Laura Read & Karen Quatsoe April 29, 2024

Welcoming you to be with us!

Laura Read & Karen Quatsoe April 29, 2024
Exploring the Experiential Space of the Divided Brain: Left Hemisphere Scaffolding for Right Hemisphere Process
We will be experimenting with language and the arts to recognize and feel two very different ways of attending to the world: the wide open, awareness of the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere’s narrow attention to what can be precisely grasped.
Please bring drawing/writing materials: Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc. Whatever you have is fine.
References: (also copied at the very end of this page)  

ZOOM LINK Help for Helpers: with Lynn Preston
Meeting ID: 916 3014 3362   Passcode: FOCUS

Monday 8:15 am New York Time *90 Min ~ please click for your time

Laura Read, Ph.D. worked for many years as a psychologist, research scientist, and assistant professor at New York University, Department of Psychiatry, and the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. She is a FOT Trainer, Coach, and Focus-Oriented Expressive Arts Practitioner (FOAT). Currently, she also teaches Tibetan Buddhism and meditation at the Westchester Meditation Center and has an ongoing interest in the intersection between Buddhism, addiction, and right and left brain processing.
Karen Quatsoe, BFA, is a Focusing Coach and Practitioner who brings to the practice the creative inclinations developed through her several careers in the art and design field. She has been Focusing for more than 15 years and completed the 2-YR. FOT program in NYC with Charlotte Howorth in 2017. She also has training in Mindfulness, and in 2020 became a Certified FOAT® Facilitator in Laury Rappaport’s Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute.


Warmest greetings,  
Katarina for 
Help for Helpers Informal Calendar (KH)


Help for Helper’s YouTube channel with recordings of the meetings:

Lynn Preston’s YouTube channel, where recordings continue to be published:

HELP FOR HELPERS is an online weekly gathering that was originally created as a response to the overwhelming stresses of pandemic life, especially for those in the helping professions. It developed into a flourishing, ever-growing wellspring of learning and connectedness. 



We prize the contributions of all those who attend.

2.       FREE! 

All the organizing and facilitating is donated.         


We are developing and expanding our project together.

4.       DIVERSE

We encourage varied points of view and approaches woven together with respect, openness, and embodied listening.

5.       ENRICHING

Each week, we have a reflection drawn from a wide variety of speakers and a broad spectrum of approaches (meditative, academic, personal, social/political, therapeutic) given by experienced teachers and those presenting their ideas for the first time.


‘The group focuses on and responds spontaneously to what is offered in the reflection. Focusing conversations are facilitated by the large group discussion and small breakout-room sharing.’



Afford, Peter (2011). Focusing in the Age of Neuroscience.

Afford, Peter (2015). Focusing integrates the left brain with the right brain (notes of presentation at Seattle conference July 2015).

Badenoch, Bonnie. (2017) The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.

Becker, Manfred. (Director). (2023). The Divided Brain [Film]. Filmhub.
Gendlin, EugeneT (1981). Focusing. New York: Bantam Books Chapter 7. 81-94

Grindler Katonah, Doralee (2010). Direct Engagement with the Cleared Space in Psychotherapy. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. Vol.9, #2.157-169

Grindler Katonah, Doralee (2012). Research on Clearing a Space. The Folio. 138-154

Klagsbrun, Joan (2007). Clearing a Space: A Centering Method for Receptivity and Presence for the Classroom. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice.12,1-12

McGilchrist, Iain. (2009) The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Yale University Press. Kindle Edition.
McGilchrist, Iain. (2011). RSA Animate: The Divided Brain.

McGilchrist, Iain (2021) The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World. Perspectiva Press. Kindle Edition.

Rappaport, Laury(2008). Focusing-oriented art therapy: Accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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