Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy
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Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy

Beyond the Talking Cure

By Greg Madison; Foreword by Eugene Gendlin; Edited by Greg Madison
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This comprehensive introduction to Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy lays out the background and fundamentals of the approach covering theory and practice.

Gendlin, after many articles on Focusing-oriented psychotherapy, finally published the text Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy in 1996, making these ideas more widely available to the world. With contributions from some of the world's most influential contemporary Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapists and a foreword by Gendlin, this book provides a long overdue survey of this growing field. It explores how Focusing has been integrated with other theoretical orientations such as attachment theory, solution focused therapy, relational psychoanalysis, and existential therapy. Contemporary issues in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy are also covered, such as its suitability across cultures, and how it relates to the latest findings in the field of neuroscience.

The book is essential reading for all practicing therapists and counselors, as well as trainee therapists, particularly those who want to explore the potential of experiential dimensions in their therapy and coaching practice.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers also publishes a companion volume, Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: Innovative Theory and Applications, edited by Greg Madison [9781849053716].

If you want to learn about what is occurring in focusing right now read this book! An excellent addition to work on focusing. It provides up to date illuminating descriptions, close to the level of practice of how focusing works in different contexts.

– Professor Leslie S. Greenberg, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto

These two volumes illustrate how the practice of Focusing and the philosophy that underpins it can be integrated into a wide range of therapeutic modalities and applications. Therapists, counsellors, psychologists, and anyone in the caring professions will learn specific methods for increasing the sensitivity to bodily experience during sessions and will also discover new ways to think about their work and about themselves.

– from the Foreword by Eugene Gendlin, Founder, The Focusing Institute, New York and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago, Illinois

Greg Madison, AFBPsS is a registered psychotherapist, chartered counselling psychologist, coach, supervisor and mediator. He lectures worldwide on topics including Focusing, Experiential-Existential Psychotherapy, Embodied Self-Coaching for Business, Conflict Resolution, and contemporary experiences such as Cross-Cultural Relocation and the Meaning of Home. He has served on the faculties of FOT, Psychotherapy, and Counselling Psychology trainings in London, New York, Lisbon, and Edmonton. Greg has written extensively and is currently working on ways to integrate experiential awareness into activist and community groups. He divides his time between his life and work in Brighton and London, UK and his retreat in Andalucia, Spain.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Eugene Gendlin, Focusing Institute, New York; University of Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Greg Madison City University, London, UK, Psychotherapy and Psychology, Senior Lecturer, International. Preface. Greg Madison. Introduction. Greg Madison. Section 1: Understanding the Focusing-Oriented Approach. 1. A Theory of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Akira Ikemi, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. 2. The FOT View of Change: What is Therapeutic about Therapy? Anna Karali and Pavlos Zarogiannis, both at the Hellenic Focusing Center, Athens, Greece. 3. Thinking and Practicing FOT in the 21st Century: Challenges, Critiques, and Opportunities. Kevin Krycka, Seattle University, Washington, USA. Section 2: Integrating with Other Orientations. 4. Focusing with Solutions: How to do Brief Therapy Deeply. Bala Jaison, Focusing for Creative Living, Toronto, Canada. 5. Applying Attachment Theory and Interventions to Focusing Therapy. Larry Letich, Individual and Marital Therapist, Maryland, USA, and Helene Brenner, Focusing-Oriented Psychologist, Maryland, USA. 6. The Relational Heart of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Lynn Preston, The Focusing-Oriented Relational Psychotherapy Study Centre, New York, USA. 7. Exhilarating Pessimism: Focusing-Oriented Existential Therapy. Greg Madison. Section 3: Modes of Clinical Practice: The FOT Way. 8. New Ways of Processing Experience: How to Work with Structure-bound Processes. Christiane Geiser, Ausbildungsinstitut GFK, Zurich, Switzerland, and Judy Moore, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 9. 'I can see you, you can't see me'. Focusing-Oriented Therapy with Children: A Fresh Approach. René Veugelers, Art Therapist, The Netherlands. 10. Principles and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Parent-Infant Consultation and Therapy. Zack Boukydis, Semmelweis Medical School and Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary. 11. Integrating Focusing into Couples Therapy. John Amodeo, Meridian University, California, USA and Annmarie Early, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA. 12. A Focusing Orientation in Group Psychotherapy. Calliope Callias, Adelphi University in New York, The Focusing Institute of NY and The Experiential Psychotherapy Project of NY, USA, and Charlotte Howorth, The Focusing Institute and The Experiential Psychotherapy project, New York, USA. 13. Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy: Working on the Avenues. Laury Rappaport, Lesley University, Massachusetts, USA. Section 4: Topics from the Focusing-Oriented Context. 14. The Myth of the Bodily Felt Sense. Campbell Purton, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 15. Two Things Therapists Should Know about Philosophy. Rob Parker, Private Practice, New York, USA. 16. Neuroscience and Psychological Change in Focusing Therapy. Peter Afford, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, London, UK. 17. Focusing-Oriented Therapy: The Message from Research. Rob Parker. 18. Cross-cultural Focusing-Oriented Therapies: An Approach for a Globalized World. Kevin Krycka, Sergio Lara, Instituto de Formación y Desarrollo Transpersonal Integral (IFDI), Santiago, Chile, and Atsmaout Perlstein, Israeli Focusing Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. Conclusion. Greg Madison.
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