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Small Steps, Big Shifts

Foundation of Inner Relationship Focusing, Part 3

 6-Week, Live Online Course via Zoom

Mastering Inner Relationship Focusing's Process & Sequence

You may be saying to yourself, "You mean there's more?"  Yes, there's more! 

In this course, the entire IRF process and sequence comes together. You'll have the full framework and offering of invitations to help support you when Focusing with a partner and as you move through your day. Plus, you'll be eligible to participate in advanced Inner Relationship Focusing courses and retreats taught by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin. 

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 Lauren Taub Cohen

In Part 3, we'll be exploring the nuances of Focusing. You'll learn, in greater detail, how to be with feelings that feel vague and fuzzy (distant process) AND how to be with feelings that feel super close and intense (close process). Both processes need a different kind of relational experience.

You'll also learn how to ...

  • support your Focusing process even more by learning what to do if you feel stuck or bump up against what feels like a dead end

  • navigate inner conflicts with greater ease so each part feels heard without you getting pulled into the fray

  • experience the relief that comes when you can unmerge from the feeling AND the feeling about the feeling

  • meet all your thoughts and feelings with a greater, aha understanding that they're here for a good reason and trying to help you in some way​​

  • be with challenging feelings, especially grief and anger, when they don't feel like they're coming from a part of you

I've also structured this course so that our last class will be devoted to exploring more of what matters to you and how Focusing can help with that. I'll say more about that in our fifth class. 

"[When Focusing] you feel better mainly because your body feels better, more free, released. The whole body is alive in a less constricted way. You have localized a problem that had previously made your whole body feel bad. An immediate freeing feeling lets you know there is a body shift. It is the body having moved toward a solution."

- Eugene Gendlin, founder of Focuing

After taking Part 3, you'll be eligible to participate in "Untangling," an advanced Focusing course developed and taught by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin, co-creators of IRF.


To learn more about the yearlong Untangling course, click here. And, for the "Untangling" 6-day intensive click here

You'll also be eligible to enroll in Ann Weiser Cornell's course, "Living a Focusing Life" and to apply for the two-year Certification Training. 

To learn more about "Living a Focusing Life" click here. To learn more about the Certification Training, click here. 

Class Structure...

You guessed it! The structure for this course will be similar to Part One and Part Two. Each class will meet weekly for two hours over six weeks. Each class will involve a mix of teaching, brief reading assignments, Focusing exercises and Focusing partnerships. The time commitment for meeting outside of class with your partner will be about 30 minutes to an hour each week. You and your partner can determine what works best for you and your schedules.

Course Details

*This is a LIVE online course*

Prerequisites:  Small Steps, Big Shifts Part 1 & Part 2

When: January 17, 24, 31

            February 7, 21, 28

Time: 6pm to 8pm ET

Where: Zoom 

Fee: $385*

Class size: Approx. 6 - 12 people

Payment Options: Venmo, Zelle or PayPal

*A sliding scale is available. Please reach out and we can discuss options.

What's included in this course? 

  • A 50-minute, one-to-one Focusing session with me before or during the course 

  • 12 hours of class time

  • Carefully created exercise sheets to support you as you develop this new skill

  • Access to audio recordings of each class 

  • Informative & supportive articles

  • Access to me should you have any questions and/or need support between class meetings.

  • Access to free, monthly IRF Explorers meetings where you can bring questions and receive support

Cancellations & Refunds

  • Up to 14 days before the first day of class: Just let me know and I'll refund your course fee.

    • If you've already had your one-to-one session with me your refund would include the course fee minus the cost of that session ($125)

  • Cancellations received 13 days or fewer before class begins: No refund

Money Back Guarantee

If you feel you didn't receive what you had hoped to receive AND you attended five out of six classes, then please let me know within 30 days after the course ends. My only ask is that you let me know specifically what didn't work for you so I can continue to improve my course offerings. Upon receiving your feedback, I'll gladly refund your course fee.

Still wondering if PART 3 is right for you? 

Then, let's schedule a 20-minute call where I can answer any questions you might have. Feel free to email me here or reach out directly,

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