A Brief History of Focusing Resources

Ann Weiser Cornell founded Focusing Resources in 1985 as a way to support people who want to learn Inner Relationship Focusing. Over the years, her business has grown exponentially. Today, Focusing Resources includes a worldwide community of many thousands of people learning and teaching Focusing with seminars, books and manuals, audio and video materials, and one-to-one sessions.


Ann Weiser Cornell was getting her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago when she met and studied with Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing, starting in 1972. Learning Focusing with him has led to a lifelong process of discovery and personal development.

Today Ann is internationally recognized as one of the leading innovators and theoreticians of Focusing. She has taught Focusing in eighteen countries, and her Focusing books and manuals have been translated into seven other languages.

Ann is well-known in the Focusing world for her attention to the language that facilitates Focusing, her popular manuals, and her co-creation with Barbara McGavin of Treasure Maps to the Soul, a body of work applying Focusing to difficult areas such as addiction, depression, action blocks, self-criticism, and unfulfilled desire. She is the author of two books on Focusing: her bestseller The Power of Focusing, and The Radical Acceptance of Everything. Ann’s newest book on Focusing-oriented therapy is, Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change. Ann is authorized by the Focusing Institute in New York to offer the Institute’s certification as Focusing Trainer.

Our CoursesThrive-Focus

Whether you’re new to Focusing, a Healing Professional interested in using Focusing in your work, or someone who has some experience with Focusing, we have a number of courses that will help you. If you’re just getting started with Focusing, the best place to start is with our Focusing Training Program. Read more by clicking the image to the right.

Find out more about each of our courses, including ways to register, please visit Focusing Resources website:



Contact Information:

Focusing Resources
office hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
phone: 510-225-0690
toll-free in the US: 866-266-9680
fax: 510-225-0990
email: ann@focusingresources.com