Focusing Level 4: The Inner Critic - Paula Newman

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Focusing Level 4: The Inner Critic Workshop with Paula Newman

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Level four is the fourth of five Focusing levels which form the British Focusing Association Certificate in Focusing Skills.

You will need to complete level’s one, two and three before joining the level four training


Part 1 October 13, 2021

Part 2 October 20, 2021

Part 3 October 27, 2021

Part 4 November 03, 2021

Focusing is a gentle way of paying ourselves attention and deepening self-awareness. It trusts that our body knows and can tell us what we need for physical and emotional health.

During Level four, there will be group discussions, experiential work in pairs and Wholebody Focusing exercises.

Focusing partnerships are encouraged and there will be opportunities to discuss your experiences of Focusing and Companioning.


Please keep everything of a personal nature confidential. This applies to all group discussions and to all Focusing and Companioning partnerships.

Workshop Structure

There will be a combination of theory, group discussion, exercises and Focusing practice. The course is divided into four parts, each with a particular theme as follows:

PART 1 – The Inner critic Our topic refers to an inner ‘voice’ that you might have noticed. perhaps it criticizes your actions, maybe it tells you that you are not capable enough to try something new. Participants will have opportunities to explore their own experiences of the inner critic. We will consider what lies beneath its judgmental attitude and how we can work with the inner critic in a compassionate manner.

PART 2 – Focusing Challenges We will consider some of the difficulties that can occur during a Focusing session. I will mention some common challenges which participants may recognise. There will also be space to discuss any areas that you feel uncertain about as Focuser and Companion.

PART 3 – Focusing and Symbols During a Focusing session symbols may emerge from the felt sense. We will look at their value at each stage and how to work with symbols effectively. Visual images or pictures sometimes symbolise an experience. We will consider the Companion’s role whilst accompanying a focuser who is in touch with an image. Dreams are also symbols. In preparation for our topic in part four I will give you some tips for remembering dreams.

PART 4 – Focusing with dreams During part four, participants we will see how we can deepen understandings of our dreams by working with the felt sense. You are invited to bring a dream of your own to explore in an exercise.

Workshop Outcomes

- Understanding the inner critic and its intentions

- Exploring personal experiences and reactions towards the inner critic

- Turning towards the inner critic, being in relationship with it and using Focusing language to enable change

- Increased confidence as Focuser and Companion

- Greater understandings of difficulties that can occur during a Focusing session

- Learning about how to work with certain difficulties that can occur during a Focusing session

- Understanding the value of symbols at different stages of a Focusing session

- Companioning the focuser whilst they are in touch with an image

- Experience working with a dream in a Focusing way

All the colleagues at ONLINEVENTS and the presenters we collaborate with are committed to working in a manner consistent with the BACP Ethical Framework, which can be accessed on the link below. When registering for this event you are agreeing to be present and interact in a manner that is consistent with this Framework.


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Paula Newman

I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor of Individuals and Groups with over nineteen years of therapeutic experience. I counsel individuals, couples and families and supervise experienced and trainee practitioners. I have been Focusing for several years and am registered with the British Focusing Association as a Focusing trainer. In addition to teaching the certificate course I offer guided Focusing sessions.

I first became interested in counselling many years ago when it was briefly mentioned during a conversation. Nowadays counselling is a very important part of my professional life, however at the time I was barely aware of it.

There was no logical reason and yet I somehow knew that counselling was the right path for me. I was not even looking for a new direction as this happened during a particularly busy time in my life. Nonetheless the feeling was strong enough that

instead of being my usual cautious self I enrolled on a counselling training course.

Later I became involved with Focusing and discovered that my inner feeling of rightness was the ‘felt-sense’. I have learnt to respect it, and it has always served me well.​

I continue to feel excited and passionate about counselling, supervising and Focusing. I like to think that the enthusiasm that I experience brings life and energy to my teaching.

Paula Newman

TWITTER | @paulanewman930

FACEBOOK | Paula Newman Counselling Services

Website | paulanewmancounsellingservices.co.uk

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