Hakomi Method – Body Centred, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy.
One of the key foundations of the Hakomi method of body centred psychotherapy is that it includes working in a mindful state of consciousness. Mindfulness is historically rooted in buddhist traditions, but for our purposes it simply means having an experience and noticing it at the same time. No special skills, training or belief systems are required. Whatever degree you’re able to remain in mindfulness during our session is just fine.
From the Hakomi Institute website (links are added) –
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. The method draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness evolved from Buddhism and Taoism.
At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of Principles: Mindfulness, Nonviolence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Integration; these tenets inform every aspect of the work. The first concern of Hakomi Trainings is that our students embody these Principles as a deep and consistent part of who they are and how they work. This means a heartfelt, long-term commitment to their own growth, both personal and professional. Our goal is to foster high quality, caring therapists who are as dedicated to their own self-awareness as they are to the understanding of others. We further support students in discovering their own style, creativity and unique application of the Hakomi Method.
I’m a certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT), and I use the method in my counselling practice. I also combine it with other approaches and methodologies as appropriate.