Focusing is a technique developed by Eugene Gendlin since the 1960’s. It can be described as a meditative conversation, involving bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings and similes. These can lead to new perspectives and to create a change.
As a psychotherapist, Gendlin observed patients in order to understand when the process of psychotherapy was successful and when it was unsuccessful.
He found out that it was mostly about what the person, the patient himself did, and not related to the therapist’s technique.
The people who had a successful process, were talking in a different way and were more referring to bodily sensations; that is – “felt sense”, the knowing the body holds about the current situation.
Focusing is the method Gendlin developed to teach this technique to the wide public. Later on there were successors who developed Focusing, sometimes combining it with other fields. Most notable is Ann Weiser Cornell’s “Inner Relationship Focusing“.
I began learning Focusing with Sally Tadmor in 2012 and today I’m a Focusing Trainer. Sally follows the Inner Relationship Focusing approach with her own additions. Also, along the way I took the courses Thinking at the Edge and Whole Body Focusing.
I practice, teach and working with people regularly, aiming to deepen my Focusing knowledge and experience, as well as enjoying its remarkable influence on my self, relationships in my life, dilemmas I encounter and creative processes (More information available in Hebrew here).