HAKOMI Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy IS AN EXPERIENTIAL BODY-CENTERED PROCESS THAT HELPS PEOPLE CHANGE “CORE MATERIAL.”
I have been a practicing Psychologist for over 30 years, and have been trained in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches. The Hakomi Method is my preferred choice for working with people. I have been singularly impressed with its power and effectiveness. It addresses issues that are not able to be resolved in traditional talk therapy and can rapidly produce lasting transformation.
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 unconsciously, by organizing our responses to the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc. Some of this material supports our being who we wish to be, while some of it, learned in response to acute and chronic stress, continues to limit us. Hakomi allows the client to distinguish between the two, and to willingly change material that restricts his or her wholeness.
Hakomi is an experiential process: Present, felt experience is used as an access route to core material; this unconscious material is elicited and surfaces experientially; and changes are integrated into the client’s immediate experience.
Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic process : the body serves as a resource that reflects and stores formative memories and the core beliefs they have generated, and also provides significant access routes to core material.
(adapted from, and for more information on Hakomi please see the Hakomi Institute website )