An Introduction to the Hakomi Method


About This Workshop

How do we deal with uncertainty? When we are truly awake we recognize that each moment is new. While growing offers us novelty, excitement and stimulation, it can also require that we find a positive way to relate to the unknown. Recognizing that our efforts to control our experience and to avoid pain can sometimes unwittingly lead us away from what we value most in our lives, this introduction to Hakomi will focus on how we can evoke curiosity to create flexibility and nurture change.     

We’ll use Hakomi  principles and techniques to cultivate safety, compassion, sensitivity, respect, and interest in our own and others’ experience. Then, using these attitudes we’ll enquire into the ways that we habitually organize our perceptions around hidden beliefs. We’ll see how skillful exploration and experimentation can turn what may have seemed like walls into doorways—and how wisdom can emerge from curiosity, so that we develop flexible, grounded strength.

What you will learn:   

  • A basic overiview of the Hakomi Method
  • Immediately applicable somatic and mindfulness-based skills to make your therapeutic work deeper and more effective
  • How to cultivate and deepen attitudes that breathe life into therapeutic processes
  • How to use mindfulness to gain rapid and experiential access to unconscious beliefs that drive (or block) us
  • How to listen to and use the body as an access route to core beliefs and other unconscious material

This workshop serves as an introduction to the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychology. It will provide an experiential overview as well as include skills and theory that are unique to Hakomi. 

For Whom

This workshop is open and relevant to clinicians, caoches and other helping professionals as well as the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for the Hakomi Comprehensive Training. Helping professionals will leave with immediately applicable tools.

About Hakomi

The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychology offers an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, unique and powerful somatic techniques, and a focus on present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over thirty years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the human change process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Psychotherapists can successfully use Hakomi in a wide range of applications including individual, couples and family therapy and group work. The Hakomi Method also offers cutting-edge skills for coaches, health professionals and others who work to support human change and growth.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9:30-5:30

Anam Cara
2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94703

Early Enrollment: $160 by October 24, 2015
Regular Enrollment: $195

VISA & Mastercard accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by email 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.

Continuing Education

MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  This course meets the qualifications for 6 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. Provider number: PCE 4355.

Nurses: This course meets the qualifications for 6 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.


Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline: December 3, 2015  

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David smDavid Fish, MS, MFT, has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He maintains private practices in Berkeley and Marin, working with adults, couples, and teens. He specializes in Hakomi, as well as doing therapy with people who suffer from emotional dysregulation or Borderline Personality Disorder. Passionate about how multiple perspectives can enrich and challenge our understanding of the process of change, David brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, and relational psychodynamic approaches. David is a seasoned meditator, and the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. His warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style is lively, well-informed and human.