When you feel stuck, how do you know what to do?
At times we’ve all wished for a magic formula that could make this or that feeling go away. But being stuck is a signal. A bad feeling doesn’t need to be ignored. It needs your attention. That’s what Focusing is all about: paying attention to yourself in a special, subtle way that illuminates inner wisdom …
Welcome to the Seattle Focusing Institute
We are a community of therapists, healing professionals, and wellness-oriented practitioners dedicated to exploring, understanding, and nurturing the human experience. We love working with stuck stuff – our own and our clients’. Focusing is our common practice.
Focusing tunes you in … to yourself and what you need
People often find Focusing when traditional therapy methods have failed. Those methods seldom teach us how to sense inside our bodies for our own truth. Focusing, however, (originally discovered through clinical research by Dr. Eugene Gendlin at University of Chicago) provides a safe, gentle, and well-established process in how to find yourself. And, not just when you’re stuck. Focusing is actually a natural human process you can attune to any time.
Focusing is a mode of experiencing that allows direct access to all the different ways your body-brain receives and digests information. It is a process-oriented, body-centered, and relational way of being with self or another that can be incorporated into any mode of therapeutic work. Focusing adds depth to all methods of facilitating change.
Try it, learn it, or train to become certified
We offer an in-depth continuing education training program that leads to Certification through the International Focusing Institute. We also offer consultation, introductory workshops, and courses that combine Focusing and other creative experiential processes.
Grow within a supportive community
As humans, therapists, coaches, yoga teachers, body workers, doctors, and spiritual seekers, Focusing has changed our lives and practices in ways we couldn’t imagine possible. We’re here to share information about Focusing, practice together, and teach each other. We invite you to join us.
Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Training Program
An embodied and relational approach to unwinding stress and trauma for therapists and healing professionals
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Moving Beyond Talk Therapy | Zoom | 6 CEUS
Learn and experience the power of working with the Felt Sense – how the body holds living experience about a situation – and why it is the key to moving beyond the typical dead ends of therapy. The two days will be didactic and experiential with demonstrations. This is an easy way to taste the benefits of Focusing.
Working With the Body in Therapy: Free Introduction to Focusing | Zoom
Experience how you can cultivate and embody personal presence that has a healing impact on self and others! This is an easy way to taste the benefits of Focusing.
The First Year: Focusing-Oriented Therapy | Zoom
Learn a body-centered and relational process that helps therapists keep clients safe and regulated while unwinding chronically stuck and traumatic experiences. In the first year workshop series, you will learn Focusing as a self-experiencing process while also learning to help clients connect with themselves in present.