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The Hakomi Institute of California Training team consists of five Certified Hakomi Trainers Rob Fisher, Scott Eaton, Manuela Mischke-Reeds, Jon Eisman, Julie Murphy, and four Certified Hakomi Teachers: Shai Lavie, Dominque Lando, Susan San Tara, and Shirely Bar-Dvir. David Fish will become our fourth certified teacher once he obtains his MFT license in 2011.

Our trainers have many years of experience teaching the Hakomi Method locally as well as internationally. Each trainer brings their unique perspective of the method as well as their extensive profesional background in psychology and psychotherapy. Our professional trainings are taught with a team approach that includes talented teachers in training.

Shirley Bar-Dvir, MA., MFT, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background of BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill. Currently she is teaching at JFK university and supervising trainees at the counseling center there. In addition once a year she teaches workshops at "Shiluv Campus" in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, Attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, Family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditations supports how she holds her work and her teachings. She has a private practice at Anam Cara healing center in Berkeley CA.

Shirley can be contacted at 510-610-9582 | email

Scott Eaton, M.A., M.F.T. is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer with a private practice in San Francisco and Emeryville. Scott has been conducting workshops and trainings throughout the world for over 30 years. He has been a licensed MFT for over 20 years and began his study of Hakomi in 1994 with the intention to integrate a body-oriented approach into his practice. Currently he serves on the board of the International Hakomi Institute and is a popular group supervisor at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. Scott works with adults of all sexual orientations and specializes in gay and lesbian issues, sexuality, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, recovery, and relationship dynamics. In addition, he created and has taught a popular workshop entitled Making Friends with Anger for many years. Scott is a long-standing teacher of meditation and an avid world traveler.

Scott can be contacted at 415-487-1705email | website


Jon Eisman, C.H.T. is a founding member of the Hakomi Institute, Director of The Hakomi Institute of Oregon, and a Senior. Hakomi Trainer. He has taught throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand for the past 25 years, and has developed numerous elaborations of, and additions to the Hakomi Method.  Jon is also the creator of the Re-Creation of the Self model, a powerful and innovative tool for working with psychological parts in therapy, group work, performance and spiritual practice. He is the author of a Hakomi Institute Training Manualand The Re-Creation of the Self As An Approach to Psychotherapy.

Jon can be contacted at: 541-482-2840 | email


David Fish, M.A., M.F.T. has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He has private practice internships in Berkeley and Marin. As well as specializing in Hakomi, he leads groups and does individual therapy with people who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. A seasoned meditator, the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David has a warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style that is lively, well-informed, and human.

David can be contacted at: 415-847-3236 ext.1 | email


Rob Fisher, M.A., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley, CA. He is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher. Rob is an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, CA) where he teaches marriage and family therapy and case consultation seminars as well as an adjunct professor at California Institute for Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA) where he teaches Hakomi and a class in body-oriented psychotherapy. He also teaches couples therapy at the post graduate level at a variety of agencies in Marin County, CA. Rob is the publisher of the Couples Psychotherapy Newsletter and is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, a Guide for the Creative Pragmatist published by Zeig/Tucker. He has been a Master Presenter at the annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists conference. He is also a California State Licensed Continuing Education Provider.

Rob can be contacted at 415-389-6340  |  email

Dominique Lando, M.A., M.F.T. is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Berkeley, where she sees individuals and couples. She is the Co-Founder of Anam Cara Healing Center in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma work and EMDR but also from her years working in the field of Community Development as an activist, eco-psychologist and Permaculture farmer. She integrates her multicultural background into her approach and places a strong emphasis on group synergy.

Dominique can be reached at 510-407-7127 | email

Shai Lavie, M.A., M.F.T, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai has conducted trainings at dozens of local agencies, universities, and counseling centers. Shai also leads transformational groups with adults which integrate Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, group process, ritual, and dream work. He has led therapeutic groups in Marin County and San Francisco high schools for 13 years. In addition, Shai has led numerous wilderness-based Rites of Passage programs. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years and has taught meditation classes in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001.

Shai can be reached at 415-339-7847 | email


Manuela Mischke Reeds, M.A., M.F.T, certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and licensed Somatic Psychotherapist. She trains health professional in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco, Australia and Germany. She recently developed a Hakomi based Trauma & Attachment Training for Clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment therapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She is faculty at JFK University, Campbell, CA & Institute Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA. She holds a M.A. in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a B.A. in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma, counseled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She is a student of Buddhist meditation practice for the past 17 years. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park working with individuals, couples and children

Manuela can be contacted at 650-862-3010email




Julie Murphy, Registered Addictions Specialist, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practioner, has over 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is a Co-Director of The Hakomi Institute of California and trains mental health professionals in California, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, massage therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and poetry, Julie developed numerous programs that integrate cutting edge research with humanistic and contemplative approaches. She is an instructor in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy, has been a guest lecturer at John F Kennedy University and The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and has presented at numerous professional conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. She specializes in developing mindfulness and compassion in relationships, attachment theory, addictions counseling and creative writing. Julie is a lead trainer in the Santa Cruz Professional Hakomi Training. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression.

Julie can be contacted at 831-212-7373  |  email | website


Susan San Tara (formerly Susan San Roman), M.A., M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist, and Certified Hakomi Teacher.  Susan has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000.  In 2007, Susan co-founded Anam Cara Healing Center, a community based therapy center in Berkeley California.  Susan has taught many workshops to both clinical professionals and the general public, and also has served as adjunct assistant teaching staff for The California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco.  Susan received a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University.  In addition to body-centered and mindfulness-focused psychotherapy, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and Earth based healing approaches for over 20 years.   Weaving wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, a love of the divine mystery, and a profound respect for the human creature are the cornerstones of her work.   Essential to Susan’s therapeutic and teaching work is her warm, nurturing, and friendly style, which sets the tone for a dynamic growth environment.

Susan can be contacted at 510-452-6156 | email