Focusing-Oriented Therapy for the Real World: Bringing the Heart of FOT to Your Practice

Take your clients from “What should I do? How do I fix myself?” to “I know what I want and need. I can trust myself!”

Join us for this class where we’ll show you how to help clients learn to “go inside” and develop the capacity to be with the unknown.

> Full Course Description

Our Next Class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in being informed when this workshop goes on the schedule.

What's Included

  • Five one-hour-and-fifteen-minute meetings for a total of 6.25 hours of class time.
  • A “class roster” with photos so you can connect names with faces and you’re not just hearing voices in the dark.
  • Access to digital recordings of every class so you’ll be able to download them and listen to anything you want to hear again.
  • A private web page where you can access homework, recordings, and other important class information from any web browser.
  • Email and/or phone support in case you have questions or need extra help.


Listen to our free, interactive call from January 14, 2014 to learn:

  • Build an alliance between yourself as therapist and the client’s larger Self
  • Awaken your clients to their own wisdom and inner compassion
  • Draw inner forward movement from externally-oriented clients

*Limited time registration discount offered on January 14th call!

Course Information

About the Course

How do you take clients from “What should I do? How do I fix myself?” to “I know what I want and need. I can trust myself”?

What we will be learning:

  • How to build an alliance between yourself as the therapist and the client’s larger Self
  • How to draw inner forward movement from externally-oriented clients
  • How to help clients “wake up” to their own wisdom and inner compassion
  • How to help your clients learn 5 powerful pathways to aligning with their inner selves
  • How to talk with colleagues and other professionals about the value of this approach in comparison with other therapeutic approaches

If you already know Focusing, you know how amazing and healing Focusing can be. As a healing professional, you naturally want to share that with your clients and your colleagues.

Some therapy clients simply “take to” Focusing and that is wonderful. However, if you’re like most therapists, you’re confronted every day, hour after hour, with clients who do not want to “go inside” and sit with the unknown. They find the Focusing process foreign and even frightening to them. Most are in a state of urgency or crisis. They want to know what to do! Now! And they have learned since early childhood not to find their answers within.

On top of that, you may be working in an environment where anything like Focusing is looked down upon as “soft,” not “evidence-based,” and lacking clear treatment goals and outcomes.

So, how can you bring this profoundly transformational process into your work as a therapist?

Helene has developed a strengths- and skills-based, relational, and client-centered system to help clients build their inner awareness and develop a stronger sense of self, so that they can meet the challenges of their lives in more adaptive and self-responsive ways.

What We’ll Be Doing

In this course you will learn how to powerfully use your Focusing presence within therapy sessions. Starting with the first session, you’ll learn how to assess clients’ abilities to access and trust their inner selves and their strengths and impediments when it comes to following their life-forward movement.

You’ll learn how to “listen for the edge,” entering fully into the client’s experience yet going one step beyond it to bring forth what’s not yet known.

And you’ll learn how to empower them with tools they can use themselves to discover their Inner Voice:

  • How  to identify and discriminate between what arises from their inner selves and their critical and other “outside voices”
  • The ABCs of Acknowledgement, Being With and Compassion to help build a more compassionate, embodied, attending-to-the-present self
  • The Five Pathways to the Inner Voice — Knowing, Sensing, Feeling, Wanting and the Voice of the Larger Self — tools they can use to counteract self-denying patterns and re-align with their own life-forward movement.

About the Teacher

HeleneBrenner2013 - Small
Helene Brenner

Helene Brenner, PhD, is a Focusing-oriented therapist and trainer who has worked for 25 years as a psychologist in private practice with a very diverse clientele. She is director of Women’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Frederick, MD.

Helene is the author of I Know I’m In There Somewhere: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice Living A Life of Authenticity, (Penguin USA, 2003). She has led numerous workshops, including at the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, and the Washington National Cathedral and conducts Following Your Inner Voice telegroups for women.

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.

Continuing Education Credit

Due to changes in how continuing education units are granted in California, CEUs are not provided for this workshop. We can provide you with documentation of hours and learning objectives which can be submitted for approval by your local licensing board.


There is no prerequisite for this course. It is open to anyone.

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.

Upcoming Courses and Registration

Register early to save money and ensure your spot! Tuition goes up three weeks prior to the start of class. To help us provide an excellent experience for everyone, registration closes one week before every class.

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Please contact us if you are interested in being informed when this workshop goes on the schedule.

What People Are Saying

Other Items of Interest



Sign up here and get your first lesson right away.

Thank you! Your first lesson is on its way to your inbox. If you don't see it in the next couple hours, be sure to check your SPAM folder (or Promotions tab in GMail)