The Hakomi Method

Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy

The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy was developed in the late 1970s by Ron Kurtz in Ashland, Oregon.  It is a method of  that utilizes the foundational tools and theory from somatic psychotherapy including the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen.  It then synthesized this body-centered approach with Gestalt therapy and eastern mindfulness traditions such as Buddhism and Taoism.

The principles of Hakomi are ones that I hold with me throughout each and every session with my clients.  These are:

  • Mindfulness - a tool used to help the client to study the organization of their experience of both themselves and the world.
  • Non-Violence – a gentle, compassionate, non-intrusive way of being where the your "defenses" are acknowledged and supported, rather than viewed as something to overcome or "fix".
  • Holism – the view that mind, body, and spirit are all a part of the same organized system, inseparable from each other.
  • Unity – all of these inseparable parts are also a part of a much larger, interdependent system inclusive of the entirety of the your world.
  • Organicity – you are a whole, organic person, and the only one capable of your own healing, a therapist can only assist you and help manage this process.

For more information about Hakomi, please visit the International Website of the Hakomi Institute and Portland's Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches.

Photo of a crane in flight representing the Hakomi Method

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