The Hakomi method is a mindfulness-based, body-centered therapeutic approach developed in the 1970s by therapist Ron Kurtz. Evolved from Buddhism and other forms of meditation practice, the Hakomi founded on the principles of nonviolence, gentleness, compassion and mindfulness. The Hakomi method regards people as self-organizing systems, organized around core memories, beliefs and images; this core material expresses itself through habits and attitudes that tend to guide people unconsciously. Hakomi seeks to help people discover and recognize these patterns and then transform their way of being in the world by changing the “core material” that is limiting them. Hakomi can be used to treat a variety of issues, and has been shown to particularly help people who are struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Hakomi experts today.

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I am trained in Hakomi Therapy. I will integrate this somatic approach into our work together as needed.

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

Hakomi Therapy uses present-moment experience, like thoughts, body sensations, feelings, etc., to elucidate “core material” (unconscious ways of being in the world) and transform it, often through mindful experiments.

— Sarah Howeth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I completed Level One Professional Hakomi training in Berkeley, CA (2019).

— Lindsey Stern, Marriage & Family Therapist

Hakomi is an integrative method that combines Western psychology and body-centered techniques with mindfulness principles from Eastern psychology. Hakomi takes into account that we carry our memories and traumas and feelings in our physical bodies. The way mindfulness is utilized here maintains its integrity as a profound experience that reconnects the client and therapist to their true and common humanity. It is when an individual feels truly joined by another on their healing journey.

— Ricardo Peña, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Buchwald has been certified as a Hakomi practitioner after completing a post-graduate training.

— Natalie Buchwald, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY

Hakomi is a depth oriented somatic mindfulness approach which I have been studying over the past 4 years. I am a Hakomi Certified Practitioner, and hold this lens of client centered, present moment, relational therapy as a framework for all of the work that I do with clients. Hakomi is a gently powerful; the way in which water can cut through stone. This combined with an IFS informed approach is a potent bottom up duo that can deeply shift held patterns and bring revelatory insights.

— Pujita Latchman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I am trained in Hakomi, a mindfulness-based somatic (body-centered) approach to therapy.

— James Reling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am a Hakomi inspired therapist. Hakomi is a body centered, present moment modality that moves at the pace of your own healing. It is client led, deep, body based, and a wonderful way to work with historical patterns and trauma. The Hakomi method, as designed by Ron Kurtz, is a therapeutic approach that meets the entire individual. It offers slow change that allows you to integrate what has happened perviously while moving into the future you would like.

— Jenna Noah, Counselor in Denver, CO

Find out more via my speciality webpage on Hakomi and Mindfulness Therapy: https://windingriverpsychotherapyservices.com/mindfulness-and-somatic-therapy

— Tim Holtzman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA

Hakomi is a mindful, body-oriented approach to therapy. Using Hakomi, I offer a safe, gentle approach to exploring your relationship to yourself and your experiences. Often we encounter old beliefs that cause suffering. Hakomi supports updating these old limiting ways of thinking to more supportive, compassionate ways of being who you are.

— Melissa Yeary, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Milwaukie, OR

I have completed both comprehensive trainings offered by the Hakomi Institute of California. I maintain relationships with Hakomi mentors & colleagues for continued professional development.

— Leanna Immel, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

Hakomi is a somatic (body-centered) psychotherapy based in mindfulness that believes that change happens through accessing the interface between our mind and body. Mindfulness is used to study how we organize our internal experience (i.e. thoughts, feelings, memories, physical sensations, impulses, etc.) from moment to moment. Using this method we can uncover core beliefs and psychological patterns and revive the body’s knowledge as a resource. Increasing our awareness and enabling emotional release at this deep level of ourselves, we learn new ways of being in the world and change becomes attainable.

— Jon Fox, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Hakomi is a body-centered, mindfulness-based approach. Hakomi uses body awareness to access the unconscious. Both trauma and brilliant, creative healing wisdom are stored in the body. By learning how to listen to and follow your body's cues, you will find a depth, ease and aliveness that working in ordinary consciousness can't access.

— Grace Silvia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am currently engaged in the Level 2 Hakomi training. I like to try out small experiments in mindfulness to take a look at the thoughts, memories, feelings, and sensations that arise in relation to symptoms or struggles. In Hakomi, we accept these symptoms as sources of valuable information. Mindfulness and compassion for oneself allows old patterns to be seen and updated.

— Paul Abodeely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I have been training in the practice of Hakomi since 2015, and I am currently in the supervision process to become certified as a Hakomi therapist. Hakomi is a mindfulness-based, somatically oriented process of self-study. The Hakomi therapist serves as a facilitator for the client to explore inwardly issues and challenges that show up in the client's life. The practice is experiential and experimental, meaning we don't just talk about issues, we explore together through guided experiments and experiences. The focus is always in the present moment, even when exploring memories and past experiences.

— Jennifer Wohl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Hakomioffers spaces that feel incredibly safe and unwaveringly curious. It uses the magic of the felt sense and the present moment to explore and deepen our experiences of ourselves and the world around us, and opens doors to new ways of experiencing those worlds. As a Professional Skills Level 1 graduate, Hakomi continually guides my work.

— Natalia Oncina, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I believe in the transformative ability of "being with" difficult emotions. Hakomi incorporates mindfulness and somatic awareness to access emotions.

— Marielle Grenade-Willis, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Denver, CO

Completed a two-year training with The Hakomi Institute in The Hakomi Method of Mindful, Somatic Psychotherapy, 2007.

— Allison Brunner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , PA