Hakomi-Method“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 not opinion. It’s not something you can know with the intellect. 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.

Integrating scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, Hakomi has evolved into a complex and elegant form of psychotherapy that is highly effective with a wide range of populations.  It utilizes the core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion and mindfulness that evolved from Buddhism and Taoism.

Using the core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness, Hakomi helps people change “core material.”  Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions.  It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals.  Typically, it exerts its influence over your life unconsciously by organizing your responses to the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc.  Some of this material supports your ability to be who you wish to be, while some of it – learned in response to acute and chronic stress – may limit you.  Hakomi can allow you to distinguish between the useful material and that which is holding you back so that you can willingly change material that restricts your wholeness.

Hakomi is an experiential psychotherapy.  In sessions, present, felt experience is used as an access route to core material.  Elicited by the Hakomi method, this unconscious material surfaces experientially, allowing changes to be integrated into your immediate experience.

The Hakomi Method establishs an ever-present, attitude of gentle acceptance and care known as loving presence.  This maximizes safety, respect and the cooperation of the unconscious.  With a good working relationship established, we then help you focus on and learn how core material shapes your experience.

Hakomi has pioneered the use of active or dynamic mindfulness in psychotherapy. Instead of using mindfulness meditation as simply an adjunct to therapy, most of the Hakomi process is conducted in mindfulness.  This facilitates Hakomi techniques in accessing unconscious material quite rapidly, but safely.

We work with strong emotions and bound energy, safely releasing them, and finding nourishment in that release  We process core beliefs in mindfulness, not as intellectual problem-solving, but as direct dialogue with the unconscious.

Hakomi is effective and appropriate in many therapeutic situations, with individuals and couples in both brief and long-term therapy.

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