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Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT) Certification Program

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We are the Focusing Certifying Coordinators(CCs) in The International Focusing Institute (TIFI), USA to organize and conduct Focusing Trainings in Hong Kong.



池見 陽 教授 Akira Ikemi, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist

Professor: Kansai University Faculty of Health & Well-Being  and the Graduate School of Psychology

The Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology Award (2020)

日本人間性心理学会 学会賞 受賞 (2020年)

Program Organizer /  
Group Facilitators  : 

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黃麗華 Rachel Wong

Focusing Certifying Coordinator(CC), 

Counsellor, Master of Professional Counseling


李曉程 Camille Li, Ed.D

Focusing Certifying Coordinator(CC), 

Counsellor, Doctor of Education, Master of Counseling

Certification is awarded by The International Focusing Institute (TIFI) in USA.



What is Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT)?

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy comes from the pioneering work of philosopher and psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago, where he collaborated with Carl Rogers. Dr. Gendlin's work has been honored by four awards from The American Psychological Association. He and colleagues studied why some psychotherapy clients improved while many others did not. It was found that successful therapy was not determined by the therapist's technique, orientation or the kind of problem being discussed. What did make a difference was what the client was doing internally. Successful clients were regularly checking inside themselves for a whole bodily felt sense of their situation. These findings led to much further research in the last fifty years and to exact understandings about how this inner checking can be found.

More Details:



*********Online real-time classes + 4 days face-to-face workshops, conducted in English. Limited to 12 participants (for maximum personal attention)*********

Training is over a two year period and will include instructional time, supervision, required reading and videos, Focusing partnerships, experiential exercises and practice sessions


Taught by Professor Akira Ikemi (conducted entirely in English).

Clinical psychologist, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy practitioner.
Faculty of Health and Welfare and Graduate School of Psychology, Kansai University.
Awarded by the Japanese Humanistic Psychology Association [Japanese Humanistic Psychology Society Award (2020)].


Training location : 40 sessions (2.5 hours each) via Zoom; 4 days In-person meetings to be held in Hong Kong (specific dates provided below, divided into two periods).

In addition to Zoom-based teaching and practice, there will be four days of in-person meetings organized to meet with Prof. Akira in Hong Kong.


2025 January 11th and 12th (Saturday & Sunday): Full-day workshops
2026 January 10th and 11th (Saturday & Sunday): Full-day workshops


Course schedule:

  • To meet Professor Akira Ikemi once a month, on the second Thursday (with occasional exceptions), from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (2.5 hours)

  • To practice with Ms. Rachel Wong & Dr. Camille Li on the following Sunday (with occasional exceptions)  3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (2.5 hours)

  • To meet Professor Akira Ikemi In-person workshop dates: January 11th and 12th, 2025 & January 10th and 11th, 2026

Course content includes:

➢ 16 teaching sessions (2.5 hours each)
➢ 4 Group Case Supervision sessions (2.5 hours each)
➢ 4 days of in-person training

➢ 20 practice sessions (2.5 hours each)
➢ Reading and comprehension of assigned texts in English.
➢ Submission of a minimum of 10 reflection papers.


Once admitted, please join below at your cost:

➢ The membership with the International Focusing Institute as Trainer-in-Training (TNT)


Full Schedule of Teaching Class and Group Practice:



  • Helping Professionals (e.g. Mental Health Professionals, Therapists, Counsellors, Social Workers, and Clinical Psychologists)

To participate in the program, you are expected to have already achieved a high level of proficiency in Focusing before you begin this training. Or, you must meet one of the following criteria:


  • Completion of Level 1A Focusing + Level 1B Listening + PFP Partnership

  • Completion of Focusing Levels 1 to 4; or

  • Proficiency in Focusing Partnership Award (PFP); or

  • If you are not sure whether your level of proficiency in Focusing is sufficient to meet for the program, you can consider to pay an assessment fee of HK$500 (30min) before joining this program.

  • If you have not learnt Focusing before and wish to join this program. Please join our introduction course Or, email/whatsapp us to get more information.


Language requirement:


  • Proficiency in reading and comprehending assigned texts in the English language, as well as understanding instructions delivered in English.



Fee / Early Bird Rates:

  • Before June 15th  2024: HK$38,800 (One time payment)

  • (Regular price) : HK$40,000

  • (Regular price) Option to pay in two installments (Only available for regular price enrollment; First installment of HK$20,000 to be paid before August 1, 2024; Second installment of HK$20,000 to be paid by October 1, 2024.)

★ Special Note: Due to the continuous nature of the program, no refunds will be provided if a participant is unable to complete the course for personal reasons. In the event of interruption in the course due to the organizer or course trainer, the remaining tuition fees for the uncompleted portion will be refunded by the organizer. The early bird course fees do not include taxes. If you require an invoice, please contact us.

Enrollment will be closed on September 15 th, 2024

Please note that a minimum attendance rate of 80% is required to continue with the certification. Otherwise, Certification of Attendance will be issued instead.


Payment does not include (to be paid directly to TIFI, ):


  • International Focusing Institute Trainer Fee: (For two years: USD 55 per year)

  • International Focusing Institute Certification Fee: USD 375

  • Annual membership fee after certification: USD 120

It is important to note that payment should not be made before your application is accepted.

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1. Please deposit the tuition into the HSBC account 582-641189-838 Thou Art Limited ; or to pay by the Fast Payment System (FPS) Unique  ID: 163484769, and send us a proof of your deposit.

2. With all remittance charges on the payor’s account, you may TT HSBC as below:

Bank: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Bank Address: 1, Queens Road Central, Hong Kong
Account No: 582-641189-838  
Account Name: Thou Art Limited

For payment, please arrange a Telegraphic Transfer (TT) to HSBC with all remittance charges borne by the payor.



1. Please note that a minimum attendance rate of 80% is required to continue with the certification. 
New students please complete the google form. Continuing with an additional page and/or providing your resume(not more than 100 words) is most welcome so that our teacher could know you more.


2. No refund will be entertained after 2024 September 10th. Administration Fee of HK$1,000 will be applied.


3. Thou Art Limited, as the organizer, reserves the right to cancel or postpone any scheduled training or part thereof. Enrolled students are eligible to receive a full refund of fees paid prior to the course commencement or on a pro rata basis after the course has commenced.


4. Thou Art Limited reserves the right to terminate the enrollment of any student without providing a reason. Tuition fees will be refunded in full if the termination occurs before the course has commenced, or on a pro rata basis if it occurs after the course has started.

5. Email or WhatsApp +852 5209 5900 Camille LI/ Rachel WONG for more details.

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