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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393707601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393707601
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Since Eugene Gendlin’s landmark book Focusing, first published in 1978, there has been too little in the way of clinical application of his seminal work. In her thorough, illuminating book, Ann Weiser Cornell fills this need. She clearly outlines the essence of change, explaining how it emerges from the client’s relationship with his or her living–sensing body. She demonstrates, step by step, just how these innate transformative moments occur and how we can guide our clients in that direction. It is ‘magic’ made simple, pure and simple.” (Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness; recipient of the USABP Lifetime Achievement Award)

“When caught in emotional suffering, our core question is, ‘What will help?’ In her wise and compelling new book, Ann Weiser Cornell highlights the centrality of attention to the felt sense, showing through clear case studies how this attentiveness encourages the natural unfolding of a client’s wholeness of being. Applicable and enriching for a wide range of therapeutic modalities, this book offers a precious set of insights and tools for healing professionals.” (Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge)

“Ann Weiser Cornell and I have been working closely together for thirty years, and she knows as much about Focusing as I do. Ann has a knack for making the complex understandable and the theory of Focusing accessible to all readers. This book will be helpful to anyone who wants to know my philosophical work and better understand how to bring Focusing into clinical practice. I recommend it very strongly.” (Eugene Gendlin, PhD, founder of the Clinical Division Journal Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice; author of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy)

About the Author

Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, the founder of Focusing Resources, has been teaching focusing for more than thirty years. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Ann Weiser Cornell was getting her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago when she met and studied with Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing, in 1972. Learning Focusing with him has led to a lifelong process of discovery and personal development.

In 1980, Eugene Gendlin invited Ann to assist with his Focusing workshops. This started her on a path to become a Focusing teacher, and in 1990, Ann became the first person to support herself full-time as a Focusing teacher.

Today, Ann is internationally recognized as one of the leading innovators and theoreticians of Focusing. She has taught Focusing in eighteen countries, and her Focusing books and manuals have been translated into seven other languages.

She's well-known in the Focusing world for her attention to the language that facilitates Focusing, her popular manuals, and her co-creation with Barbara McGavin of Treasure Maps to the Soul, a body of work applying Focusing to difficult areas such as addiction, depression, action blocks, self-criticism, and unfulfilled desire.

Ann currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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Highly highly recommend this book and approach!
Jimmymac
Especially helpful are the various representative case examples used to illustrate the effective use of empathic language and attitude grounded in Self-in-Presence.
redwoodjohn
I am delighted to be reading Ann Weiser Cornell's new book introducing the value of Focusing practice to therapists!
R. Zubizarreta

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Zubizarreta on July 28, 2013
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I am delighted to be reading Ann Weiser Cornell's new book introducing the value of Focusing practice to therapists!
Being in touch with the living edge of our own present-moment experience can be a fertile source of fresh meaning and whole-body insights,
opening into authentic growth and transformation.

A bit of self-disclosure here: I am not unbiased, as I have been a Focusing practitioner since 1998.
Still, the research base for this contemporary, body-based awareness practice, originally developed by Eugene Gendlin in the 60's,
has been growing slowly but steadily for the last 50 years, along with a world-wide network of practitioners,
so there are many of us who find this work enormously helpful.

Any therapist who wants to help clients connect more deeply with their own selves will find something of value here.
In particular, clinicians who are already drawn to mindfulness practices will find great value in this Western approach that blends both mind and heart.
Clinicians who are already practicing "inner relationship modalities" such as Voice Dialogue and Internal Family Systems therapy,
will find that an awareness of the Focusing process supports and deepens their work with clients.
Similarly for those already working with somatic approaches...

Of course, we can most effectively share this with others, when we ourselves are engaging in this deeply renewing and life-enhancing practice.
In addition to enhancing the work we are already doing with clients, Focusing (and Focusing-based peer supervision groups,
and/or Focusing partnerships) can be a vital part of self-care as mental health practitioners.

And so I am celebrating this extremely well-written, thorough, and clear book, designed to introduce clinicians to the world of Focusing...
kudos to Ann Weiser Cornell, and a warm welcome to all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre C. Patrick on August 22, 2013
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Ann Weiser Cornell has achieved that rare synthesis of the mechanics of Focusing in psychotherapy and the inherent philosophy of the implicit which underlies the practice and is the life work of Gene Gendlin, her mentor. Her great strenth as a linguist gives her a sensitivity to words and their implications. After all as a psychologist my material is words, not medications. Ann's deep experience and clarity in the use of words as simple as "hello" and "something" change the experience of the client.
She points out the difference between saying, "I am angry." and "Something in me is angry." In the first we are our anger. In the second we are aware of our anger but not overwhelmed by it. This awareness is key to Ann's work. She terms it the "self-in-presence," positing an aware self, observing the many levels of feelings and inneractions between them, but not being the feelings themselves. When I first heard her use this phrase I was in one of her workshops at the Focusing Institute Summer School in Garrison, New York, about five years ago. I heard it initially as the "selfing presence," and I still like that "selfing," as it points to the active nature of this awareness of feeling. Most importantly, Ann provides a model for a healthy, present self which can allow awareness of whatever is experienced and in this way open a direction for growth in the individual, often blocked by the attempt to avoid suffering.
This is only one of literally hundreds of skillful and carefuly crafted rewordings, opening the possibility of the next step. It is also a great read, Ann writes lucidly and specifically while maintaining the underpinings of Gene's philosophy with firm grounding, thus making this a rare book--deeply intelligent and very much of this world.
Ricki Morse, Santa Barbara
Deirdre P. Morse, Ph.D.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By redwoodjohn on December 7, 2013
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This well composed book is a great explanation of the Focusing approach, from its background history and philosophical underpinnings to its eloquent application by Ann Weiser Cornell and associates. Especially helpful are the various representative case examples used to illustrate the effective use of empathic language and attitude grounded in Self-in-Presence. Having worked with groups of men in the role of peer counselor for over 15 years, I have found that Cornell's Focusing approach is the most helpful in helping men liberate themselves from childhood trauma, past conditioning, and dysfunctional patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Tadmor on November 17, 2013
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Wonderful book!
As a Focusing teacher, and after learning with you Ann so much, and many other wonderful Focusing teachers - I didn't know what to expect from this book. Will it be new to me? And I was even more suspicious since it was written for people who don't know Focusing. But anything you wrote taught me so much. So of course I pre-ordered it.

What a pleasant surprise!
From the very begining of the preface, I was fascinated with your clear description of the origin of Focusing, then the comparison to other methods - very eye opening! Then you continue to clear and informative descriptions of how to use Focusing with clients, when, why... It is true that I know a lot of it - but some tips and empasys here and there are PRICELESS! and I do think that people that learned less with you Ann will have many many surprises here.

Bottom line - if you work with people (therapists, coaches) and don't know Focusing - amazing introduction and learning of this powerful tool, which has changed my whole career as a coach and escalated my ability to work with clients..
And if you do know Focusing - this book is pure enjoyment and some more learning.

Thank you!
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