Learning Self-Help Skills Takes Small Steps, Support, and Feedback

Creative Edge Focusing™ believes in empowering people to help themselves. We teach “human literacy:  the Core Skills needed for creativity and change, conflict resolution, and innovative problem solving.

The PRISMS/S Focusing Process and Creative Edge Focusing Pyramid of Skills and Methods  become a life-style change, integrating into many aspects of home and work life.

THE SPARKLE: Newsletter, Support Group, Free Training, Articles, Personality Tests, Worldwide Links

Whether you purchase coaching in the Core Skills,  consultation and onsite training to build a Creative Edge Organization, or our self-help manual, Focusing In Community (Focusing en Comunidad),  with multi-media bonus materials, we highly recommend that you connect to the following FREE Resources right away:

  • subscribe to our e-newsletter, Instant “Ahah!”s, for frequent reminders to practice the skills and innovative new ways to integrate them into your home and work life and immediately download our Free Instant “Ahah!’s Mini-Manual of ten skills you can apply immediately
  • join our Creative Edge Focusing email discussion/support group, for ongoing support and immediately download our Free Complete Focusing Instructions to start practicing immediately

FREE Instant “Ahah!”s Manual and E-Newsletter: Weekly Reminders To Practice New Approaches Right Now

You can try the first six Instant “Ahah!’s by clicking on the links in the right-side column.

You can immediately download our complete Instant “Ahah!”s Mini-Manual, which includes all 10 simple approaches you can incorporate into your life right now, and subscribe to our Instant “Ahah!”s e-newsletter by clicking the FREE Instant “Ahah!”s icon NOW.

Through the Instant “Ahah!”s e-newsletter, you will receive an instant, weekly reminder to pause and spend a few moments of Intuitive Focusing immediately. You will receive other exercises in Focused Listening and Intuitive Focusing in small bites, just enough to try out week by week. You will get “What’s New” on the website, and the best from the Creative Edge e-discussion list.. As a bonus, you’ll get Dr. McGuire’s Intuitive Recipes for carefree, healthy eating, Collaborative Edge Sexuality for increased intimacy, best books and movies, who knows!!!! Instant “Ahah!”s in every issue.

SubscribeClick the icon NOW to subscribe to Instant “Ahah!s” e-newsletter and immediately download Instant “Ahah!”s Mini Manual, 10 new approaches to try  right now.  You can, of course, unsubscribe anytime, but I hope you will let me remind you to practice Intuitive Focusing at least for 10-20 minutes every week when the newsletter comes!

FREE Immediate Focusing Instructions Plus Continuous Support and Problem Solving Help

We would like you to be able to start practicing our Core Skill Intuitive Focusing immediately. However, we would also like you to have ongoing support and help as you begin this adventure. We’d like you to join our Creative Edge Focusing e-discussion/support list now for ongoing support and ideas from others integrating PRISMS/S into their home and work lives.  Dr. McGuire will facilitate and answer questions that arise.

After joining, you can immediately download Complete Focusing Instructions including:

  1. Pre-Focusing Exercises (each 10-20 minutes long):
    1. Relaxation Exercises
      1. Noticing Meditation
      2. At The Beach Imagery
      3. In The Forest Imagery
      4. Counting Meditation
      5. Tense and Relax
    2. Getting A Felt Sense
      1. The “Feel” of “Easy” and “Difficult” Person
      2. Starting From The Bottom Up
      3. Clearing A Space
      4. The Felt Sense of a Situation
  2. Complete Focusing Instructions (each 20-30 minutes long):
    1. “How Am I Today?”
    2. Clearing A Space and Focusing
    3. Focusing On A Specific Situation

More Sparkle: More Resources!

FREE Personality Tests! Understand  Individual Differences

The realization that individuals are really different, as if they came from another planet, is essential to understanding and resolving conflicts and working together in relationships, teams, groups, communities, or nations. See the Personality Tests menu in the sidebar for some of the models we find most useful for understanding people’s differing personality, relationship, learning, and leadership styles.

FREE Articles! Download Now

Dr. McGuire has written many articles over her thirty year career. Scroll through the listings to find short (useful for introducing others to our Core Concepts) and longer articles on topics from grieving to parenting to intimate relationship to building community to spirituality to collaborative decision making to brief therapy to psychology of woman and more!!!

Articles (PDF Files)


  1. Experiential Focusing Therapy
  2. Focusing and Spirituality: The Still, Small Voice Within
  3. Grieving Childbearing Issues Part One
  4. Active Grieving Part Two
  5. Experiential Focusing Therapy: A Unifying Humanistic Therapy 
  6. Book and Tape Review: Experiential Dimension In Therapy Manual and Focusing Awareness Video 
  7. The Focusing Community
  8. Focusing Therapy: Brief Therapy Humanistically
  9. Parents As Mirrors For Their Children
  10. Parenting: Setting Limits While Allowing Choices
  11. Positive Parenting: Listening To Your Child, Listening To Your Partner, Listening To Yourself
  12. Focusing: You Wake Up Depressed For No Reason
  13. Tears and Focusing
  14. Jung, MBTI, and Experiential Theory
  15. Focusing and Soul Collage


  1. Being Touched and Being Moved: The Spiritual Value of Tears 
  2. Focusing Inner Child Work With Abused Clients 
  3. Caring Confrontation In Experiential Therapy 
  4. Psychotherapy Training Through Peer Counseling 
  5. Listening and Interruptions In Task-Oriented Groups (dissertation excerpt)
  6. Don’t Fight ‘Em, Join ‘Em: A Community-Wide Intervention for ADHD 
  7. Experiential Focusing As A Brief Therapy Intervention 
  8. The Body As A Source Of Knowledge 
  9. Existential/Phenomenology: A Philosophy Of Feminine Experience
  10. Finding The Meaning Of Tears 
  11. Medical Change Events With Experiential Focusing
  12. Listening and Focusing In Supportive Community  
  13. Focusing Therapy: Theory, Research,Practice, and Training
  14. Affect in Focusing and Experiential Therapy 
  15. Changes: A Peer-Counseling Model for Community Mental Health
  16. Collaborative Edge Decision Making
  17. Instant "Ahah!" Mini-Manual
  18. Complete Focusing Instructions
  19. Focusing in Community: Introduction
  20. Creative Edge Organizations: Businesses and Organizations as a 'Kind' of Focusing Community

Articles by Others

  1. Focusing Twelve Step by Steve Crawford
  2. Recovery Focusing by Suzanne Noel

Articles in Spanish:

  1. Método de Toma de Decisiones desde el Borde de Colaboración
  2. Destreza Básica: Focusing Intuitivo
  3. Destreza Básica: Escucha Focalizada
  4. Proceso de Solución de Problemas PRISMAS
  5. La Piramide de Borde Creativo
  6. "Ajás" Instantáneos
  7. Cultura de Creatividad
  8. Focusing - Individualmente, con un Entrenador de Borde Creativo ó con un Terapeuta de Focusing Experiencial
  9. Turnos Iguales para el Intercambio de Escucha y Focusing
  10. Focusing Interpersonal - Usar la Escucha/Focusing para facilitar la Resolución de Conflictos
  11. Focusing en Comunidad: Introducción
  12. Reuniones de Toma de Decisiones
  13. Communidades de Focusing
  14. Organizaciones de Borde Creativo

Helpful Books

You will find a wide variety of books, tapes, CDs/DVDs by a variety of Focusing teachers at and related links in The Focusing Institute Store.

You will find a complete, interactive archive (The Gendlin Online Library) of the works of Eugene Gendlin, creator of Focusing, at

World-Wide Training

Certified Focusing Professionals
Focusing Oriented Therapists
Inner Relationship Teachers
“Changes” Focusing Groups

Related Websites

Here are some related websites:

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These materials are offered purely as self-help skills. In providing them, Dr. McGuire is not engaged in rendering psychological, financial, legal, or other professional services. If expert assistance or counseling is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought.