I was introduced to Focusing while I was working toward my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree more than twenty years ago. I appreciated its gentleness, simplicity, and loving acceptance of everyone and everything. But at that time I was in my early 20’s and was moving really fast with purpose- I wasn’t yet ready for the way Focusing invited me to slow down and come inside to feel what was there.
Gratefully Focusing came around again during a weekend workshop in Acupuncture school years later. I have a sweet memory of sitting with my two fellow acupuncture students on an acupuncture table, each of us with a list of steps to do as we companioned one another. We would close our eyes, become quiet, sense what we felt inside, then say it out loud, peeking down at our instructive handout now and then. I was touched by the profound experience I had just by following a few simple instructions. The experience stayed with me. I was inspired to learn more.
I enjoyed the philosophy of Gene Gendlin, PhD which resonated with my understanding of Eastern philosophy and medicine. I decided to become a certified Focusing Practitioner through Ann Weiser Cornell PhD, completed a two year Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Training Program with Jeffrey Morrison, MA, LMHC, and studied Whole Body Focusing with Glenn Fleisch, PhD.
I continued my exploration by seeing a Focusing oriented therapist and exchanging sessions regularly with my Focusing partners for several years.
Focusing began to feel like an essential part of my life and healing practice. I benefited from it so much and wanted to share it with others.
In retrospect I can see what it was about Focusing that completely drew me in. The invitation to accept whatever is being felt, observed, noticed by someone who is giving me his or her complete attentive presence was a completely new experience for me. Never before had I been listened to like that! And I wasn’t given any advice, tips or strategies afterward. Within that open shared silent space I felt my own inner knowing bubbling to the surface. It was a deep voice reverberating from down below, finding its way up to my awareness, like a new spring of water winding its way through the cracked layers of old earth to move me in a way I hadn’t experienced before. And this inner knowing, this wisdom, came from me, not someone else. This felt empowering and very important to me for where I was at that time in my life and continues to be a foundational aspect of Focusing that I value and honor.
Now I love to share my experience and understanding of Focusing through one on one sessions and by teaching to groups. I have a special interest in incorporating Focusing into my Naturopathic medicine and Acupuncture practice for people struggling with health issues in relationship to trauma; in particular chronic pain, addictions, depression and anxiety.