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Professional training

There are three levels of professional BFA certification: Focusing Practitioner, Focusing Teacher and Focusing Mentor. Training at these levels is a rich and rewarding experience as trainees are encouraged to learn at their own pace and in their own way and are individually supported in finding their own unique ways of sharing Focusing.


BFA Focusing Practitioner training

Certified Focusing Practitioners are qualified to teach Focusing and listening on a one to one basis and offer guided Focusing sessions to individuals. Some Practitioners bring Focusing into their existing field of work such as therapy, coaching or bodywork.

The prerequisites for Practitioner training are attendance of a complete BFA Certificate in Focusing Skills (or an equivalent foundation training) and around 12 months Focusing partnership experience.

Practitioner training courses are run by BFA Mentors and take at least one year to complete. Courses typically consist of a combination of group learning, one to one mentoring, self-directed study and practice hours with people new to Focusing. Trainees will also choose a supporting mentor to accompany their learning. 

Prospective trainees are advised to contact Mentors directly to request details of their training programmes.


BFA Focusing Teacher training

Certified Focusing Teachers are qualified to teach Focusing to groups. They offer introductory Focusing workshops, Focusing Skills courses and often also workshops, webinars or courses on specific themes.

The prerequisites for Teacher training are completion of a BFA Practitioner training and ongoing personal Focusing practice.

Teacher training courses are run by BFA Mentors and take at least one further year to complete. Courses typically consist of a combination of group learning, one to one mentoring, assisting in workshop facilitation, designing and piloting their own Focusing courses. Trainees will also choose a supporting mentor to accompany their learning.

Prospective trainees are advised to contact Mentors directly to request details of their training programmes.


BFA Focusing Mentor training

Certified Focusing Mentors are authorised by the BFA to run BFA Practitioner and Teacher training courses. The main prerequisites for Mentor training are to have substantial experience of teaching Focusing to individuals and groups and to be actively engaged in BFA activities. The training includes designing and piloting a Practitioner training programme with the support of two experienced Mentors.

See below for contact details of BFA Mentors offering professional training.


Click here to see an overview of BFA certification

Click here to see how the BFA and TIFI certification processes compare


Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT) training

If you are interested in training to be a Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT), please view a list of training here  (the BFA does not currently offer certification in FOT). 

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BFA Mentors who offer BFA Practitioner and BFA Teacher training:

  • Rob Foxcroft 

    Meeting focusing was a homecoming: ‘These are my people. I knew this all my life. Now I have friends in this inner world.’ Focusing and listening have carried my life forward for many years. It has been a joy and a privilege to share focusing with others, and to listen to their inward explorations.

  • South West

    Barbara McGavin 

    My greatest joy is exploring the frontiers of the Focusing process – what it is and how it can be applied in daily life. Since 1991, Ann Weiser Cornell and I have been developing Inner Relationship Focusing to help people learn Focusing more easily. Since 1994, we have been exploring…

  • Stroud

    Peter Gill 

    I came across Focusing on a retreat in 2003, and since then I have not looked back. It has made a huge difference to my life. For me it is much more than a therapeutic tool: it connects to a whole approach to living. Focusing has helped me to live more deeply from my values.

  • Bedfordshire, UK

    Kay Hoffmann 

    I love sharing focusing and find it hugely enriching to do so. What a privilege it is to meet people on such an authentic level and to introduce them to this soothing, enlivening, moving, creative way of being with their own inner world!

  • London

    Peter Afford 

    Focusing changed my life! After years of meditation and personal growth workshops, Focusing showed me how to have a fruitful relationship with my feelings and bodily intuition. I discovered that I too had feelings, that the unwanted ones shifted when I paid attention to them, and that all my feelings…

  • Liverton

    Fiona Parr 

    Focusing has given me so much and I enjoy sharing its riches and gifts with others. I teach Focusing from my home on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, and online. I enjoy working with people in individual sessions and teaching small groups.