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Davis Professional Training, Level 1:

The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy






General Information

About the Hakomi Method
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change and development. Hakomi is an in-depth, mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic modality. Its techniques are effective throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications such as individual, couples and family therapy, and group work. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and volumes of evidence-based research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness and core psychological belief systems.
For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process.  Hakomi utilizes the present moment as a rapid and experiential access route to unconscious material. Guided by the principles of Mindfulness and Non-violence, the Hakomi Method is a gentle, respectful, compassionate and thus powerful form of psychotherapy that uses the wisdom of the body to pursue core evolution and deepen therapy beyond insight and words. Hakomi follows Frieda Fromm Reichman’s advice “The patient needs an experience, not an explanation.”  Typical therapeutic outcomes include lasting change in deeply held emotional attitudes, beliefs and behavior.

About this Training
This training covers the skills and principles of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and the unique interventions which follow from them. Participants will be trained in the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

In addition, because Hakomi is dedicated to the aliveness of both client and therapist, great emphasis is placed both on the attachment-based nature of the therapeutic relationship, and on the ground of being from which the therapist works.

The training is geared to clinical professionals and includes short didactic presentations, live and video demonstrations, skill-based experiential exercises, and supervised practice.

The entire method is taught in two levels; Level One covers the fundamental skills of tracking, contact, engaging mindfulness, and deepening into experience. Level Two covers the transformation of core beliefs and the integration of these changes into daily life as well as advanced topics such as transference-counter-transference systems and adjusted interventions for  traumatic activation.


“Come sit with me and let us remember
the beauty of your soul” 

Learning Objectives

In this training you will learn:

  • the underlying principles that organize the therapeutic relationship for optimal connection and efficiency
  • specific techniques to build the therapeutic connection and be able to cite studies referencing the importance of the relationship
  • skills of observation of non-verbal signals from the unconscious including posture, gesture, pace, present moment experience, etc.
  • about and directly experience core organizing belief systems and how they influence the many dimensions of client experience. They will be able to identify core beliefs by watching and listening to short segments of client material.
  • about and be able to distinguish the different stages of the Hakomi Method.
  • how to (a) determine the signs of countertransference reactions and how to work with them and (b) the impact of differing therapeutic attitudes on the clients state of mind.
  • specific techniques for joining with the client in their present experience; how to track the quality of the relationship and make appropriate adjustments according to client needs and early experiences.
  • the purpose and value of mindfulness including relevant neurophysiological research.  Participants will learn specific methodology for using and inducing mindfulness in their clinical practice.
  • the purpose and value of Accessing. Participants will learn specific skills to stabilize client in present experience. 
  • specific skills to deepen client into their experience and how to deepen towards core material.

Training Objectives:

Level One

Competency #1: The Therapeutic Relationship
How to access right brain to right brain connection with the client, paving the way for unfolding into unconscious material. How to use moment to moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds.

Competency #2: Observing the Unconscious
How to notice the workings of the unconscious in present experience and in non-verbal signals. How to use the present moment and the body as rich sources of psychological information and build limbic connection.

Competency #3: Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically How to use mindfulness directly in the psychodynamic psychotherapy process. Differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues. How to activate, using mindfulness techniques, the client's right pre-frontal cortex to limbic brain connections.

Competency #4: Deepening Therapy
How to achieve the depth and exploration that makes therapy come alive. Practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche. Powerful interventions for safely working with thought, sensation, impulse, emotion and memory exploring their origins.

Level Two

Competency #5 Working with Defenses
Effective, non-violent, and respectful approaches to resistance and defenses.

Competency #6: Transformation of Core Material: Developing powerful interventions for safely working with and shifting core belief systems.

Competency #7: Transference and Counter-transference Systems
Practical and effective experiential approaches for experientially working with transference/ countertransference enactments that address the core of the client's psyche.

Competency #8: Traumatic Activation:
Differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues; application of appropriate methodology.


Style of Teaching
The training is geared to clinical professionals and includes short didactic presentations, live and video demonstrations, skill-based experiential exercises, and supervised practice. Trainers and teaching assistants provide direct and immediate guidance and feedback during supervised practice with an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.

For Whom
This training is for licensed professionals who have limited time and a desire to integrate portions of the Hakomi Method into their practices.

As this is an accelerated course opened to licensed clinicians or those pursuing a clinical degree.

Application Trainings
Graduates (and at times, general public) are eligible to participate in trainings that apply the Hakomi Method to a variety of topics:

  • The Trauma Training teaches state of the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.
  • The Responding to Life Training addresses maps of the psyche including assessment and intervention strategies based on a non-pathologizing character theory.
  • Other trainings cover applications of the Hakomi Method to such topics as Couples Therapy , addictions, attachment issues, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.
2012 Level 1 Schedule(subject to change)

September 8-9, 2012          
October 13-14, 2012                            
December 1-2, 2012               
Saturday: 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 5:00

Village Homes Community Center, Davis, CA 

Level 1 Tuition

Early Enrollment extended to August 10, 2012. Submit application and $75 non-refundable enrollment fee by 8/10.

  • General Public: $1125
  • SVPA Members: $999

Regular Registration :$1259.  All applications and the $75 non-refundable application fee must be received by August 25.

Upon acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit will be requested to hold your space in the training. Remaining balance is due no later than August 25, 2012.

Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition and/or work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application.

Repeating students may enroll for one half the cost of tuition.

Refund Policy

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend and receive a sixty five (65) percent refund of the tuition. After that, no refunds will be granted. Students will be held to this agreement, regardless of future attendance and/or completion of the training.

To Register & For More Information

Please download an application form and return it along with a $75 non-refundable fee to:

Hakomi Institute of California
3701 Sacramento Street. #302
San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information, please contact:
Hakomi Institute of California, 415 839-6788 contact@HakomiCA.org.

Application | Brochure | Financial Assistance Application

MFTs and LCSWs: This course meets the qualifications for 39 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW's (provider #4355).
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14707 (a co-sponsor of this training), for 39 hours.
The CE Credits are provided by the California Psychological Association, which is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer CE credits for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents .For questions about CE’s  contact Rob Woodman at (530) 902-1683.

"Hakomi Experiential Psychology specializes in training therapists to touch people's hearts."  — Rob Fisher, MFT

"Using the present moment as a gentle route to deeply held models of the world, Hakomi feels like going on a sweet journey deep into the psyche." — Rob Fisher, MFT

"Hakomi Experiential Psychology teaches psychotherapists how to become friends of the soul" — Rob Fisher, MFT

"Psychotherapy is the gentle unfolding of the soul"
— Jon Lonsbury

"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community."
— Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain

"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results."
— Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter

"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills"
- Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence

"Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy"
— Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers

"Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique."
— John Bradshaw, author of Bradshaw on The Family

"This training was extremely useful in increasing my effectiveness as a psychotherapist,but also in making me more aware as a person. I strongly recommend the training to anyone doing psychotherapy."
— H.C. , Ph.D., psychologist, Stanford University

"The Hakomi training deepened my therapy practice immediately. All of a sudden, my clients were discovering whole new levels of very rich awareness. My expectationsfor thetraining were high and they were met and exceeded."
— D.W., MFT

"In an environment which was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdomand awareness. I highly recommend this training to anyone in the helping professions."
— J.H., Ph.D., family therapist, associate professor graduate psychology


Scott Eaton, MFT, a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, has been facilitating groups and trainings in the U.S. and Europe for over 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist for 24 years, Scott specializes in GLBT issues, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, work with anger and relationship dynamics. An avid world traveler, Scott has also been a long-standing teacher of meditation.

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 and has led therapeutic groups in Bay Area high schools for 13 years, as well as numerous wilderness-based Rites of Passage programs. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years and has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001. Please look for articles from Shai Lavie in the September issue of Psychotherapy Networker (“In Search of a Lost Self”) and in the November issue of The California Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”).