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Marion N. Hendricks-Gendlin, Ph.D.

Mary Hendricks

Marion N. Hendricks-Gendlin, Ph.D. was the Director of The Focusing Institute, an International not-for-profit organization from 1996 to 2007. She conducted workshops and lectures on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy world wide.  She was in private practice for thirty years. She graduated from and received her client-centered training at the University of Chicago. She was one of the founders of CHANGES, a community therapy network where she trained clients, students, and therapists in listening and focusing, and participated in developing training materials.  She interned at the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York City, and then worked as a psychologist-trainer in the New York State Hospital system. She was a core faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago for ten years, where she established and taught the Experiential/Client-Centered specialization.


“Experiencing Level An instance of developing a variable from a first person process so it can be reliably measured and taught.” in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16, No. 10–12, 2009, pp. 129–55

“Experiencing Level An instance of developing a variable from a first person process so it can be reliably measured and taught.” in Claire Petitmengin (Editor) Ten Years of Viewing from Within: The Legacy of Francisco Varela. Imprint Academic (Paperback – 1 Nov 2009)

“The Role of Experiencing in Psychotherapy: Attending to the “Bodily Felt Sense” of a Problem Makes Any Orientation More Effective” Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol 37, No. 1, Springer, March (2007)

“Focusing-Oriented Experiential Psychotherapy: How To Do It” in American Journal of Psychotherapy Vol 61, No 3, (2007), pg 271-84.

"Ein Felt Sense ist mehr als mur ein Gefühl" in Person: Internationale Zeitschrift für Personzentrierte und Experienzielle Psychotherapie und Beratung, facultas Universitätsverlag, 6. Jahrgang 2/2002

"What Difference Does Philosophy Make?" Crossing Gendlin and Rogers in Watson, J. and Warner, M. (Editors) Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the Twenty First Century . (2002)

"An Experiential Version of Unconditional Positive Regard" in Bozarth, J. and Wilkins, P. (Eds.) Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions Evolution, Theory and Practice Vol. 3: Unconditional Positive Regard (2001)

"Focusing-Oriented/Experiential Psychotherapy" in Cain, David and Seeman, Jules (Eds.) Humanistic Psychotherapy; handbook of research and practice, American Psychological Association, 2001.

"Experiencing Level as a Therapeutic Variable," Person-centered review, vol.1, #2, May 1986, pp141-162. This article is translated into Japanese and Dutch.

Reprinted in: Cain, David (Ed.) Classics in the Person-Centered Approach (2002)

"A Focusing Group: model for a new kind of group process," Small Group Behavior, Vol. 15, #2, May 1984, pp155-171.

"Experiencing in Dreams: An Individual Difference Variable," with R. Cartwright, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 15, #3 Fall 1978.

"Rap Manual" with E. Gendlin, partly reproduced in Wexler, D.A. and Rice, L.N. (Editors), innovations in client-centered therapy, Ch. 7, Wiley & Sons, 1974. Also reprinted as a chapter in Gendlin, E.T. Focusing, 1978.

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