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

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

I am trained in Hakomi Psychology, an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy that allows you to explore your Self and psyche using the wisdom and dream language of the body. Hakomi is a powerful modality that offers an efficient path to accessing our innermost feelings, unmet needs, fears and wishes. Read more about the approach here: https://meta-trainings.com/hakomi-mindful-somatic-psychotherapy/

— Greta Reitinger, Psychotherapist 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

Hakomi is an elegant and gentle modality that is mindful, experiential, & body-oriented in approach. When using Hakomi, I invite you to slow way down and bring curious attention to the fabric of your inner world. We collaboratively study how your particular system organizes experience and to become aware of the patterns in operation and their origins; the body then organically reveals what it needs in order to process and repair places of pain and stuckness.

— Danielle Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

The Hakomi method is an elegant model of treatment that respects the mind, body, spirit and eco system of the client. Through thoughtful conversation, an open invitation for honest inquiry and mindful attention to our inner and outer environments we can come into harmony with our life. This is often an excellent approach for the restlessness and anxious inhibition that some of my clients experience.

— Foad Afshar, Psychotherapist in Manchester, NH

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

Working in an intentional state receptive and relational mindfulness, the Hakomi Method is a highly effective yet gentle approach for accessing what we refer to as, "core material'. This includes very basic embodied believes such as "people can be trusted", or "I am worthy of love". This immersive and integrative work invites the organic wisdom that already resides within you to access, engage, and transform those aspects of yourself that are most in need of attention.

— Christo Brehm, Psychotherapist in Eugene, OR

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 Pacifica, 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