Focusing

What is Focusing ?

People who have learnt to do focusing, talk about tuning into a ‘felt sense’. For them, this ‘felt sense’ seems to be like opening up doorways linking their mind and their body. In turn, these doorways lead to pathways where sometimes people discover treasures that they can explore within themselves. Some people even find that focusing brings them relief from bodily pain and psychological discomfort.

Focusing was introduced to the world of psychotherapy by Eugene Gendlin, a close collaborator of Carl Rogers. Focusing is a Person Centred Approach towards dealing with a wide range of elements on a wide range of levels. It is a simple means of tuning into our natural powers. It’s also a way of coming into line with ourselves.

Sometimes, people are so much out of balance with themselves that they go a long way off track before they notice their sense of imbalance. It can even feel to them as though their whole lives have gone off track. Focusing can help these people reconnect with parts of themselves that seem to be out of sight and even seem to be lost. They can then turn to these parts as they become helpful resources to them.

Other people may naturally have a tendency to draw on focusing without really realising it. To make more of this potential, they choose to strengthen this resource within themselves. For them, developing a regular practice helps them to embed focusing into their daily approach to life. It helps them to cope better with stress.

Who is Focusing for ?

Focusing is for people who are busy. It’s for people who are despondent and for people who have lost confidence in themselves. It’s for people who have lost connections between their mind and their body, for people who are having a hard time loving themselves and for people who are sick and needing to manage the pain. Focusing is for people who are going through stressful times and who are having a hard time finding their way.

Focusing is also for people who know what they want, and for people who know where they are going. It’s for people who want to take greater care of themselves. Its for them because even for these people sometimes the road is rocky and sometimes their life can be tough going.

How do I learn focusing?

It is possible to read a book and learn about focusing. Ultimately, it’s possible to learn how to focus alone. However, in my experience this remains theoretical. And I’ve never seen anyone enjoy the true benefits of focusing this way.

Learning focusing is about gently building into our daily lives and to do this I recommend first learning focusing with a trained companion.

A trained companion, can be a therapist such as myself. A necessary part of my training as a Focusing Companion was about learning how to work safely with others. For this skill to be effective, it’s really important that the person who is focusing feels and is safe. Only this way can you reap all the benefits of the experience. 

Should you want to enjoy the experience and find out how to naturally add special dimensions to your life by tuning into your rich, inner resources, I strongly recommend that you look for a well-trained Focuser to companion you.

How long does a focusing session last?

At Lieu D’Être, a focusing session lasts for 50 minutes in total. This gives people sufficient time to settle into the practice and sufficient time to prepare for their return to the outside world as well. All of this helps them to leave, carrying within themselves a sense of refreshment that can lighten their bodies, their feelings and their emotions as they go.

Why do focusing at Lieu D’Être ?

Having learnt focusing with the British Focusing Association, I’m now a qualified Focusing Companion at Level five. This means that I have learnt how to accompany people safely in their focusing journey.

Focusing is such a gentle, peaceful and powerful skill that it is a pleasure for me to help people integrate this into their lives. It can be helpful on so many levels and I’ve seen a great number of people benefit from focusing both personally and professionally . 

Some have told me they find it helpful with longtime pain relief. I’ve been delighted to see others benefit psychologically as they manage the stresses of their daily lives. I seen others use focusing to help them through the after effects of traumatic experiences.

At Lieu D’Être, we have been trained to help people to add focusing creatively into their lives. Should you wish to explore how focusing can help increase your creativity, Lieu D’Être is the space for you.


How do I find out more ?

You can contact me at janice@la-psy.com to book an appointment. 

If you prefer, you can call and leave a message on +33 (0)6 44 21 05 32 . 

I’ll be happy to get back to you about this wonderful natural resource which is waiting to be discovered, or recovered, within and by you.