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Focusing & Coaching: Exploring the Possibilities of Focusing-Oriented Coaching

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

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Hosted by Heinke Deloch, Viviane Silva & Arnold Zeman



Online Joining Information

Before the event, you will receive detailed instructions on how to join Zoom. No special equipment is required.

Meeting Format

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm EDT

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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. If you are not a member, please join at, then return to this page to register. This program will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.  As in Focusing, a major tenet of Coaching is that people are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole, and as such, can find their own answers to moving forward. Most coaches work primarily with the cognitive, what is explicit, what can be discovered through a thoughtful process of powerful questions and answers. Focusing, on the other hand, addresses the implicit, what is not yet known, what is at the edge of what is sensed inwardly.

The demand for speedy results poses a challenge for Focusing-oriented coaches who seek to bring the Focusing attitude of pausing and listening inside into their process.

In this Roundtable we invite you to explore with us what happens when Focusing crosses Coaching and how this crossing might more effectively promote individual or group transformation. This Roundtable will provide the space to dig deep into our curiosity about Focusing and Coaching and sense what might come next. Some questions we might explore together are:

  • What does Focusing add to Coaching? And vice versa?
  • What happens when we “cross” Focusing with Coaching?
  • How do we bring Focusing into our coaching or coaching-like work?
  • What challenges have we faced when using Focusing with our coaching or coaching-like clients?
  • What interest do we have in creating a network of Focusing-Oriented Coaches?

Other questions may emerge from our mutual exploration during the Roundtable.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?  Members who are currently or prospectively working as coaches or in roles that have coaching aspects, as well as anyone curious about this topic.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables:  Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives.  All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Heinke Deloch is a German philosopher whose main focus is on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of psychology. She is a Focusing Certifying Coordinator, Person-centered Counsellor, and Certifying Trainer for the German Association for Person Centered Psychotherapy and Counselling. As co-founder of the coaching-approach Experiential Concept-Coaching, she offers applications for bringing Thinking at the Edge (TAE) and Focusing into our everyday work. She teaches Thinking at the Edge and Experiential Concept Coaching for researchers at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She offers 3-year training programs in experiential and person-centered communication for individuals and social institutions and works as facilitator for team-processes in social institutions. She offers online training and individually guided sessions in Coaching, TAE and Focusing.

Viviane Silva is a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist and Coach who works online and in her private practice as a Life, Work and Student Coach.  She is also a certified Mindfulness and Focusing trainer and offers training privately and as a university lecturer. She earned her psychology and experiential psychotherapy degree in 1997, and received a Masters as a People Oriented Manager specializing in Teamwork and Coaching. She completed a two year postgraduate training in Gendlin's Experiential psychotherapy postgraduate in 2007 and recently earned a postgraduate degree as Expert in Mindfulness- based Psychotherapies. She has consulted and lectured at the university level and has trained experiential psychotherapy students and coaches. She is passionate about the benefits of Focusing and Mindfulness.

Arnold Zeman is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach™ trained by the Coaches Training Institute and is certified by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. Prior to becoming a coach, Arnold had a 33-year career as a Canadian public servant in successively more senior positions, including Assistant Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He was subsequently trained and accredited as a family mediator by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation. He currently is training to become a Certified Focusing Professional under the supervision of Ann Weiser Cornell.

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Friday, July 12, or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.

Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.

Price: The co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.

PLEASE NOTE: When you register, if your dues are current, we will process your registration and email your confirmation within a few days. If you know your dues are not current, or if you are not yet a member, please go to the membership page to pay your dues or join and then return to this page to register.  Membership page:

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