Sara is an International Focusing Institute certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist and Focusing Trainer. She has experience of assisting in the delivery of UEA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy course and of working as a Personal Development Group Facilitator on UEA’s Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling course. Sara’s passion for Focusing encompasses ‘Children Focusing’, which utilises art and creative resources in the Focusing process. Sara has conducted a research study on Focusing with children in schools and sees the enormous potential for Focusing as a daily activity for children to improve their emotional wellbeing and academic performance. She would like to see schools adopting it as part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. Sara has a small private counselling practice where she offers Person-Centred Counselling and Focusing to adult clients, as well as introductory Focusing workshops ().
After a career as a teacher, Martin trained as a person-centred counsellor, qualifying in 2004. He has retained a practice as a counsellor and later a supervisor since then and works as a counsellor for a local charity providing support services for young people with drug and alcohol difficulties. Martin worked as a lecturer within UEA’s centre for Counselling Studies for 10 years, specialising in Focusing and Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy. Martin is a Certifying Co-ordinator with the Focusing Institute in New York. Martin has presented academic papers at a number of international conferences and is completing doctoral research into Focusing.
Judy is the former Director of Counselling at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, UK. She ran the University Counselling Service from 1998-2013 and was also Director of the Centre for Counselling Studies, based in UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning, from 2003-2012. She taught on the postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at UEA throughout the 1990s and was also actively involved in the development of Focusing training at UEA. She is a Certifiying Coordinator of The International Focusing Institute and, having left full-time employment at UEA in 2013, she has now has a small private supervision practice and continues to be actively engaged in scholarship in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Nikki is an enthusiastic, creative and well-connected professional with the ability to support and develop new ideas. She has initiated collaborations in partnership with some of the world’s top brands and has worked with Governments in the UK, SE Asia and South America. She has strategically managed e-commerce launches, arranged and managed international events and has a background in fashion journalism and marketing. She is passionate about Focusing and its application to harness potential in all walks of life.
After ten years working in TV, Jen took a sabbatical to train as a counsellor at the UEA’s intensive Diploma in Counselling course. There she discovered the amazing world of focusing, and an MA turned into a PhD (A Phenomenological Enquiry into Focusing and Music) from which she recently graduated. An experienced counsellor, Jen is currently Student Counsellor for the UEA Student Services, and is delighted to be working with the Norwich Focusing team to bring fresh awareness of the power of focusing.