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in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

San Francisco Bay Area

Hakomi Professional Training offers accelerated training for mental health professionals and interns in two modules. In the first module, Level 1, you will learn the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy through brief talks, demonstrations, and lots of supervised practice. In the second module (Level 2), you will learn via in-depth supervision, with a focus on developing the therapist's selfhood (including in-depth discovery of the patterns you get stuck in with clients), and hands-on practice integrating cutting-edge trauma techniques and attachment theory into your work. 

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.

In addition, 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 makes 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 Structure

Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 consists of seven three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.

Hakomi Professional Training Level 2 consists of six three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.  

Teaching Style

The training includes short talks, live and video demonstrations, skill-based experiential exercises, and supervised practice. 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 clincial degree. It's designed for licensed professionals with limited time who would like to integrate portions of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy into their practices.



2019-2020 Schedule
(subject to change)

 September 20-22, 2019     
 October 18-20, 2019
 November 15-17, 2019       
 December 6-8, 2019           
 January 10-12, 2020
 February 7-9, 2020      
 March 6-8, 2020

 Friday: 12:30-5:30
 Saturday: 9:00-5:00
 Sunday: 9:00-3:30

 Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710                           


Early Enrollment: $3,595 for applications received by August 9, 2019

Regular Registration: $3,995 for applications received by September 13, 2019 (final registration 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 August 2, 2019. 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.

Work-Study Discount: Work-study grants are available on a limited basis for participants willing to help with logistics and administration for this training. To apply, submit a Work-Study Application by August 9, 2019.

Repeating Participants who've attended this course before can enroll for one half the cost of tuition ($1,995). Deadline to register: September 13, 2019.

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). Deadline to register: September 13, 2019.

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 September 13, 2019 unless a payment plan has been arranged with the Hakomi Institute of California prior to the training start date. 

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

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Participants who withdraw before the first day of the training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Participants who withdraw from the first day of the training up to 9 days thereafter 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 contact@hakomica.org (electronic submission preferred) or mail to:

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

Final application deadline: September 13, 2019

To Register for This Training

Upon acceptance to this training, you will receive a mailing including forms to sign. Within one week of receipt, please return these forms and click the button below to register and pay 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
Work-Study Application


Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each weekend of this training:

12:30-2:00 Learning activities
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:45 Learning activities
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:30 Learning activities

9:00-11:00 Learning activities
11:00-11:15      Break
11:15-12:30 Learning activities
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Learning activities
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Learning activities

9:00-10:45 Learning activities
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:45 Learning activities
12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 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: This course meets the qualifications for 15.5 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (108.5 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.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: You will earn 46.5 CE credits (15.5 credits per weekend for weekends 5, 6 and 7 of the training). CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our administrator at contact@HakomiCA.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com


View learning objectives for weekend 5 of this training.

View learning objectives for weekend 6 of this training.

View learning objectives for weekend 7 of this training.

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 https://meridianuniversity.edu/academics/concentrations2/somatic-psychology


"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.

Scott Eaton, MA, LMFT (#23906), a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, has been facilitating groups and trainings in the U.S. and Europe for over 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist for 25 years, Scott specializes in gay and lesbian issues, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, work with anger and relationship dynamics. An avid world traveler, Scott has also been a long-standing teacher of meditation.  


jon smJon Eisman, CHT, is one of the founding members of the Hakomi Institute, and Director of Hakomi Institute of Oregon. Jon teaches throughout North America and Europe and is the creator of R-CS, Re-Creation of the Self, a powerful and innovative tool for working with psychological parts or self-states in therapy, group work and in spiritual practice. An Oregonian, Jon teaches frequently in the Bay Area.



shirleyShirley Dvir, MA, LMFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44258). She earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Shirley currently teaches at John F. Kennedy University and supervises trainees at the counseling center there. In addition, she teaches annual workshops at Shiluv Campus in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, the Enneagram, family therapy and CranioSacral Therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching. She has a private practice at Anam Cara, a holistic healing center in Berkeley, CA.

DominiqueDominique Lando, MA, LMFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44542). She has a private practice in Berkeley, CA, where she sees individuals and couples. Dominique is a co-founder of Anam Cara in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She also serves as an adjunct professor at California Institute for Integral Studies and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and teaches Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy at both of those institutions. Dominique draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, and EMDR but also from her years working in the field of community development as an activist, eco-psychologist and permaculture farmer. She integrates her multicultural background into her approach and places a strong emphasis on group synergy.