Hakomi

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 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
 

I have been training in Hakomi since 2015. I am currently receiving specialized supervision to become a certified Hakomi therapist.

— Jennifer Wohl, 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, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

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 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, Counselor in Portland, OR

I incorporate mindfulness-based methods of Hakomi, Recreation of Self (RC-S), attachment work, and trauma resourcing. I have extensive training learning these modalities through ongoing practice and supervision, through previous internship experience, and training with Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.).

— Stuart Malkin, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I completed the comprehensive Hakomi training as well as receiving ongoing group practice with a certified Hakomi teacher. I utilize Hakomi practices regularly in my work with clients to help activate mindful awareness in session and deepen processing and orientation to unconscious material.

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA