Focusing New England

Promoting focusing, listening, and personal growth in the New England area

Directory of Practitioners

The practitioners listed below are certified Focusing trainers, professionals and psychotherapists living or working in the New England region. Note to Certified Practitioners:  If you are a certified Focusing practitioner working or residing in New England, you may list yourself in our Directory  by completing the instructions on the Directory Listing Application.

Regional Coordinator

Joan Klagsbrun
Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D.
Certified Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Regional Coordinator
Watertown, MA

Level of Trainings available: Beginner through Coordinator

Services: Focusing has enriched my life and I am passionate about sharing it with others.  I offer all levels of training from beginner to certified Focusing Trainer or Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist. I offer workshops in Focusing for mental health and health care providers. I also offer guided Focusing sessions by telephone and in person. Additionally I have a private practice in psychotherapy for individuals and couples. My approach seems to help my clients to feel understood, to discover their resilience and to lead more fulfilling lives. 

Certified Focusing Oriented Therapists

Kelley Bothe, LICSW, DCSW
Certified Focusing Trainer and Psychotherapist
Wellesley and Concord, MA

My therapy practice is located in Wellesley and Concord MA at the Psychotherapy Collaborative.  For over 25 years I have worked with adults in individual therapy and have also run divorce support groups for men and women.  As a Focusing oriented therapist I see how this mindful practice deepens the therapy process in gentle and respectful ways.  Focusing  teaches self compassion and patience as people work on difficult issues;  they learn to attend to their body sense of a life  situation which can open pathways for growth and change.

I enjoy teaching Focusing to small groups and to individuals for personal enrichment.

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Cathy Cornell, LICSW, CFT
Certified Focusing Trainer
Wellesley, MA

Services: I believe psychotherapy is a creative conversation that moves you in the direction of health, happiness and greater meaning in life. It can open up the potential for growth that already exists within you. I offer individual and couples therapy with a Focusing orientation for adults and adolescents, and individual Focusing training.

img_6432Frankie Doolittle, MDiv, Doctorate of Ministry in Counseling, FOT
Counseling and Care of the Spirit
Boston, MA

I offer private counseling for adults struggling with loss (a job, a love, divorce, death or other personal losses), grief, and issues connected to chronic or terminal illness. I also offer group workshops or private counseling in the practice of forgiveness.

My background experience includes spiritual counseling at a cancer center, bereavement counseling, hospice chaplaincy and private counseling. I believe we each hold the answers to our own questions and struggles, and we can find our healing answers through a therapeutic relationship that includes sharing our story, active listening and Focusing.

I offer beginner level focusing sessions, available on request.


Andrew Fieleke, MA, LMHC, Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist
Lexington, Arlington
Phone: 781-354-0267

Services: Adjustment to life transitions, grief and loss, spirituality and existential concerns, relationship issues, trauma recovery, anxiety, depression, “feeling stuck”, mindfulness, mind-body treatments, dreams, “parts work”, CBT.

I also offer individual and small group training in Focusing.

Sophie Glikson, MA, LMHC, CET, FOT
Certified Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Creative Pathways: Coaching, Art, Therapy, Supervision
Medford, MA

Level of Focusing Trainings available: Beginners to advanced.

I offer Psychotherapy, Coaching, and Supervision at my Creative Pathways Studio in Medford, MA., since 1989. I work with individuals, adults and children, and integrate the Focusing approach to the the medicinal power of the Arts. I have taught for 16 years at Lesley University in the Expressive Therapies Department. My life research involves how our creative intelligence accesses pathways to make positive changes for our heart and well-being, as well as for the well-being of others and our Earth.

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Laura J. Hillman, PhD, LMHC, FOT
Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist
191 Chandler Rd
Andover, MA 01810

I have been a practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years and a certified Focusing-Oriented therapist for 10 years. In addition to using Focusing with my clients, I have also brought Focusing to cancer support groups at the Lahey Clinic as well as to their radiology and oncology staff. My particular areas of interest include grief, medical illness and end of life issues, trauma, women’s issues, relationship issues, and spirituality.
I also offer focusing training sessions for individuals as well as for small groups (2-4).

 dsc_2665 Jing Ye, MA, LCPC, FOT
Waterville, ME

Jing provides psychodynamic growth oriented sessions in person, via Skype, and phone, domestic and abroad. In her work, Jing combines Focusing techniques and the Healing Power of Unconditional Presence, as taught by John Welwood, based on Buddhist teachings and practice. Jing is also a long time practitioner of Insight Dialogue, as taught by Gregory Kramer. Jing is especially interested in working with challenges in interpersonal (including inter-racial) relationships, workplace conflicts, stress, anxiety, depression, cultural adjustment issues, and conundrums in personal development. Jing has been a Maine licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1998.

Certified as FOT in 2005. Studied TaiChi and ChiGong from a Chinese master and taught these for 10 years. For 20 years, daily meditation practice and yearly silent retreats with Buddhist studies have been pillars for personal and spiritual growth and professional work. Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution with dictatorship and constant political turmoil exposed Jing to human made disasters and suffering, and helped her understand human conditioning and potential for change.

img_0894Barbara Kantner MA, LCMHC, FOT
Brunswick, ME

Retired from a 20+ year psychotherapy practice at Southern New Hampshire Health Center, in which I used a wide array of interventions, especially Focusing, mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing. I am a certified Focusing Oriented Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.  Buddhist meditation practices are an integral part of my personal life. While my license to practice is still from New Hampshire, I am in process of obtaining Maine licensure. Married almost 50 years, adult children, grandchildren!  Loving new life on the Maine coast! 

Carol Sutherland Nickerson, LICSW, CFT

915 Route 28
Harwich, MA 02545

Carol is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Focusing Teacher. She has worked in different agency settings with a variety of populations since getting her MSW in 1991. She works with all ages in her private practice on Cape Cod, which she started in 1995. Carol also teaches Level III Inner Relationship Focusing with Focusing resources, Berkeley CA. She stumbled upon Focusing in 2005 had has been practicing and teaching it since. Carol is in the process of growing her teaching services to the Cape Cod community and surrounding areas.

julieJulie A. Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist
Wellesley, MA

I work with adolescents and adults in individual and couples therapy.

I believe change occurs in the context of a therapeutic relationship which is respectful, compassionate, caring, and interactive. By understanding and appreciating your strengths and your current ways of coping, listening with compassion and curiosity, challenging gently with humor and sensitivity, I will work collaboratively with you to help make your relationships more satisfying and your life choices more expansive.

I integrate Focusing into all aspects of my work.

BeilahRBeilah Ross, LICSW
71 Adams St
Milton, MA 02187

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I started my training in Focusing in 2006 and went on to become a Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist in 2009. As my focus has always been on integrating Focusing into my psychotherapy practice, I have taught Focusing to clients, other therapists and to interested Focusers. I continue to develop my Focusing skills through a monthly FOT supervision group with a Certifying Focusing Coordinator.

In my practice, I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and addictive behaviors. In addition to traditional talk therapies, I use Focusing in combination with EMDR, Mindfulness-based psychotherapy and mind-body awareness techniques to help connect to the wisdom and inner direction of the body. 

I aim to help you to develop compassion for all that you are, even the parts you’ve long struggled to accept, so that a fuller sense of self can emerge, moving you in a life-forward direction.  

I can meet with clients individually and in groups to teach Focusing.

phpthumb_generated_thumbnailMarek Tresnak, MA, LMHC
25 Bank Row, Floor 3
Greenfield, MA 01301

I help people to reconnect with the life they would like to live. Through getting in touch with their emotions and releasing them, they can find a fresh creative energy within. Most of my clients seek help with anxiety, excessive worries, depression, trauma, addiction or just a difficult relationship situation. I enjoy connecting with my clients and emphasize the power of a strong therapeutic relationship. I don’t promote “talking” therapy only. As a Focusing Certified Trainer I invite clients to feel their emotions directly in the body, to achieve a felt shift, relief and attunement with their intuition. “One step in the body is worth a thousand steps in the mind.” (Eugene Gendlin)

Certified Focusing Professionals

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Beatrice Blake
Certified Focusing Professional
Possibility Space LLC
42 Morningside Commons
Brattleboro, VT   05301

Locations: Brattleboro, VT and Westmoreland, NH

Level of Trainings Available:  Levels 1-4 and certification

Services:  I offer special programs [in Spanish and English] including:  Thinking at the Edge [TAE] and Generating a Culture of Peace (a combination of Nonviolent Communication and Focusing).

Joe CJoseph F. Colletti, M.Ed., S.T.M., M.Div., C.F.T.
Certified Focusing Professional
20 Polly Seabury Way
Eastham, MA 02642

Joe Colletti is a Certified Focusing Trainer and a Board Member of the BioSpiritual Institute.  He is recognized as an excellent educator having made presentations on BioSpiritual Focusing at the Spiritual Directors International (SDI) World Conference as well as the first BioSpiritual Focusing webinar sponsored by SDI.  He offers a variety of  Focusing education programs as weel as individual Focusing sessions. 

DSC_6354Mary L. Glynn
Certified Focusing Professional
Harwich, MA

Services:  I teach levels one and two of Focusing.  My other specialties include developmental intuition, inspired writing and reading, massage therapy and energetic and transpersonal psychotherapy/spirituality/meditation.

pat-photoPatrica Graves MSW
Certified Focusing Professional
York, ME

Focusing has enhanced the quality of my life — both personally and professionally.  Since becoming certified in 2000, I have maintained a relationship with two Focusing partners, integrated Focusing into my psychotherapy practice and offered trainings to groups and individuals. While I am now retired and no longer provide psychotherapy, I am continuing my Focusing partnerships and offering Focusing support by phone or in person to individuals and small groups.  I am willing to travel to assist with trainings in other areas of New England.

Margaret A. Herrick, MHA, CFT, CSD
Certified Focusing Trainer
Greater Boston & North Shore
31 Cloutsmans Lane, Marblehead, MA 01945

Services:  Bringing the power of Focusing to everyday life. Special programs on breaking through action blocks, deepening spirituality, developing a practice of gratitude.

Deborah Jones
Deborah Jones, LCMT
Certified Focusing Professional and Coordinator-in-Training
East Greenwich, RI
Phone: 401-398-2543

Level of Trainings available: Beginner through Focusing Professional/Trainer

Services:  I teach Focusing one-on-one or to groups in retreat settings and in consecutive classes for the general public as well as health professionals. All classes are designed to develop skills that meet your needs. I integrate Focusing in my Massage practice for interested clients and use it in my Interior Design business to listen collaboratively.


Paula Nowick, Ed.D.
Certified Focusing Professional
83 Ingersoll Grove
Springfield, MA 01109

Focusing provides many wonderful benefits, but my favorite is Finding-Fresh-Air in difficult dilemmas. By using my felt-senses as my GPS, I can uncover my very own small steps forward to creative options that give me a renewed sense of hope and resiliency.

Perhaps you, too, would like to gently explore how to find clarity amid confusion, comfort amid heartache, or laughter amid misfortune? I can be your Focusing guide to more Fresh-Air inside. I hold most of my sessions on Zoom.

Paula, retired from a thirty-year career as a high school and college English teacher, has a doctorate in Creativity in Education from the University of Massachusetts.

David Smith, M.Ed.
Certified Focusing Professional
Concord, MA

Services:  Finish your novel, set up your easel, find your authentic voice!  I offer creativity coaching enhanced by Focusing techniques to writers and other creatives – professional to amateur – painter to poet.  Together we will arrange for a comfortable combination of email, telephone, and face-to-face sessions to soften action blocks, clarify goals, and celebrate milestones.  Give shape to your memoir, commit to a morning practice, solve the second act of your screenplay!

Roberta H. Whitney, MA, CFP
Certified Focusing Professional
North and Northwest of Boston
978-667-2166 x 1719

Level of Trainings available: Beginner through Focusing Level Two.

 Services:  I am passionate about Focusing and have more than six years of experience teaching individuals and groups how to Focus in a personalized format.  I also co-teach Focusing-Oriented Spiritual Direction, Counseling and Pastoral Care with Joe Colletti and present specialized Focusing-oriented workshops that help people to integrate and gain perspective on applications for Focusing in daily life.  Individual consultations are always welcome.

rosa-web-291x400Rosa Zubizarreta, MA, MSW, CFP
Great Barrington, MA

Meet me at my DiaPraxis website and on my Listening Arts blog.

Services: Rosa offers personal growth and professional development groups for listeners (therapists, group facilitators, mediators, coaches) where we witness and support the on-going journey of listening more deeply to our own selves. These groups are based on the Heart IQ framework, and incorporate Focusing, Internal Family Systems, and Inner Empathy.

Professionally trained in organization development, Rosa offers workshops internationally in Dynamic Facilitation, an empathy-based approach for helping task groups engage creatively with complex issues. Practitioners with previous grounding in listening and awareness practices such as Focusing or NVC are especially well-positioned for learning to facilitate this work.

Rosa is also available to teach Focusing to individuals or small groups.

Focusers in Training

SharonHSharon Heermance, Ph.D.
Focusing Training
Licensed Psychologist
7 Mystic St, Suite 200
Arlington, MA 02474

Services: As a caring and experienced psychologist, I offer a calming path to find relief and changes to move your life forward. With a Focusing approach, we will offer compassion and gentle attention to what is needed to feel better about yourself and your day-to-day life. Attention to positive as well as difficult parts of your life will deepen our perspective. Easing stress and increasing confidence often helps. Increasing comfort in your relationships is also important. Understanding how our past impacted you is important, but I am aware your goal is improving your life today. Clients appreciate my warmth, skills, encouragement, and humor. Please feel welcome to call and discuss beginning individual or couples therapy.

sas-pix-sage-coach-mailerSyrl Silberman, EdM, Certified Coactive Life Coach
40 Oakland Ave
Arlington, MA 02476

I am in my second year with a group working and training with Joan Klagsbrun.

Friends of Focusing

0-3Julian Miller
1 Eustis St
Lexington, MA 02421

I have been a writer for 40 years and Focuser for most of that time. I am fascinated by the synergy of these two practices, which evoke one’s inner world in complementary ways.  I am passionate about poetry and memoir writing; I published a book of poetry entitled I Should Praise in 2016. I am also the author of two nonfiction books, Breaking Through and Symptoms. I teach classes integrating Focusing with memoir writing and also Focusing and Tai Chi. I have presented workshops at the Arlington Center, and at international Focusing conferences in Switzerland, Great Britain, and Seattle, Washington. 

nayowith-climate-marchBruce Nayowith, MD

4 Forest Row
Great Barrington, MA 01230

I enjoy collaborating with people in the design and facilitation of exploratory “deep dives” in group settings to:
-Engage social issues and collective healing (Social Alchemy),
-Access expanded dimensions of experiencing through Focusing and other processes.

 Since 1985, I have trained in practices that encourage individual and collective emergence including Focusing, NVC, Integral Theory, Dynamic Facilitation, Open Dialogue, and Systemic Constellations. 

I seek ways to bring together the energy and commitment of activists, the guidance and sensitivity of intuitives, and paradigms and processes from various healing traditions, to help us engage the intense challenges of our times.

I am an emergency physician in Western Mass.