Gene Gendlin (1926-2017), one of the true giants of Experiential Therapy, passed away on May 1st of this year. If you are interested, there is going to be a public memorial service for him in NYC on Saturday, August 12th. The event will also be live streamed on youtube if you are unable to attend in person.
Gendlin was studying philosophy (in particular, phenomenology) at the University of Chicago at that same time that Carl Rogers had his counseling research center there. Rogers and his colleagues, Gendlin realized, were doing a kind of applied phenomenology with their clients. Gendlin became part of their group, and Rogers and Gendlin came to deeply influence each other.
Gendlin completed his PhD., taught philosophy for decades, and considered himself primarily a philosopher. But he also trained as a therapist with Rogers’ group, and was an important player in the research and development of Person-Centered Therapy.
I’ll say a little more about Gendlin in my next post.