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March 2024

Hakomi Method

somatic psychotherapy

Hakomi is a unique and effective therapeutic approach that supports human development and change.  

This integrates oriental practices of non-violence and mindfulness, with an experiential and body-centered methodology. 

The method was originally developed by Ron Kurtz in 1981.  Currently, Hakomi integrates neuroscience, attachment theories, trauma therapies, among other innovative approaches, and its principles are an optimal basis for highly transformative processes.


Principles of the method


It promotes security, non-forced ways, cooperative exploration. It honors the signs of the organic process and supports the defenses.


It assumes that all the parts intercommunicate with the whole as a self-directed and organizational system, with its own internal wisdom. Supports the natural flow of the system.

full attention

A powerful tool to help others study their own experience.  A relaxed and attentive state that allows one to witness deeper states of consciousness.


It assumes that we are integral systems, composed of interdependent parts at all levels: physical/metabolic, intrapsychic, interpersonal, familial, cultural, and spiritual.

mind-body integration

It affirms that the body and mind manifest and reflect the beliefs we have about ourselves and the world, which organizes the way of inhabiting  and experiencing the world.




Principles of the method:

Unit: participatory universe

Mindfulness: the path to awareness

Organicity: the new science of human systems.

Nonviolence:  go with the resistance

Mind-body integration:  the wise body


Precise use of states of consciousness: the power beyond the ego.   Detection, monitoring, guidance and work with states of consciousness.

Full attention.  Present experience in psychotherapy.  How to guide and maintain it.

Modalities of experience:  the window of perception.Hierarchical interconnection, self-organization and central material.


Translate indicators to experiments. Use of subtle somatic cues as the path to the unconscious.

Probes: the evocation of experience.  Verb phrases designed to nurture or reveal unconscious barriers.

Relays: working with defenses and the unexpressed.   Somatic contact as a way of access to nutrition.  Extensive study and practice ofand the verbal and non-verbal relay technique.  Support for defenses, how to help them lower their guard.  Access to the unconscious,_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ blocked emotions/actions.  Safe support for authentic expression.


Somatic contact as a route of access and nutrition.   Exploration of the precise and conscious use of interventions using physical contact, offering support and accessing the unconscious material stored in the body (always with the permission of the client.  Ethical and therapeutic aspects of the use of touch in psychotherapy.


The person as process

Character as self-organization: the adaptive unconscious and the creation of personal realities.  Study of character from the perspective of the self-organizing processes of biological systems.  How our unconscious generates adaptive beliefs and behaviors designed to protect us from pain in ages early.

Body-mind organization patterns: Character strategies.  Non-pathologizing study of character.  Review of the 8 character formation strategies.

Study of patterns from within.  Inquiries into the experiential world of each of the specific patterns, experiences and interactions.

Therapeutic approaches to character strategies.  Effective methods to work therapeutically with each character strategy.

Body reading:  seeing the psychological history.  Study of the expression of psychological issues in posture, structure and body movement.


Emotional attitude of the therapist:  internalized principles.  Loving presence, compassion and acceptance.

Limbic resonance.  Construction of security space.


Contact with the other:  The courage of the encounter. Learning to contact the client's conscious and unconscious experience , as a way of deepening the attunement.  Use of contact phrases..


Seeing the other: the courage to be aware. Study of the tracking technique.  Subtle clues in voice, gestures, breathing and posture, as indicators of the unconscious central material.


Gaining the cooperation of the unconscious.. Exploring the unconscious signs of cooperation.  How to build, maintain and recover them when they are lost.

When the client knows that the therapist understands: the power of being seen and understood.Exploration and practice of this basic therapeutic task and its place in the process.


Who heals: faith in the consultant's power to transform. Exploration of performance anxiety and alternatives to the idea of "doing" therapy or wanting to "make something happen".


Go from ordinary conversations to work.  Approach and technique of creating therapeutic interaction


Words and images: the need for meaning..  How to discern the meaning of past and present experiences, and gain information from therapeutic interventions.


I work with strong emotions:  Navigating the rapids.  How to treat strong emotions when they emerge spontaneously, safely and in a way that generates customer satisfaction.


The concocted experience, implicit memory and reconsolidation of memory.  Work with child states.  Formation of core beliefs.  How to offer lost experiences:_cc581905-9-bb31-b 136bad5cf58d_ comfort, nutrition, understanding and information that the child did not have.  Support for memory reconsolidation and reorganization of neural pathways.


Central material:  taking out the shadow.

Organization model of the psyche.  Access routes in which transformation is possible.  Facets of core beliefs, memories, images and emotions.



Neuropsychology and attachment theory.  The neuroscience of the Hakomi method and its effectiveness in working with attachment injuries.


Structure of the therapeutic process: the hierarchy of experience. Moving them through different states of consciousness.


Reducing noise: the sensitivity cycle. Model of the growth cycle and how it is interrupted by character barriers.  Insight, nutrition and completeness.


Balancing basic tasks: managing the process and gathering information.  Practical exercises of analysis and experimentation as the 2 basic aspects of therapy.


Jumping out of the system. How to detect and work with systematic patterns of interaction between therapist and client, which block the therapeutic process. Techniques to get out of the system.

Strategies.  Exploration of methods for fruitful processes.


Unconscious preferences: the therapist's character process.  Awareness of the therapist himself.


when nothing works

Ethics and proper use of power

Integrating Hakomi into your clinical practice


Teaching methods

experiential exercises

Aimed at experimenting and practicing specific tools of the method

group process

Focused on offering a nurturing learning environment and an invitation to process what happens as a group in the process


Trainers demonstrate work directly with students


Supervised practice between students to receive feedback from the team and other students.


Trainers deliver structured presentations on Hakomi concepts and methodologies


Video sessions of Hakomi teachers and students to be examined in detail


Open discussion in small groups to explore topics in depth

Study groups

Small groups that work together in more intimate settings for the purpose of discussing, practicing, connecting, processing, and offering mutual support.



Rob Fisher, MFT

Director of training in Colombia and China.  Psychotherapist, consultant, supervisor and senior international trainer in Hakomi.  Faculty member of the Hakomi Institute of California.

Co-creator and instructor of the Certification Program inMindfulness and Compassion for psychotherapistsfrom the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Professor of the master's degree in Somatic Psychology at JFK University, and at CIIS.  

Author of the book "Experiential Psychotherapy for couples".  

For more information about Rob and his work, clickhere.


Susan Saint Tara, MFT

Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Hakomi Trainer.

Co-founder of Anam Cara Therapy Centerat Berkeley. Professor of the master's degree at CIIS and John F. Kennedy University in San Francisco, California.

Susan has studied Eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and healing approaches throughout the land for over 25 years. In her work, Susan articulates the wisdom of the natural world, the poetry woven into the body, and a love of the divine mystery in her warm, nurturing, and congenial style, thus establishing an environment of dynamic and satisfying growth.


For more information about Susan and her work, clickhere


Mukara Meredith, MFT

Mukara has 30 years of experience in teaching, counseling, and therapeutic practice.   Creator of the leadership methodMatrixWorksTM, aimed at facilitating change and transformation in groups, through the integration of universal healing principles. 

Professor at Naropa University (Boulder, CO) since 1993, Practitioner of Buddhism.  Application of the Hakomi method to group contexts.  Mukara is dedicated to the practical applications of the wisdom of the world, to daily life.  

Co-author of the book "Matrixworks:  a life affirming guide to facilitation mastery and group genius"


For more information about Mukara and his work click herehere


Teacher, consultant and speaker on issues of mindfulness, attachment, trauma, and movement therapies.   Professor for more than 15 years at JFK University, Sofia University, and CIIS.  Trauma therapist with survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma victims..  Certified in Somatic Experiencing. Graduate of the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program (Dr. Ed Tronick), and the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco (Dr. Alicia Lieberman)..  Certified Continuum Movement Teacher.

Author of the books "Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox", "8 keys to practicing mindfulness",  as well as 2 chapters of the book "Hakomi mindfulness-centered Somatic_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58dPsychotherapy: a comprehensive guide to theory and practice".

For more information about Manuela and her work, clickhere

Manuela Mishcke-Reeds, MFT

Team Hakomi Colombia


Gabriela Martinez, M.A.

psychologist. MA in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies - CIIS (San Francisco, California, USA). Specialist in the treatment of resolution of psychological trauma.  Training in Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma, EMDR, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, Shiatsu, Intergenerational Trauma Training_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ and collective ofPocket Project. Psychotherapist with clinical experience, management of groups and processes de training y psychosocial support for more than 20 years.


Juana Umana, MA

psychologist. MA in Somatic Psychology. Studies in Somatic Experiencing (SE), therapeutic approach for trauma resolution, Tamalpa  Life-Art process, therapeutic method through expressive arts, Hakomi Method, self-discovery assisted based on mindfulness and non-violence.  Asomatic approaches such as Body-Mind Centering and Esalen massage. Individual therapist with 10 years of experience in various social and clinical contexts. 

To receive information on comprehensive vocational training or other Hakomi activities, please click here

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