Deepening Connection
                    Bringing Mindfulness into Relationships


General Information

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

Most of us long for deeper connection in our relationships. We wish to feel safe, seen and loved by the people in our life. At the same time, out of our need to protect ourselves, we unconsciously put up barriers that prevent us from experiencing this. By learning how to identify these barriers and relax them, love and connection can flow more naturally.

In this workshop we will use mindfulness and experiential exercises to explore relationship patterns in a way that is deeper than what words or cognitive understanding can reveal. Some of the topics covered:

  • Using mindfulness to access the unconscious
  • Structure and function of core patterns in relationships
  • Recognizing attachment style
  • Working with boundaries
  • Giving and receiving in relationships

We will also discuss how these experiential tools can be used to uncover and explore relationship issues with clients, both couples and individuals.

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for
Hakomi Comprehensive Training and Hakomi Professional TrainingFor therapists, this workshop will provide experiential tools that will help deepen your work around relationship issues with both couples and individuals.

About Hakomi
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is 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.


Saturday, July, 20, 2013 (note this is a change of date from what was previously advertised).

9:30am - 5:00pm

Fireside Room
Unitarian Church
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA

Early Enrollment by June 10, 2013: $125.00
Regular Enrollment: $160.00

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Please register before the workshop date as we can not accommodate walk-ins.   If the workshop is listed as full, you can still contact the Hakomi Institute and request to be put on a waiting list.

Cancellation Policy   
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.  

CEU’s Offered   
MFT & LCSW: This course meets the requirements for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.
Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6 hours.

To Register
Click on the Register Button at the bottom of this page.

For More Information
Contact Lindsay Dye at (415) 839-6788 or email her at


Gal Szekely, M.A., M.F.T, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Gal is passionate about working with couples and individuals on relationship issues and is the founder of The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. Gal is an experienced speaker and he gives talks all around the bay area in the issues of relationships and cultural differences. Aside from a Masters in Counseling Psychology Gal also holds a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology and has a background in the business world and as a management consultant. His work is influenced by a long time meditation practice, his appreciation of the body and a multicultural background.