& listening

Focusing & listening

with Peter Afford


the psychology of the bodily 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 in your work and in the rest of your life. Focusing can be used to think in fresh and creative ways, make decisions that feel 'right', resolve negative feelings that thinking alone does not change - and much more. It was originally developed by Dr Eugene Gendlin.

Focusing can be practiced with a friend or partner, on your own, and in professional settings such as consultancy, coaching, counselling and therapy.

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

I run introductory workshops twice a year in London, the next one is on January 28/29th. The 'Focusing Skills' series of weekends that follows the introductory workshop starts in March each year, and my workshops for experienced focusers include Focusing in helping relationships, Focusing with dreams, creative thinking and decision making. The next of these is 'Let Your Body Make Your Mind Up' on November 26/27th. Details of all this are on the Workshops page.

'Body Brain'...
is the title for a page about my interest in neurobiology and its usefulness in thinking about Focusing and therapy. I have put up some articles I've written in recent years on the subject, and there are details of a course I run called Neuroscience for Therapists. Click on the link in the menu on the left.

About myself
I have been practicing Focusing for more than 20 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



© Peter Afford 2014