Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life

  • 1 Hollis Street, Suite 350 Wellesley, MA (map)
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Presenting a 4-Session Focusing Practice Group

This practice group will help you to refresh and refine your focusing practice:

- You will gain practice in staying with the focusing process and felt-sensing.
- Deepen your listening and guiding skills
- Experience several Focusing partnerships
- Reconnect with Focusing basics

We will provide some didactic material in each session. The group will offer ample time for practice in pairs and triads, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another. Some previous Focusing experience is required. For more information and to register, please call or email:

Cathy Cornell
cornell_cathy@yahoo.com
(617) 875-9046

Julie Ramsey
julieramseylicsw@gmail.com
(781) 239-3368

Cost is $180 for the series.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW & Cathy Cornell, LICSW are both Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA

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Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life

  • 1 Hollis St, Suite 350 Wellesly, MA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presenting a 4-Session Focusing Practice Group

This practice group will help you to refresh and refine your focusing practice:

- You will gain practice in staying with the focusing process and felt-sensing.
- Deepen your listening and guiding skills
- Experience several Focusing partnerships
- Reconnect with Focusing basics

We will provide some didactic material in each session. The group will offer ample time for practice in pairs and triads, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another. Some previous Focusing experience is required. For more information and to register, please call or email:

Cathy Cornell
cornell_cathy@yahoo.com
(617) 875-9046

Julie Ramsey
julieramseylicsw@gmail.com
(781) 239-3368

Cost is $180 for the series.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW & Cathy Cornell, LICSW are both Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA

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Copy of Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

Copy of Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life

  • 1 Hollis Street, Suite 350 Wellesley, MA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presenting a 4-Session Focusing Practice Group

This practice group will help you to refresh and refine your focusing practice:

- You will gain practice in staying with the focusing process and felt-sensing.
- Deepen your listening and guiding skills
- Experience several Focusing partnerships
- Reconnect with Focusing basics

We will provide some didactic material in each session. The group will offer ample time for practice in pairs and triads, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another. Some previous Focusing experience is required. For more information and to register, please call or email:

Cathy Cornell
cornell_cathy@yahoo.com
(617) 875-9046

Julie Ramsey
julieramseylicsw@gmail.com
(781) 239-3368

Cost is $180 for the series.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW & Cathy Cornell, LICSW are both Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA

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Be The Change: Accessing Our Ancestors as a Force for Activism Using Focusing
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Be The Change: Accessing Our Ancestors as a Force for Activism Using Focusing

We find ourselves living in a time where demagoguery, tribalism, xenophobia, and racist, classist policy seem to be gaining ground across the world. How can we cope with the fear, anger, despair and helplessness we feel whenever we read the news? We know that Focusing can help us move from paralysis to action through embodied awareness. Focusing can also facilitate embodied connection with ancestors, who can listen to our distress, care for us when we’re depleted, comfort us when we feel hopeless and guide us when we need a way forward. Our ancestors can offer a wider perspective that comes from their own lived experience, and from having watched human history over time. Whether they were oppressors, the oppressed, or a mixture of both, their legacy can fuel us to challenge oppressive systems, within and without. When we work with ancestors using Focusing, our anger and heartbreak can be transformed into resolve and resilience to be the change we wish to see in the world.


Beilah Ross, LICSW, has been practicing Clinical Social Work for over 20 years, has been Focusing since 2006, and gained certification as a Focusing-Oriented therapist in 2009. She works in private practice with adults, couples and children, using Focusing and other experiential modalities to help her clients connect with body-centered wisdom.  She teaches Focusing to individuals and groups through community workshops. She has led workshops on healing inter-generational trauma using FOT, accessing ancestral wisdom with Focusing and is interested in running future workshops on how Focusing can support anti-racist action.

At the Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave. 
Arlington, MA

 Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash. 

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 Positive Aging: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Positive Aging: Recollecting Highlights and Gathering Wisdom for the Journey Ahead

Aging has, as one of its benefits, the possibility of perspective and looking back. It also has the promise of greater wisdom for future living. This workshop, for those who consider themselves to be in mid-life or beyond, will explore highlights from  our lived years, and will open us to the intrinsic wisdom we carry within.  We will explore what aging means to each of us,  and will reflect on how we have gained wisdom from past experiences. We will then turn to the future, and explore how,  through Focusing, we can find personal wisdom for our journey ahead.

At the Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave.
Arlington, MA

Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash. 


Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative  expression and positive aging.

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Focusing and Poetry: One Poem—Many Stories
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Focusing and Poetry: One Poem—Many Stories

"Even after I have forgotten what year it is, my middle name, and the meaning of money, I will still carry in my pocket the small coin of that moment, minted in the kingdom that we pace through every day."  from This Much I Do Remember by Billy Collins

In his powerful poem, This Much I Do Remember, former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins shows how close attention to a cherished moment and his ongoing life story intersect. Through time together with this poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. "Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us," wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary -- the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an afternoon of rich reflection, stories, and conversation.


Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England.


This event is located at the Arlington Center

369 Mass Ave. 
Arlington, MA

Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash. 

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Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Focusing: A Way to Reinvigorate Your Life

  • 1 Hollis Street, Suite 350 Wellesley, MA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presenting a 4-Session Focusing Practice Group

This practice group will help you to refresh and refine your focusing practice:

- You will gain practice in staying with the focusing process and felt-sensing.
- Deepen your listening and guiding skills
- Experience several Focusing partnerships
- Reconnect with Focusing basics

We will provide some didactic material in each session. The group will offer ample time for practice in pairs and triads, demonstration, discussion and learning from one another. Some previous Focusing experience is required. For more information and to register, please call or email:

Cathy Cornell
cornell_cathy@yahoo.com
(617) 875-9046

Julie Ramsey
julieramseylicsw@gmail.com
(781) 239-3368

Cost is $180 for the series.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW & Cathy Cornell, LICSW are both Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapists in private practice in Wellesley, MA

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Writing Stories from Our Lives
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Writing Stories from Our Lives

Focusing is very much an artistic process—moving us towards what is surprising and revelatory. In this workshop we will explore how memoir (freshly recollected history of one's life) and Focusing (a way of freshly revealing oneself to oneself) can work synergistically. We will be writing recollected stories from “prompts” for 8 minutes a piece, and sharing them (without critiques) in small groups.

With Joan Klagsburn and Julian Miller

Julian A. Miller is the author of Breaking Through , The Conquest of Aging, and I Should Praise. He is a poet, writer, and a long-term tai chi teacher. Focusing and its relationship to writing has intrigued and engaged him for the past three decades.

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D. psychologist, international presenter of Focusing and adjunct professor at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, is a Certifying Coordinator of The Focusing Institute.


This event is located at the Arlington Center

369 Mass Ave. 
Arlington, MA

 Cost is $25 payable at the door by check or cash. 

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How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles

WITH KELLEY BOTHE AND JULIE RAMSEY

In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives.


Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and their families and adults in individual and couples therapy.

Kelley Bothe, LICSW,  is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers.

Wednesday May 9, 2018 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org

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Unleash Your Creative Spirit
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Unleash Your Creative Spirit

This workshop is designed to help you connect with your innate creative potential, cultivate a playful and friendly attitude during the creative process, and work through obstacles or barriers to expressing your creative self.

If you are interested in joining us, please register by emailing Judi Stein at judithstein17@gmail.com

Registration is $65 at the door.

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	Yearlong Focusing Training for Psychotherapists, Coaches and Counselors
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Yearlong Focusing Training for Psychotherapists, Coaches and Counselors

A monthly half day training program taking place on Sunday afternoons, for therapists coaches and counselors wanting to integrate Focusing into their work and into their self-care.

The training begins in late September 2018 to January 2019, to be followed by a spring training ending in June.

The training is appropriate for people wanting to become certified in Focusing as well as for those who simply want to learn and integrate the method.

Interested persons—please contact Joan Klagsbrun at joanklag@mac.com

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18-month Focusing Trainer Certification Course
Jun
22
11:30 AM11:30

18-month Focusing Trainer Certification Course

18-month Focusing Trainer Certification Course
with Beatrice Blake, Certifying Coordinator, The International Focusing Institute

3-day in-person meetings in June, July, August and September 2018 and May, June, July, August and September 2019.

Starts Friday, June 22

Venue: a private home in Madison, CT

Classes will be online during the winter months. 

Topics to be covered:

Children Focusing, Biospiritual Focusing, Domain Focusing, Community Focusing, Inner Relationship Focusing, Nonviolent Communication as a doorway to Focusing, Thinking at the Edge, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, How to plan and give a Focusing workshop, supervised partnership practice.

Cost: $3000

Requirements: Focusing Level One and Two. plus some experience in Focusing partnership, personal interview.

Contact

Beatrice Blake, Certified Focusing Trainer since 2000, Certifying Coordinator since 2011

be@possibility-space.com

https://possibility-space.comhttps://focusing-el-salvador.org

(802) 579-1174

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Healing with Flowers: Focusing and Flower Essences
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Healing with Flowers: Focusing and Flower Essences

Healing with Flowers: Focusing and Flower Essences
Saturday, June 9, 2018   2:00 - 4:00 p

With Sharon Bauer

Inherent in each of us is the capacity for depth connection with the living world of animals and plants. Flowers in particular seem to speak directly from the soul of nature to the human soul. Flower essences, gentle remedies first developed by Edward Bach in the 1930s to address the sufferings of his times, offer spiritual and emotional healing for ourselves and our planet in 2018.

We will begin by attuning to living flowers from Sharon’s June garden, using the power of Focusing to listen to what our bodies know below the level of conscious thought. We will then work with bottles of flower remedies that strengthen healing qualities of safety, hope, courage, creativity, intuition, compassion: the strengths that we need to face the challenges of these times. Extensive handouts for selecting flower essences will be available. No previous experience with Focusing or flower essences is necessary.

Sharon Bauer, LCSW, is a Focusing-Oriented Therapist and flower essence practitioner in private practice in Watertown.

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How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
May
9
2:00 PM14:00

How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles

With Kelley Bothe and Julie Ramsey

In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and their families and adults in individual and couples therapy.

Kelley Bothe, LICSW,  is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers.

Wednesday May 9, 2018 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org

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Pathways to Joy: Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Pathways to Joy: Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life

With Joan Klagsbrun

Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients’ capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health.

In the workshop, we will use Focusing to review several forms of positivity, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love and to personally explore a few different pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Then we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will end by exploring how to have more of these transformative moments.

This will be a new workshop covering different material than the previous one.

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive psychology.

Sunday April 28, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org

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Focusing on Mary Oliver’s Poems to Change Your Life
Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Focusing on Mary Oliver’s Poems to Change Your Life

With Sharon Heermance

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple, they say,” and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.   From When I am Among the Trees.

Mary Oliver’s poetry offers an eloquent bridge between our internal, human experience and the external natural world. With an accessible style, Oliver invites accepting attention and listening deeply, the essence of a focusing presence. Through time together with Mary Oliver’s poems, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share aloud selected poems of this Pulitzer Prize poet with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. No prior reading of poetry is necessary — the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of focusing and rich sharing.

Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England.

Sunday March 18, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org

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Unleash Your Creative Spirit With Focusing
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

Unleash Your Creative Spirit With Focusing

With Judi Stein and Sophie Glikson

 As human beings, we all have the unique capacity to be creative in whatever form we choose. When accessing our creative potential, we reawaken a sense of playfulness and purpose, which frequently brings more vitality to our life. And sometimes the immense joy and sense of satisfaction that is experienced when creating are among the precious gems of life. At times, however, many of us find it difficult to tap into our innate creative abilities because of our fears, our inner critics, or our lack of confidence.

In this workshop, participants will be guided through Focusing and a series of creative experiences to find a pathway into their inner creativity. Focusing is a mindfulness practice that helps to reveal our internal experience of the events in our lives. By using a Focusing approach, we can tap into our inner resources and get a sense of what we are experiencing and how we might want to express it.

No experience or artistic abilities are necessary.

Judith Stein, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, who has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches and has been teaching and practicing mindfulness in the Boston area for many years. As a therapist, she relies on her mindfulness practice and focusing orientation as a foundation for her work with others.

Sophie Glikson is a certified Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the sate of Massachusetts. She offers coaching, psychotherapy and supervision in person in her Creative Pathways practice studio located in Medford, MA., or through online communication if applicable. To address clients’ aspirations, goals, strengths and concerns, she applies the wisdom of the heart, the principles of Mindfulness and Focusing, and the power of imagination.

Sunday March 4, 2018   2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at www.arlingtoncenter.org. 2:00-4:30

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