What Is It Like To See A Counselor For Focus Therapy?

By Julia Thomas

Updated December 07, 2018

Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

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Focus therapy, also called focused therapy or focus-oriented psychotherapy, is based on the individual's own bodily sense of what is right for them. In other types of therapy, the therapist typically pays attention to the behaviors and words of the individual to identify problems and "fix" the person. However, in focused therapy, sessions revolve around exploring the problem and the "felt sense" so you can find the right solution for yourself.

Respectful Treatment

This type of therapy is uniquely centered on treating the individual with dignity and respect. Rather than assuming the therapist knows more than the person who is receiving the therapy, focused therapy relies on a therapist who honors the individual's overall bodily sense of what has happened, what the implications of it are, and what solution will work for them.

The Therapist's Goal Is to Understand

How often have you been in therapy or just talking to a friend and felt as if they were listening only with the intention of correcting you or telling you how to act and who to be? In focus-oriented therapy, the counselor's primary goal is to hear and understand you. As they practice the intention to understand, you also learn how to work towards your own inner understanding.

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Learning to Be Fully Engaged with Your Experience

When your life is busy, your days can seem to fly by. You might not be fully aware of what is happening or how you feel about it. If your life seems boring, you may ignore the details because they seem too mundane. In focus therapy, you learn to live each moment as it happens and consider it on a deeper level during the moment and after the fact. When you recognize the significance of the situation you are in, you can be a better judge of what the best solution is for you.

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Finding the Steps to Solve Problems

As you talk about your life and the situations that cause you the most trouble, the therapist is also in touch with their own felt sense of the situation. They employ creativity as the guide to the conversation so that you find the answers you seek from within yourself. Instead of trying to solve a major life problem, they help you focus on finding the solutions you need right now.

How It Feels When Focus Therapy Works

When you identify the next step to take and have an inner sense that the step is best for you, you immediately feel a bodily sense of relief. You feel physically better and healthier. The first step toward this sense of lightness and relaxation may be to talk to a licensed therapist to see if focused therapy will help you.

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