I am delighted to be reading Ann Weiser Cornell's new book introducing the value of Focusing practice to therapists!
Being in touch with the living edge of our own present-moment experience can be a fertile source of fresh meaning and whole-body insights,
opening into authentic growth and transformation.
A bit of self-disclosure here: I am not unbiased, as I have been a Focusing practitioner since 1998.
Still, the research base for this contemporary, body-based awareness practice, originally developed by Eugene Gendlin in the 60's,
has been growing slowly but steadily for the last 50 years, along with a world-wide network of practitioners,
so there are many of us who find this work enormously helpful.
Any therapist who wants to help clients connect more deeply with their own selves will find something of value here.
In particular, clinicians who are already drawn to mindfulness practices will find great value in this Western approach that blends both mind and heart.
Clinicians who are already practicing "inner relationship modalities" such as Voice Dialogue and Internal Family Systems therapy,
will find that an awareness of the Focusing process supports and deepens their work with clients.
Similarly for those already working with somatic approaches...
Of course, we can most effectively share this with others, when we ourselves are engaging in this deeply renewing and life-enhancing practice.
In addition to enhancing the work we are already doing with clients, Focusing (and Focusing-based peer supervision groups,
and/or Focusing partnerships) can be a vital part of self-care as mental health practitioners.
And so I am celebrating this extremely well-written, thorough, and clear book, designed to introduce clinicians to the world of Focusing...
kudos to Ann Weiser Cornell, and a warm welcome to all!