How to Help Your Coaching Clients Access the Inner Wisdom of Their Bodies

A Six Week Online Class for Coaches 


  • you know that coaching on a deeper level will lead to change, and you would like some tools to tap into what is hidden and not easily accessible. 

  • you are wanting to explore and experience different pathways to foster change

  • you want to learn how to invite moment to moment awareness within yourself and your client


  • use a process method, called Focusing, to listen, hear and connect to the deep knowing of the body as it moves organically toward the process of change.     


  • recognize, nourish and encourage the inner wisdom that is already emerging from your clients with greater depth and presence.   


  • engage clients to move from "story" to what’s underneath.

  • ​invite clients to tap into their "felt sense" instead of trying to figure it all out.          


  • use movement, sound, gesture, image, or metaphor for expression.    



  • "It’s a powerful technique to access the body and one’s inner world. I think coaches often encounter difficulty getting a client to go there. Focusing seems easier somehow. I’m pretty aware of my body and inner world from all the work I’ve done on it, but nothing has been as powerful as focusing at 'getting right down to it.' "  Will Pearson, Raleigh, NC

  • "It gives the client a language to communicate non-cognitive senses or feelings with the coach and this opens another pathway to help the client make change."  Megan Sage, Ed.D.

  • "A deep respect for this process. Simple, yet so powerful: a life tool."  Marianne Scippa



Six Thursdays: 6:00PM - 8:00 PM (EST)  

January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13 2020

  • Class size limited to 6-8 students

  • Weekly grounding into coaching applications

  • 1 hour additional practice partnership between classes

  • 10.5 Core Competencies and 1.5 Resource Development ICF Credits


Class 1: The Power of Presence:  Experience how to make a calm and compassionate space for what you feel and how to return to that state.

Class 2: Felt Sensing:  How to get below the repetitive stories to the fresh "felt sense" where real change and breakthrough is possible.

Class 3:  A Deeper Understanding:  How to carry on an inner conversation, helping more insight and readiness to take action to emerge. 

Class 4: The Power of Listening:  How to truly listen to someone else.

Class 5: Make Focusing your own: How to make your own modifications in the Focusing process.  

Class 6: Focusing and Coaching: How to implement Focusing in your coaching practice.



  • 12 hours online class time

  • One 60 minute one-on-one session prior to the first class

  • 1 Manual (e-book):  The Focusing Student’s & Companion’s Manual, Part One by Ann Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin

  • 10.5 CCE's and 1.5 Resource Development ICF Credits:

  • Certificate of Completion


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Elke Ruggaber

Associate Certified Coach (ACC)  (2015, The International Coach Federation)

Certified Focusing Professional  (2017, The International Focusing Institute)

Elke has been Focusing since 2013 and decided to become a coach because of Focusing. She completed a 2 year coaching program with Doug Silsbee in the Presence-Based® Coaching modality in Asheville, NC, in 2015, and then trained with Cathy Pascal in Chapel Hill, NC to complete the Focusing Certification in 2017. 

"It is my deep desire to make Focusing more widely available to coaches.  It answers the "how to" question many coaches have and is a versatile tool that can be used within many coaching modalities.  Even more, it builds on something that has become rare today: being fully present with another person."

Karen Quatsoe

Certified Focusing Trainer (2017, The International Focusing Institute)

Karen is a Focusing Teacher who brings to the practice the creative inclinations developed through her several careers in the art and design field. She has been Focusing for more than 10 years, and has completed the 2-YR. Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) program in NYC with Charlotte Howorth in 2017. She also has training in Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, and currently has a level 4 Certification in Focusing and Expressive Arts (FOAT®) with Dr. Laury Rappaport.


"Focusing is not just a series of steps to practice; a way of being in the world. This process model provides the framework needed to enable a person to be in a relationship with all the parts of themselves, even those that are most difficult. As a coach this creates an opportunity to be present for the client in a more resonant interaction that facilitates forward movement and change."



We are teaching the Focusing process, a mind/body practice that connects us with our own inner wisdom and intuitive knowing.  We bring a Focusing mindset and interested curiosity toward a situation, experience or challenge, which is essential for "life-forward" movement. Focusing allows us to feel freshly how the whole being (mind, body and spirit) is in the present moment.  From somatic work we know that change does not occur unless it arises from a Felt Sense in the body.  "What is split off, not felt, remains the same.  When it is felt, it changes."  Eugene Gendlin


Too often we rely on our habitual patterns when we face challenges.  However, as Albert Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.  Focusing can be this different kind of "thinking" through which we access an integrated, embodied knowing, or the Felt Sense

Focusing was "discovered" by philosopher/psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin when he was researching what makes therapy successful.  While Focusing is not therapy, it can be integrated with many other modalities. It has been linked with over 50 research studies that show successful outcome and change in psychotherapy. 

With a solid Focusing foundation in place a coach, in turn, can invite, support and build on presence within a coaching conversation to allow adaptive change for the client.  Focusing can be easily integrated with other coaching styles and approaches.



B. Co-Creating the Relationship

Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client

Ability to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust


B. Co-Creating the Relationship

Coaching Presence

Being fully conscious and creating spontaneous relationships with clients, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident.

*Partners with client to create/enter a shared, present coaching space

* Is willing to not know, to risk, and to experiment in the moment

*Uses humor and lightness to invite perspective and dis-identification

* Demonstrates self-awareness and ability to self-correct own inner state

*Maintains ground and resourcefulness during client’s strong emotions


C. Communicating Effectively

Active Listening

Ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying. To understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support the client in self-expression.

*Summarizes and reflects the client’s concerns, goals, emotions, language and interpretations.

* Reflects in/congruence, observations, and assessments around voice, affect, tone of voice, and somatic shape

* Invites clearing and/or finding new perspective in client’s situation, rather than supporting existing narrative.


C. Communicating Effectively

Direct Communication

Communicating effectively during coaching sessions, and using language that has the greatest positive impact on the client

D. Facilitating Learning and Results

Creating Awareness

Ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results.

*Helps clients to discover for themselves the new thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotions, moods, etc. that strengthen their ability to take action and achieve what is important to them.

*Invites client to make internal processes explicit, and to identify somatic resources

*Invites client to witness and experiment with somatic, narrative, emotional and behavioral shifts that reveal possibilities

* Names own present moment experience and models self-awareness

Elke Ruggaber, Personal Development Coach, MBA, ACC  

336-269-1221   aperturecoach@gmail.com