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Support for Stressful Times

2020 was a difficult year. Ann hosted a series of 28 webinars to share some processes you can use to feel calmer when the stress and anxiety gets a bit too much

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Inner Peace for Challenging Times

In each of these short videos, Ann tells the story of someone in a tough situation who used Inner Relationship Focusing to feel calmer, clearer, and more peaceful… so that hopefully you can, too.

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Cultivating Happiness

The Lonely Outsider


Feel Stuck Right Now?

The Urge to Indulge

The Rock and the Hard Place

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Keep Calm & Carry On? Doesn’t Work, Does It?

I know this: it absolutely doesn’t work to try to stuff our feelings and impose calm. “Get over it.” “Think lovely thoughts.” All those positive thinking methods share the same problem: they ignore what is so. Wouldn’t you like to be able to be calm and cool…no matter what’s going on? The secret is to get bigger.

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Get Clear and Move Forward with Focusing Audio

“Get Clear and Move Forward with Focusing” Audio Recording Remarkably, it’s in the very places where we feel uneasy and unclear that we can find the energy and wisdom to move forward. This introductory seminar includes a guided Focusing exercise that has been described as “transformational.”

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The Focusing Connection

May 2013 was our last issue of The Focusing Connection newsletter. Subscriptions are no longer available, however, all of our back issues are available as digital PDFs.

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The following articles are available online for those interested in learning more about Focusing. The Library section is frequently updated with new material, so you may want to bookmark this page so you can easily return. This page shows articles in English. We also have articles in these languages:

Chinese (中文) German (Deutsch) Spanish (Español)

French (Français) Italian (Italiano) Dutch (Nederlands)

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The Seven Secrets to Getting Unblocked By Ann Weiser Cornell

Ten Ways to Use Focusing in Daily Life by Ann Weiser Cornell (PDF 520 KB)

Something New Here & Now: Breaking Free of the Habitual by Ann Weiser Cornell

Inner Relationship Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell & Barbara McGavin

Treasure Maps to the Soul by Barbara McGavin and Ann Weiser Cornell

The Pink Silk Arrow: An Example of Treasure Maps/Untangling® by Ann Weiser Cornell

What is the Difference Between Focusing and Therapy? by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing Partnership: A Structure for Freedom by David Shindoll

Inner Relationship Focusing: Strengthening Attachment and Interpersonal Neurobiological Integration by Carol J. Sutherland Nickerson, L.I.C.S.W., C.F.T.

Self-in-Presence: The Transformative Agent in Healing Chronic Pain (PDF 101kb) by Cathy Rowan

Fragile Process by Margaret Warner

Radical Gentleness: The Transformation of the Inner Critic by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing is Great! An article on using Focusing to help with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder by Lyman Griffin

Five Reasons Why Focusing is Not Better Known (Yet) by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

The ‘Victim,’ the ‘Critic,’ and the Inner Relationship: Focusing with the Part that Wants to Die by Barbara McGavin

Three Key Aspects of Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell

Relationship = Distance + Connection: A Comparison of Inner Relationship Techniques to Finding Distance Techniques in Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

When Your Felt Sense Speaks to You…What to Say Back by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

The Radical Acceptance of Everything by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

The Origins and Development of Inner Relationship Focusing By Ann Weiser Cornell

Right in Their Hands: How Gestures Imply the Body’s Next Steps By Glenn Fleisch

Thoughts on the Radical Acceptance of Everything: A New Perspective on the Nature of God, Evil, the Soul, and Human Existence by Laurence Letich

The Power of Listening by Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD

Some Notes on Language by Ann Weiser Cornell

Questioning Questions by Ann Weiser Cornell

The Attitude of Not-Knowing by Ann Weiser Cornell

How to Tell If You’re Focusing by Ann Weiser Cornell

Focusing with Small Physical Ailments by Barbara McGavin

A Remarkable Focusing Session with Pain from Severe Physical Damage by Bev Stevenson

Safe Focusing with (Almost) Any Partner by Ann Weiser Cornell

How to Use Focusing to Release Blocks to Action by Ann Weiser Cornell

An Invitation to Presence by Ann Weiser Cornell (PDF 987KB) Focusing helps clients embrace their most feared emotions. From Psychotherapy Networker Nov/Dec 2005

An Earlier and (Perhaps) More Searching Focusing by Rob Foxcroft

Presence Meets Ego by Ann Weiser Cornell

Doubtful Mind, Wise Body by Ann Weiser Cornell

The Philosophy of the Implicit: An Introduction to the Work of Gene Gendlin by Rob Parker An articulate and exciting presentation of the fundamental philosophy behind how Focusing works.

Living Forward by Mia Leijssen (PDF) This manuscript sets the process of Focusing into a transpersonal matrix.

Dreams – A Summary by Barbara McGavin

Book Review: I Know I’m in There Somewhere: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity, by Helene Brenner with Laurence Letich NY: Gotham Books, Division of the Penguin Group, 2003. Reviewed by Ann Weiser Cornell

Book Review: The Radical Acceptance of Everything, by Ann Weiser Cornell and featuring Barbara McGavin: Calluna Press, 2005. Reviewed by John Keane

Completed Certification Projects

Embodied Growth: Inner Relationship Focusing and Human Development by Anders B. Asphaug. An article about how personal growth occurs and the ways Focusing can facilitate personal development.

Distant Process Focusers by Anne-Marie Lafortune (PDF). The main objective of the project is to explore the characteristics of distancing process and find the language and the gateways that can allow Distant Process focusers to be with felt senses and taste the gifts of life forward movements.

Being a Focusing Schoolteacher – The Role of the Implicit at School by Arno Katz (PDF) A high school teacher who is now a Focusing practitioner as well writes about how he brings a Focusing way of being into his classroom, and the implications of that for dealing with student complaints, evaluating and grading, solving conflicts, etc. He also tells about teaching Focusing to the other teachers at the school. And finally, how Focusing supports his self-care in a stressful environment. Written in a way that is personal, readable, and grounded in the body.

Inner Relationship Focusing and Embodied Awakening by Cielle Backstrom (PDF) A look at how Focusing integrates with a number of spiritual growth processes including: Waking Down in Mutuality; John Welwood’s Love and Awakening; shamanic energy healing; and the work of the Heart Math Institute.

Distinguishing Between Form and Function in the Focusing Process by Jill Drummond (PDF) A look at the essential functions of the Focusing process and the various forms of instruction used to teach them.

Tools for Teaching Disidentification: Some Exercises, Games, Metaphors, Humor by Marcella Calabi (PDF) This paper offers a collection of exercises and tools to help take a step back from the experience at hand and tap into a larger sense of self and the curiosity and empathy that self inhabits so that responses to emotional challenges can come from more grounded, present states.

Bringing Focusing to a Counselling Supervision Group by Paula Newman (PDF) Follow the experiences of a counselling supervision group as they integrate Focusing and bodily felt senses into the clinical aspects of group supervision over the course of an academic year.

Focusing Transitions: Leading In and Coming Out by Chava Levy, LCSW

A collection of great articles about Focusing from the British Focusing Teachers’ Association

An Introduction to Focusing by Susan Jordan
Touching the Source by Rob Foxcroft
Solo Focusing by Kay Hoffmann
Focusing as a Doorway for Spiritual Growth by Lesley Wilson and Addie van der Kooy
Focusing in Gaza by Jerry Conway
Practising Presence: Focusing, Buddhist Understanding and Core Process psychotherapy by Susan Jordan
Reflections on Being (Some Sort of) a ‘Focusing-Oriented’ Therapist by Peter Afford
Transforming our Inner Critics: the Power of Presence by Barbara McGavin


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