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Therapist Roundtable - Working with Emotions, Feelings & the Felt Sense in Therapy: A Peer-Based Conversation

Part of the Focusing Roundtable Series

Your Hosts

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Therapist Roundtables
Julie Ramsey
Mary Ann Schleinich
Steve Moscovitch

Your Hosts

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Therapist Roundtables
Julie Ramsey
Mary Ann Schleinich
Steve Moscovitch

The International Focusing Institute - Julie Ramsey, Mary Anne Schleinich, & Steve Moscovitch

Where & When

Thursday, September 30, 2021 12pm - 2pm
Eastern Time

Online Joining Information

A confirmation with the zoom link will be sent to registered participants the week of the event.


Live attendance required - no recording.

Meeting Format

Thursday, September 30, 2021  from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Live attendance required - no recording.

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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer Therapist Roundtables, a Roundtable series designed especially for members who work with clients in therapeutic settings. If you are not a member, please join at this link and then return to this page to register.

Regardless of modality, we therapists hold in common the ethical and professional accountability and responsibility for our clients’ welfare and growth. It is with this understanding that we come together to explore both the challenges of our work and the opportunities that arise through bringing a Focusing orientation to our practices. These conversations are not intended to be professional supervision sessions, but rather an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with like-minded professionals.

This Therapists’ Circle will draw from Gene’s 1991 article, “On emotion in therapy” (in J.D. Safran & L.S. Greenberg, Eds. Emotion, psychotherapy and change, pp.255-279, New York & London: Guilford). We will distinguish emotions from feelings and the felt sense, and talk about how we work with them--navigating in and out of their terrain, with the goal of serving therapeutic change.

Using attunements, focused listening and group discussion, we will explore:

  • When, how, and why we work with emotions, feelings and felt sensing
  • What is the role and responsibility of the therapist in working with emotion? How does felt sensing help? What are our challenges and successes?
  • How do we connect this inner work to the life forward movement?
  • What part of this might we want to understand more fully for our practice?

Other issues and ideas may emerge from our mutual exploration during the Roundtable.

Through this exploration and sharing of experiences from our own professional practices, we hope that participants will glean insights and practical strategies for increasing their therapeutic efficacy.

Recommended advance reading: Gendlin, E.T. (1991). On emotion in therapy. In J.D. Safran & L.S. Greenberg (Eds.), Emotion, psychotherapy and change, pp. 255-279. New York & London: Guilford

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Circle?

Therapist Roundtables are intended to serve the needs and interests of a specialized subset of our membership community who use or have used therapeutic modalities deepened by Focusing. Current and former therapists are welcome, including psychotherapists, counselors, coaches, somatic practitioners, spiritual directors, occupational or physical therapists, nurses and the like. If you have an area of interest, curiosity or passion that you would like to explore in a future Circle, please let us know.


What to expect from Therapist Rountables:  Each Therapist 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:

Mary Anne Schleinich, MPS, BScOT is a counselling body psychotherapist in private practice in Calgary and online. She is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and The International Focusing Institute as a Focusing Oriented Therapist. She teaches Focusing and has worked with pain, anxiety and trauma for 20 years.

Julie Ramsey, LICSW, FOT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley, MA. She works with adolescents and adults in individual and couples therapy. She also teaches Focusing in small groups and enjoys bringing Focusing to all aspects of her work and life. She is a Coordinator-in-Training.

Steve Moscovitch MSW is a therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has been a Certified Focusing Trainer since 2002. He has integrated Focusing and a Focusing orientation into his work in individual, couple and family therapy for 20 years of his 38-year career. Other significant recent trainings are Emotion Focused Couple Therapy and Internal Family Systems.

Registration Details

Registration Closes: Wednesday September 29 at 12:00 pm (noon), or when the Roundtable 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, you will receive an email indicating your registration was processed. If your dues are current, we will complete your registration and email instructions to join the event within a few days of the start date. 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:

2021-09-03T04:00:00 - 2021-09-29T16:00:00

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