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Contact Info:
Berkeley, CA 94710 USA
Phone: 510-225-0690
Fax: 510-225-0990
Website: Focusing Resources

Ann Weiser Cornell

Certifying Coordinator
Focusing Trainer
Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
  • I offer Focusing workshops.
  • I am available for public presentations.
  • I am a TFI Certifying Coordinator. I offer training to become a TFI Certified Focusing Professional.
  • I offer Focusing Workshops by phone.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Releasing
Personal Statement about Training Program:
I learned Focusing in 1972 from Eugene Gendlin, and have been teaching Focusing since 1980. I've dedicated my life to finding ways of teaching this empowering skill that are accessible to anyone who wants to learn. I'm a full-time Focusing teacher, and I've had the pleasure of working with groups all over the world. I'm excited about my new program of teaching telephone classes, as well as my weekend workshop series in California and the Treasure Maps to the Soul retreats that I offer with Barbara McGavin.

A Sample of my Work:
Focusing is a radical departure from the usual ways we operate in our culture. When you learn Focusing, you learn to BE WITH your own sensations and feelings, and you discover that they have communications for you. You learn to turn toward what you are feeling with interested curiosity, rather than being caught up in feelings and acting out of them. You find out how to include and accept all sorts of inner experiences, with no need to take sides in an inner war that labels some part of you as 'bad'.
--From The Focusing Student's and Companion's Manual by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin

My Publications:
Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change (2013), W. W. Norton, New York
The Radical Acceptance of Everything (2005), Calluna Press, Berkeley CA
The Power of Focusing. 1996. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA.
The Focusing Student's and Companion's Manual, Parts One and Two (with Barbara McGavin). 2002. Calluna Press, Berkeley CA
'The Power of Listening,' videotape, Nada Lou Productions

Selected Articles:
'The Radical Acceptance of Everything'
'Three Key Aspects of Focusing'
'Releasing Blocks to Action with Focusing'
'Safe Focusing with (Almost) Any Partner'
'The Perils of Focusing Partnership'
'Focusing with a Family Member with Lung Cancer'
'Questioning Questions'
'The Difference Between Focusing and Therapy'
'Relationship = Distance + Connection'
'Focusing on Childhood'
'Five Reasons Why Focusing Is Not Better Known (Yet)'

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