How I offer Focusing?
I first came to Focusing through a former supervisor I had as part of a course I completed in Family Ministry and in my work as a counsellor. It was the first time I stayed with the experiential process and declined rushing for the books and courses! In being quite a "head" person it was revealing and nourishing for me to connect with my body, my whole self. This journey began as a form of self-care. Focusing helps me to be with my vulnerable, hurt and cut off parts in a caring gentle way. It also opens me up to humour, surprises and playfulness.
I found myself beginning to use the Focusing process naturally in my client work. Therefore I decided to train as a Focusing professional. I did this training in true Focusing fashion slowly, at my own pace, and in my own way, guided by a Focusing coordinator. I love being part of a worldwide Focusing community and observing the many ways in which Focusing can be applied throughout our world in a wide range of diverse settings.
I have felt honoured and privileged to connect with the Irish Focusing Network in this year of the pandemic, helping me to connect and cope with the challenging changes that have occurred. Also I have been able to share my love of poetry, using the Focusing process as part of developing our Poetry Corner for the website. I look forward to sharing this creative aspect of Focusing with others within our network.
Diploma in Counselling, University of Roehampton, Surrey, England.
Post-Grad Higher Certificate in Teaching Adults in Continuing Education, Queens University Belfast
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Member
BSc (Hons) Psychological Trauma, Queens University Belfast
Focusing Professional, The International Focusing Institute, New York
Post-Grad Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, Somerset, England