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
life and in what you do. 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 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 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 'Focusing in Helping Relationships' on February 25/26th.
Details of all this are on the Workshops page.
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 25
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