Meeting at the Edge of Change
A Six-Month Core Skills Program in Focusing-Oriented Therapy
How do people make real and lasting psychological change?
How can we better help our clients get past their stuck places, their despair, their confusion, blame and self-judgment, to feel better about themselves and make positive changes in their lives?
While Focusing-Oriented Therapy looks and sounds for the most part like conventional “talking” therapy, in many subtle ways it is quite different. Focusing-Oriented Therapy takes your client — and you as the therapist — out of the realm of content, out of the realm of fixing problems and “what’s wrong with me” or “what’s wrong with them,” into the realm of process, the realm from which all the thoughts, emotions, behaviors and life stories emerge. The reason for this is that, whether we’re aware of it or not, this realm is always going on. Below the level of words, below even the level of formed thought, it is always reacting and responding to our environment and looking for a way to “move forward,” trying to meet and fulfill our needs as inexorably as a flower turning toward the sun. If we can connect with our clients — and ourselves — right in this place, old patterns that no longer work can shift, and change can happen.
Of course, you already do this for your clients — otherwise you would not be a therapist. Focusing-oriented Therapy will help you do it more often and more consciously.
Meeting at the Edge of Change is a six-month long program to learn both Focusing for yourself, and the core skills of Focusing-Oriented Therapy for working with your clients. It is a journey of discovery into the power of radical acceptance. In this program you will experience how no exhortation to change, no matter how “nicely” or skillfully it is communicated, is as powerful as connecting with, listening to and understanding the self that moves us and our clients from within — the self that in fact is willing to communicate with us all the time if we are willing to direct our attention to it.
You will discover how much change can occur by not trying to fix, change or even “correct” anything. You will develop a more accepting and empathic relationship to yourself, your clients and others in your life, and learn to listen and respond to yourself and your clients more deeply than ever.
FOT elicits and creates the “right-brain-to-right-brain implicit communication” that renowned author, neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Dr. Allan Schore calls “a central mechanism of the therapy change process.” FOT creates therapeutic moments when cognitive-emotional-neural internal representations and “maps” can be examined and revised, relational patterns can be repaired and new abilities to regulate affect can be developed.
Join us for a personally and professionally enriching experience like none other. We look forward to meeting you!