TFW Podcast 020: Catherine Torpey – Executive Director, The Focusing Institute
In this episode our focusing oriented conversation we get caught up with the happenings at The Focusing Institute.
Catherine Torpey is the Executive Director of The International Focusing Institute, with headquarters in Nyack, New York.
She came to the Institute two years ago, when it began its transition from having been led by its founder, Eugene Gendlin and his wife, Mary Hendricks.
The Institute is an international, cross-cultural organization dedicated to supporting individuals and groups world-wide who are teaching and developing Felt Sense Focusing and its underlying philosophy.
Catherine has been a practitioner of Focusing for twenty years, and is also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
About the Focusing Institute – Resources
The Focusing Institute offers many resources, including well-developed instructions for accessing this bodily knowing. Please explore our site, where you’ll find workshops, first steps for newcomers, a library and more. You are also welcome to contact us with questions.
Focusing is supported by a long series of operational research studies conducted first by Gene Gendlin and colleagues at the University of Chicago and now internationally. You may be able to learn Focusing by reading the Focusing book, or working with one of more than 1000 certified Focusing trainers from 40 countries who are available on Skype or telephone for one or several hours of Focusing training. From our list you can also find a Focusing-oriented therapistwho lives near you and speaks your language. You can also participate in one of our discussion lists, find a Focusing partner, and more. The Focusing Institute is making differences in communities all over the world.
“Focusing” is to enter into a special kind of awareness, different from our every day awareness. It is open, turned inward, centered on the present and on your body’s inner sensations. When doing Focusing, you silently ask, “How am I now?”