Contact Info:
Osaka 533-0021 JAPAN

Hideo Tanaka, M.A.

Focusing Trainer
Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing workshops.
  • I am available for public presentations.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Creative process
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Theory

A Sample of my Work:
Tanaka, Hideo (2015a): The significance of just touching 'this feeling'. Presented at the 26th International Focusing Conference. Seattle, WA
Abstract: Very often, a focuser turns down a tentative handle, just touches the felt sense again wondering 'what is this?' and then finds a more appropriate handle. How different are the focuser's modes of experience when they have, or donít have a handle? Gendlin mentioned theoretical suggestions about this difference in his early primary work, 'Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning'. On the basis of these suggestions, the presenter considers how a listener can make appropriate responses to these modes of experience, by referring to concrete sessions from Gendlin's 'Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy' and Weiser Cornell's 'The Focusing Student's Manual'.

My Publications:
Tanaka, Hideo (2004). What is the meaning of 'direct' in 'direct reference'?: distinction between direct reference and resonance (in Japanese). The Focusers Focus: Japan Focusing Association Newsletter, 7(2), pp.1-6.

Tanaka, Hideo (2004/2005). A biblographic survey about E. T. Gendlin's early theory of experiencing: influences on his psychotherapeutic studies from W. Dilthey's philosophy (in Japanese). Bulletin of Meiji University Library, 8, pp.56-81 & 9, pp.58-87.

Tanaka, Hideo (2005). Recollections of my visit to Dr. Gendlin (in Japanese). The Focusers Focus: Japan Focusing Association Newsletter, 8(2), pp.4-6.

Tanaka, Hideo (2014). What is 'symbolization?': preliminary discussions on whether symbolizations are always necessary in psychotherapy (in Japanese). The 1st TAE Qualitative Research Symposium Reports, pp.98-103.

Tanaka, Hideo (2015b). Some issues about the term 'congruence' and the solutions proposed by Gendlin (in Japanese). The Japanese Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 33(1), pp.29-38.
English abstract: It is generally said that Carl Rogers came to emphasize the 'congruent' attitude of the therapist through the Wisconsin Project. On the other hand, Eugene Gendlin, despite being one of the most important theorists of the project, rarely uses the term 'congruence' in his works. In this article, the author clarified how Gendlin saw the term 'congruence' as a problem and how he resolved the problem, on the bases of his early primary work, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning. With this clarification, the author sets out to explore how to prevent misuses of the word 'match' in Focusing.

Tanaka, Hideo (2016a). Feeling and words (in Japanese). In Ikemi, Akira (Ed.), Update Your listening and Therapy with Focusing: The Fundamentals of Sensing, Speaking and Listening. Kyoto: Nakanishiya. pp.53-59.

Tanaka, Hideo (2016b). 'Process variables' in Gendlin's psychotherapy studies (in Japanese). Kandai Psyclological Reports, 16, pp.105-111.

Tanaka, Hideo, & Ikemi, Akira (2016). Two streams in the early period of focusing: the sources of the experiencing scales and focusing instructions (in Japanese). Psychologist: Bulletin of the Graduate School of Professional Clinical Psychology, 6, pp.9-17.
English abstract: Carl Rogerís group conducted two types of research studies that motivated Eugene Gendlin (1981) to advocate Focusing: 1.'Success in therapy correlated not with what the clients talked about, but with how they talked.' 2. 'Success or failure in therapy could be predicted from the early interviews.' In fact, these two types of research studies were derived from different streams conducted by researchers who preceded Gendlin. The first type of research study above is the source of the Experiencing scales, and the second type of study is the source of Focusing instructions. In this article, the author attempts to show how Gendlin developed these two streams, merging them together to form what is now called 'Focusing'.

Tanaka, Hideo (2017). The best book on the subject of 'congruence' (Special review article: discussions of the separate volumes Three Core Conditions Proposed by Rogers) (in Japanese). The Japanese Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 34(2), pp.143-149.

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