Dr. Laury Rappaport
Focusing Institute Certifying Coordinator
Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist
Certified Focusing Trainer
I have been teaching Focusing, Focusing-oriented therapy (FOT), Focusing-oriented expressive arts therapy (FOAT®) and Focusing-oriented art therapy (FOAT®) for over 30 years. I enjoy teaching all aspects of Focusing-oriented therapy and have been a training people internationally as well as nationally.
I pioneered the integration of Focusing with the expressive arts therapies and have helped to establish Focusing-oriented art therapy and Focusing-oriented expressive arts therapy as approaches within the arts therapies fields. I am the author of Focusing-oriented art therapy: Accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence; the editor/author of Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice (with two chapters on FOAT®); as well as numerous chapters and articles.
I love to collaborate with others helping to bring Focusing further into psychotherapy, communities and organizations—deepening self-compassion and compassion toward others in the world.
Office 1: Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Office 2: Sutter Health, Institute for Health & Healing; 1350 S. Eliseo Dr. Greenbrae, CA 94904
Office 3: Sutter Health, Inst. for Health & Healing; 2449 Summerfield Santa Rosa CA 95409
Public Contact Details:
Professional memberships with licensing or registering bodies:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC): American Association of Art Therapy
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT): International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists
Academic and training qualifications:
Ph.D. Psychology and Spirituality
M.Ed. Expressive Arts Therapies
B.A. Art Therapy
Certifying Focusing Coordinator, Focusing-Oriented Therapist (FOT), Focusing Trainer
o Individual psychotherapy/counselling
o Individual Focusing sessions (guided Focusing, not ongoing therapy)
o Couple/Relationship therapy
o Group or family therapy
Areas of special interest or advanced training:
I enjoy teaching all aspects of Focusing and FOT, with a special interest in integrating all of the expressive arts, as well as mindfulness and meditation practices. I have worked with a wide variety of clients—adults, teens, children, couples, families, groups, and organization—who have a range of clinical issues, including trauma, chronic and terminal illnesses, anxiety, depression, severe mental illness, and more. In addition, I work with people seeking personal growth, authenticity, and interesting in exploring the integration of spirituality with psychotherapy.
o I offer training groups to learn Focusing (open to the public)
o I offer individual sessions for people to learn Focusing (open to the public)
o I offer training in Focusing-oriented Therapy (for professionals)
o I offer training for organizations and teams
o Consultation and Supervision for psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors
Details of these and any other services:
Please visit my website: www.focusingarts.com for trainings
Recent Publications (5 years or less):
Rappaport, L. (2009). Focusing-oriented art therapy: Accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Rappaport, L. (2010). Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy with Trauma. The Journal for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy, Vol. 9, (2), 128-143.
Rappaport, L. (2013). ‘Focusing-oriented art therapy with people who have chronic illnesses.’ In C. Malchiodi, (Ed.). Art therapy and healthcare, pp. 225-239 New York: Guilford Press.
Rappaport, L. (2014a). ‘Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy: Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion, and Accessing Inner Wisdom.’ In L. Rappaport. (Ed.), Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Rappaport, L. (2014b). ‘Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapies and Mindfulness with Children and Adolescents with Trauma’ in C. Malchiodi, (Ed.) Creative interventions with traumatized children, 2nd edition. New York: Guilford Press.
Rappaport, L. (2014c). ‘Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy: Working on the Avenues.’ In Madison, G, (Ed.) Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Beyond the Talking Cure. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Rappaport, L. (2014d). Integrating Focusing with the expressive arts therapies and mindfulness. The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy, 25 (12), 152-161.
Rappaport, L. (Ed.) (2014e). Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Rappaport, L. (2013). ‘Trusting the felt sense in art-based research.’ In S. McNiff, (Ed.) Art as research: Opportunities and challenges. Bristol, UK: Intellect Publishers.
Rappaport, L. (2014). Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.