A Comprehensive Course in Couples Therapy


About This Workshop

This workshop will provide maps and tools to work effectively with couples, utilizing mindfulness and experiential exercises. Covering both assessment and intervention, you will learn how to identify and change a couple’s negative interactive cycles, as well as the underlying emotional wounds that cause them.

Couples communicate with each other in a fast, non-verbal way (using tone of voice, eye gaze, body posture, quality of touch etc.). Learning to track these somatic cues enables the therapist to notice the subtle messages each partner communicates to the other directly from the unconscious that shape the way couples relate to each other.

Mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools in couples counseling. It allows clients to “act in” instead of “acting out” with each other.  It assists them to gently access and talk about deep levels of delicate material that underlie the repetitive patterns in which they become mired. Mindfulness allows couples to step out of adversarial and into more vulnerable and collaborative interactions.

Working experientially and somatically adds significant depth, impact and aliveness for therapist and client alike. Instead of simply talking about their limiting patterns, couples observe them in the present moment and therefore gain deeper insight as well as tools for change.

In this workshop you will learn the principles and practical interventions that use present moment experience. This is a hands-on workshop in which you will practice everything you learn. For therapists new to couples therapy this workshop will provide grounding in theory and skills for working with couples. For therapists who have been working with couples for a while, this workshop will refine your skills and will give you additional experiential and mindfulness tools to dramatically improve your current work.

Topics covered include:

    • Couples assessment
    • Common couples patterns
    • How to access unconscious material through the body
    • Working with present time experience
    • How to explore defenses by supporting them
    • Working with boundaries
    • Working with gestures, posture and tensions
    • Couples sculptures
    • The use of touch in couples therapy
    • Converting blame into self - observation
    • Detrancing the transference through the body
    • Using physical metaphors for interactional sequences

About Hakomi
Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy offers an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, the body, and present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Hakomi can be successfully applied throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications (such as individual, couples and family therapy, group work) as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

Please click here for more detailed information about the Hakomi Method.

To most effectively learn the material in this training, students without prior Hakomi training are required to take a two-day prerequisite entitled Hakomi Essential Skills. (See our calendar for the next available workshop.)


September 23-25, 2016
October 28-30, 2016

Fridays and Saturdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sundays: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

San Francisco Theological Seminary
Alexander Hall
105 Kensington Rd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Early Enrollment: $1,190 by August 20, 2016
Standard Enrollment: $1,440 after August 20, 2016

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. If you cancel 45 days in advance of the first day of training, you will receive a full refund less a $25 admin fee. If you cancel between 30-44 days in advance of the first day of training, you will receive a 50% refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted less than 30 days before the first day of training. There will be no cancellations for non-attendance.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists:  This course meets the qualifications for 36 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE provider: Hakomi Institute of California. CE approval agency: CAMFT.  Provider number: 82187.

Nurses: This course meets the qualifications for 36 contact hours of continuing education for RNs. CE Provider Eva Giedt approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number: 14707.  Eva Giedt is a co-sponsor of this training.

To Register

To register, click here  Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline
September 21, 2016

For Further Information

For further details, including accomodation for special needs or information about the Hakomi Insitute of California grievance process, please contact our administrator at (415) 839-6788 or


rob smRob Fisher, MFT, is a psychotherapist, consultant and CAMFT certified supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley, CA. He is an adjunct professor at JFK University and at CIIS and the co-developer and lead instructor in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion for Psychotherapists at CIIS in San Francisco.  He is also a Hakomi Trainer who teaches Hakomi Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychotherapy internationally. He is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zeig/Tucker, in addition to numerous articles published in the US and abroad.  He has been a Master and Peer Presenter at annual CAMFT Conferences, the USABP Conference and Psychotherapy Networker Conference.  He has taught the Hakomi method and couples therapy through the Hakomi Institute of California and in CIIS, JFK and Sofia Universities' counseling centers.