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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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

Hakomi uses mindfulness to go towards your “core material,” or deeply ingrained beliefs about yourself and the world. By uncovering and examining these beliefs, we aim to discard inaccurate beliefs that no longer serve you, and gain new, life affirming experiences that help you understand the truth of yourself and the world, thereby living in alignment with each.

— Amanda Ball, Counselor in Portland, OR

I'm grateful to be invited to apply and have won a scholarship to attend advanced training in Hakomi Professional Skills, Year 1. Our experiences literally shape how we hold ourselves and move through the world, and by starting with the body, we can often get to deeper meanings forged into our neuronal networks before we had language to conceptualize or experience to contextualize what those events taught us.

— Phoenix Jackson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Through the use of mindfulness, Hakomi offers gentle guidance to people\'s inner experience. A present moment awareness is paired with a creative, dynamic, and experiential approach that allows people to not just think, but feel and intuit their way through painful events.

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern 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

I am a certified practitioner of the Hakomi method, which is a gentle method of mindfulness-based body-oriented psychotherapy. By bringing mindful awareness to your body experience while addressing a challenging issue, we open up the possibility of discovering one's limiting beliefs and inner conflicts. By giving space and acknowledgement to these subconscious limiting beliefs, it's possible to have a new experience and discover a new sense of freedom.

— David Javate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South San Francisco, CA

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 am trained in Hakomi, a mindfulness-based, experiential approach to therapy. Often, patterns and beliefs that we are not even aware of are getting in the way of living the life we want. By slowing down in our therapy sessions, and paying attention to your experiences as they occur in the moment, I can help you become aware of these patterns and beliefs. Together, we can explore and transform these patterns, to allow you to live a fuller, more satisfying life.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

The Hakomi Method is a present-focused, experiential approach to therapy that uses mindfulness, touch, and movement. Central to my practice is my use of The Hakomi Method to assist my clients in seeing themselves more.

— Jessica Barnese, Counselor in Portland, OR

Somatic Psychotherapy is one of the foundational approaches that I use in therapy and I blend Hakomi with EMDR and mindfulness-based practices. I believe that honoring the wisdom of the body gives us incredible insight into the unconscious, and is a highly effective way to heal old traumas and negative belief patterns. I have extensive expertise in mindfulness-based therapy (since 2005) and have been training in Hakomi since 2019.

— Kerry McKee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy is concerned with tracking, contacting, deepening, and studying our internal state experience, and how our present moment internal state experience is organized based on ways we learned to be in the world going all the way back to childhood and earlier. When we learn to pause and study how we are organized internally, then we can relate to our present moment in new ways, including as the autonomous beings we are, as well as in relationship.

— Tyler Thompson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

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

I use a body centered psychotherapy technique called Hakomi that is aimed at healing core wounding often result from childhood issues. Hakomi is a type of somatic/body-centered therapy that uses a combination of mindful awareness and interpersonal authenticity as a pathway for inner healing. As a client, you will feel safe, seen, and met and learn new depth in inner awareness and acquire tools for more authentic and effective management of your inner world.

— Wendy Yeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA

I am a student of Hakomi method, a mind-body integrative approach that utilizes mindfulness and attachment theory to study and discover the healing inside of you. Hakomi believes in following the process, that you have everything you need inside of you to heal. That in discovering and uncovering the wholeness, and tending to safety in our connection, the healing itself will lead the process, and all we need to do is slow down, deepen into it, and allow it to unfold.

— Erica Berman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, 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 modality that greatly informs my work and how we will explore your healing journey together. Hakomi utilizes mindfulness as the route into the memories and beliefs storied in your body, helping us study together how you both consciously and unconsciously orient around your present moment and past life experience, giving us the opportunity to, together, collaboratively experiment to create new experiences in those core memories.

— Shura Eagen, Counselor in Royal Oak, MI

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

I am trained in the Hakomi Method, a form of somatic experiential therapy, and am supervised by Katrina Gould LCSW who has been practicing Hakomi in the Portland area for decades.

— Naomi Painter, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern 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 training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy with Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.) at the Hakomi Institute of Oregon. I highly value Hakomi's approach to processing trauma, attachment wounds and other sources of stuckness. Hakomi's efficacy rests on the therapist's attunement to the client and the continued refinement of their art of counseling.

— Emily Fisken, Counselor in Eugene, 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 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

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

— Natalie Buchwald, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY