Focusing New England

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

Sunday March 4th: Unleash Your Creative Spirit With Focusing

With Judi Stein and Sophie Glikson

 As human beings, we all have the unique capacity to be creative in whatever form we choose. When accessing our creative potential, we reawaken a sense of playfulness and purpose, which frequently brings more vitality to our life. And sometimes the immense joy and sense of satisfaction that is experienced when creating are among the precious gems of life. At times, however, many of us find it difficult to tap into our innate creative abilities because of our fears, our inner critics, or our lack of confidence.

In this workshop, participants will be guided through Focusing and a series of creative experiences to find a pathway into their inner creativity. Focusing is a mindfulness practice that helps to reveal our internal experience of the events in our lives. By using a Focusing approach, we can tap into our inner resources and get a sense of what we are experiencing and how we might want to express it.

No experience or artistic abilities are necessary.

Judith Stein, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, who has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches and has been teaching and practicing mindfulness in the Boston area for many years. As a therapist, she relies on her mindfulness practice and focusing orientation as a foundation for her work with others.

Sophie Glikson is a certified Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the sate of Massachusetts. She offers coaching, psychotherapy and supervision in person in her Creative Pathways practice studio located in Medford, MA., or through online communication if applicable. To address clients’ aspirations, goals, strengths and concerns, she applies the wisdom of the heart, the principles of Mindfulness and Focusing, and the power of imagination.

Sunday March 4, 2018   2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at 2:00-4:30

Sunday March 18, 2018: Focusing on Mary Oliver’s Poems to Change Your Life

With Sharon Heermance

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple, they say,” and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.   From When I am Among the Trees.

Mary Oliver’s poetry offers an eloquent bridge between our internal, human experience and the external natural world. With an accessible style, Oliver invites accepting attention and listening deeply, the essence of a focusing presence. Through time together with Mary Oliver’s poems, we will practice Focusing’s distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into poems to deepen resonance with our meaningful experiences. Since poetry is more powerful when heard, we will share aloud selected poems of this Pulitzer Prize poet with intention to listen and respond with our body-self. Through turning toward the heart of a poem, we will offer recognition of our felt sense as a compass for our own unfolding life path. No prior reading of poetry is necessary — the instructor will provide the poems; we will provide each other with an afternoon of focusing and rich sharing.

Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England.

Sunday March 18, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at

Sunday April 15, 2018: How to be Mindful with Children and Grandchildren: Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles

With Kelley Bothe and Julie Ramsey

In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives.

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Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA.  She works with adolescents and their families and adults in individual and couples therapy.

Kelley Bothe, LICSW,  is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers.

Sunday April 15, 2018 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at

Sunday April 29, 2018: Pathways to Joy: Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life

With Joan Klagsbrun

Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients’ capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health.

In the workshop, we will use Focusing to review several forms of positivity, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love and to personally explore a few different pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Then we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will end by exploring how to have more of these transformative moments.

This will be a new workshop covering different material than the previous one.


Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive psychology.

Sunday April 28, 2018 2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Time: Writing from Experience: 
Using Focusing to Illuminate Stories from Your Life

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Time –An Online Workshop facilitated by Julian Miller and David Smith

Writing and Focusing are both creative processes –– which can move us toward greater awareness, self-appreciation, compassion, and gratitude. In this workshop, we will discover some evocative ways to nourish and animate our writing through Focusing. In the first part of the workshop, David Smith will lead us through some ways to play with the felt sense, and transform the felt sense into a piece of writing that feels alive and evocative. In the second part of the workshop, we will work from the perspective of seeing ourselves as a collection of stories. Julian Miller will help us transform one of our stories into a felt sense of lived experience, and produce a second short piece of written material. In sharing these stories we will no doubt move, delight, connect to, and inspire each other. As an interactive, experiential workshop, this online class will not be recorded.  There will be pair work between participants and a limit of 20 registrants.



David Smith is a Certified Focusing Professional with a special interest in the close relationship between Focusing and the arts. David is a published playwright, has written for New York children’s television, and has won awards for his work for both stage and video.

Julian Miller has been a writer for 40 years and Focuser for 20 years. He celebrates the synergy of these two practices. His current passion is poetry and memoir writing. He is the author of three books, Breaking Through, Symptoms, and a book of poetry, I Should Praise. 

Registration$60 for paid-up Institute members.$85 for non-members. For more information or to register either go online-Full info at this link or contact Elizabeth at or (845) 480-5111

Sunday November 19, 2017: Accessing Ancestral Wisdom in Difficult Times with Focusing

With Beilah Ross

During difficult times when we may feel helpless, anxious, alone, or afraid, we tend to seek out the support of those who have more emotional distance from our situation. Having passed into the realm of the spiritual, our ancestors or benefactors possess equanimity, egolessness, and affective distance that may be difficult for us to access on our own, especially when flooded with difficult thoughts and emotions. They can offer a wider perspective that comes from having watched human history evolve and devolve over time as well as the wisdom they’ve gotten from their own lived experience.  Focusing can facilitate embodied connection with our ancestors or benefactors, helping us to feel unconditionally loved, cared for, comforted, and guided by them. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn and practice Focusing questions and techniques with people from their family lineage or their “chosen family” so that these beings can become a refuge they go to for strength, inspiration, wisdom and solace in times of adversity.

Beilah Ross, LICSW is in private practice, works with adults, couples and children. In addition to talk therapy, she uses mindfulness, relaxation, EMDR and Focusing to help people connect with their inner wisdom. She also teaches Focusing to individuals and groups.

Sunday November 19, 2017  2:00-4:30 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at

Sunday October 22, 2017: Writing the River: Introduction to Experiential Journaling

With David Smith

Experiential Journaling is a method of self-Focusing in which the page serves as witness.  Forwarding unfolds as the river of experience flows to the page with a clarity that workshop participants have found both profound and delightful.  After introducing the process of Experiential Journaling, this workshop will give participants ample opportunity to practice the process and for sharing.  As time permits, we will also experiment using this process as a springboard to creative writing.

David Smith is a Certified Focusing Professional and a certified coach with the Creativity Coaching Association.  Through his coaching practice at, he combines these backgrounds to support creatives of all kinds from professional to kitchen-table beginner.  David is a published playwright, has written for New York children’s television, and has won awards for his work for both stage and commercial video.

October 22, 2017 2:00-4:00 at the Arlington Center, 369 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA
Cost is $25 at the door or you may preregister at