Our guest teachers come from a variety of Focusing traditions and often teach during workshops, events, and groups. To learn more about them, you may contact them directly or stay in touch with their work via the websites provided. Workshops taught by these teachers can be found on our events page.
Bala Jaison, Ph.D. is a Registered Psychotherapist for individuals, couples, and families, Director of Focusing for Creative Living in Toronto, and a Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute. She has developed a unique therapy style integrating Focusing Oriented and Solution Oriented Therapy, which she currently teaches to therapists both here and abroad, and has written a book on this topic: Integrating Experiential and Brief Therapy: How To Do Deep Therapy – Briefly and How To Do Brief Therapy – Deeply. In addition to her private practice, and workshops, Dr. Jaison works in the Business Community and the School System, translating her work into programs on Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, and The Peacemaker’s Program for children. She has been editing the Folio, the academic journal for The International Focusing Institute since 1989.
In the early 1980’s Mary Armstrong, yoga teacher and social worker, discovered Dr. Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Gendlin taught that in therapy nothing changes unless change happens in the body. This was what Mary had been looking for: an approach that was psychologically sound in western terms but recognized the importance of the body.
She founded and directed The Centre For Focusing until 2000, and practiced as a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist until her retirement in 2012. Mary is well known for her work as a trauma therapist. She is the author of Confessions of a Trauma Therapist. She now resides in Kingston, Ontario. Mary is a frequent blogger, and is working on her next memoir.
Suzanne studied Wholebody Focusing (WBF) with Karen Whalen, PhD, earning her Focusing Trainer certification from the Focusing Institute (now the International Focusing Institute) in late 2008. She has had a personal focusing practice since July 2006 and has done extensive focusing both on her own and also with long-term focusing partners. She is a registered massage therapist (RMT), and encourages a focusing-type awareness of body during client sessions, within her scope of practice as an RMT. She has found that the body cues she uses to enhance clients' body awareness enables them to drop into a relaxed state much more quickly, and that when they use their awareness to meet her hands-on work, tissues seem to soften more readily. She is passionate about focusing and bringing this internal resource to the world so that people can journey home to themselves. She offers individual instruction and group workshops in both focusing and WBF, and will soon be offering workshops teaching The Pause (www.pausemovement.org).