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Professional Training in
Hakomi Mindfulness-Based
Experiential Psychotherapy
San Francisco Bay Area






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.

Goals & Objectives
This training presents the skills and principles of Hakomi Experiential Psychology, and the unique intervention and treatment strategies 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.

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

In this training you will learn:

  • To provide brief, in-depth psychotherapy using the present moment and live experience
  • How to design and utilize interventions to access and transform core models of the self, others and the world
  • To apply the art of tracking non-verbal communication from the unconscious
  • To apply Mindfulness and experiential methodologies to address safety, self regulation and relationship skills
  • To use the body to access unconscious material
  • Approaches to working with content, movement, gesture,  voice and pace
  • Non-invasive techniques to work directly with resistance and psycho-emotional defenses without opposing them
  • Techniques to deepen towards core psychological material
  • To work with transference/countertransference systems in respectful and experiential ways  that enhance curiosity and aliveness in the relationship
  • To utilize the attachment relationship within the therapeutic container
  • Contemporary neuroscience models for Mindfulness based interventions
  • To distinguish developmental vs. traumatic injuries
  • Mindful tools to renegotiate trauma states. And proven techniques for somatic resourcing
  • To help the client embody and process regressed states towards resolution of long term issues and behaviors
  • To design interventions to access and transform core models of the self, others and the world
  • Sophisticated maps for understanding client psychological organization

Included in the above are Six Competancies:

Competency #1: The Therapeutic Relationship
How to access right brain to right brain limbic 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: 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.

Competency #4 Using Mndfulness Psychodynamically How to use mindfulness directly in the psychodynamic psychotherapy process. Differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues.

Competency #5 Working with Defenses, and Transformation of Core Material
How to elegantly work with resistance and defenses by supporting them. Transforming core models of the world.

Competency #6: Transference and Counter-transference Systems
Practical and effective approaches for experientially working with transference/countertransference enactments that address the core of the client's psyche.

The Hakomi Professional Training is taught over the course of seven month and provides a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. Application Trainings, which integrate the Hakomi Method with various topics, are available to graduates.

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. Previous clinical training or permission from a member of the training staff is required.

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.
2012-2013 Schedule(subject to change)

September 21-23, 2012          
October 5-7, 2012                 
November 2-4, 2012             
December 7-9, 2012               
January 25-27, 2013    
February 15-17, 2013                 
March 15-17, 2013      

Friday: 12:30 - 5:30
Saturday: 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 3:00

San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA   map


Early Enrollment: $3,395 for those who send in their non-refundable application and a $75 application fee by July 15, 2012.

Regular Registration: $3,795

Upon acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit will be requested to hold your space in the training.

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 seventy (70) 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 application 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@hakomicalifornia.org.

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MFTs and LCSWs: This course meets the qualifications for 115 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 115 hours.
CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com or (707) 763-3576.

Academic Credit

This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at www.meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/concentration-in-somatic-psychology


"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 gay and lesbian 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.

Jon Eisman, CHT, is one of the Founding Members of the Hakomi Institute, and Director of Hakomi Institute of Oregon. Jon teaches throughout North America  and Europe and is the creator of R-CS, Re-Creation of the Self, a powerful and innovative tool for working with psychological parts in therapy, in group work, and in spiritual practice. An Oregonian, Jon teaches frequently in the Bay Area.

Rob Fisher, MFT, is a psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Rob is also an adjunct professor at both CIIS and JFK University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, and Hakomi, Body-centered psychotherapy. Rob is a nationally recognized expert in couples   therapy.  He is the author of Experiential Couples Therapy: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zieg/Tucker. Rob has been a Master Presenter at the Annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Conference and a presenter at the USABP Annual, and Psychotherapy Networker Conferences.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA,  MFT, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Somatic psychotherapist and Continuum™ Movement Teacher. Manuela leads professional trainings & workshops in the U.S., Australia and Germany. An adjunct professor at JFK University, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology she teaches mental health professionals Somatic approaches to Trauma and Attachment, and infant mental health. Manuela has specialized in her Hakomi approach to working with trauma clients and has counseled victims of trauma and survivors of political oppression and torture. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, Manuela incorporates Buddhist psychology into her work. She maintains a private practice with individuals, couples, families and young children and groups and consults to professionals.

Julie Murphy, R.A.S., Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practioner, has 23 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Director of Hakomi Santa Cruz, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, massage therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression.


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