Understanding and Applying Maps of the Psyche


General Information

 From The Trainers 

"How we respond to life is a complex weave of emotions and beliefs often rooted in what we have learned at each developmental milestone. The experiences of early childhood shape our minds and bodies in unique yet collectively recognizable pattern. The purpose of this training is to provide the opportunity to learn, by "walking in another's shoes." You will learn the many ways people have of "Responding to Life" by experiencing them directly. The design of this training is to engage you both experientially and cognitively to the deeper awareness of how we are shaped by our life’s events.  We will understand the developmental journey as we uncover the universal responses to how we are attached, loved, received, related to in our lives. The "Responding to Life" training will give you a deep understanding of people’s actions towards and feelings about themselves and others. The method of study is powerful, imaginative and accessible to those from a wide range of professions and interests. This training provides both a deep understanding of character, and a strong focus on the implications for therapeutic intervention"


Goals and Objectives

Scope of Training
Character strategies are patterns of behavior, feeling and cognition that determine much of what happens in our internal and external lives. The issues we most commonly confront, in our personal and professional lives are linked to the preferred life strategies we unconsciously select. Similarly, the issues our clients bring to therapy are intimately linked to the characterological strategies they unconsciously use.
The ability to accurately identify these patterns provides a map for us to unfold some of the thorniest problems facing us in our lives. And, identifying these patterns offers the clinician a guide to the essential issues of deep therapy. This workshop will help you in quickly recognizing characterological patterns and in utilizing appropriate experiential interventions.
A variety of the most commonly encountered character strategies will be studied through lecture, demonstrations and experiential exercises to give you a visceral sense of their characterological terrain. For each type we will explore etiology, developmental issues, core beliefs, injuries, somatic components, strengths, transference, counter-transference as well as discuss and practice a variety of appropriate interventions tailored to the each specific character strategy.

Participants Will Learn

  • The underlying emotional world and core beliefs of each stragegy.

  • To recognize different character strategies and patterns

  • The visceral feel of each strategy from the inside

  • How to apply specific Hakomi interventions to each type

  • Typical counter-transference evoked by each strategy
    (for more details about the curriculum, click here)

This training is open to both graduates and non-graduates of previous Hakomi trainings.

For Whom

Psychotherapists and Mental Health Workers • Body Therapists • Allied Health Workers • Students of Psychotherapy and Counseling • Clergy • those interested in personal & spiritual growth.



April 26-28, 2013
May 17-19, 2013
June 28-30, 2013

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

San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Alexander Hall

Regular: $1,600.  Please submit application and $300 non-refundable deposit by April 19, 2013.  Final balance also due by April 19, 2013.  

Special Discounts
Hakomi Graduate Discount:  $1,250.  For students currently enrolled in or have graduated from either the Professional Training or the Comprehensive Training.  A $300 non-refundable deposit and application must be received by April 1, 2013. Final balance due by April 19, 2013.  

Repeat Student Discount:  $800.  Repeating students may enroll for one half the cost of normal tuition.  Please submit application and $300 non-refundable deposit by April 19, 2013.  Final balance also due April 19.


To apply to this training

  1. Click the "Register Now" button below  and pay $300 non-refundable deposit.
  2. Download  and submit application form.
  3. Final day to register and final day of payment is April 19, 2013

  All applications must be received by Friday April 19, 2013.

  Final payment is due by April 19, 2013. Payments by check or credit card should be made directly to our office as our online system is not yet able to handle second payments. Further instructions and information about the training in general will come in a future email.


MFTs and LCSWs: This course meets the qualifications for 48 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW's (provider #4355).

NursesProvider (Eva Geidt, RN, Provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is  approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 48 hours.

Cancellation Policy
Any student who withdraws from the Training before it begins will receive a full refund minus the $300 non-refundable deposit. Once the training begins, the student may withdraw within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend and receive a fifty (50) 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. Requests for refund should be sent directly to the Institute office.

More 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.

For over 30 years Hakomi is dedicated to teaching therapists to create a therapeutic relationship with their clients that is based upon compassion, loving presence, and mindfulness.



Shirley Bar-Dvir, MA., MFT, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an adjunct professor at JFK University. Shirley earned her BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK University in California. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 seeing families, children, couples and individuals.  Shirley’s clinical theoretical background is in psychodynamics, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy.  In addition to teaching Hakomi in California, Shirley also practiced, supervised and taught Hakomi in Israel as a member of the “Hakomi Israel” team, and currently teaches and supervises at JFK University.  Spiritual practice and deep meditation supports her healing work and source her teaching.  Shirley has a private practice at Anam Cara Healing Center in Berkeley CA.

Susan San Tara, M.A., M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist, and Certified Hakomi Teacher.  Susan has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000.  In 2007, she co-founded Anam Cara Therapy Center in Berkeley.  For many years, Susan has taught both clinical professionals and the general public.  In addition to Hakomi of California, Susan has also taught as an adjunct professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco.  Susan received her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University.  In addition to body-centered and mindfulness-focused psychotherapy, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and Earth based healing approaches for over 20 years.  In her work, Susan weaves wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, and a love of the divine mystery into her warm, nurturing and friendly style setting the tone for a dynamic and satisfying growth environment.