Programs and Training

Focusing-Oriented Relational
    Psychotherapy Study Programs

with Lynn Preston and the FORP faculty

Can develop:

  • Confidence, freedom and versatility in the use of focusing to facilitate therapeutic change
  • A more in-depth grasp of the Philosophy of the Implicit as it informs therapeutic processes
  • A working knowledge of how to use contemporary psychoanalytic relational theories as they are experientialized by focusing
  • Facility in tuning into the micro-moments of the therapy process and the larger unfolding journey of therapeutic relationship
  •  An in depth exploration of how focusing theory and practice can inform and enrich the psychotherapy relationship
  •  These programs will introduce you to skills and theoretical understanding of how Gendlins philosophy of the implicit can broaden and deepen relational psychotherapy.


For psychotherapists and psychoanalysts who are already familiar with the basics of focusing. This program includes weekly seminars in the theory and practice of focusing-oriented relational psychotherapy. Classes meet on Monday evenings from 6:00 7:30pm.Classes are both didactic and experiential and include readings from focusing and relational psychoanalytic theory.


Areas of Study

  • Implicit Intricacy A New Look at Focusing
  • Being Guided by the Felt Sense
  • Experiential Responding Deepening the therapeutic process
  • The New Us: The Felt Sense of the Relational Field and Carrying the Relationship Forward
  • Micro-Movements of Focusing and relationality
  • Ruptures, Enactments and Impasses: When the Therapy Relationship Is in Trouble



Mini Courses

Taught by FORP faculty

Three mini courses (four sessions each) are included in this study.  They are held on Monday evenings from 6:00 7:30 in November, February and May.

Topics include:

  • Attitudes, Values and an Overarching Sensibility (Jenny Ross)
  • Making Space for the Many Aspects of Self (Judith Cobb and Anne Shollar)
  • The I, the You, and the Us (Charlotte Howorth)
  • Building a Culture of Relationality: Verbally and Nonverbally (Eileen Kaufman and Joan Lavender)
  • The Philosophy of the Implicit (Janet Pfunder)
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy The Largest Context (Ruth Rosenblum and Susan Rudnick)


Fundamentals of Experiential Relational Psychotherapy


Each of these 8-week modules will introduce an essential facet of focusing-oriented relational psychotherapy. 


  1. Focusing

    This module will introduce therapists to the processes of attuning to our own implicit experience.  The live, immediate connection to our own experience as therapists is at the heart of therapeutic process. (Lanie Kagan)

  2. Experiential Responding

    This module introduces the basics of attuned listening and responding in such a way that facilitates the emergence of new experience.  (Jenny Ross)

  3. Relational Processes

    Participants will be introduced to the concept of Gendlin's "interaction first" and the immediate felt experience of therapeutic relating.  (Anne Shollar)




This study group is open to all therapists who know focusing. It is both experiential and theoretical. Using readings from relational psychoanalysis and Gendlins philosophy of the implicit, we look at how theory shapes practice and practice, along with creative thinking, generates theory. Although the structure of this group is flexible and improvisational, we usually start from our immediate experience of the ideas presented and spell out the implications of these ideas for practice. We use focusing processes, demonstrations, and clinical examples to integrate our personal self-experience and professional development. This class meets Monday mornings from 10:30 12:00.


Weekend Workshops

Meet on the first Sunday of October, December, February, April and June

Topics include:


  • Applications of the Philosophy of the Implicit to Psychotherapy
  • Making a relationship with the Clients Client
  • Focusing on ourselves and the meaning of our work as therapists
  • Applications of the art of improvisation to the theory and practice of psychotherapy
  • Working with the patient who cannot focus
  • At our wits end: focusing and the difficult therapy interaction
  • Particular applications of focusing for addictions, trauma, life transitions, etc.
  • Visual experiencing
  • Working with dreams




Group Supervision


Lynn Prestons group meets each Tuesday evening from 6:00 7:30.

Jude Cobbs group meets Tuesday mornings from

Other groups to be announced


Individual Supervision

Supervisors are certified focusing trainers as well as experienced relational psychotherapists. (See bios on Faculty and Supervisors page.)



Classes and group supervision sessions are $50 per session ($200 a month)

Individual supervision is $80

Sunday workshops are $100