Eugene T. Gendlin, the American philosopher and psychologist who developed the mind-body connection practice called “Focusing,” died on May 1 at the age of 90 in Spring Valley, New York. Focusing is an experiential, body-oriented method for generating insights, creative thinking, and emotional healing.  Gendlin’s work has been inspirational for many well-known innovators in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Gendlin dedicated his life to the study of our ‘bodily being’ and the insights that can come from staying in contact with our bodily feelings. This approach is ‘contemplative’, and consistent with research in psychotherapy, especially recent practice advice coming from advances in neuroscience.  This approach values remaining open-minded and non-doctrinaire, prioritising individual experience over general theorising.

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