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Abstract: Mindfulness and acceptance are key terms within person-centred experiential psychotherapy and focusing. Here, this subject is looked at from three different angles: How does the therapist in person-centred experiential psychotherapy succeed in being mindful and accepting (the aspect of therapist variables)? How can the therapist facilitate the client to be more mindful and accepting towards him- or herself (the aspect of the client variable)? How can the client learn to develop a mindful and accepting attitude towards him- or herself (the aspect of self-help through focusing)? The therapist core variables (unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence) are presented, with an emphasis on unconditional positive regard. Presence, a variable which has been discussed since the eighties, is understood and described as a basis variable. Eugene Gendlin generated a re-orientation within person-centred psychotherapy. The attention of the therapist does not focus so much on the person expressing feelings and opinions. Instead, what is sensed on a bodily level, even if it is still vague, is put in the centre of attention and is considered as the origin of change processes. This makes it possible for the therapist to intervene in a more accurate way by referring to the felt sense. Such a reference to the bodily sensed inner experiencing in the present moment, even if not very clear yet, leads to a decisive change in the concept of personcentred psychotherapy: the “dys-identification” or the development of a constructive inner relationship. In focusing, which enables clients to apply the core variables of PEPT towards themselves and to initiate a constructive inner process of experiencing and changing by themselves, these changes are summarised in a condensed form. With regard to the issue of “mindfulness and acceptance within the person-centred concept”, the author refers to statements by Rogers himself, but also by Gendlin and more recent authors like Greenberg, Hendrix, Iberg and Moore. A comparison between PEPT and Buddhism is made according to the example of the Japanese person-centred psychotherapist Kuno. In this discussion, differences and commonalities of the two concepts are compared. The author goes deeper into the theory of Thich Nhat Hanh and Kabat-Zinn, and compares these with statements made by Rogers and Gendlin.