June 10, 2017
1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT
Instructor: Marsha Smith
Reactions to stress often happen without pausing to let a “bodily felt” sense of the situation form. The discovery of this bodily awareness, named a “felt sense” by Psychologist Eugene Gendlin, is at the foundation of a whole body-mind therapy revolution. The Focusing process offers a mindful way to experience a felt sense before ‘reacting’ with the limited set of usual options. Focusing is unique because it is more body-oriented. It is about tuning into the felt sense of a situation so feelings are clearer and can help guide future action.
In this workshop you’ll learn how to be present to finding a felt sense of what you really feel and want; a way of trusting your experiencing; and to be alert and calm in the midst of stress, frustration and more. A past workshop participant stated, “I learned to check in with my body and the sensations it is experiencing, which led me to new options when I was stuck or at an impasse within myself.”
About the Instructor
Marsha Smith, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and trainer who works with adults, couples and adolescents. She combines mindful, empathic and practical approaches to help with a variety of psychological and social challenges. She helps people move past blocks, get unstuck, feel more balanced, feel less angry, anxious or depressed, and have more ease in decision making and enjoyment in relationships. With an empathic, therapeutic relationship and focus on inner experience, she supports people tapping into more of their resources of feeling and thinking to bring new insights and steps for solving problems. She teaches mindfulness and body-mind therapies such as Focusing in workshops and to individuals and also supervises and trains health care professionals. Visit www.marshasmithcounseling for more information on her work.