Hakomi is based in the belief that mind, body and spirit operate together, not as disconnected parts. I have found that an integrated body/mind/spirit approach to counseling and psychotherapy can be especially effective in working with many difficult life problems.
How Hakomi Works
Hakomi psychotherapy uses first-hand, felt experience to enable the process of self-discovery and change. Because it deals with more than thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, somatic therapy may open you up to information that can be overlooked in more traditional analytic psychotherapy.
In Hakomi, the added awareness of sensations and felt experiences within the body are used to deepen the work. This can provide a channel of cooperation between the unconscious and conscious, and help facilitate communication among parts of yourself that may be lost, hidden, or isolated.
The Hakomi Principles
The Hakomi Method is based on seven principles that underlie all aspects of the work and guide the practitioner to approach both the client and the process with a sense of wholeness, respect, and humility:
- Unity: an inclusive awareness of the interrelatedness of things
- Organicity: the recognition and honoring or each person’s individuality
- Mind/Body/Spirit Holism: the assumption that all elements of experience are essential
- Mindfulness: the value of being genuinely aware of exactly what is happening
- Nonviolence: a commitment to respect and loving regard
- Truth: the pursuit of the actual nature of things
- Change: the trust that things can and will move and evolve
How Hakomi Can Help
Hakomi is a wonderful therapy for those who are interested in exploring themselves at a deeper level. Hakomi uses mindfulness and present moment awareness to help you recognize, explore and shift habitual ways of acting and responding and connect more with your aliveness. It uses multiples dimensions — body, thoughts, emotions, posture, beliefs—to explore, change, and grow.
“Therapy is first about discovering. It’s about who you are and about what your deepest emotional attitudes are. It’s not just about who you think you are … It’s about who you are in the very heart of yourself. That’s the flavor of psychotherapy, discovering yourself, discovering your real attitudes toward the most important pieces of your life.” —Ron Kurtz, Hakomi founder.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with years of comprehensive training, supervision and experience in the Hakomi Method of body-centered psychotherapy. Learn more about my experience, training, and approach. Please call my office at 415-242-9866, text me at 415-745-0612, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 20-minute initial phone consultation or to schedule an appointment.