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 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

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 assisted in the most recent Pro Skills 2 training and am currently pursuing certification.

— Ajay Dave, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Hakomi is a depth oriented somatic mindfulness approach which I have been studying over the past 4 years. I am a Hakomi Certified Practitioner, and hold this lens of client centered, present moment, relational therapy as a framework for all of the work that I do with clients. Hakomi is a gently powerful; the way in which water can cut through stone. This combined with an IFS informed approach is a potent bottom up duo that can deeply shift held patterns and bring revelatory insights.

— Pujita Latchman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Maybe you’ve tried talk therapy and are wanting a different approach. Mindfulness-based experiential therapy places a high value on present-moment experience. With mindful compassionate curiosity, we explore what is true for you related to your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, body sensations, impulses, behaviors, needs, and memories. At times, we may explore what it is like to say or do something, or mindfully notice the impact of something. Mindfulness is a powerful agent for transformation.

— Sarah Howeth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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

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

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

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

— James Reling, 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 Ann Arbor, MI