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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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

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

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 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

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

— Melissa Barbash, Counselor in Denver, CO

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

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 Pacifica, 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 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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Hakomi is a form of sensorimotor psychotherapy (also called somatic therapy), consisting of guided self-study that uses mindfulness to access traumatic memories and harmful beliefs encoded in the body - those places in your body where you feel restless, uncomfortable, ill, or just plain “don’t go there.” Together, we will harness the power of mindfulness, creativity, curiosity, and presence to courageously dive in, unearth your pain, and reshape your experience of the world.

— Naomi Painter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate 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

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

We may use mindfulness and somatic exploration to tap into the body’s sensations and memories. The body can help bring unconscious material, emotions and visualizations into session and show us a strength-based path toward healing.

— Madison Oie, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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