Focusing The Early Days

by David Battistella | The Focusing Way Podcast

Early days of Focusing with Ann Weiser Cornell

In the early days of Focusing, Ann Weiser Cornell was getting her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago when she met and studied with Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing, starting in 1972. Learning Focusing with him has led to a lifelong process of discovery and personal development.

In 1980, Eugene Gendlin invited Ann to assist with his Focusing workshops. This started her on a path to become a Focusing teacher, and in 1990, Ann became the first person to support herself full-time as a Focusing teacher.

Today Ann is internationally recognized as one of the early innovators of Focusing.

She has taught Focusing in eighteen countries, and her Focusing books and manuals have been translated into seven other languages (Dari, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish).

Ann is well-known in the Focusing world for her attention to the language that facilitates Focusing, her popular manuals, and her co-creation with Barbara McGavin of Treasure Maps to the Soul, a body of work applying Focusing to difficult areas such as addiction, depression, action blocks, self-criticism, and unfulfilled desire. She is the author of two books on Focusing: her bestseller The Power of Focusing, and The Radical Acceptance of Everything. Ann’s newest book on Focusing-oriented therapy is, Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change. Ann is authorized by the Focusing Institute in New York to offer the Institute’s certification as Focusing Trainer.

Join us for part one of our in-depth conversation with Ann where she shares knowledge, insights and stories about her lifelong focusing journey.