The Wisdom of the Body
As a Focusing Oriented Therapist, I myself have traveled the path of learning to listen to my body and its wisdom. It has a been a heart-warming and loving experience, as I developed greater trust and faith in my physical being, simply by attending to it with warmth and friendly attention.
This psychosomatic approach provides definitive opportunities for growth and development, getting in touch with feelings and sensations that lie dormant under the surface until they are met with curiosity and receptivity.
It is not a matter of reworking the past and experiencing the same feelings; instead, we are looking for the unknown. In this sense, focusing oriented therapy sessions differ from other theoretical approaches as the felt sense focuses less on strictly talking and more on coming into the body. Change can occur through shifts in realizations as they are experienced through physiological tension reduction.
I’m a big fan of Focusing Oriented Therapy because it leads beautifully into Expressive Arts and Art Therapy. We express the felt sense through the arts, looking for the image or words/phrases that come from our natural creative intelligence.
As we work with artistic reflection and mirroring, we come to understand that this innate intelligence has something to say. It speaks of our fears, our secrets, our desires, our needs, our wants. And it seeks its expression through the art form in an integrative way that allows for us to see where the felt sense begins and ends in the session.
The beauty of this is that you are left with a sense of completion as you move from the felt sense to an art(s) product that serves as a take-away that you can use to move forward into solutions, seeing tangible areas of growth and change.
Approaching our problems with a friendly attitude, we can either begin with the art or incorporate Focusing as a preliminary step. Art therapy may symbolize a felt sense and help the felt sense to open up. The art product then serves as a point of review so we can see growth through the resulting felt shifts.
Alternatively, you can begin with focusing and watch as the felt sense grounds images within the body and guides art choices. Ultimately, art therapy and Focusing Oriented Therapy work very well together and form the cornerstone of my work.
I love Focusing Oriented Therapy and would like to share my experiences and knowledge with you. Please contact me at (778)389-9234 for more information.