Nina Joy Lawrence
Nina Joy Lawrence has an MS in Counseling from Oregon State University. She has taught and counseled at many levels, from preschool through post graduate. She discovered Focusing in 1990, and became a Focusing Professional in 2003. In 2001 she began sharing Focusing with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, collaborating with Pat Omidian and Afghan aid workers to create a program that would help them in their work. She loves to support Focusers to reach out to local community groups who are searching for ways to meet their needs.
In 2008 Nina Joy and Patricia Omidian called together Focusers interested in working this way, and the Community Wellness “tribe” was created. This fluid group has grown over the past 6 years, supporting and encouraging each other through a discussion list and monthly phone conferences, which Nina Joy has been instrumental in maintaining. She also is one of the teachers in the certification program run by Ann Weiser Cornell of Focusing Resources.
In December 2013 Nina Joy was among those chosen by Gene Gendlin and Mary Hendricks Gendlin to served on the transitional board of The Focusing Institute as it changed from a founder-led organization to one run by the Focusing community. She is happy to be supportive of Focusing International as it blossoms in the growing tree of community wellness work. Nina is a Certifying Coordinator for The Focusing Institute. With Patricia Omidian she is the other co-founder of the worldwide Community Wellness Focusing movement.