Contact Info:
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
Phone: 847-864-0303

Second office:
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Phone: 847-864-0303
Website: Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy and Training

James R. Iberg, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Certifying Coordinator
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: U. of Chicago Psychology and the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Ctr.
Licensed By: State of Illinois, Clinical Psychologist
FOT Specialty Areas: Trauma, Adolescents, Adults, Body Psychotherapy, Pain management, Couples, Pastoral counseling
Other Specialty Areas: Contemplating Career Changes, Grief, Depression and Anxiety

Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
  • I offer Focusing workshops.
  • I am available for public presentations.
  • I am a TFI Certifying Coordinator. I offer training to become a TFI Certified Focusing Professional.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Creative process, Parenting, Business
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Couple
Personal Statement about Training Program:
I offer training in Focusing for individuals, and Focusing-oriented Therapy. In 2011 I made educational packages available at my website that include my coaching as you work through the products. This is for people who would like to gain competency in using Focusing for personal growth, relationship enhancement, and in the helping professions. These packages are a first step to get certified as a Focusing Trainer.

I received my doctorate from the University of Chicago, where I studied Personality Processes and Focusing with Dr. Eugene Gendlin. I've been in private practice since 1982. I have conducted seminars on Focusing and Communication Skills in the US and several foreign countries. I have had a long time affiliation with the Argosy University Illinois School for Professional Psychology.

A Sample of my Work:
About psychotherapy, see
and especially the section 'variables underlying the process events'

My Publications:
“Psychometric Development of Measures of In-session Focusing Activity: the Focusing-oriented Session Report and the Therapist Ratings of Client Process.” In J.C. Watson, R. Goldman, & M. Warner (Eds.), Client-centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the 21st Century: Advances in Theory, Research and Practice. PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye, UK, 2002.

“Unconditional Positive Regard: Constituent Activities.” In J. Bozarth & P. Wilkins (Eds.), Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions: Evolution, Theory and Practice Volume 3: Unconditional Positive Regard . PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye, UK, 2001.

“Focusing.” in R. J. Corsini (Ed.), Handbook of Innovative Therapy, Second Edition. New York: Wiley: New York, 2001.

“Experiential Psychotherapy.” In W. E. Craighead & C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Third Edition, 2. Wiley: New York, 2001.

“Reflective Listening.” In W. E. Craighead & C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Third Edition, 4. Wiley: New York, 2001.

“Exploring Psychotherapy Scientifically and Experientially.” In Feuerstein, H.J., Mueller, D., Weiser Cornell, A. (Eds.) Focusing im Prozess: Ein Lesebuch. GwG Verlag: Köln, 2000 (also available in English at

“Using statistical experiments with post-session client questionnaires as a student-centered approach to teaching the effects of therapist activities in psychotherapy.” In Hutterer, R., Pawlowsky, G., Schmid, P., & Stipsits, R. (Eds.) Client-centered and Experiential Psychotherapy: a Paradigm in Motion. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, 1996.

“Applying statistical control theory to bring together clinical supervision and psychotherapy research.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 59, 4, 575-586, 1991.

“Ms C’s Focusing and cognitive functions.” In Lietaer, G., Rombauts, J., & Van Balen, R. (Eds.) Client-centered and experiential psychotherapy in the nineties. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 1990.

“Person-centered experiential psychotherapy.” In Zeig, J. What is Psychotherapy? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990.

“Three focusing states applied to group work.” in Focusing Folio, 2, 1983.

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