ExAF in Clinical Settings

We offer two therapeutic pathways of Expressive Arts Focusing:

  • Focusing informed Art Therapy: Therapeutic artmaking from the body sense. Focusing is used to get started and to reflect the artwork
  • Focusing Therapy with the Creative and the Expressive Arts: Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy FOT with intervals of expressing the Felt Sense through the arts

We are happy to be there for you in 1:1 sessions

ExAF in Counseling, Coaching, Supervision

We offer ExAF based counseling, coaching and supervision with the Creative and the Expressive Arts

Additionally, we offer:

  • FOAT® coaching for trainees of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute
  • Person-centred Creative Arts supervision for trainees of APCCA (Association for Person-centred Creative Arts)

We are happy to be there for you in 1:1 sessions

ExAF in Continuing Education

Stoppages and dead-end situations in continuing education benefit from imaginary space and alternative world experiences

Practitioners can find real life solutions through unexpected and unpredictable experiences that are affective, sensory based and playful 

Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF brings about such experiences. Experiential Arts from the body sense can open up shifts in structure-bound experiencing that otherwise stay stuck

The process is carried forward through circular loops of aesthetic experiencing, expressing and finding meaning. The outcome is improvement in self-regulation, self-restoration and self-empowerment

ExAF Principles

Foundational Focusing and FOAT® prinicples (Eugene Gendlin, Laury Rappaport) are the main principles here, along with Empathic Curiosity for Differences (Christiane Geiser) and Aesthetic Empathy (Friedl Dicker-Brandeis)


Processing artistically at the edge of sensual awareness is leading to a More of  (Eugene Gendlin). This is the place where the Experiential Third (Freda Blob) is going to emerge. The Experiential Third is a space offering unpredictable shifts in body, arts and meaning. Those shifts are actualized through the living body interacting with all the components of the situation as a whole

Activities of ExAF continuing education are embedded in the space of the Experiential Third


The experiential process is forwarded by empathic art making. Art making itself is a carrying forward: 'Any action or interaction is a carrying forward of the body' (Eugene Gendlin, The Process Model)

Forwarding goes hand in hand with pausing (The Revolutionary Pause, Mary Hendricks), a one minute wait for the body to carry forward experiencing with precision. Practicing the Revolutionary Pause in ExAF ways, experiential listening and repetitive art activities may occur simultaneously. For example: Holding on to autonomous bilateral drawing movements from the Whole Body (without using art materials or expressing content) is sometimes just the time the body needs to find its next right step


ExAF activities are facilitated by the professional but start from the body sense of the practitioner. Practitioners are experts of their own processing and direction of development. They are co-creative partners in finding out what practices are most inducive for their body's forwarding movement

This working model is highly experiential and person-centred, and functions best with a wide range of methods being offered to match individual needs

Therapeutic ExAF Hands-on Methods

  • Embodied Doodling: Energizing the body through spontaneous repetitive art activities, releasing stress,  getting grounded

  • Felt Art Journaling: Processing difficult emotions, themes or intentions through multiple layers of artistic expression from the body sense

  • Experiential Museum Art-Based Engagement/Receptive Art Therapy: Receptive-active art activities, responding to fine arts from the art sense (Paolo Bianchi), getting hold of aesthetic connections and deeper meaning

  • Experiential Collaging (Akira Ikemi), Phototherapy (Kathrin Seifert): Finding and exploring meaning through action-oriented art expression using inside-out and outside-in felt sensing

  • Experiential Dynamic Shape Drawing (DSD): Getting focused through drawing rhythmical moving and swinging lines along breathing rhythm using lombard braid patterns (anthroposophical art therapy)

  • Bilateral Body Mapping/Guided Drawing®: Releasing intense body feelings, emotions and trauma (Sensorimotor Art Therapy®)

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We operate online from GER

FOCUSZART The Focusing Studio

Hirschauer Str. 50 | D-72070 Tübingen | 0049 1757228458 |

International Memberships TIFI, IAFOT, IEATA, APCCA, PCE, EFA, BFA