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The International Focusing Institute (TFI) and Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Contact: Joan Klagsbrun
Contact: Laury Rappaport or

If you are interested in applying Focusing in your professional area you can design and pursue your project through a collaboration between The Focusing Institute (TFI) and Lesley University. The Focusing training you receive from TFI will count as part of your work at Lesley towards an MA degree through their Independent Study Program. Some of the Tuition paid to Lesley will be made available to pay for part of your TFI Training. Your project might involve a thorough review of the literature, a placement of your project in an intellectual context in a thesis OR a pilot study. You would receive support from your Lesley core faculty and two team members, one of whom would be your primary Focusing Certifying Coordinator or Focusing Trainer. Your plan would be a creative work on your part, as there is not a standard curriculum. You have the freedom to design your own project in the world. Former students have done things like write a book, or introduce a process to elementary schools. One recent independent master’s thesis was entitled The Dialogue of Touch: The Amalgamation of Metaphor, Massage and Focusing.

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA
29 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

The site address is

Additionally, Lesley University offers three graduate courses in Focusing through the Counseling Psychology and the Expressive Therapies Masters programs.

Expressive Therapies Division:

Course: GEXTH 5021 Focusing and Expressive Therapies 3 credits (graduate level)
Contact: Expressive Therapies
Department: Phone: 617-349-8431
Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC: 650-508-3674
(offered July 26-30, 2010)

Joan Klagsbrun also teachs at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, where she has been teaching since 1976. Joan has taught three courses explicitly on Focusing (below) but whatever course she teaches - such as one on the Psychology of Illness and Wellness, Joan always teach a module on Focusing.  Joan has taught three courses explicitly on Focusing:


This course teaches the theory, research, and practice of Focusing and Mindfulness, and demonstrates the application of these methods to both the practice of psychotherapy and to the self-care of therapists. Focusing attends to inner experience such that meanings can be discovered and carried forward. Mindfulness is the central ingredient in a number of empirically validated psychotherapy treatments and has proven to be a powerful technique to augment virtually any form of counseling.


Focusing is a gentle, inward method of helping clients connect more deeply to themselves. Listening is an empathetic method of letting clients know they are being understood. Thirty years of research demonstrate that these two skills can increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy. This course will teach the theory, research, and practice of Focusing and Listening, and will demonstrate how to apply these skills.


This is an intervention skills course in which the theory and use of experiential focusing, actve listening, interpretation, and imagery will be discussed and practiced. The thrust of this course will be on learning these skills, understanding their roots in experiential and client-centered therapy, and integrating them into your own evolving counseling style.

Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA, USA 

Contact:  Laury Rappaport or

Art Therapy Psychology Department
1500 Ralston Ave.
Belmont, CA 94002 USA

Course: Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (offered for 1 academic unit, graduate level; or Continuing Education)
Contact: Art Therapy Psychology
Department: Phone: (650) 508-3556
Email: arttherapy@ndnu.ed

Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC: 650-508-3674

(offered 1 weekend in the Fall 2010)

DeSales University Campus of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Contact:  James Strohl

For twelve years James Strohl has served as an adjunct professor of Graduate Studies in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at the DeSales University Campus of Chestnut Hill College.  Jim teaches two classes each semester: Advanced Counseling Techniques and Supervised Practicum/Internship. The Advanced Counseling Techniques class is taught primarily from an experiential perspective with a significant portion of the semester devoted to the theory and practice of Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy.

Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
DeSales University Campus, Center Valley, PA (610-282-1161)

The School of Graduate Studies Clinical and Counseling Psychology program is also offered on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA (just south of Allentown). Students in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology program may take courses on either campus.

Clinical and Counseling Psychology Masters Program at DeSales University
Chestnut Hill College's graduate program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology has earned a strong reputation in the field for training competent and well-prepared counselors and psychotherapists. Designed for working professionals, the program offers the advantages of a flexible schedule. Classes are offered primarily in the evenings and students can move through the program at a full-time or part-time pace.

Chestnut Hill College's Psychology Department offers both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Students may choose a generalist curriculum or may opt to specialize in one of five areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Addictions Treatment
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Trauma Studies
  • Forensic Treatment

Dr. James Strohl
Phone: 610-861-7580

Seattle University Masters of Arts in Psychology, Seattle, WA, USA

Contact: Kevin Krycka

Seattle University ( offers a Masters of Psychology degree in Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology. Deeply concerned with exploring and understanding the lived-experience of both therapist and client as it is manifest in the psychotherapeutic relationship, the program trains learners to appreciate their own experiencing and that of the clients and how they intertwine. Our graduate students come from a variety of countrys, backgrounds and professions.

Seattle University currently offers one graduate course specific to Focusing-Oriented Therapy,  “Experiential Theory & Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.”

They also offer “Focusing Oriented Supervision” as part of their year long practicum placement in the second year of the program. Learning Listening Through Focusing Partnerships are available to all graduate students during their education.

The webpage for the Masters of Arts in Psychology is

Jansen Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia

Contact: Jane Quayle

The Jansen Newman Institute offers a short course in "Focusing: Enhancing the Body mind Connection in Therapy." This course is offered as an elective for both the Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change and the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The site address is

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Contact: Mia Leijssen

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest European universities.

In the Psychology Department we have since 1969 an intensive psychotherapy training program in Client centered/experiential psychotherapy.

Mia Leijssen is a full time professor at this Psychology Department and teachs at master level a training course in experiential psychotherapy for huge groups of students (around 300 each year).  We have a special postgraduate training program in Client centered/experiential psychotherapy of 4 years for a selected group of students.

Postgraduaat in de cliëntgerichte/experiëntiële psychotherapie

Dit postgraduaat biedt een grondige praktische en theoretische vorming in de cliëntgericht-experiëntiële psychotherapie. Het heeft als doel deskundigen te vormen om psychische moeilijkheden, conflicten of stoornissen en de daarmee samenhangende klachten te verminderen of op te heffen, en dit in verschillende eenheden (individu, partnerrelatie, gezin, groep, ...).

  • Toelatingsvoorwaarden: master in de psychologie (afstudeerrichting klinische), master in de pedagogische wetenschappen (afstudeerrichting orthopedagogiek), master in de seksuologie, master in de muziektherapie, master in de geneeskunde specialisatie in de psychiatrie. De gelijkwaardigheid van eventuele andere basisopleidingen wordt individueel beoordeeld. Zo nodig wordt een inhaalbeweging voorgesteld.
  • Duur/Periode: 4 studiejaren (deeltijds, 75 studiepunten)
  • Inschrijvingsgeld: €1500 per opleidingsjaar

Meer informatie over dit postgraduaat vind je terug op de website van het Centrum voor Cliëntgericht-Experiëntiële Psychotherapie en Counseling. U kan hier ook de folder downloaden.

Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

Contact: Soti Grafanaki Ph.D
Soti Grafanaki, Ph.D is a full time faculty at Saint Paul University, Ottawa Canada.

Saint Paul University is a small Catholic University.  Soti is part of the postgraduate programme (MA & PhD) in Counselling and Spirituality (FACULTY OF HUMAN SCIENCES)

The programme offers counselling training in Individual and Couple Counselling. It also offers MA training in Spiritual Care.

Introduction to focusing and Level 1 Focusing training is integrated in the Practicum of Individual Counselling (Year 1).  Soti teaches this component.

Soti Grafanaki, Ph.D
Faculty of Human Sciences
Saint Paul University
Ottawa, Canada

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