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Body Brain

I became interested in neuroscience when a copy of Antonio Damasio's book The Feeling of What Happens fell off the shelf in a bookshop one lunchtime. 'Aha' I thought, maybe this is about the experience of the felt sense that we talk about in Focusing - and it was!

My own bookshelves have since come to be groaning with many other tomes on neuroscience, and I have developed seminars that explore the aspects that are of interest to counsellors, therapists and focusers - such as memory, emotion and feeling, the mind-body question, and the right and left hemispheres.

Below are details of courses and presentations I have given, and some articles on neuroscience, Focusing and psychotherapy to download.

'Neuroscience for Therapists' course

This is a course for counsellors and therapists that I have run five times. It's spread over nine Saturday seminars from January to November, and it's in London. Below are the flyer and course outline for 2015:

flyer

course outline

I will not be running it again in the near future because I am now writing a book on it all for Routledge. But if you would like to go on my mailing list for the future, please phone or email me (see bottom of page).

I am presenting a two day seminar on 'Neuroscience, Attachment & Affect Regulation' for Psychotherapy UK in Manchester on June 16-17th

Seminars & presentations

These are some of the presentations on aspects of neuroscience I have given in recent years:

  • 'The felt sense, the right brain, and other people': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Cambridge, July 2016
  • 'Focusing Integrates the Left and Right Brains': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Seattle USA, August 2015
  • 'Should Therapists Embrace Neuroscience?': a workshop at the BACP Practitioners Conference in Leeds, April 2015
  • 'Neuroscience of the Social Brain': a keynote presentation at a conference on 'social media and the brain' for Edinburgh University student counselling service, March 2015
  • 'Neuroscience, Attachment and Affect Regulation': a two day semimnar for Psychotherapy UK in Manchester, June 2014
  • 'Focusing in an Age of Neuroscience': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Switzerland, May 2013
  • 'The Right Brain & The Holy Grail': a workshop given at the European Federation for Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy conference in the Netherlands, May 2011
  • 'A Scientific Theory of Focusing': a presentation given at the Focusing International Conference in Germany, May 2010
  • 'The Biology of Love & The Therapeutic Relationship': a two day seminar for the Psychosynthesis Professional Association, April 2010

Articles

The following articles discuss neuroscience and the practice of Focusing, including the natural phenomenon of (small 'f') focusing:

The felt sense, the right brain, and other people - notes of a presentation given at the Focusing International conference in Cambridge UK, in July 2016

Focusing integrates the left brain with the right brain - notes of a presentation given at the Focusing International conference in Seattle, USA, in August 2015

Focusing in an Age of Neuroscience - an article describing key aspects of Focusing and the links with what we know about brain and body, published in the Focusing Folio, Vol.23 No.1, 2012

A Scientific Theory of Focusing, part one - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in Germany, May 2010

A Scientific Theory of Focusing, part two - ditto

Why Focusing Makes The Human Brain Work Properly - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in Montreal, May 2008

Body Brain: Focusing in the Light of Neuroscience - a paper given at the Focusing International conference in the Netherlands, May 2006

And the following articles discuss neuroscience and the practice of counselling and therapy, including focusing-oriented therapy:

Engaging the Body Changes the Brain - published in Eisteach, the journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol.12 No.2, summer 2012

Get Your Head Around The Thing Inside It - published in the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.11 No.1, March 2007

Comments & questions

I welcome feedback and suggestions!

Peter Afford
020 8673 1860
peter@focusing.co.uk