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Focusing on what matters: Happiness as a mindful practice

A One-Day New York City Workshop

Most of us reflexively dwell on our problems and concerns. However, there is convincing recent research that by placing attention on positive experiences and positive feelings (such as gratitude and enjoyment), we can think more effectively and expansively. In addition, attending to the positive in one's life has been shown to cultivate psychological resilience. People who have a higher ratio of "positivity" to "negativity" have more energy and better health.

All of the findings of Positive Psychology remain abstract until we get a way to incorporate these findings into our lives. Focusing is the vehicle that makes it possible to turn this pursuit into an actual lived experience, a mindful practice. This is what we will practice in this experiential workshop.

In this workshop, we will explore how Focusing can be used to enhance and deepen "positivity." We will reflect on the three types of experiences that constitute true happiness. We will conclude by evoking our personal signature strengths and exploring ways to apply those to places we don't usually bring them. In paired exercises, we will be Focusing on different pathways to well-being, and we will explore new ways to bring more aliveness, meaning and happiness into our lives. Our goal is to create an experiential framework in which all participants can integrate their lifetime experience, their pursuit of what truly matters, and their practice of Focusing. Suitable for all levels of Focusing experience - from people who have a lifetime of Focusing experience, to beginners.


Joan Klagsbrun, PHD

Joan Klagsbrun, PHD

Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D, a practicing psychologist and certifying coordinator, teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. and has taught Focusing internationally to therapists and healthcare professionals for over three decades. She was the principle investigator in a pilot study exploring the benefits of Clearing a Space with women with breast cancer. She has written articles on Focusing for professional journals, has several chapters in edited collections, and has a CD and DVD. In her therapy practice, and in her teaching and writing, Joan's passion is the integration of Focusing, spirituality, and positive psychology.

Serge Prengel, LMHC

Serge Prengel, LMHC

Serge Prengel, LMHC, is in private practice in New York City, and leads experiential workshops on Relational Mindfulness. He is trained in Focusing, Core Energetics and Somatic Experiencing. He was deeply influenced by Yvonne Agazarian's systems-oriented approach. Serge is the editor of Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy and of LifeSherpa.

Joan Klagsbrun and Serge Prengel are generously donating their time and expertise as a fundraiser for The Focusing Institute. 

The cost per person is $150, but we do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating -- we encourage you to contact us by calling 845-480-5111 if it looks like cost would be an impediment.

Class size is limited. Purchase a seat today for $150. 


Refund policy: : If you cancel two weeks or more before the class date: 50% refund. Cancellations less than two weeks before the class date are non-refundable. The Focusing Institute reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule for insufficient enrollment or for other unanticipated reasons. In such cases you will be given a choice of applying your tuition to future programs, or the full enrollment fee will be returned.

Location: New York City - The downtown Manhattan location will be sent in a confirmation email prior to the course.