In 1988, I left teaching at university level to start a private practice as a hypnotherapist, incorporating Focusing in 1999, into a program that I’d already developed: INNER GOLF, a program to master the mental game of golf that generated significant media interest including numerous articles in newspapers and magazines as well as many television and radio interviews.
Later as I got interested in fitness and nutrition, I developed LighterYOU, a program to help women improve their health and fitness using Focusing to find ways of eating and moving that fit for them. Simultaneously, I taught yoga and Pilates classes at the YMCA and was also a Personal Fitness Trainer there for 10 years. My signature class that I created blending yoga/Pilates and Focusing was one of the most popular classes that the Y offered during my time there.
Since 2008, I’ve been teaching beginning and advanced Focusing courses for Focusing Resources, one of the top Focusing training organizations in the world.
In 2012, I co-authored a research paper for the Mayo Clinic for a project that I helped design. For this project, I mentored a Professor and his colleague at the Mayo Clinic in learning Focusing and who then assisted me in teaching Focusing to a group of medical students in 2010.
Teaching an Experiential Mind–Body Method to Medical Students
Cara Alexander & Robert D. Sheeler & Norman H. Rasmussen & Lucinda Hayden
Academic Psychiatry 2014
From 1994-2000, I authored many articles on the mental game of golf.
I did my double undergraduate studies in Cultural Anthropology/Psychology and Literature/French at the University of California at Santa Cruz, including study at the Sorbonne in Paris. I hold a Master’s degree in Teaching from California State University at San Francisco, where I taught English, ESL and Writing for seven years.
In addition to studying about shamanism through the cultural anthropology department at UCSC, I’ve trained in a more hand-on way with Michael Harner, Jane Bell and Nicky Scully, as well as Angeles Arrien. I spent five years at an intensive meditation school, Psychic Horizons, graduating from their clairvoyant program. I’ve also got numerous other Certifications and trainings.
I live in San Francisco and also have a charming cottage retreat in Joshua Tree, in the High Desert near Palm Springs, CA. I love dancing Argentine tango, sailing on San Francisco Bay and traveling the world, practicing the languages I’m studying.