Understanding Behavior through the Lens of the Hakomi Character Map


General Information   

This year our Hakomi free event offers a look beneath the surface at the origins of what drives unconscious and hurtful behaviors.  The Hakomi Character Map of the psyche offers an in depth understanding of the most problematic patterned responses that many of us face with others, as well as with ourselves.  Recognizing and knowing how to work with these unconscious patterns helps release old stuck ways of being, creates compassion, and opens the door to healing and new growth.  
Through talks, demos, discussion and short experiential exercises we will explore aspects of character types and theirs roots in childhood development.

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 Training.

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.


August 1, 2015

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Parsons Hall (Denniston Refectory)
2450 Le Conte Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

($10 for CEU Credit)

Registration Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, July 30, 2015. 
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.

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

CONFIRMATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPACE Because our annual free event is so popular, 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 attend if you have changed your mind.  We will send you a reminder so you can confirm by email--a simple process!

CEU’s Offered
MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  This course meets the qualifications for 3 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 3 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.

NOTE: There is a $10 administrative fee for continuing education credit payable in check or cash at the event.

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


SShirleysmallhirley 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 maintains a private practice at Anam Cara Healing Center in Berkeley CA.

Susan1Susan San Tara, MA, MFT, 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 and 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.