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Contact Info:
Toronto, ON M4P 1Z4 CANADA
Phone: 416-482-6689
Fax: 416-488-9866

Bala Jaison, Ph.D.

Certifying Coordinator
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: Ph.D. Transpersonal Psychology; OAMFT Certificate Program, Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed By: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
FOT Specialty Areas: Adults, Couples
Other Specialty Areas: Families, Workplace issues.

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 am available to travel to teach workshops.
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Integrating Focusing into the therapy practice with individuals, couples, families. Work with teenagers, college students, teachers and faculty, Workplace issues and projects, Social Change/ Conflict Mediation/ Community Development.
Personal Statement about Training Program:
My life commitment is about helping people be more consciously aware of what they are doing - and why!

My first Focusing training was with Eugene Gendlin in 1983. He spent the whole morning talking about ‘going down into your body’ and ‘being friendly’ with whatever was ‘there’ (even if you hated it!) By the first break I found myself with uncontrollable tears saying to Gene, “I’m so confused. I’ve spent so many years meditating and learning how to ‘transcend’ my problems and now you want me to ‘make friends' with them!!” That was the beginning of a process that altered my life and how I view and live it. Gene was right: “No matter what you do, if you know Focusing it will go better”.

My training programs and workshops are designed to help therapists and professionals, trainers, and participants to not only know Focusing, but to integrate the process in ways that are natural to daily living.

A Sample of my Work:
Clients are used to being listened to by a therapist. The next step is teaching them how to listen to each other, without clinical intervention. Bala Jaison, Ph.D.

My Publications:
How To Do Deep Therapy – Briefly And How To Do Brief Therapy - Deeply. 2007. Focusing For Creative Living, Toronto, Canada (Can be ordered through the Focusing Institute online bookstore.

CD: Focusing On Your Own: This CD is designed to be a ‘partner’ if you’re working on your own. (Can be ordered through the Focusing Institute online bookstore.)

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Beyond The Talking Cure. 2014. Chapter: Focusing With Solutions: How To Do Brief Therapy Deeply. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. United Kingdom. (Can be ordered through the Focusing Institute online bookstore.)

Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Advances in theory, research and practice. 2002. Chapter: Integrating Experiential and Brief Therapy Models: A guide for clinicians. PCCS Books, United Kingdom.

Virginai Satir, Foundational Ideas. 1991. Chapter: Experiential Learning: Reflections on Virginia Satir and Eugene Gendlin. The Hayworth Press, Inc.

THE FOLIO: I feel privileged to have been editing the Folio since 1989.

Some sample articles

TOUCING THE SOUL: A sexual dilemma. 1992, Vol. 11, No. 2 (updated: 2004)

FOCUSING ON PARENTING. 1995. Vol. 14, No. 1

STRATEGIC THERAPY AND FOCUSING: Examining A Relationship. 1992. Vol. 11, No. 4.

NEW APPROACHES (4th International conference) 1992. Vol. 11, No. 3

The Focusing Connection:

November 2003 (Vol. XX, No. 6). “Focusing with ‘Something’ Over Many Sessions: A Serial Focusing Adventure”.
March 1995 (Vol. XII, No. 2). “Meta-Focusing: Grounding the Spirit”.
September 1992 (Vol. IX, No. 5). “Helping with a Too Distant Process”.
November 1991 (Vol. VIII, No. 6). “Finding the Right Relationship to Clearing a Space”.
July 1990 (Vol. VII, No. 4). “Getting in the Last Laugh-At the Critic”.
November 1989 (Vol. VI, No. 6) “A Focusing Experience with a Client”.
November 1988 (Vol. V, No. 6). “Some Further Thoughts on Rushing in to Fix It”.
September 1987 (Vol. IV, No. 5). “Being Kind to the Place in You that Wants to Rush in and Fix It”.

The Seven Rays: Relevance and Application in Therapy. 1987. The Journal of Esoteric Psychology. Volume 3. Number 1.
Focusing and the Eastern Teachings. 1987. The Journal of Esoteric Psychology. Volume 3. Number 2.

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