A Mindful Approach to Mindless Sex
and Couples Therapy

Bringing mindfulness and compassion to the
erotic and relational

General Information

About This Workshop
This year our free event outlines a Hakomi approach to working with couples, and includes a special focus on sexual issues. How can mindfulness and compassion be used to address the emotional and sexual issues that couples face? Through talks, demos, discussion and short, non-confrontive exercises we will begin to explore the patterns in couples emotional and sexual lives, tracing the underlying wounds and beliefs that determine the nature of their intimacy. We will explore the effect of internal and external pressure, cultural and religious values, shame, beliefs and interactive sequences that can contribute to embodying  or limiting one’s erotic nature and lead to sexual success or discouraging roadblocks.

Topics covered:

  • Using mindfulness to explore emotional and sexual issues
  • Embodying one's erotic nature
  • The effect of cultural and religious values, shame and pressure
  • A mindful approach to couples gridlocked pattern

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.

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public.

Dates & Times
Saturday, August 9, 2014: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Berkeley, CA

FREE - ($10 for CEU Credit)

Cancellation Policy
CONFIRMATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPACE:  Because this is such a popular event, we ask people to confirm their registration about ten days prior to the event, so that we can allow people on the waiting list to come if you have changed your mind.  You will be sent a reminder to confirm by reply e mail - a simple process.

CEU’s Offered
This course meets the requirements for 3 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.  NOTE: There is a $10 administratvie fee for CEU credit payable in check or cash at the event.

To Register
Click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this article.  Please register early as space is limited and every year there is a substantial waiting list for this event.

Registration deadline
August 7, 2014

More Information
Contact Hakomi Insitute of California at (415) 839-6788 or email


rob-smRob Fisher, MFT, is a psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Rob is also an adjunct professor at both CIIS and JFK University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, and Hakomi, Body-centered psychotherapy. Rob is a nationally recognized expert in couples  therapy.  He is the author of Experiential Couples Therapy: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zieg/Tucker. Rob has been a Master Presenter at the Annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Conference and a presenter at the USABP Annual, and Psychotherapy Networker Conferences.  He is Co-Developer and Lead Instructor in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy at CIIS.