Focusing Therapy

Focusing is a psycho-therapeutic process which involves holding open, non-judgmental attention to an internal somatic knowing which is directly experienced but is not yet in words. Focusing can, among other things, be used to become clear on what one feels or wants, to obtain new insights about one's situation, and to stimulate change or healing of the situation. Focusing is set apart from other methods of inner awareness by three qualities: the "felt sense", a quality of engaged accepting attention and a researched-based technique that facilitates change. In this intensive workshop students will be introduced to the basic theories and techniques of focusing. Participants will also partake in partner and group exercises, case studies and practice sessions, along with supervision and guidance.

Jan Winhall MSW
Jan is a Certified Focusing trainer who completed her M.S.W. at the University of Toronto in 1981. In addition to speaking engagements and supervising therapists, Jan has maintained a busy private practice working with individuals and couples for over nineteen years. Jan specializes in helping adults who have experienced trauma in their childhood. Jan trained in Focusing at the Centre for Focusing in Toronto and became a Certified Focusing Trainer with the Focusing Institute, an international organization. She developed a tool called the Focusing Dialogue, which she teaches to couples to help them facilitate change and deepen intimacy.