What is Focusing? We invite you to pause ...

Pause Focusing shows how to pause the on-going situation and create a space for new possibilities for carrying forward. This practice, developed from the Philosophy of the Implicit, shows how to apply open attention to something which is directly experienced but is not in words.

Your body knows more about situations than you are explicitly aware of. For example, your body picks up more about another person than you consciously know. With a little training, you can get a bodily feel for the 'more' that is happening in any situation. From that bodily feel come small steps that lead toward resolution. The Focusing Institute offers many resources, including well-developed instructions for accessing this bodily knowing. Our site allows exploration of the first steps for newcomers, a library, a Children Focusing section, and resources for experienced Focusers.

Focusing is supported by a long series of operational research studies conducted first by Gene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago and now internationally. You may be able to learn Focusing by reading the Focusing book, or working with one of more than 1000 certified Focusing trainers from 40 countries who are available on Skype or telephone for one or several hours of Focusing training. From our list you can also find a Focusing-oriented therapist who lives near you and speaks your language. You can also participate in one of our discussion lists, find a Focusing partner, and more. The Focusing Institute is making differences in communities all over the world.

Conversations with Gene and Ann

A 5-week phone seminar with Gene Gendlin and Ann Weiser Cornell from October 30 to December 4, 2014. Find out more

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Alexis and Shaun Phillips

October 2014: Alexis and Shaun Phillips

Our October conversation features a discussion with Alexis and Shaun Phillips. This is part of the "Conversations" series hosted by Serge Prengel.

Charlotte Howorth

Two Year Focusing Certification Program for Mental Health Professionals starting Winter 2014/2015 in New York City.

Ruth Hirsch

Focusing Basics: A new 8-week international interactive course!

Taught by Ruth Hirsch, MSW, MPH, CMP. A new course for beginning Focusers starting October 29, 2014.

Pacific Winter Retreat: Stepping Forward Into MY LIFE

Focusing Adventures: Pacific Winter Retreat - Relating with spirit, beauty, nature, community, and ‘The Whole Big Everything’

"Connecting to the Universe of my Whole Living Body" on February 14-21, 2015 in Chacala, Mexico with Charlotte Howorth, Karen Whalen, and Mónica Gómez Galaz. Space limited to 30 participants - register now!

Nada Lou

Focusing for Generative Thinking

Tapping your untapped genius. Taught by Nada Lou starting on April 10-12, 2015 in beautiful Stony Point, New York.

The 8th Children Focusing Conference

The 8th Children Focusing Conference

Portarlington (near Dublin) Ireland from 8th to 12th October 2014. The theme is Éist, the power of listening for our children. Éist is the Irish word for 'listen'. Full details and booking on the website.

The 26th International Focusing Conference

The 26th International Focusing Conference

The 26th International Focusing Conference will be Wednesday July 29 to Sunday Aug. 2, 2015, with a Coordinators' meeting the day before, July 28, 2015. We will meet on the Seattle University campus. More information

International Focusing Events

International Focusing Events

We have added a new section to the TFI website that has a sortable list of major International Focusing events.

Publications and Products:
Focusing Focusing by Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D.

500,000 copies in print in 17 languages. This is the original book that made Focusing available to the public. It breaks Focusing into six steps and has many examples. This is a good beginning introduction to the process. A great gift!

2014 FOLIO FOCUSING AND... Crossings and Integrations

The new 2014 Folio addresses the subject of 'Crossings' and 'Integrations' of Focusing... AND the 'crossings' that people in our community are doing are really quite astounding - from Focusing and Jung to Focusing and Architecture! Now available as a free digital eFolio or as a printed version which can be purchased in the TFI store.

Focusing, Psychotherapy, and the Implicit Focusing, Psychotherapy, and the Implicit

Past phone course with Gendlin, available on CD.

In Focus TFI Newsletter: In Focus

April 2014, June 2014 and August 2014 editions now available online.

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The Gendlin Online Library - central location of all of Gendlin's work

The Gendlin Online Library

Your tax-deductible contribution to The Focusing Institute directly supports our worldwide outreach.

Intricate relations between palpable experience and logical thought. Thinking with both.

A Process Model

Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning


Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy

Commentary on Aristotle's De Anima

On Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Kant, and Aristotle

Crossing and Dipping: Some terms for approaching the interface between natural understanding and logical formulation

The Responsive Order: A new empiricism

University of Chicago Conference on "After Postmodernism"

Directory to works available on this site

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