& listening

Focusing & listening

with Peter Afford


the psychology of the felt sense


is a reflective practice that brings the mind back to its natural centre in the felt experience of the body. It restores emotional equilibrium, renews the spirit, and helps you find your way forward. Focusing can be used to resolve unwanted feelings that thinking alone cannot change, to make decisions that feel 'right', and to think in fresh and creative ways. It was originally developed by Dr Eugene Gendlin.

Focusing can be practiced with another person, on your own, and in professional contexts such as coaching, counselling and therapy.

The 'inner listening' to the bodily felt sense in Focusing is complemented by the practice of empathic listening and responding to others. You learn to support them in their own inner listening. The 'experiential listening' skills of Focusing are both effective and rewarding to practice.

Coronavirus news: The lockdown has put paid to these workshops for a while. They are experiential and fill two whole days, and this format is not suitable for being held online. If possible, I will run a small number in the autumn, including an introductory one on October 17/18th.

In normal times, I run introductory workshops twice a year in London. The 'Focusing Skills' series of weekends follows the intro workshop and runs each year, starting in March. The 'workshops for experienced focusers' include Focusing in helping relationships, Focusing with dreams, creative thinking and decision making. Plus a new workshop, 'The Felt Sense of our Futurew', to address the challenges we face with climate change and environmental threats. Details of all these are on the Workshops page.

is a page about my interest in neurobiology and its relevance to Focusing and therapy. There's news of my book Therapy in the Age of Neuroscience, and details of a course I run called Neuroscience for Therapists. Plus, some articles for downloading.

About myself
I have been practicing Focusing for more than 30 years. Originally, it taught me to trust my feelings and their capacity to move naturally once I stopped resisting them - and to trust my ability to respond empathically to others. Now, I practice it for personal and professional nourishment, teach the skills of Focusing and listening, and lean on both all the time in my work as a counsellor and therapist.

More information...
can be found by clicking on the headings listed on the left of this page.


Peter Afford
020 8673 1860





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