João Fonseca



Focusing Institute Certifying Coordinator-in-training

Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist

Certified Focusing Trainer


Personal Statement

I started working as a therapist 15 years ago and my path has lead me threw transpersonal and existential trainings and worldviews, which still “in-form” my way of working in psychotherapy. I guess I could say that I have been sustained by an awe regarding the immense experiential river of my being-in-the-world, notwithstanding the limits and the possibilities implied in our existence, factual or personally perceived. But things like looking at the stars, walking in nature, holding a baby or having and encounter with someone or something at a relational depth, have always propelled in me into this kind of a wonder and exploration. I also felt how our acculturated phenomena and the adjustment to the “human world” can sometimes alienate us from this experiential river and eventually from ourselves. Finding Focusing was the best gift I could receive from Life. It is for me a singular, authentic, natural and sustainable way of considering the “information” that is present in this experiential river. For me it is like an “Invisible umbilical cord” that connects and allows us to interact with Life within a deepened level of awareness. The vision that I hold about my work is to facilitate people into this encounter and even to share Focusing beyond the therapeutic space and into a community level.


Office 1: Espaço-Tempsis, Lisboa Portugal

Office 2: Clínica do Poder, Lisboa Portugal

Public Contact Details:

telephone: +351917867840

website: João Fonseca English site


Languages: Portuguese and English

Professional Details:

Professional memberships with licensing or registering bodies:

The Focusing Institute
Portuguese Order of Psychologists (OPP) certified member nº 10069
Portuguese Society of Existential Psychotherapy (SPPE)
Portuguese and Brazilian Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ALUBRAT)

Academic and training qualifications:

Master of Arts in Existential Psychotherapy, ISPA, Lisbon-Portugal
Existential Psychotherapist, SPPE, Lisbon-Portugal
Transpersonal Psychotherapist, ALUBRAT, Lisbon-Portugal
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lisbon.Portugal


Therapeutic services:

o  Individual psychotherapy/counselling
o  Individual Focusing sessions (guided Focusing, not ongoing therapy)
o  Focusing-Oriented Coaching
o  Online/Skype sessions
o  Telephone sessions

Areas of special interest or advanced training:

Search for meaning
Existential conditions
Relation with the other
Community Wellness


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

Details of these and any other services:



Recent Publications (5 years or less):

(2010) Holograms of Consciousness: spirituality, psychology and the transpersonal
Fonseca, J. (2014). Focusing: um meio para reaprender a escutar a vida. Revista Zen Energy, 70, 64-67.
Fonseca, J.(2013). Gerotranscendência: a teoria do envelhecimento positivo. Revista Zen Energy, 53, 44-4
Fonseca, J (2011). Ageing-towards death: phenomenology of finitude during old-age, Existential Analysis, 22, (2), 325-343.