exploring allows access to a subtle level of inner knowing about how things are and what’s needed in any situation.

What is Focusing?  It’s a process of awareness, a learned process and also a natural one, that involves sensing inwardly, in the body, the whole way it feels in there about situations in one’s life...we often don’t know, until learning the Focusing process, how every situation can give a “felt sense”....or how those felt senses can open up, reveal intricate information, and release, relax, shift.  Ann Weiser Cornell in The Radical Acceptance of Everything, p3.

Focusing is powerful and it can become part of our 24/7 toolkit for wellbeing.  It can help us be more aware in the present moment, help bring more clarity and confidence, and help us develop deep emotional healing and more respect and kindness to self and others.  And in our outer experience, Focusing can bring us more satisfying relationships, surprising insights and real life changes.  

Focusing can help you:

·         Make decisions from a knowing what feels right

·         Be more gentle and kinder to yourself

·         Get past blocks to action

·         Tap into your creativity

·         Develop a wider perspective and understanding

·         Enjoy improved sleep

·         Heal more quickly from injury or illness

·         Feel lighter and have more fun

·         Speak from an inner, authentic knowing

·         Sense what the body really wants and needs

·         Be freed of old hurts and reactions

·         Pause and really listen to yourself

·         Develop respect for the body’s needs

·         Be able to relate with challenges instead of running away

·         Feel more relaxed and at ease

·         Have more courage and joy in exploring

·         Flow with the river instead of trying to push

·         Be more curious and willing to explore something new...

Origins and Development

A powerful research-based practice, Focusing was developed and named by psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin over 40 years ago.  He showed that the clients who really benefitted from therapy were the ones who were naturally able to listen to their own bodies as well as to their thoughts.  And he went on to demonstrate that Focusing is not only valuable in therapy situations, it is a process which most people are able to learn and benefit from. Gene’s popular classic ‘Focusing’ has sold well over 400,000 copies and been translated into twelve languages.  In 1986 he set up the Focusing Institute as a not-for-profit organization to make Focusing available internationally for academic and professional communities and to individuals too.  The website has a rich library of articles and videos including many by Gene.

Focusing has become well known and popular and is now used by many individuals and professionals around the world today.  It can be used on its own or as an addition to other skills and practices eg counselling and coaching, psychotherapy and education.  Individuals can learn for their own self-help, and therapists and professionals can also learn how to guide and teach Focusing to others.  Focusing is being used to help access inner wisdom alongside meditation and mindfulness, yoga, spiritual practices, many forms of creative arts and in other explorative fields including science.  Branches of Focusing have developed over time including Inner Relationship Focusing, Whole Body Focusing and Thinking at the Edge.

Inner Relationship Focusing

The rich collaboration between Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin has brought us Inner Relationship Focusing.  This easy to learn, step by step approach includes the use of facilitative language to provide a foundation for building new ways of relating with our inner world. 

Focusing can be used...with any of the creative arts, with thinking and theory-building, with stress reduction and decision-making.  Inner relationship Focusing (and the radical Acceptance of Everything) applies especially to Focusing with emotional healing.  Ann Weiser Cornell in The Radical Acceptance of Everything, p40.

Ann has created Focusing Resources, an organisation which offers a range of Focusing trainings for beginners and professionals and offers many online resources for Focusing including free articles and audio-visual resources, as well as resources for sale.

Focusing for All

‘Focusing For All’ is the theme I have chosen for my work, guiding Clients and teaching Focusing process and skills which can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere.  I have trained with Ann Weiser Cornell and my work is based upon Inner Relationship Focusing.  I offer individual Focusing client sessions,  BFA Focusing Skills Courses and talks and workshops for groups.  My wish is to share Focusing and empower others to also receive healing benefits from having Focusing in their lives.


Pamela Carr CertEd DipDiet MNFSH

Focusing Teacher and Practitioner