“The body is not at all what they teach us in school. The person and the body are one system together. The person suffuses the body. And the body has its own take on what’s going on.... It’s more subtle, more intricate.” —Eugene Gendlin

Couple Therapy
and individual therapy
in Seattle and Tacoma

Seattle Office near Lake Union

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

1607 Dexter Avenue North

Free Convenient Parking

Seattle Detailed Directions

 

Tacoma Office near Proctor District

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,

and Saturday mornings

35th & N. Cheyenne St

Ample Free Parking

Tacoma Detailed Directions

 

(206) 718-3664

(253) 256-5133

parke@parkeburgess.com



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Guided Focusing Sessions

In addition to therapy, I offer guided focusing sessions. These are 60-minute sessions to learn about focusing, get direct experience with it, and develop your capacity to use it in your life. Focusing is not therapy, and a focusing session is not a therapy session. Unlike therapy, which requires regular meetings over time, I offer focusing sessions one at a time. The fee for a session is $100. To make an appointment, give me a call at (206) 718-3664 or send me an email.

What Is Focusing?

If you have ever had the experience of reacting strongly to something that seems insignificant and not being sure why, or feeling bad in some way but not knowing what it’s about, or feeling stuck and not having a sense of how to get free, then focusing could help you.

Focusing is a special kind of awareness. When you are struggling with something internally, you carry this struggle in your body. Your struggle affects, and is affected by, neurotransmitters and hormones, muscular tension throughout the body, the tone of your internal organs—especially along the digestive tract which contains billions of neurons—and much else. All of these processes feed into a general sense of how things are. Typically, most of this goes on quite unnoticed. In focusing, we learn to tap into more and more of this information.

Anyone can learn how to focus. In this sense, it is a skill like any other. It requires some basic learning and practice. The more you do it, the more facility you will have with it, and the more benefit you will accrue from it.

What Happens In a Focusing Session?

Usually the first session begins with a few minutes of instruction to learn more about what focusing is, how it works, and how to begin. Before long you will be focusing, with me gently guiding you through the process so you can get a good feel for it. We will leave plenty of time at the end for you to ask questions about the process and get some information about how to continue to build your skill at focusing.

How Does Focusing Relate to Therapy?

Focusing is a skill that can be useful in many ways, including in therapy. Some research shows that the more skillful we are in focusing, the better our outcomes are likely to be in psychotherapy. But focusing is useful in a far broader scope of activities than just therapy. It helps us function more effectively in our romantic relationships, at work, and as parents.

On the other hand, therapy involves a lot more than focusing. Focusing is a process that we can use within the larger process of therapy (and I do as a focusing-oriented therapist), but therapy also includes a wide range of other aspects. Guided focusing sessions are not a substitute for psychotherapy. One major difference is that focusing sessions are not protected by the same laws and privileges that apply to psychotherapy.

Where Does Focusing Come From?

Eugene Gendlin (1926-2017), the originator of the term, believed that he discovered focusing rather than invented it. He discovered it as a result of research he did with Carl Rogers in the 1960s on factors that contribute to positive outcomes in psychotherapy. Gendlin then developed a method to learn this skill and popularized it in his book, Focusing. As a philosopher on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Gendlin built a whole philosophical model to show in a very deep way how and why focusing works. Over the decades since his discovery, focusing practitioners and teachers have spread all over the world and further developed focusing in a wide diversity of ways. You can get a sense of this by exploring the website of The International Focusing Institute.

My Focusing Background

I have completed training in focusing-oriented therapy (FOT) and expect to be certified by The International Focusing Institute sometime in 2018 as a focusing-oriented therapist and focusing trainer. My training has been with Jeffrey Morrison; I am also currently working with Neil Dunaetz in a close reading of Gendlin’s philosophical treatise, A Process Model. I am currently writing an article based on all of this work under the title Violence, Peace, and Nonviolence: A Process Model.