Focusing & listening
with Peter Afford
the psychology of the bodily felt sense
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
I run introductory workshops twice a year in London,
the next one is on January 23rd/24th.
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 Focusing in Helping Relationships on
February 20th/21st. Details of all this are on the Workshops page.
The international Focusing conference comes to
Cambridge in 2016!
It's our turn to host the
annual conference of the worldwide Focusing community in Britain. We will
be going to Robinson College in Cambridge, an excellent conference
venue in this beautiful old city. Have a look at the conference website:
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
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.
can be found by clicking on the headings listed
on the left of this page.
020 8673 1860
© Peter Afford 2014