Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapies (FOATs) is a creative synthesis of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing with art/expressive arts therapy. It is based on over thirty years of clinical work and was developed by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, ATR-BC, REAT.
The mission of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute (FEAI) is to expand awareness, education, and training in Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT) and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy (FOET)–including art therapy, dance-movement, music, drama therapy, etc. . The FEAI works in collaboration with The Focusing Institute, New York. Related programs in both Focusing and art/expressive arts therapies are also offered.
The FEAI seeks to bring Focusing-Oriented Arts Therapies into the world in order to increase mindful awareness, compassion, kindness, and listening; access innate wisdom and creative intelligence; promote peaceful conflict resolution, enhance relationships, and build community.