One-to-One Focusing Sessions

Session-plantReceiving a guided Focusing session is the most direct way to experience the benefits of Focusing immediately.

We offer sessions at every price range, from $175 (with Ann Weiser Cornell) to $110 (with a Featured Practitioner) to free (with a trainee). Sessions can be done by phone, or in-person.

In a one-to-one session, you are guided through Focusing. You don’t have to know how to do the process — we take you through it, with respectful and compassionate suggestions.

Most people have their guided Focusing sessions by phone. You’ll be able to book your session online, and choose a time and day that works for you.

You can bring to the session any life issue where you would like to experience change, including feeling blocked, feeling unworthy, emotional distress, the longing to move forward with your life, wanting a greater connection with body knowing.

The Focusing practitioner will ask you, at the start of the session, what issue or area of life you want to experience change in. You will not need to give details about your life situation. The Focusing practitioner will not be giving you any advice or analysis about your situation. This is your process.

You can expect to feel deeply understood, with your concerns and your goals at the center of the work.

  • a sense of relief and clarity about your life and your forward steps
  • a greater ability to be compassionate to yourself
  • a shift in perspective about what’s bothering you
  • new possibilities, new options, and fresh energy to move forward
  • to receive respectful, confident, unobtrusive guiding through the process
  • to feel deeply understood and to understand yourself more deeply
  • to experience some movement or fresh perspective on your issue or problem, even in one session
  • to get some ideas for how to continue the process on your own and/or in further sessions

There is a high likelihood that you will feel some kind of difference in the issue you worked on, after just one session, and many people experience a significant shift.

Depending on your situation, it is possible you may be able to continue working with IR Focusing on your own using a book or CD. However, most people who want to continue either have more sessions or sign up for a Level One Focusing course.

You are welcome to have a series of sessions to enable you to experience the benefits of Focusing with support. Focusing guided sessions are not therapy or coaching (read more about the difference) but they can be therapeutic. You will be able to deepen your process and your inner relationship over a series of sessions.

  A Session with Ann Weiser Cornell

Ann Main Headshot Crop - SmallAnn Weiser Cornell, author of The Power of Focusing and The Radical Acceptance of Everything, is offering Focusing sessions on a limited schedule. Ann has been guiding people in Focusing since 1980 and is one of the most well-known Focusing practitioners in the world. Read more about Ann Weiser Cornell.

Most people have their guided Focusing sessions with Ann by phone or Skype. If you are in the US, Ann will call you.

If you are local to or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, Ann also offers individual guided Focusing sessions in Berkeley, California.


All sessions with Ann are 50 minutes and cost $175. If you pre-pay for a 3-session package, you’ll receive a $50 discount ($475).

Schedule Your Session

You can use Ann’s online scheduler to see what times are available and to book your own session(s). You can also buy a session(s) for a friend, and you’ll receive a digital gift certificate that you can provide to your recipient.

View Ann’s Calendar


Cancellation Policy

After a session is booked, we ask for a 48-hour notice for changing or canceling the appointment, or we will need to charge for the time as if the session were held.

  A Session with a Featured Practitioner

To offer you the greatest variety of times available, along with the ease of being able to schedule and pay for your sessions in one place at a lower cost, we now offer Featured Practitioners. These are certified Focusing professionals with years of experience who are personally trained and supervised by Ann Weiser Cornell.

Our Featured Practitioners:

Shulamit Day Berlevtov

Shulamit Day Berlevtov

Elmar Kruithoff

Elmar Kruithoff

Carol Nickerson

Carol Nickerson

Shulamit Day Berlevtov

Shulamit Day BerlevtovShulamit Day’s Focusing clients and students have called her a role model for how they want to be with themselves and others. She loves supporting folks in offering Self-in-Presence to their insides and having the privilege of being a witness to the sacred unfolding that results.

Shulamit first came to working one-on-one with clients as a yoga teacher and therapist, using yoga in its widest sense as a tool to support women’s growth in body-mind-spirit. Her ongoing yoga studies led her to Nonviolent Communication (NVC), where her path to trainer certification introduced her to Focusing.

Shulamit trained with Ann Weiser Cornell as a certified Inner Relationship Focusing Teacher and Guide and as a result has developed a passion for crossing NVC and Inner Relationship Focusing. This powerful combination enables people to accompany the most difficult of inner experiences, offering themselves the kind of empathy they previously only received from their favorite empathy buddy. In addition, Shulamit’s yoga training enables her to bring yoga’s sensitivity to movement and the body into her Focusing guiding.

Click here to schedule a session with Shulamit Day Berlevtov
(This link will bring you to our scheduling website where you’ll be able to view open appointment times and schedule a session.)

Elmar Kruithoff

Elmar Kruithoff enjoys working with people with a strong interest in improving their ability to explore, support and be with their inner experience as a means to improve creativity, decision making, leadership skills, relationships and self-care.

In Elmar’s view, Focusing sessions are essentially deep learning experiences. As a Focusing guide, Elmar places high emphasis on helping develop curiosity towards one’s thoughts, feelings and actions. His aim is to enable the Focuser herself/himself to appreciate, support and navigate the Focusing process. He sees Focusing as a listening space for one’s own authoritative knowledge of any situation or relationship.

kruithoffElmar has worked as research assistant in various research groups at the Dept. for Medical Psychology at Hamburg University in Germany, as an assistant professor for Somatic Psychology, and as an IT consultant and counselor. He teaches Focusing and listening skills through his own business to individuals and staff at various clinics, schools and companies.

Elmar works closely together with Ann Weiser Cornell, teaches advanced Focusing tutorials, trains Focusing teachers and organizes international Focusing seminars for students in Europe. He is a psychologist from Hamburg University with a wide background of additional trainings, e.g. Coaching (C. Dinesen), Thinking Environment (C. Smith), body-centered psychotherapy (C. Caldwell, G. Downing), trauma therapy (B. Rothschild), Vipassana meditation (S. Moriceau) and Shiatsu body work.

Elmar speaks German, English and Danish. He is married and has one son.

Click here to schedule a session with Elmar Kruithoff
(This link will bring you to our scheduling website where you’ll be able to view open appointment times and schedule a session.)

Carol Nickerson

carol_nickersonCarol is a committed, empathic teacher whose priority is to meet her students/clients where they are and to facilitate a relationship with those she works with which is respectful, open and attuned. Carol’s students, many of whom are helping professionals themselves, have described her as “down to earth,” “easy to be with,” and “intuitive.” Carol loves to share practical and transformative tools for personal growth and healing.

Carol came to Inner Relationship Focusing with a background in Clinical Social Work. Carol has always been drawn to models that are grounded in attachment theory and she has a special interest in the current neuroscience that supports her work. When Carol found Inner Relationship Focusing she realized she’d found what she been looking for years – a flexible, user-friendly process that was natural, accessible and body oriented.

Carol enjoys working with people in helping fields, holding a strong philosophy that those in helping roles must make their own self care a priority. Her own regular practice of Inner Relationship Focusing for herself has transformed her personal and professional relationships. As a parent herself, Carol also loves working with parents.

Click here to schedule a session with Carol Nickerson
(This link will bring you to our scheduling website where you’ll be able to view open appointment times and schedule a session.)

Clicking on each name above will give you more information on each Featured Practitioner, as well as a link to book a session. Sessions are by phone, so the physical location of the Featured Practitioner is less important than your sense of feeling comfortable with the person.

Or if availability is the most important factor,  you can click here to see their combined schedules, and you’ll be able to choose the time and day that works best for you.


Sessions with Featured Practitioners cost $110 for 50 minutes, and you’ll pay at the time of booking the session. Your money is refundable if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance of your scheduled time.

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  Free Sessions

There are 2 ways to receive a free Focusing session:

1. You can have from 1-3 private sessions on the phone with an advanced student in training. After each session, you’ll fill out a feedback form in detail, which is your payment for the session. You also agree for the student to discuss your process with his or her supervisor.

2.  You can have your first Focusing session with Ann Weiser Cornell on the phone if you are willing for a small group of advanced students to listen in during the session. There are limited time and date opportunities for this; it is part of our Demonstrations course.

Note: We typically look for people having their first Focusing session. If you’ve already had one, you may not qualify for this opportunity. But you can always recommend a friend! To volunteer for one or more of these opportunities, please fill out our form (click the button below).

We’ll contact you as soon as an opportunity becomes available.

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