Focusing Alone

Wouldn’t it be great to have Focusing with you whenever you need it? Join…

Focusing Alone

a 4-week live online course with Ann Weiser Cornell to help you Focus on your own more easily

Empower yourself to do Focusing any time and anywhere you need to, whether a partner is available or not…

Focusing Alone was hard for me, too…

If you’re struggling to use Focusing on your own, you’re not the only one!

I couldn’t focus alone very well when I first learned Focusing, and then I didn’t even try for years and years. My partnership sessions were all the Focusing I had. But one day I had to do Focusing and there were no partners around!

I was on my first whitewater rafting trip. During the early part of the day my raft flipped over, and I had a scary dunk in the river.

Later, we had a 20-minute walk while the guides carried our rafts around a waterfall. I realized that the thought of getting back in my raft terrified me. But there weren’t any other choices — we were far from civilization, with no roads in or out. I had to get back in the raft — but I couldn’t.

So, on that 20-minute walk, I did Focusing, all by myself, with the part that was scared to get back in the raft.

I said “something in me is terrified” — and felt it in my body and said Hello to it. Then, I listened to what scared it so much. What I learned surprised me. It wasn’t that I had fallen in the river. It was the motion of the raft itself. The bumpy up-and-down was like turbulence on an airplane that this part of me really hated. When I realized what this part of me was so afraid of, and I let it know I heard it, the scared feeling lessened. I was able to get back on the raft…and even have a good time for the rest of the day.

From that day on, I realized that Focusing alone was important.

I made it my goal to learn from people who Focused alone successfully. I learned so much! The result: a whole array of methods that help and support solo Focusing. It’s great to have a Focusing partner — and it’s great to have Focusing whenever and however you need it.

Do Focusing alone when you:

  • Need more time than a partner can give you
  • Want to do Focusing late at night or super-early in the morning
  • Get emotionally triggered and need some Focusing right now

You know how great Focusing is! Being able to do Focusing alone multiplies the times when Focusing can bring you relief and transformation.

I hope you’ll allow me to be a companion on your journey to successful solo Focusing. I’d love to show you how to be able to do Focusing, whenever you need it.

“Focusing alone isn’t hard. It just involves creating the right environment… and being there for yourself.”

― Ann Weiser Cornell

Join me in this course where I’ll show you how to:

  • Explore what’s so hard about Focusing Alone — and how to turn that around
  • Practice powerful, practical tips that make Focusing Alone easier…immediately
  • Follow a supportive “script” that keeps you on track
  • Set up and follow a regular Focusing practice you can integrate into your life

This course could be right for you if you:

  • Are familiar with Focusing and have some success Focusing with a partner.
  • Get stuck or find it challenging to Focus on your own.
  • Want a diverse set of processes designed to help you stay engaged with your Focusing practice.
  • Wish you knew how to create a plan for regular Focusing practice – and stick to it!
  • Already use Focusing alone and want to explore alternatives to your current practice.

This course is probably not right for you if :

What You’ll Get:

The sense of empowerment that comes with being a solo Focuser

The confidence and clarity that you know what works for you when you sit down to do Focusing on your own

Simple solutions for common problems that come with Solo Focusing like how to:

  • slow down
  • set aside time
  • tap into the power of speaking aloud
  • deal with drifting and sleepiness
  • stay with the process all the way through

About Your Teacher

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, is the co-developer (with Barbara McGavin) of Inner Relationship Focusing. Ann learned Focusing in 1972 from its developer, Eugene Gendlin, and was his close friend and colleague to the end of his life.

Ann has written several definitive books on Focusing, including The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing, and Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.

She has taught Inner Relationship Focusing around the world since 1980, and is a past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology.

“The more I do Focusing — both with partners and by myself — the closer I get to my ideal of Focusing all the time. Living a Focusing life.”

― Ann Weiser Cornell

Are you ready to discover the simple solutions to your solo Focusing struggles?

Learn how you can…

Solve Common Problems with Focusing Alone

Trust Your Solo Focusing Process

Experience the Benefits of Focusing When You Need It

Enroll for Your Course Here

Registration is closed. Please contact us if you’d like to know when this course is available again.

What People Are Saying

  • Linda Hedquist
    "Thank you so much for the Focusing Alone class.  You really are a masterful teacher!  Everything was so well organized and well-articulated.  After learning from your books, it was wonderful to have the reinforcement of repeated verbal input.  It definitely took me deeper and gave me a firmer level of understanding even though I have been extremely successful at focusing alone for some time now."
  • Diane Olsen
    "Thank you for an enjoyable class!  I feel very motivated to be more consistent with my focusing alone.  I have been focusing alone for a number of years now with some success.  What I learned in the class has helped zero in and make more clear to me what exactly has made it not always feels successful.  Setting the timer, focusing on issues, and bringing my presence back to them and how they feel in my body is helping focusing alone feel more contained. Drawing is an added dimension that never occurred to me before which is amazing because I draw."
  • Betty S.
    "Each of the Focusing Alone classes added a new dimension to focusing alone for me. I know I will use each of the lessons sometime in the future when I focus alone. I really loved the last suggestion of drawing while focusing. To me it has become a kind of diary of my sessions. I use pictures and words in a flowing story stream to tell what the session is about. As I look back over it I can see the progress of movement of the issue. With all the color, pictures and words it really is beautiful. As an added bonus I used it to show/explain to my husband what all these focusing sessions I do are all about. It was a nice way to show how the felt sense, images and words combine to resolve an issue. So, Ann thank you very much. I am very grateful that I took the course.  Now I can focus alone and have beautiful drawings of my sessions. I am sure I will look back over them in the years to come and enjoy each session again."
  • M.Goodman-Bozeman, MT
    "I thoroughly enjoyed the Focusing Alone class, finding it the perfect complement to focusing with a partner.  The ability to use different processes, including walking, drawing, journaling and more, allows this process to be integrated more easily.  Ann has a very professional and reassuring presence on the phone, giving each of us a confidence in ourselves that we can learn this skill and integrate it into our focusing practice.  I would highly recommend this class."
  • Bev Lutz, MCC, Minneapolis, MN USA
    "Yes, I would definitely recommend the class to others!  It's a solid experience of different techniques that can open the doors to Focusing alone as well as enhance the Focusing done with partners.  Ann creates a sweet safe place for this teleclass.  She offers her own rich expertise with Focusing as well as encouraging sharing of the wisdom of the group."

Additional Information

How Online Courses Work

We use Zoom, an online video conference platform, to connect you to other students and the teacher. Before the class starts you will receive a Zoom link to use each time the class meets. You can join us via your camera-equipped computer, tablet, or smart phone. Prefer not to be on video? You can turn off your camera. Don’t want to call via computer? You can call in by phone. Zoom is free and easy to use. You will be able to sign on in advance to make sure you can access it, but we’ve had very few problems with it. Students also receive access to a private webpage where course materials can be found.


In order to join Focusing Alone, you must have taken a Focusing course in which you learned and practiced Focusing partnership— for example, our course, Your Path to Lasting Change.

Continuing Education Credit & Course Completion Certificate

Course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Focusing Resources, CAMFT Approved CE Provider #62524.

Focusing Resources is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Focusing Resources maintains responsibility for this course and its content.

There is a $25 administrative fee for CE units. Course completion certificates are awarded at the end of the course upon completion of all requirements and the course evaluation. (If you don’t want CE units but would like a completion certificate, the $25 fee does still apply.)

Eligibility for CE units requires at least 80% live attendance. Missed classes must be made up.

Cancellations, Changes & Refunds

Up to 14 days before the first day of class: Just let us know and we'll refund your course fee. Or you can choose to apply the entire course fee towards a future class with us.

Cancellations received 13 days or fewer before class begins: No refund, sorry.

When Something Doesn't Go As You'd Hoped...

We are always open to discussing experiences with our courses that didn’t work for you or didn’t go the way you expected. Depending on the circumstances, you may want to email your course instructor, the staff member in charge of your course, or Ann Weiser Cornell. Email addresses for all these people will be supplied on registration. We will work with you to find a way to meet your needs.

Do I need to attend every class meeting?

You can enroll in this course and listen to the recordings that are available 1-2 days after each class meeting. We call this remote attendance. Please Note: If you attend remotely, you are ineligible for CEUs.

Tell me more about the classroom environment and how course content is provided?

Sure. This course is taught using an online video conference system called Zoom. You’ll receive all the details you need to join us via Zoom prior to the first class meeting. You’ll also receive access to our course platform (Ruzuku) where homework assignments and class recordings can be found. Participants will be able to communicate via an online forum in Ruzuku.

Tell me more about the recordings for this course

To respect the confidentiality and privacy of our participants we do not provide video recordings of our classes. All recordings are provided as audio files.

Why take the live version of this course?

Although we do have an audio version available of a Focusing Alone course that was given in 2015, the Focusing Alone course can be quite a bit more effective when you attend classes live on Zoom and do the exercises along with the other people in the course. At a certain point in each class, we get off the computer and all go do Focusing alone… at the same time. Then we come back online and you can share what worked and what didn’t work. This supportive framework “builds the muscle” of being able to do Focusing alone so you have the momentum to keep doing it when the course is over.



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