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

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

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

— James Reling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

Having completed the first year of professional training in Hakomi, I now a teaching assistant for the 2021-2022 round of training. I also participate in regular practice and supervision groups to continue deepening my skills with this method.

— Maureen "Eula Lys" Backman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Mateo, CA

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

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

— Lindsey Stern, Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

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

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 Napa, CA

As a graduate of the Hakomi comprehensive training program, I rely on mindfulness-oriented techniques which support slowing down to study your experience together, with a spirit of non-judgment and compassion. This approach allows us to move at a pace which is aligned to your unique system, and to deepen into and toward deeper experiences and memories, while keeping your goals and priorities for therapy at the center.

— Eliza Gilmore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

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

I have studied 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. My main practice is influenced by Hakomi, called Relational Somatic Healing, with similar basic tenets but incorporates craniosacral, mindbody centering and a more relational approach.

— Erica Berman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

Hakomi Therapy gives me a frame work to explore mindfulness, body awareness, and unconscious patterning and processes. It helps access the inner child, missing experiences, and trauma often stored in a the recesses of our body. It's a powerful, yet gentle exploration that centers the client's autonomy.

— Shyma El Sayed, Clinical Psychologist