For Psychotherapists and other Practitioners
Focusing-Oriented Therapists are trained in Focusing, a practice based upon Gendlin’s philosophy of experiencing. We also work from diverse therapeutic traditions, including existential, phenomenological, humanistic, experiential, client-centered, psychoanalytic, solution-oriented, brief therapy, cognitive-behavioral, expressive arts therapy and somatic therapies.
The common feature of our work as Focusing-Oriented Therapists is creating an environment that allows and supports the experiential, meaning that whatever model is being used, we find ways to further the client in directly experiencing what they are talking about. The key to successful integration of any approach into a Focusing Therapy practice is in the ability to weave in experiential components so that clients are directly sensing their issues as they are experiencing them, in the moment, during the course of a therapy session.
Certification training in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy is provided by Certified FOTs and by local organizations, training institutes, and universities departments around the world. These trainings typically include workshops, regular Focusing practice with a peer, clinical supervision for integrating Focusing and a sensitive body awareness into the therapeutic relationship, and discussion of major readings in the FOT literature. Training to become a certified FOT is at post-graduate level and typically requires a minimum of 2 years.