Mindfulness & Focusing Training
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Have you ever felt the sense of relief in your body when you've arrived at a good decision or felt the tension when you're uncomfortable about something you're about to do? We are always being guided by our inner felt sense and experiencing feelings guiding us in a direction. When we are in touch with that inner felt sense, it's a sense that guides, that can lead to actions that are authentic and satisfying.
So how can we become attuned to our felt sense and allow this inner compass to aid us to make better decisions and live more effectively? The first step is to listen. So often we judge or doubt our own experience or let our usual analyses get in the way. Listening, openness, acceptance, the ability to "pause", and focus attention on our present experience--these attitudes enable you to focus on your experience in a way that leads to solutions that you hadn't come up with before. Whether its deciding which job to choose, what direction to take when you are lost or how to handle a conflict in your family, by checking in with a felt sense, a person's experiencing can come up with the next step or action that's needed to move forward.
Marsha Smith, LCSW
Marsha Smith, LCSW
Psychotherapist with adults and adolescents 636 Church Street Evanston, IL 60201 847/323-1717
Psychotherapy will help you find solutions and make changes to feel better
deal well with life challenges and be more effective in life.
I see individuals in person in my Evanston office and accept BC/BS PPO and Medicare insurance types.
I've been helping people for over 25 years, to feel better, to deal with life issues and live more fully. The purpose of my work is to provide support to enhance your natural abilities and resilience to deal well with challenges in any area of your life. My training and experience in therapy and healing practices and my own personal growth have led me to understand the steps in therapy that lead to effective growth and change. With experiential therapies and skills of listening and empathy, I help you to explore changes and find answers from within to resolve problems and find more happiness and well-being in your life.
I also offer consultation and supervision for professional healers, psychotherapists, body-workers and personal coaches. I teach Mindfulness and Focusing, one-to-one and in workshops, that can provide powerful skills you can use on your own to access a deeper awareness for personal growth and for work with clients.
MY GENERAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION
The University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work,
Masters in Clinical Social Work Northwestern University and The University of Illinois,
Departments of Outpatient Mental Health, Internship Training
Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Experiential
Psychotherapy Practicum The University of Chicago, College of Civilization Studies,
Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist