Save the Date: Celebrate Dr. Eugene Gendlin's contribution - Oct. 25, 2013
Dear psychotherapy colleagues and other friends,

I thought you might be interested in learning more about the contribution that Eugene Gendlin PhD has made to the world - not only to psychotherapy, but also philosophy, the arts, mediation, spirituality, education and many other endeavors.

The Focusing Community, a very active global community, is celebrating Gendlin's work this October.  The events taking place will include watching Gene briefly describe three of his fundamental philosophical principles (by video) and then contributing to a global discussion in response. 

His work has influenced many different kinds of psychotherapy, from Somatic Experiencing, to Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy, to Person-Centered work, and to emerging developments in contemporary psychoanalysis.

You are welcome to read four short pieces on his work that I published on the website this year. If link doesn't work, please paste this address into your browser.

The flier below provides more details about the 10/25/13 event. 

I hope you can join us.

Sincerely yours,
Joan Lavender Psy. D.

Worldwide Celebrate Gene Gendlin Month

The NY Metro Focusing Community invites you to a presentation to Honor and Promote the Focusing Practice and Philosophy of Eugene Gendlin

Dr. Eugene Gendlin is internationally recognized as a major American philosopher and psychologist.  He has received the American Psychological Association’s highest award for Distinguished Theoretical and  Philosophical Contributions to Psychology.   In 2008 he was awarded Vienna’s Viktor Frankl prize.  His book, FOCUSING, has sold over 500,000 copies and is translated into 17 languages. Other books include LET YOUR BODY INTERPRET YOUR DREAMS and FOCUSING-ORIENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY.  A library of his numerous publications may be found at
During the month of October, Focusing communities around the world will be sponsoring similar events to promote Eugene Gendlin’s philosophy, the practice of Focusing and Focusing–oriented psychotherapy, and to support The Focusing Institute.

At each event, the same compelling video will be shown.  Entitled  “The Theory of Focusing-Oriented Therapy,” the video is accessible to anyone interested in learning how Focusing works.  Gendlin takes us step by step into his experiential thinking about the nature of being human and how to access and unfold our inner knowing. 

Date:  Friday, October 25, 2013
Time:  7:00pm
Location: Judson Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson Street (corner of Washington Square South)                                                                           
Suggested Minimum Contribution:  $25

Following the video NY Metro Focusing leaders, and Focusing-oriented psychotherapist and Focusing teacher Joan Lavender, Psy.D., will facilitate an experiential/interactive discussion.

Beginning Nov. 1st, 2013, the international gatherings will seed an online discussion through which we can all share the experience of the international events.

Please join our Celebrate Gene Month gathering, welcoming therapists, non-therapists and anyone interested in knowing more about Gendlin and Focusing.
In the December 6th meeting of the NY Metro Focusing community, Serge Prengel, LMHC, Focusing teacher and psychotherapist, will lead an experiential presentation and community discussion using his wide knowledge of Gendlin’s process, especially  Felt Sense deepening with enhancement of living.
For more information about Serge, go to: :

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:30pm-9:00pm.  For more information go to

And beginning in November the international gatherings will seed an online discussion through which experiences will be shared. New York Metro Focusing will carry the learning further forward at its next meeting on December 6th to be facilitated by Serge Prengel LMHC. Please be sure of receiving information about both by signing up to our announcements at

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