Some Benefits of Integrating Focusing into Your Practice:
When clients feel stuck in recurrent, non-constructive thoughts and behaviors, a Focusing approach may help. Focusing introduces clients to a creative form of mindfulness, in which new perspectives on old problems can emerge. In this way, Focusing offers benefits to both clients and practitioners. It can move therapy forward within the space of a single session.
Focusing in psychotherapy involves paying close attention to clients' words, body language, degree of comfort, and ability to report experiences. By offering gentle, non-judgmental curiosity, the therapist encourages confidence and self-awareness as the client engages in the work.
Focusing-oriented therapy differs from many other approaches by putting less emphasis on the client's areas of dysfunction, and more emphasis on the client's inner resources, insights, and autonomy.
A large part of the therapist's role is to help the client to pause and engage in deep reflection. This requires skill and training. The therapist must be ready to offer a variety of strategies to help the client listen to the parts of themselves that are most in need of care. It is also important to respect the client's sense of what will or will not be helpful.
By being flexible and letting the client take the lead, the therapist helps the client to remain open to discovery.
Focusing-oriented psychotherapy is an effective approach to help clients make space for fresh insights, understanding, and positive forward movement in their lives.
For More Resources on Focusing:
If you are new to Focusing and its applications in therapy, there are many resources available to you online. Here are some useful links:
To read a review of the research on Focusing in psychotherapy, click here.
To buy the classic book on the topic of Focusing in therapy, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method by Eugene Gendlin, click here.
To see a wide variety of books and articles available on Focusing and Focusing-Oriented therapy, click here and here.
Focusing is just one aspect of Eugene T. Gendlin's scholarly work. You will also find information on his philosophy and related topics on the Focusing Institute website.
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