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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)
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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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Meeting the Challenges of Parenting Using Mindfulness
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Meeting the Challenges of Parenting Using Mindfulness

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. We will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing (a mindful practice) to our relationships with ourselves as parents as a way to enrich our capacity to be present to the children in our lives. 


Kelley Bothe, LICSW, FOT, is a psychotherapist practicing in Wellesley and Concord, MA. Kelley sees adults in individual therapy and also runs divorce support groups  bringing the mindful practice of Focusing into her work. 

Julie Ramsey, LICSW, FOT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and adults in individual and couples therapy.

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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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