Hidden Trauma Presentation at the 2015 International Focusing Conference

Come sample the world of Focusing at the International Focusing Conference!

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this five-day conference in Seattle. You’ll have a chance to discover and experience a wide range of specific applications of Focusing in the realms of healing, education, art and more!

July 29 – Aug 5, 2015
2-3:30 pm
Seattle University Campus
CEUs Available
More info on web at: internationalfocusingconference2015.com

My presentation on Focusing and hidden trauma will be on Friday, July 31. Below is a summary. I hope you can come check it out!

Focusing Flyer-FINAL-WebHidden Trauma: Finding One’s Gifts Next to the Wounds
Presented by: Jeffrey Morrison

This workshop begins with and then extends beyond my article in the recent Folio entitled, Hidden Trauma: A personal story of living with Dyslexia. I will begin by sharing a little about my learning disability and stories working with hidden trauma in my psychotherapy practice. My objective is to expand our awareness of what trauma is and how it shows up in the everyday experiences of many people.

Trauma is often hidden from the person suffering from it. The suffering is often experienced as a collection of symptoms based in shame, self worth and disconnection. The wound that forms can also initiate us into our giftedness. Focusing offers a wonderful practice for entering the territory of our wounds and leading us to the fullest expression of our gifts.

This workshop will combine presentation, participant interaction and a guided experiential exercise designed to help us explore an area of our lives in which we have struggled looking at both wounds and gifts implicit in the struggle.
Presentation type: Other (See details)

Other presentation type: Presentation, discussion and guided group process

Length: 1.5h

Language: English

Presenter email: jeffrey@morrisontherapy.com

Presenter website: www.morrisontherapy.com

Bio: Jeffrey Morrison
Jeffrey Morrison, MA is a psychotherapist and certifying coordinator

For 30 years Focusing has been the heart and soul of Jeffrey’s work as a psychotherapist, Focusing trainer, consultant, meditation guide and lecturer.

His vision is to bring Focusing into the mainstream of healing professions. He offers a two year training program for therapists and other healing professionals interested in both personal and professional development. Focusing is learned, integrated and applied to working with complex trauma.

Begin Your Focusing-Oriented Therapy Training this Fall!

Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Training Program: A two-year continuing education program for therapists and healing professionals.

Focusing is an embodied and relational approach to unwinding stress and trauma that deepens your connection to self and others. In the first year (4 weekends) learn to bring Focusing deeply into your own life and into your clinical practice. The second year (4 weekends) teaches you to effectively work with embodied, vicarious and inter-generational trauma. Learn more about my Focusing Training Program.

Focusing Level One is offered twice, October 17-18 and November 14-15, 2015. Level One is the first in a four-workshop series that transforms our relationship to our problems and teaches how this change process can be smoothly incorporated into any therapeutic modality.

 

Focusing Level One: Self in Presence

Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Click here to register.

Learn to incorporate transformational Focusing skills in your personal life and your professional practice! Specifically designed for therapists and healing professionals, this workshop will teach you how to bring awareness into your body and sense the subtle ways your inner self communicates with you. You’ll build trust in this inner relationship, and create a safe and nurturing environment within – one that encourages your innate gifts. You’ll discover the first important skills of finding and holding presence in a Focusing session and how you can help clients to do the same.

Click here to register.

Click here to register.

Prerequisite: A guided session with any Focusing teacher. Contact me if you’d like to schedule a session with me or need help finding a Focusing teacher near you.
CEUs: This workshop has been approved for 10 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
Includes: Manual and supporting materials.
Dates: Offered twice: Oct 17-18 -or- Nov 14-15, 2015
Location: My private Vashon Island studio. See photos.
Fee:
$345.
Early Bird Discount:
$295 (if you register at least two weeks in advance).

How Focusing Helps Therapists and Healing Professionals

Focusing is combinable with any form of therapy and makes it more effective. It will help you to

  • Unwind your own trauma
  • Learn about your own protective strategies
  • Look at your own bonding patterns
  • Access the wisdom of your body
  • Track and work with transference and counter transference in the therapeutic relationship
  • Tune into your own felt senses, allowing you to bring more presence to your client interactions
  • Learn how to ‘hold space’ for clients so that they can show up and be just how they need to be in the moment

Jeffrey Morrison is a Focusing-oriented therapist and Certified Focusing Coordinator through the Focusing Institute. Learn more about Jeffrey.

Workshop Benefits 

  • This workshop is approved for 10 continuing education units.
  • A manual and supporting learning materials are included.
  • You’ll learn how to incorporate these exciting new Focusing skills in your personal life and your professional practice.
  • I offer assistance with establishing Focusing partners outside of workshops for continued learning.
  • If you choose to complete all four levels of Focusing, you may do so at a pace that meets your needs.
  • I teach each of these Focusing workshops in small, supportive groups at my professional studio in an idyllic setting on Vashon Island, Wa. 
  • After you have completed the four Focusing workshops, you are eligible to take my Focusing for Complex Trauma Training.

Hidden Trauma: A Personal Story of Living with Dyslexia, by Jeffrey Morrison

Living with Dyslexia

Living with DyslexiaI recently published the article “Hidden Trauma: A Personal Story of Living with Dyslexia” in The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy. This is a story about a trauma no one sees. It is a family story, an educational story, and a Focusing story. It is also about taming harsh inner judgment, holding one’s deep shame tenderly, and finding one’s gifts next to the wounds. Click here to read the article!

Meditation for Beginners: Peace in Every Step – Starts May 9, 2015

I’m so exciting to begin teaching the Meditation for Beginners series in May! I hope you can join us.

Meditation for BeginnersMeditation for Beginners: Peace in Every Step
Tuesdays
at The Center for Movement & Healing in West Seattle
5/5-6/9, 2015
7:30-8:30 pm
Beginners Special: 6 classes for $100
Pre-registration required: Click here to register.

What is on your life to-do list? Finally make that job change? Find more time to relax? Get over that relationship? Meditation can be a gentle first step toward connecting with your true self, healing old wounds and making choices that are truly right for you.

In this beginners meditation class, Jeffrey Morrison, MA, LHMC will introduce the practice of meditation as a sacred form of self care and path to personal fulfillment. Jeffrey’s somatic awareness approach will guide you into a deeper, more compassionate relationship with yourself. You will learn to sense and appreciate your whole being and recognize your own needs.

Jeffrey Morrison is a licensed mental health counselor, Focusing-Oriented therapist, Focusing trainer and meditation teacher based in West Seattle. Jeffrey has dedicated his therapeutic career to helping others heal inner wounds and flourish using the simple tools of meditation and somatic awareness. Specifically, Jeffrey bases his work on Focusing, a profound self-connection skill that helps people regain trust in the wisdom of their bodies.

This class is just a beginning! It illuminates a practice that leads to sustained physical ease, energetic replenishment, trust in your own intuitions, inner contentment and ultimately, peace in every step.

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Focusing Level Four – May 16-17, 2015

Focusing

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In the Focusing Level Four workshop you’ll develop a compassionate approach to inner critics, thoughts and distractions, and resistance. You’ll learn what to do when your Focusing companion or client feels nothing or too much. You’ll be able to identify when different parts of a client’s process are interfering. For example, “I hate the part of me that always gives in” involves a part that gives in and a part that hates it for doing so. This is so important in addressing complex issues and trauma. Each part or aspect of the whole experience needs to be listened to and given a chance to unwind.

How Focusing Helps Therapists and Healing Professionals

Focusing is combinable with any form of therapy and makes it more effective. It will help you to

  • Unwind your own trauma
  • Learn about your own protective strategies
  • Look at your own bonding patterns
  • Access the wisdom of your body
  • Track and work with transference and counter transference in the therapeutic relationship
  • Tune into your own felt senses, allowing you to bring more presence to your client interactions
  • Learn how to ‘hold space’ for clients so that they can show up and be just how they need to be in the moment

Jeffrey Morrison is a Focusing-oriented therapist and Certified Focusing Coordinator through the Focusing Institute. Learn more about Jeffrey.

Workshop Benefits 

  • This workshop is approved for 10 continuing education units.
  • A manual and supporting learning materials are included.
  • You’ll learn how to incorporate these exciting new Focusing skills in your personal life and your professional practice.
  • I offer assistance with establishing Focusing partners outside of workshops for continued learning.
  • If you choose to complete all four levels of Focusing, you may do so at a pace that meets your needs.
  • I teach each of these Focusing workshops in small, supportive groups at my professional studio in an idyllic setting on Vashon Island, Wa. 
  • After you have completed the four Focusing workshops, you are eligible to take my Focusing for Complex Trauma Training.

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Therapists, healing professionals and spiritual seekers – enrich your practice with your unique gifts

My Focusing Training Program benefits therapists, healing professionals, and spiritual seekers.

Perhaps you have been reading the latest neuroscience that points to working in an attuned, mindful and body-centered way with clients, and you’d like to learn how to incorporate that into your practice. My Focusing workshops help practitioners like you to deepen your work in this way and nourish your personal life at the same time.

Focusing for Therapy & Healing, the subject of year one of my Focusing Training Program includes a series of four professional Focusing workshops designed for psychotherapists, healing professionals, and others who want to set a different course in their life; one that will open up new possibilities for growth in their professional practices, relationships, and personal wellbeing. For therapists who complete year one and want to learn how to use Focusing to heal trauma in a clinical setting, may continue on to year two – Focusing for Complex Trauma. Additionally I am a Certified Coordinator through the Focusing Institute and I offer a Focusing Certification program.

Early Bird Discount for Feb 8 & 9 Therapy Workshop Ends Jan 25!

 Focusing Therapy Workshop Level One: Self in Presence

Therapy WorkshopLearn to incorporate transformational Focusing skills in your personal life and your professional practice! Specifically designed for therapists, this workshop will teach you how to bring awareness into your body and sense the subtle ways your inner self communicates with you. You’ll build trust in this inner relationship, and create a safe and nurturing environment within – one that encourages your innate gifts. You’ll discover the first important skills of finding and holding presence in a Focusing session and how you can help clients to do the same. Shifting your experiencing, and that of your clients from “I feel …” to “I’m sensing something in me that feels …” is essential to allowing a felt sense to form.

Prerequisite: A guided session with any Focusing teacher. Contact me if you’d like to schedule a session with me or need help finding a Focusing teacher near you.
CEUs: This workshop has been approved for 10 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
Includes: 
Manual and supporting materials
Location:
My private Vashon Island studio. See photos.
Fee: $295
Early Bird Discount: $245 (if you register by Jan 25, 2014)

 

Introduction to Focusing

Introduction to Focusing – a powerful technique for personal transformation

Focusing is a mindful and body-centered self awareness skill for growth and healing. It is both a simple and complex matter of holding an open, non-judging attention to the feeling your body holds about a situation. If you need an Introduction to Focusing, we’re here to guide you!

Focusing is a natural, innate skill that was discovered, not invented. People are born with the ability to know how they feel from moment to moment. Over time though, most of us lose trust in the wisdom of our bodies and feelings. It’s important that we relearn this skill of deep listening. 

Focusing emerged from research in psychotherapy

In the early 1960s, Professor Eugene Gendlin, at the University of Chicago, began to research the question, “Why is psychotherapy helpful for some people, and not for others?” He and his colleagues studied thousands of recorded therapy sessions.

When listening to the tapes…click here to read more.

 

Looking for a Seattle therapist? I Am Currently Accepting New Clients.

The Seattle therapist you can believe in

Some of the issues I treat include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma, Relationship Issues
  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Conflict
  • Stress
  • Self Esteem
  • Body Image

Please feel free to contact me with your questions or to schedule a free half-hour session to see if my services could be a good fit for you. You can learn about my therapeutic Approach here.

 

Jeffrey Morrison, Seattle therapistJeffrey Morrison, M.A., LMHC

206-935-7850
jeffrey@morrisontherapy.com

Office Locations

Morrison WS Office 3West Seattle Professional Building: 

4505 44th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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Directions to my West Seattle therapist office:

From I-5 and Highway 99:
Take the West Seattle Bridge (exit 163 from I-5)
Cross 35th Avenue and turn right at Oregon Street (3rd light)
Cross California Avenue and turn left at 44th Street (1st left)
The West Seattle Professional Building is on the southwest corner of 44th Avenue SW and SW Oregon Street.
Parking is located next to the building or across the street.

Vashon Island Office

Please call for directions: 206-935-7850

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