Jan
7
5:00 PM17:00

Healthy Relationships Group

Every first Sunday from 5pm-7pm, I'll be hosting a group for anyone interested in learning more about creating and sustaining healthy relationships. The groups will be drop-in and donation based. Both couples and individuals are welcome. I'll be discussing a topic, facilitate a group discussion, and provide homework for those who want to take what they learned home with them. The first group will be December 3rd, and every 1st Sunday after that. The topics will be different every month for 4-5 months and then repeat. So far, topics included are, but may not be limited to, attachment, communication, intimacy, and dealing with conflict. People are welcome to come for repeated topics for as long as the group is helpful to them.

All are welcome! The group will be held in Mandala Midwifery's clinic, though the group is open to any couple or individual willing to participate. Couples may be with or without children, of any sexual orientation, and any duration or quality of togetherness. Individuals participating may be single and wanting to learn more for their next relationship, or individuals in a couple who are not both present. Please only bring infants if necessary, as older children may be distracting. 

January 7th- We'll be discussing communication. We'll explore all the ways we communicate without meaning to, how we fail to communicate when we mean to, and how we often misinterpret or unknowingly rely on "mind-reading." Relationships can become surprisingly rich, and significantly easier, once both people are committed to increasing the clarity, frequency and intention in their communicating.

We'll explore where in our daily schedules we are able to commit to conscious communication, despite busy days full of kids or work, and there will be 2 take home exercises. One exercise will guide you to through a particular way of communicating aimed to increase understanding, validation, and empathy, even on topics upon which you don't and won't ever agree. The second exercise will help you create healthy communication habits beginning with short, specific daily checkins focused on your relationship, while keeping them from becoming long, drawn out, "relationship talks," that often turn into arguments. 

 

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Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Focusing Workshop

Introduction to Focusing workshop will be provided on January 21st by my colleague, Steven Biesmann. who incorporates Focusing into his spiritual direction practice. See his flyer below...

Wanting something more? Feeling stuck?  Wanting to move forward?

Do you have a sense of your life that you could be living more fully....

Do you have unfulfilled desires and goals that have not yet happened?

Focusing is a way of coming to realize new possibilities in the situations in your life and taking steps to move forward in life-giving directions.  Focusing clarifies what was unclear by tapping into the wisdom inherent in our whole being - body, mind, and feeling.  It brings Balance, Understanding, and an increased sense of well-being through an inner practice that can be done alone or with a partner.  Akin to mindfulness, meditation, or sensing exercises - But unique in its simplicity and depth, it can bring the way forward to the next steps you are wanting to take in your life.

In this Workshop you will -

  • Learn the process of Focusing
  • Learn about Focusing attitudes - accepting, interested and curious 
  • Learn why Focusing works
  • Practice getting in touch with inner insights 
  • Practice Focusing 

This workshop is designed for people who are new to Focusing or want a a deepening of their Skill in Focusing.  There is no prerequisite .  The workshop is mainly to learn and be able to practice the Focusing Process alone.  The workshop will be 50% - information / 50% - experiential.  Knowing how to Focus will prepare you for the second introductory workshop on FOCUSING PARTNERSHIPS, offered February 18, 2018 Sunday 10am - 4pm at the same location.

Steven Biesmann will be leading the workshop, assisted by Tara Breitenbucher - Both of whom are Certified Focusing Trainers by The International Focusing Institute.  

Steven is a local Spiritual Director who has been in practice for 17 years and has recently given workshops and trainings in Focusing at the NW Regional Focusing conferences and the International Summer Program where he assisted with the Spirituality and Focusing Seminar Tract.  Tara is a local psychotherapist who uses Focusing in her practice.  Steven and Tara are facilitators for the ongoing Focusing Group that meets monthly in Bend for Focusing exchanges in partnerships.  Their dedication and valuation for Focusing provides a safe, an enjoyable environment for exploration and practice.  Their combined experience offers participants a depth and breadth that is uniquely valuable. The fee for the workshop is Donation.  You offer what you can according to the value you receive.   Maximum number of participants is 10. If you are sensing this workshop is right for you -  Reserve your place today - Contact Steven or Tara. Not sure if this workshop is right for you or need more information - contact Steven at stbiesmann@gmail.com or 541-410-9039 or Tara at tara@imagineapath.com or 206-303-0653.

 

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Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Clinician's Network speaking engagement on Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy

I will be speaking about Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy to clinicians at Clinician's Network of Bend and Central Oregon's monthly luncheon on Friday, February 16th.  The luncheon is open to members and non-members alike. For more information and to RSVP see their website-http://www.cliniciansnetwork.org/monthly-luncheon/

 

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Apr
15
9:00 AM09:00

Focusing for Clinicians workshop at COCC for Continuing Education Credits

For any practitioners of any of the healing arts- psychotherapy, massage therapy, medical professionals, yoga teachers, etc. On April 15th I'll be teaching a workshop for clinicians on a mindfulness-like process called Focusing through COCC that will offer 6 continuing education credits to the equivalents of LPCs, LCSWs, RNs. The information could apply to anyone working with clients in a healing manner. You'll learn an engaged mindfulness technique that you and your clients can use everyday, on your own, or with others. You'll be able to show your clients/patients how to be more accepting and open to discomfort so that it can have a chance at being resolved, and how to attend to an inner awareness so that they're less reactive and have a clearer understanding of their own barriers to wellness. Space will be limited so if you're at all interested, find the link under my class "Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy for Clinicians," to sign up to be on a mailing list for more information on how to register as it gets closer... https://www.cocc.edu/continuinged/hwcareers/.

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Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Couple's Group

Every first Sunday from 5pm-7pm, I'll be hosting a group for anyone interested in learning more about creating and sustaining healthy relationships. The groups will be drop-in and donation based. Both couples and individuals are welcome. I'll be discussing a topic, facilitate a group discussion, and provide homework for those who want to take what they learned home with them. The first group will be December 3rd, and every 1st Sunday after that. The topics will be different every month for 4-5 months and then repeat. So far, topics included are, but may not be limited to, attachment, communication, intimacy, and dealing with conflict. People are welcome to come for repeated topics for as long as the group is helpful to them.

All are welcome! The group will be held in Mandala Midwifery's clinic, though the group is open to any couple or individual willing to participate. Couples may be with or without children, of any sexual orientation, and any duration or quality of togetherness. Individuals participating may be single and wanting to learn more for their next relationship, or individuals in a couple who are not both present. Please only bring infants if necessary, as older children may be distracting. 

December 3rd- The healthy relationship: How do we create and maintain one? We'll briefly cover the chemical states of attachment, stages of relationships, how to reattach and stay curious and connected with each other, and how to avoid the 4 factors that have been thoroughly researched/documented to destroy relationships- criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. There will be an optional home exercise to see if any of these 4 have taken over, and one aimed at helping you to reinvest in your partner and foster reattachment.

Tara Renee Breitenbucher is a licensed therapist and educator who provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples in her private practice in Bend, Oregon. She's been seeing couples in her practice since 2009, helping couples arrive at a better understanding of their dynamics and negative cycles, creating the space for them to feel safe in trying out another way of being with each other and in the world, and giving them the opportunity to work together to turn their negative cycles into positive ones. She primarily relies on concepts from Emotionally Focused, Imago, Focusing-Oriented, and Existential Therapy. For more information on her work with couples or individuals, please see her website at Imagineapath.com

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Oct
29
4:00 PM16:00

Monthly Changes Group

Interested in practicing or learning more about Focusing? On Sunday, October 29th from 4 - 6 p.m., Tara Breitenbucher and her colleague, Steven Biesmann, will facilitate Bend's first monthly Changes Group for people interested in participating in Focusing exchanges. This group will welcome people of various levels of experience with Focusing: from those who have been Focusing for years, to those who have minimal practice with it and are interested in learning more. People new to Focusing will be invited to observe and resources for further instruction will be provided.

Focusing is a mindfulness-like practice performed alone or with a companion, allowing an individual to attend to and engage with their inner experience, helping one to clarify and resolve places that are stuck or out of balance. This group is intended for those who have some previous instruction in Focusing, in order to be able to engage in an exchange with another person - each taking a turn as Focuser and Companion. There will be time for a short group discussion around the Focusing process after exchanges. All participants are asked to RSVP with Steven Biesmann 541-410-9039 or Tara Breitenbucher 206-303-0653. Groups are held on October 29th, and then every second Sunday after that, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon- 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend, OR 97703.

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Focusing in Partnership

Focusing in Partnership Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who has had an introduction to Focusing, but who wants to deepen their process by learning how to Focus with someone else. Whether you’ve never focused with another person, or if you’ve been Focusing in partnership for some time, this workshop will help you to deepen your Focusing practice, examine challenges, and increase the effectiveness of your process. This will be a collaborative workshop, giving you a chance to share what you’ve learned through Focusing, discuss issues that have come up while Focusing with others, and explore what makes for a supportive Focusing partner.

In this workshop you will:

Discuss obstacles to avoid and ways to become a supportive Focusing partner

Have the opportunity to Focus with several different partners

Deepen and share your Focusing process with others

Have time to share difficulties and benefits in Focusing in partnership

Connect you with others in the Focusing community

We’ll meet on Sunday, September 17th, 2017, from 10am-4pm (including lunch break), at 19800 Village Office Ct. Suite 105. in Bend, Oregon. The cost of this workshop is based on you paying what you think it’s worth at the end of the day. To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Tara Breitenbucher at 206-303-0653, or visit her website at imagineapath.com. Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.

Tara Renee Breitenbucher is a licensed professional counselor and owner of Imagine A Path, counseling and workshops for inner and interpersonal growth. She has a holistic psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples in Bend, Oregon.

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Aug
13
10:00 AM10:00

Inner Awareness Workshop: Becoming Less Reactive and Finding Inner Calm

INNER AWARENESS WORKSHOP: BECOMING LESS REACTIVE AND FINDING INNER CALM

Do you often feel you’re your own worst enemy, working against your most valued goals and disconnected from what allows you to thrive? Focusing is a long-studied, well-researched process that will give you the tools to be with yourself in a whole new way, helping you to find and resolve parts of yourself that may be sabotaging your ability to take control of your life. It’s similar to mindfulness, but goes several steps beyond. Once learned, it’s a process you can do on your own or with another, but without a therapist, doctor, teacher, or guru. It gives you back your own power to define exactly what you want in life and the next steps needed to actualize that vision.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

Get beyond feeling stuck in your life, habits, or creative endeavors

Begin to heal parts of yourself that you may have neglected

Access inner awareness, gaining control of your reactions

Be with yourself and others in an entirely different way

Become a better decision maker and communicator

On Sunday, August 13th, 2017, from 10am-4pm (including lunch break), at 19800 Village Office Ct. Suite 105. in Bend, Oregon. The cost of this workshop is based on you paying what you think it’s worth at the end of the day. Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Tara Breitenbucher at 206-303-0653, or visit her website at imagineapath.com. Not sure if a workshop is right for you? Contact Tara for a one-to-one Focusing session to better determine if a workshop is the next right step.

Tara Renee Breitenbucher is a licensed professional counselor and owner of Imagine A Path, counseling and workshops for inner and interpersonal growth. She has a holistic psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples in Bend, Oregon.

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Jul
16
10:00 AM10:00

FOCUSING WORKSHOP: RECONNECTING WITH SELF AND OTHERS

Do you often feel you’re your own worst enemy, working against your most valued goals and disconnected from what allows you to thrive? Focusing is a long-studied, well-researched process that will give you the tools to be with yourself in a whole new way, helping you to find and resolve parts of yourself that may be sabotaging your ability to take control of your life. It's similar to mindfulness, but goes several steps further. Once learned, it’s a process you can do on your own, without a therapist, doctor, teacher or guru. It gives you back your own power to define exactly what you want in life and the next steps needed to actualize that vision. 

In this workshop you will learn how to:

Access inner experience, gaining information otherwise overlooked

Get beyond feeling stuck in your life, habits, or creative endeavors

Begin to heal parts of yourself that you may have neglected

Be with yourself and others in an entirely different way

Become a better decision maker and communicator

This workshop will be held on Sunday, July 16th, 2017, from 10am-4pm (including lunch break), at 19800 Village Office Ct. Suite 105. in Bend, Oregon. The cost is based on you paying what you think it’s worth at the end of the day. To register for the workshop, or for more information, please contact Tara Breitenbucher at 206-303-0653. Not sure if a workshop is right for you? Contact Tara for a one-to-one Focusing session to better determine if a workshop is the next right step.

Tara Renee Breitenbucher is a licensed professional counselor and owner of Imagine A Path, counseling and workshops for inner and interpersonal growth. She has a holistic psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples in Bend, Oregon.

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