Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy
Drawing from a wide range of sources, Hakomi has evolved into a complex, elegant, and highly effective form of psychotherapy. At tis most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of universal principles: Mindfulness, Unity, Mind, Body, Spirit Holism, non-violence, and organicity. These tenants infirm every aspect of the work and all the special techniques come organically from these principles.
Hakomi is a hopi Indian words which means, "how do you stand in relation to these many realms?" A more modern translation is"who are you?" Some of the origins of Hakomi stem from Buddhism and Toaism, especially concepts like gentleness, compassion, mindfulness, and going with the grain. Other influences come from general systems theory, which incorporates the die if respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system that spontaneously organizes matter and energy, and selects from the environment what it needs in a way that maintains its goals, programs, and identity.
Hakomi is a somatic and experiential therapy. We process core beliefs in mindfulness, not as intellectual problem-solving, but as direct dialogue with the unconscious through “felt sense” techniques. This establishes a relationship in which it is safe for the client to become self-aware. It allows us to rapidly access the unconscious beliefs and early experiences which shape our lives, relationships, and self-perceptions.
The body is viewed as a “map of the psyche” – a door that can be opened to reveal the entire character and belief system of the individual. This creates an experiential route to core material, deepening therapy beyond insight and words and changes are integrated into the client’s immediate experience. When directly experienced, these patterns are available for transformation and re-integration.
Combining Hakomi and IFS can be a power yet subtle marriage of two unique therapies blended together to work with internal struggles.
This can be facilitated through body work or psychotherapy.