Once we decide to try Focusing, our first step is often a Guided Focusing Session from a Certified Focusing Professional. I am inviting you to schedule that with me! I offer Guided Sessions mostly on Zoom videoconference, also in person or via phone. I can support your process as well via technology as in person.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Guided Sessions are very helpful for moving through past or current issues that seem to be stuck or to re-invigorate your own sense of self. A first session is often the beginning of a fascinating journey to more deeply understand the rich depth of knowing our body holds. Our body takes in huge amounts of subconscious information in every moment. Over time, that information leads to a lot of life wisdom. We will not necessarily access these subtle messages in every part of our life without practice. Practicing this more subtle communication in Guided Sessions is one way to develop our Focusing skills.
“Opening the door to the practice of Focusing has really been life changing and Is applicable to daily life. I feel as though anyone can benefit from this practice.”
~ testimonial from Anne Vaughn
SAFETY in this process, in general, is an important topic Focusers take very seriously. If you are concerned about safety or engaging trauma, possibly some of these points will help. I can also send you more information and would be glad to have a more in-depth conversation in person or on the phone around this as well. First, in Focusing, we are primarily working with an inner experiential process and if it feels best, each of us can keep ‘what’ the experience is about, to ourselves. All content that might come up in a Focusing Session is always 100% confidential. Next, Focusing is relationship building and we will be encouraged to honor what feels right to the inner relationship. One shares what is wanting to be acknowledged and accepted out loud. Anything which feels tender or needing to be protected would be acknowledged as that or silently to yourself. This sense of safety and trust in the Focusing partnership process builds gradually over time.
"Focusing is incredible. And Sandy is a very thoughtful, empathetic, supportive and skilled practitioner. For all my life I have been strong and independent and made really solid decisions. In the past couple years I have been struggling with my emotions, digging deep to try to understand my needs that perhaps I’ve been suppressing, and swirling on how to move forward out of a funk. It has been a painful and foreign feeling for me and has taken a toll on me psychologically and physically. I have pursued many different modalities including therapy, coaching, astrology, yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis, massage, acupuncture, mood supplements, among others. And nothing has brought me to a place of immediate clarity, relaxation, self-understanding, and relief like a one hour focusing session with Sandy. With each session I am able to explore and let out all of my emotions and the various factions of thoughts, feelings, judgments, sensations, dreams that are battling it out within me. I have never felt such deep empathy for every aspect of myself before. It feels like the ultimate form of self-care. And in the end, I always come full circle and a clear conclusion rises to the top which puts everything in perspective and allows everything else to fall away. As a result, my body feels relaxed, I breathe a sigh of relief, I feel warm and hopeful. Not to mention, outside of sessions I feel a stronger line of communication with my body which sends me signals on a regular basis which I was not picking up on before. I can’t recommend a Focusing Session with Sandy enough"
~ testimonial from Lucille
The experience of a Guided Session is required for Focusing classes so that we are all clear on what ‘type’ of experience we are going for here. It may be that you have just one session before you start a class or guided sessions can be used for reasons similar to why one might choose traditional counseling. In these alternative-to-counseling type situations, I am very happy to support you over a period of weeks as you move through a major adjustment as well as have you drop in occasionally on an as-needed basis.
Guided Sessions are a learning platform in themselves, one of the best kind! Those subconscious patterns that are wanting to come to your attention, yet so subtly feel like ‘YOU’, and are getting in your way without meaning to, are much easier for me to help you find. And sessions are a great way to get clear on which steps of the process you might be skipping over. Whenever there is any kind of disagreement within us, like something wants something else to change, always Focusing will be effective in bringing change once you find the “subtle” aspect of Presence or step of the process that is being overlooked just now. I’m happy to help you find your subtle!