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Panel FOT 2023 - The Urgency of Teaching the Essence of FOT to a New Generation

The Urgency of Teaching the Essence of FOT to a New Generation


Biliana Dearly

Biliana Dearly is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne, Australia. As a Certifying Coordinator for The International Focusing Institute, she has developed and has been providing in-depth training in Focusing-Oriented Therapy.

Laury Rappaport

Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT, ATR-BC, REAT  is the Founder/Director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute and author of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body’s Wisdom and Creative Intelligence, editor/author of Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies: Theory and Practice.  She is on the faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she has taught for over 40 years, and has also been on faculties of other graduate programs.
Laury is a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA), and Certifying Focusing Coordinator.  Laury has extensive clinical experience in a wide variety of settings.

Charlotte Howorth

Charlotte Howorth, LCSW has been practicing FOT for the last 24 years and used to teach TIFI 2-year certification course for both therapists and non- therapists and has taught this program for over 14 years.  For the past 4 years she continues to teach this course independently.  Charlotte was also a member of faculty and teacher for FORP (Focusing Oriented Relational Psychotherapy).  In addition, she has taught focusing workshops and retreats internationally.  Charlotte was Clinical Director of a social work agency for many years (Center for Human development and Family Services, NYC) and is currently in private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups, as well as teaching Focusing Oriented Therapy, and working in with in organizations.

Joan Klagsbrun

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Focusing trainer who has been practicing F.O.T and teaching internationally for the past 45 years. In her work at the interface of psychology and spirituality, she has found that Focusing can illuminate positive life experiences as well as finding next steps for difficult issues. 
Joan is a longstanding coordinator at TIFI, and was a faculty member at Lesley University for four decades. Her publications include articles in journals and chapters in several books.  Her most recent chapter, Acknowledging the Dark and Embracing the Light in the Time of Covid-19 was published in Senses of Focusing in 2021.

Jeffrey Morrison

Jeffrey Morrison, MA, LMHC
Certifying Focusing Coordinator, Founder and Executive Director, Seattle Focusing Institute
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Focusing Coordinator, Jeffrey Morrison practices on Vashon Island, Washington. He specializes in working with complex trauma and teaching Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) to therapists and other healing professionals. He has developed a Training Program, which blends Focusing, mythology, mindfulness and other embodied practices for unwinding trauma and restoring wholeness.
He lives on Vashon Island with his wife, who is an elementary school teacher. They enjoy time with their son and daughter when they return to visit, gardening, walking, and spending vacations near water. For more info visit Seattle Focusing Institute