Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy (Part time) (PG Cert)
The Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy has been designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to extend their expertise into the area of focusing-oriented psychotherapy. This programme (60 credits at Masters Level) provides experiential training and a grounding in the theory of focusing-oriented therapy. There is a growing interest world-wide in this form of psychotherapy, but opportunities for training have until now been very limited. A basic knowledge and understanding of person-centred therapy is assumed, but the course is also open to practitioners who have trained in other traditions, and who wish to integrate the focusing/experiential dimension into their own practice.
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy derives from the work of Eugene Gendlin, a close colleague of Carl Rogers. It is a form of therapy which belongs in the humanistic tradition, and more specifically within the tradition of client-centred and experiential psychotherapy. It has deep roots in both client-centred therapy and in phenomenology. The central emphasis is on the experiencing process of the client and on ways in which the therapist can help the client to relate to their experiencing of their situation. Focusing is a naturally occurring process which can be cultivated by training and then incorporated into work with clients. A central theme of focusing-oriented therapy is that any therapeutic procedure is likely to be more effective if conducted in a manner which constantly relates that procedure to the client’s immediate experiencing, that is, if the procedure is ‘focusing-oriented’.
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