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About Judy

About Judy Leith

My story...

My life in tatters
Anxiety, Self-doubt, fear
Breakdown of body
My soul deeply asleep
Cut off from my intuitive nature
Desperate to heal
Where it started…
A leap of faith from a ‘gut feeling’
Trusting something on the inside knows what to do
Allowing my curious / adventurous Self to ‘let rip’
Owning my fear  
Letting out the scream / river of tears
Keeping trusting my inner voice
Listening to my 'felt-sense' body wisdom
Grounded presence – anywhere / anytime
Connecting to mother earth, the sea, the space all around
Believing in Self
Giving Self permission
Affirmations from the heart
Being with the not knowing
My unwavering trust
Discovering food for the soul
Dancing the dance!


From Karen Whalen Ph.D.
'Judy is a natural wholebody practitioner and highly skilled professional trainer of the foundational practise of Wholebody Focusing and particularly, of the relational practise of the Wholebody Heartfelt Connection and Conversation. She is genuine and heartfelt, and innately knows how to guide another person to a similar experience of themselves. She is certified as a Wholebody Focusing Trainer Professional from the Focusing Institute of New York.'

Training & Experience

My introduction to Wholebody Focusing began in 2011 after reading about an introductory Wholebody Focusing workshop in Christchurch that was being taught by Karen Whalen Ph.D. My interest was immediate and I knew with absolute certainty that I must go and satisfy a deep curiosity residing within me. This experiential way of connecting to Self was the beginning of my hunger for more knowledge and participation in Wholebody Focusing.

Experiential Training
In 2012 I attended a five day Wholebody Focusing workshop at Gentle Annie on the West Coast taught by Karen and this had a profound impact on me, cementing an absolute knowing that I wanted and needed Wholebody Focusing in my life. I continue my training in Wholebody Focusing through Foundational Training workshops, class skype sessions, one on one listening / focusing partnerships and guiding small group sessions in workshop situations under the guidance of Karen.

Advanced Training
After an invitation to attend a Wholebody Focusing retreat in France with Karen and
Kevin McEvenue, I continued to deepen my understanding of the Relational Practice of Wholebody Heartfelt Connection. It was a profound experience for me to meet and engage with the founder of Wholebody Focusing and to connect with other advanced Wholebody Focusing students from around the world in the charming setting of Guilliers Brittany France.

I became a certified Wholebody Focusing trainer in May 2015 with the Focusing Institute of New York. 

Teaching Experience
In June 2015 I co-facilitated two Wholebody Focusing workshops at Waikawa in the Catlins New Zealand with Karen. The first 3-day workshop was the Foundational Training in Wholebody Focusing and the second workshop explored the Heartfelt Connections of Mutality in my Relationships. After the workshop I facilitated monthly listening practice classes in Invercargill for workshop participants to offer support and deepen the experiential practice and understanding of Wholebody Focusing and the Heartfelt Connection.

In my Everyday Life
Wholebody Focusing is an intrinsic part of my life and I attribute my ability to be able to be fully my Self and shift blockages so I can move my life forward because of it. My commitment is to continue the practice of Wholebody Focusing to enrich and enliven my own life and also to share my experiential knowledge with other people who are disconnected and have lost touch with the wisdom of their own living body and who struggle to cope with living on a daily basis. This desire to share and teach the practice of Wholebody Focusing comes from my own struggle and a deep empathy and compassion from within.

My Teacher

Karen Whalen Ph.D. has been my teacher and Wholebody Focusing trainer since 2011
Karen is a Clinical Psychotherapist and Psychologist specializing in Complex Trauma.  She has published several articles and book chapters about the role of the Relational Field in supporting the healing process of the trauma sufferer. She is on Faculty at the Focusing Institute of New York and she teaches internationally Wholebody Focusing and Wholebody Focusing Oriented Therapy to health care professionals, offering clinical supervision and ongoing professional development training programs.

My Mentor

Stanley Richards, ARPS, TAAP has been my person-centred mentor since 2007.
Stanley Richards was born in the East End of London in 1926. His early work was in photography where he later gained his ARPS, also giving a number of training courses on the psychology of photography. 
His interest in philosophy and psychology led him ‘Dianetics: the modern science of mental health’. It was one of the first fringe, alternative psychotherapies - as distinct from the original schools derived from the work of Freud, Jung and Adler. Richards was among the first students of the Dianetics Foundation in London, later becoming a member of the teaching staff. In 1954 he opened the first school in Perth, Western Australia, dividing his time between writing and teaching. 
Since the early days of Dianetics in 1950, the psychology scene has proliferated and Richards has trained and practiced in a number of therapeutic modalities, among them Neo-Freudian analysis, Rogerian, Gestalt, Encounter, Existential, Primal, Transactional Analysis and Jungian therapy. The Jungian tradition stimulated him to do a university study of Greek mythology for his books. In later years he has lectured at the Albany Trust, a Jungian Training Institute in Christchurch, New Zealand and has had three books published on archetypal psychology and one book on Person-Centred Counselling. More recently Richards has given a number of courses on Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy. He is a founding member of The Association for Analytical Psychology and has been consistently in practice for 58 years and now devotes some time to his website where you can find his most recent essays. www.map.org.nz

‘Person centred therapy was the beginning of my road to recovery from being completely cut-off from my intuitive Self and has enabled me to grow as an individual. It has been, and is, a painful journey and at the same time my life is enriched, rewarding and joyous.’
Judy Leith

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