The Psychology of the Felt Sense

Focusing...

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 life. 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.

Listening

The 'inner listening' to the 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.

Workshops

Pandemic permitting, I run introductory workshops twice a year in London. The next one will be in the autumn on October 8/9th. The 'Focusing Skills' series of weekends follows the intro workshop and starts in May this year. I also run some 'workshops for experienced focusers', and 'The Felt Sense & Our Future' is one of these that will happen later this year. Other workshops go into Focusing in helping relationships, Focusing with dreams, creative thinking and decision making, but I have not yet fixed new dates for these since the pandemic. Details of workshops are on the Workshop Programme page.

Neuroscience

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 and teaching it to others for over 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 - and in navigating life generally.

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Peter Afford

Peter Afford