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Contact Info:
Watertown, MA 02472 USA
Phone: 617-924-8515
Fax: 781-862-0355
Website: Focusing New England

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D.

Certifying Coordinator
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: PhD in Counseling
Licensed By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
FOT Specialty Areas: Adults, Pain management, Couples
Other Specialty Areas: Working with illness, working with spiritual 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.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Spirituality/Meditation, College students and/or their teachers, Creative process, Parenting, Medical Applications, Work Projects
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: healthcare
Personal Statement about Training Program:
Focusing has helped me to find and express what is most meaningful and most alive within myself. As a result, I am passionate about teaching this life-giving practice to others. I learned Focusing from Eugene Gendlin in 1976, and since then, I have had the pleasure of teaching Focusing to over a thousand people: the general public; psychology and theology graduate students; and healthcare and mental health professionals. As a practicing psychologist, I have also integrated Focusing into my work with individuals and couples. Since 1998, I have been facilitating training groups for psychotherapists and pastoral counselors, which are competency based, and which can lead to certification as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist or Counselor.

A Sample of my Work:
Featured practitioner on Healthjourneys Guided Imagery Resource Center

Effect of 'Clearing a Space' on Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer
By Joan Klagsbrun, Susan L. Lennox, and Lauren Summers

The study was published in the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy Journal in November 2010 vol 9 no 2. and it was awarded the Alice Ladas outstanding research award in Body Psychotherapy for 2010.

To view my article 'Listening and Focusing: Holistic Health Care Tools for Nurses', see

My Publications:
River of Knowing: A Journey with Focusing- chapter in collection (in press).

Clearing a Space: An Evidenced Based Approach for Enhancing Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer with co-author Susan Lennox The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy ( vol 23 no 1 2012)

Effect of 'Clearing a Space' on Quality of Life in Women with Breast Cancer
Joan Klagsbrun et al USABP Journal( vol 9,no2, 2010)

When Clients Face Serious Illness: A Focusing-Oriented Approach to Alleviating Suffering--From the Proceedings for the USA Body Psychotherapy Conference: October 2010

Clearing a Space: A Centering Method for Enhancing Receptivity and Presence in a Classroom, Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice (Issue 12, Summer 2007)

Transforming Fear: What We can Learn From Some People With Cancer, The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy (Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007)

Klagsbrun et al, 'Focusing and Expressive Arts in Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer', Creativity and Mental Health, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2005

Listening And Focusing: Holistic Health Care Tools For Nurses, Nursing Clinics of North America (Vol. 36, No. 1, March 2001)

Medicine of the Mind, edited by Ian Gawler, two chapters: Focusing A Mind/Body Tool for Insight and Stress Reduction and Social Connection and Health The Untapped Dimension in Health Care. (1999)

Focusing, Illness, and Health Care, The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy (Vol. 18, No. 1, 1999)

Focusing, The Encyclopedia of Mind Body Disciplines. 1998, Rosen Publishing Company, New York City, NY.

Getting the Picture: The Use of Imagery to Clarify Therapeutic Impasses, Psychotherapy Vol. 21, 1984.

Booklet: How to Teach a Workshop in Focusing: A two-hour script that can be amended for workshops, classes, or presentations of any length. Available from the Focusing Institute online book store

FOT Focusing-Oriented Therapists Speak 2009
Video produced by Nada Lou

The Power of Focusing- 2005
Nada Lou Productions

A Focusing Approach to Life-Changing Illness 2002 A videotape produced by Nada Lou. You can order from Nada Lou Productions

Focusing - Listening to the Deeper Self CD which you can order through the Focusing Institute online book store or from

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