Certified Focusing Trainer
Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist
Focusing Institute Certifying Coordinator

Personal Statement

The practice of Focusing-Oriented Therapy when working with complex trauma is growing in Canada, the U.S. and across the globe. Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) offers well-developed techniques to enable therapists to access body-oriented, implicit processes that researchers are finding key to neural integration and change.

As a Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer I am privileged to witness the tremendous healing potential of the individuals I work with. We have the potential to survive and even thrive in the face of adversity. Focusing is a body-oriented psychotherapy and is an invaluable tool for healing, particularly complex trauma. The body strives for completion and generally knows how to find its way back to wholeness. Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy encourages clients to reclaim the self, one’s own authority, and one’s connectedness to and trust in one’s inner wisdom.

Location(s): 2124 Ymir Road, Nelson British Columbia, Canada

Public Contact Details:

telephone: 250-509-0368

email: alexandralianephillips@gmail.com

Language(s): English

Professional memberships with licensing or registering bodies:
Registered Clinical Counsellor #2063, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC)
Certifying Coordinator with The Focusing Institute (TFI, 2009)
Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and Trainer
Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT)
Registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator (COS-P Facilitator)
Hakomi Institute of Calgary Advanced Training (2021-2022)
Hakomi Institute of Calgary Comprehensive Training (2019-2020)

Academic and training qualifications:
Circle of Security Parenting Training (2016)
Core Addictions Practice Training (2013)
Educational Kinesiology-Brain Gym (2011)
Sand Play Therapy (2010)
Expressive Play Therapy (2008)
Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (2001).
Focusing and Complex Trauma training (1996-1998)

Therapeutic services:
Individual psychotherapy/counselling, Online/Skype sessions, I offer telephone sessions and individual and group supervision and consultation

Areas of special interest or advanced training:
Alexis specializes in working with complex trauma and has presented on this work at the 2014, 2011 and 2009 World Conferences on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies in New York. Alexis was one of the instructors and clinical supervisors of the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Certificate Program with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) and The International Focusing Institute in New York. She has taught FOTCT for North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society (Kaslo, British Columbia), the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society (British Columbia, Canada), Saint-Paul University (Ottawa, Canada), Shiluv Centre (Israel), and ACT Institute (Brazil). Alexis has also taught FOTCT certificate programs in Osaka, Japan (2015-2019), Shanghai, China (2015-2022) with her brother Shaun Phillips, (M.Ed., R.C.C., S.F.T.T.). Shaun and Alexis taught the AFOTCT program in Whitesand First Nations in Ontario, Canada (2014-2016) and they are currently running a two year AFOTCT certificate program for IFNA (Independent First Nations Alliance) training front line mental health workers from five Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario, Canada. Shaun and Alexis will be running a second FOTCT program starting September 2022 in Shanghai, China.

I offer training groups to learn Focusing (open to the public),I offer individual sessions for people to learn Focusing (open to the public),I offer training in Focusing-oriented Therapy (for professionals),I offer training for organizations and teams, psychologists

Details of these and any other services:
Alexis provides individual counselling, supervision, consultation and community training. Her private practice is located in Nelson, British Columbia. Alexis brings a diverse range of tools to her counselling practice in dealing with such issues as; complex trauma, attachment, anxiety, depression, life transition, self harm and grief and loss. She draws on interventions grounded in Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Hakomi Mindfulness Based Somatic Psychotherapy, Play therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Circle of Security Parenting, Family Systems and Expressive Therapy. Alexis is skilled in working with all developmental stages from young children through adolescence and adulthood. She brings an attachment focus to all of her work.


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