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Hakomi Professional Training offers accelerated training for mental health professionals, interns and students in two modules. In the first module, Level 1, you will learn the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy through brief online video talks, slideshows, demonstrations, and lots of supervised practice in online breakout groups.

Learn more from Rob Fisher, MFT, lead instructor for this training:



In this training, you will experience first hand the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy and the unique intervention and treatment strategies which follow from them. Your work with clients will become deeper and more effective as you experience the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness and the body in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Because Hakomi is dedicated to enhancing the aliveness of both client and therapist, this training will place great emphasis on the attachment-based nature of the therapeutic relationship and on the ground of being from which the therapist works.

82“Come sit with me and let us remember
  the beauty of your soul”

What You Will Learn

In this training, you will learn how to:

  • Provide in-depth psychotherapy using the present moment and live experience as a gateway to unconscious material
  • Design and use interventions to access and transform clients' core models of the self, others and the world
  • Track subtle non-verbal communication from the unconscious
  • Apply mindfulness-centered, experiential methodologies to support enhanced safety, self-regulation and relationship skills
  • Employ somatic techniques to access unconscious material not readily accessible through conversation alone
  • Support resistance and psycho-emotional defenses instead of opposing them
  • Help clients experience and process regressed states to resolve long-term issues and behaviors
  • Recognize and address clients' psychological patterns using the Hakomi Character Map

Six Core Competencies You'll Develop

Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship
How to access right brain to right brain limbic connection with the client, paving the way for unfolding into unconscious material; how to use moment-to-moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds.

Observing the Unconscious
How to notice the workings of the unconscious in present experience and in non-verbal signals; how to use the present moment and the body to build limbic connection and uncover rich sources of psychological information.

Deepening Therapy
How to achieve the depth and exploration that make therapy come alive; practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche; powerful interventions for safely working with thought, sensation, impulse, emotion and memory and exploring their origins.

Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically
How to use mindfulness-centered experiments to surface psychological material not easily accessible through conversation alone; differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues.

Supporting the Defenses and Transforming Core Beliefs
How to work elegantly with resistance and defenses by supporting them; transforming core beliefs and mental models of self, others and the world.

Working with Transference and Countertransference Systems
Practical and effective approaches for experientially working with transference/countertransference enactments that address the core of the client’s psyche.

Training Format 

Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 consists of seven three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month from September through March via Zoom. Each monthly training module includes self-paced study via video talks, video demo sessions and reading. You'll receive the first module of online learning materials by August 27, 2021 and will need to complete those materials before your first Zoom session on September 24, 2021. After that, new online training materials will be available on the Wednesday after your live Zoom training each month. Training materials will remain accessible online through June 30, 2022.


Teaching Style 

All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. Trainers and teaching assistants provide direct and immediate guidance and feedback during supervised practice with an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.


For Whom

This training is open to licensed clinicians or those pursuing a clinical degree. It's designed for licensed professionals with limited time who would like to integrate portions of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy into their practices.

Because our 2022 Level 2 training is likely to be in-person in the California Bay area, we will prioritize admission for this training to applicants from California, Nevada, and Arizona. That said, our Level 1 training will give you a solid grounding in the basic skills of Hakomi and hands-on experience with the basic steps and stages of our therapeutic method.



2021-2022 Schedule
(subject to change)

 Online Session Dates
 September 24-26, 2021     
 October 22-24, 2021
 November 5-7, 2021       
 December 17-19, 2021           
 January 7-9, 2022
 February 11-13, 2022    
 March 18-20, 2022

 Online Session Times (All times are Pacific Time)
 Friday: 1:30 - 4:30 
 Saturday: 10:00 - 12:30 and 2:00 - 4:30
 Sunday: 9:30 - 1:00

Online via monthly Zoom sessions and self-paced learning on our online Hakomi training platform.                       


Early Enrollment: $3,595 for applications received by July 16, 2021

Regular Registration: $3,995 for applications received by August 13, 2021 (final application deadline)

Group Discount: A discount of 15% off the regular tuition of $3,995 is available for groups of four or more individuals applying to Hakomi Professional Training for the first time. All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope, and received by July 9, 2021. No group applications will be accepted past this date, nor if submitted separately from the group. Should anything required in an application be missing, the group leader will be contacted and responsible for getting it submitted in a timely fashion.

A 20% discount off the regular tuition is available to the group coordinator who forms the group, collects the necessary forms and fees from each individual, and delivers said fees and forms via email or snail mail (USPS, UPS, or FedEx). Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for any other financial assistance or discount.

Repeating Participants who've attended this course before can enroll for one half the cost of tuition ($1,995). 

CIIS Hakomi Student Discount: Students who have completed the course on Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy offered by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) can enroll for one half the cost of tuition ($1,995). 

Within 7 days after you are notified of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. To pay your deposit, click here. The final tuition balance is due by August 26, 2021 unless a payment plan has been arranged with the Hakomi Institute of California prior to the training start date. 

All participants will need to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of this training. 

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

ScholarshipsA limited number of $500 COVID-19 scholarships are available to anyone who has lost 20% or more of their income due to the pandemic. To request this scholarship, please contact our administrator at

Cancellation Policy

Participants who withdraw before the first day of the training (8/27/21) will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Participants who withdraw between 8/27/21 and 10/3/21 (9 days after the first Zoom session) will receive a 70% tuition refund. After that, no refunds will be granted. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.


To Apply for This Training

1. Click here to download the application form.
2. Click here to pay a $75 non-refundable application processing fee.
3. Email your completed application form to (electronic submission preferred) or mail to:

Hakomi Institute of California
5758 Geary Blvd. #740  
San Francisco, CA 94121

Final application deadline: August 13, 2021

To Register for This Training

Within one week after acceptance to this training, please register by clicking the button below and paying the required $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the training.

For More Information

For more information, including accommodation for special needs and details about our grievance process, contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or


Application Form


Class Schedule

Below is the Zoom session training schedule for each weekend of this training:

1:30 - 3:00   Learning activities
3:00 - 3:15   Break
3:15 - 4:30   Learning activities

10:00-11:15   Learning activities
11:15-11:30      Break
11:30-12:30   Learning activities
12:30-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:15   Learning activities
3:15-3:30   Break
3:30-4:30   Learning activities

9:30 - 11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15   Break
11:15-12:20   Learning activities
12:20-12:30   Break
12:30-1:00   Learning activities

Schedule subject to change. All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: Hakomi Institute of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. Hakomi Institute of California maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (70 hours total) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, participants must attend the entire weekend, sign in and out each day, and sign a completed evaluation form. We will email CE certificates within 30 days after each session of the course ends.

If you live outside of California, please check with your local licensing board to ensure that they'll accept this course for CE credit.

Academic Credit

This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at


"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community." — Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain


"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results." — Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter


"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills"  — Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence


"Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy" — Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers


"Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique."  — John Bradshaw, author of Bradshaw on The Family


"This training was extremely useful in increasing my effectiveness as a psychotherapist, but also in making me more aware as a person. I strongly recommend the training to anyone doing psychotherapy."  — H.C. , Ph.D., psychologist, Stanford University


"The Hakomi training deepened my therapy practice immediately. All of a sudden, my clients were discovering whole new levels of very rich awareness. My expectations for the training were high and they were met and exceeded." — D.W., MFT


"In an environment that was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdom and awareness. I highly recommend this training to anyone in the helping professions." — J.H., Ph.D., family therapist, associate professor graduate psychology



Rob Fisher, LMFT (#22886), is a psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley, and has taught Hakomi the world over, including Bali, China, and Russia. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Rob also serves as an adjunct professor at both CIIS and JFK University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, and Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy. A nationally recognized expert in couples therapy, Rob is is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zeig/Tucker. Rob has been a master presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist conferences and a presenter at the USABP and Psychotherapy Networker annual conferences.

Jon Eisman, CHT, is a founding member of the Hakomi Institute, Director of The Hakomi Institute of Oregon, and a Senior Hakomi Trainer. He has taught throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand for the past 35 years, and has developed numerous elaborations of and additions to the Hakomi Method. Jon is also the creator of the Re-Creation of the Self model, a powerful and innovative tool for working with psychological parts in therapy, group work, performance and spiritual practice. He is the author of a Hakomi Institute training manual and The Re-Creation of the Self As An Approach to Psychotherapy.


Nicole Heinrich, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 35701). She began her love and long-term study of Hakomi in 1989 with Ron Kurtz and has extensive experience working with somatic approaches to trauma, somatic resourcing, psychodynamic, relational and attachment therapies. Nicole received a master's degree in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and has over 20 years of clinical experience. She has private practices in San Francisco and Santa Cruz working with individuals, couples and groups and supervises interns at the Marina Counseling Center and The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. She also has years of training and experience with different forms of bodywork, meditation and contemplative movement. With an open heart and a deep trust in the present moment, Nicole brings a depth of knowledge to her therapy practice and teaching.


Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40823). She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Australia and Europe. She recently developed a Hakomi based trauma and attachment training for clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment psychotherapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She serves as a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition, she has trained in various methods of working with trauma and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a trauma resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies, and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has also been a student of Buddhist meditation practice for many years and has authored two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress.

Ashley Ross, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115141), a certified Hakomi teacher and a holistic reproductive health practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended The Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Prior to attaining her MFT license, Ashley provided counseling to adults, couples and children and designed and facilitated support groups in a variety of settings. She has been a part of the Hakomi community since 2006. Ashley is currently in private practice in Los Angeles where she works with individuals, couples and groups. Ashley’s dual training in somatic psychotherapy and holistic health opened her to the benefits of using our bodies to achieve an integrated state of wellbeing. She brings this sense, along with a deep love of our messy humanness, to her work and teaching.


Susan San Tara, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 43157) and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. She has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000. In 2007, Susan co-founded Anam Cara, a community based therapy center in Berkeley, CA. Susan has taught many workshops to both clinical professionals and the general public, and also has served as adjunct assistant teaching staff for the California Institute of Integral Studies. Susan received a master's 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. Weaving wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, a love of the divine mystery, and a profound respect for the human creature are the cornerstones of her work. Essential to Susan’s therapeutic and teaching work is her warm, nurturing, and friendly style, which sets the tone for a dynamic growth environment.

Future Dates: Hakomi Professional Training Level 1

2022/23:  Sep 16-18, Oct 7-9, Nov 4-6, Dec 16-18, Jan 20-22, Feb 10-12, Mar 24-26  (Dates subject to change)