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Hakomi


 

The Hakomi Method is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change and development. Hakomi is an in depth, mindfulness-based somatic modality originated in the mid-1970’s by therapist and author Ron Kurtz as the Ron Kurtz Method of Body-Centered Psychotherapy. Drawing from an enormous range of influences - Buddhism and Taoism, physics, body-centered therapies such as Gestalt, Reichian work, the Feldenkrais Method, Bioenergetics, Focusing, NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis, and General Systems Theory, it synthesized a pioneering approach to somatic psychotherapy, combining mindfulness, gentleness and experiential explorations of client behavior. In 1981, recognizing that the work stood on its own, Ron formally changed the name of the work to the Hakomi Method, based on a Hopi Indian word that asks “ how do you stand in relation to these many realms” or, more simply, “who are you?” That same year, Ron and several of his advanced students created the Hakomi Institute, a nonprofit educational corporation whose purpose was to promote the work.

 

Its techniques are effective throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications such as individual, couples and family therapy, and group work as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and volumes of evidence research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness and core psychological belief systems.

For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process. Hakomi utilizes the present moment as a rapid and experiential access route to unconscious material. Guided by the principles of Mindfulness and Non-violence, the Hakomi Method is a gentle, respectful, compassionate and thus powerful form of personal exploration that uses the wisdom of the body to pursue core evolution and deepen awareness beyond insight. Hakomi follows Frieda Fromm Reichman’s advice, “The patient needs an experience, not an explanation.” Typical therapeutic outcomes include lasting change in deeply held emotional attitudes, beliefs and behavior.

The basis of the work is threefold:

 

  • to create a bonded relationship that allows enough safety for the client to turn inwards and explore present experiences (cognitive, somatic, emotional, energetic, spiritual, etc.)
  • to follow those experiences towards the core material that generates them
  • to pursue ways to heal and evolve the core material

Hakomi Principles