Focusing is a contemplative practice that facilitates a state of integration between mind, emotion and body awareness. This embodied state gives fresh direction in dealing with life problems and wounded places. It can be taught in six steps and is practiced in partnerships. Focusing Oriented Therapy is a form of experiential psychotherapy that can stand alone or can be integrated into other forms of therapy. This integration enhances other modalities by grounding theory and embodied practice.
Focusing on Borden is located in downtown Toronto and came into being in the winter of 2012. Jan Winhall felt an increasing need to return to teaching Focusing. She had always loved Gendlin’s vision of caring community. If we could teach people how to be truly effective listeners then we could be present for each other in beautiful ways. Therapy would only be necessary when people became stuck or overwhelmed and needed professional guidance.
Since that time we have created a community of Focusers who get together to celebrate and socialize, share in a Changes Group, and run retreats. We are a centre for teaching Focusing Professionals and Focusing Oriented Therapists, and provide practicum experiences for Masters level psychotherapy students.
Focusing on Borden is committed to developing an Outreach Program that brings Focusing into spaces of need, free of charge. We are at the early stages of shaping this avenue of growth. We are part of an umbrella organization called The International Focusing Institute that is located in New York City (www.focusing.org)
We have also developed the Borden Street Clinic where Jan and her husband Tony Cohn (psychiatrist, Focusing Trainer) co-direct an assessment and psychotherapy practice. FOT trainees are part of the clinic in making referrals and providing treatment.
Jan Winhall, Founder and Director
Jenna Chevalier, Focusing Professional/Focusing Oriented Therapist in training
Tony Cohn, Focusing Professional
Ann Dowsett-Johnson, Focusing Oriented Therapist in training
Annette Dubreuil, Focusing Professional
Glen Evanowich, Focusing Professional
Annie Fenn, Focusing Professional in training
Jeffrey Halliday, Focusing Professional
Jon Herberman, Focusing Professional
Nicole Mitchell, Focusing Oriented Therapist in training
Lorri Pacheco, Focusing Oriented Therapist in training
Mondy Stevenson, Focusing Professional
Jessica Zormann, Focusing Oriented Therapist