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Contact Info:
Berkeley, CA 94702 USA
Phone: 510-540-5115
Website: Body, Breath & Being
Website: Communicate with Confidence

Bret Lyon, Ph.D.

Focusing Trainer
Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
  • I am available for public presentations.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Reichian Breathwork, Somatic Therapy, Confident Communication
Personal Statement about Training Program:

I have taught classes and given individual sessions in body-mind development for over 25 years now. I give private Focusing sessions, as well as combining Focusing with Reichian Breathwork and Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing. I also give workshops in 'Voice, Breath, Feeling' and 'Confident Communication', as well as training workshops for therapists. My work is always done in a gentle, respectful Inner Relationship Focusing manner, conforming to Ann Cornell's principles of 'the radical acceptance of everything' and 'only going as quickly as your slowest part allows.' I am also influenced by Buddhism, Feldenkrais body awareness, chi gung and Dr. John Sarno's research on the emotional causes of physical pain. I hold a doctorate from the Yale School of Drama as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology. My Reichian mentor, Al Bauman, worked directly with Wilhelm Reich.

A Sample of my Work:
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'During my first breathing session, my mind stopped. I was not thinking, worrying and planning. I felt a sense of peace, calm and joy I had never felt before - a sense of inhabiting my body lightly, without effort. The experience was truly magical. And it continued after the session was over. In fact, my whole way of being in the world changed. I felt more comfortable, more at ease. I worried less, tried less and got a whole lot more accomplished. Something big and heavy, which used to weigh me down, had let go.'

'You can learn to make friends with your emotions letting them flow through you in their own natural rhythm like waves that crest and subside. As you allow, focus on and breathe through emotions rather than trying to stop them, you ultimately get back to the pleasure and joy underneath.'

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