Trauma and Focusing



Are you struggling with being overwhelmed or anxious or perhaps with being cut off and disconnected?
Are you struggling with physical symptoms that seem to have no cure or explanation?
Do you feel that there is a shadow overhanging your life that does not shift?
Perhaps you feel you live in a very narrow and limited way, always a bit scared or on red alert?


Maybe you are experiencing the effects of trauma...

Everybody experiences trauma or is overwhelmed at some point in their life. It is a natural part of being a human animal. The trouble comes when these experiences are unresolved and leave symptoms in our body and being.

Some of the more usual causes of trauma include:
  • Car accidents
  • Violence
  • Abuse
  • Rape
  • War
  • Or witnessing any of these

And perhaps surprisingly include:
  • Surgery as a child or adult
  • Fever and illness
  • Birth (your own) and giving birth

It is important to remember that it is not simply the event that defines trauma but more how it affects the specific individual. Many people go through events like this and live without any symptoms, some don't. It depends on your circumstances and history.

Sometimes it is not one event but rather a constant presence of stress, threat or neglect.

Some usual symptoms of living with the effects of trauma (often categorised as PTSD) include:
  • Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chronic pain and tension
  • Poor digestion
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling of red alert all the time
  • Disassociation
  • Lack of connection and vitality


Focusing alone has a lot to offer; working with trauma symptoms can often be sufficient. Through working with an experienced guide, a well-resourced person can find new ways of being with trauma as it lives in the body. They can let the body guide them to healing and well-being.

Contact me if you want to use Focusing to explore a trauma-related issue
Read my article about using Focusing to explore trauma


There are times, however, when an extra skill is needed, and this is where Somatic Experiencing comes in. Focusing with SE is a powerful and yet gentle combination.

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What Peter Levine PHD says about Ann Weiser Cornell’s book, “Focusing in Clinical Practice”:
“Since Eugene Gendlin’s landmark book, Focusing, first published in 1978, there has been too little in the way of clinical application of his seminal work. In her thorough, illuminating book, Ann Weiser Cornell fills this need. She clearly outlines the essence of change, explaining how it emerges from the client’s relationship with his or her living–sensing body. She demonstrates, step by step, just how these innate transformative moments occur and how we can guide our clients in that direction. It is ‘magic’ made simple, pure and simple.” —  Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness and Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma; recipient of the USABP Lifetime Achievement Award