in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

San Francisco Bay Area

 Hakomi Professional Training Grads
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In Level 1 Hakomi Professional Training, you immersed yourself in the basic principles and practices of the Hakomi Method. In Hakomi Professional Training Level 2, you will expand your skills in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy in three important ways: by developing your "selfhood," refining your therapeutic strategy, and by working your personal edges as a therapist through in-depth supervised practice.

In Hakomi, developing your "selfhood" means expanding your capacity to work with even the most challenging clients and situations from a deeply mindful and compassionate state. Through targeted experiential exercises and supervised practice, our Level 2 training will help you explore your organization as a therapist and surface and transform unseen patterns that limit your effectiveness with clients. Therapists often remark that the deep personal work that unfolds during their second year of Hakomi training profoundly impacts not only their therapy sessions, but their personal relationships as well.

In Level 2, you will also refine your therapeutic strategy by learning to choose the tools and interventions that are most appropriate for your clients. Through brief lectures, demos, and in-depth supervised practice, you will learn to use Hakomi's principles and practices to support clients much more confidently, fluidly and effectively. One participant said, "By the end of the second year of Hakomi training, I couldn't believe how my skills and self-awareness had grown, and how much deeper I was able to take my clients. I also felt like a more humble, peaceful and compassionate human being."

In this training, you will also:

  • Become mindful of how your core issues impact your clinical effectiveness
  • Learn how to make deeper contact with your clients through trusting your inner knowing
  • Use our simple diagnostic map, the Hakomi Sensitivity Cycle, to tailor your interventions with greater precision
  • Develop therapeutic strategies that allow you to access core material more quickly
  • Review and deepen your skill in working with child states to bring about lasting transformation
  • Have time to discuss how to apply Hakomi to clients in your current caseload 

Because we tailor our trainings to participants' in-the-moment needs and development, the curriculum above is subject to change.

Training Format

Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 consists of seven three-day Zoom weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month from October through April. Each monthly training module includes two hours of self-paced study via video talks, video demo sessions and reading. You'll receive the first module of online learning materials by September 3, 2021 and will need to complete those materials before your first Zoom session on October 1, 2021. After that, new online training materials will be available on the Wednesday after your live Zoom training each month. Online training materials will remain accessible through June 30, 2022.

Teaching Style 

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

Certification in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy 

A common path toward certification in the Hakomi Method is to take two years of Hakomi training followed by a period of practice and supervision. Level 2 Professional Training offers a helpful next step to any clinician interested in becoming a Certified Hakomi Therapist.


For Whom

This training is open to mental health clinicians as well as psychotherapy interns and students.


Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 or
Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1 and permission of the instructor

Class Schedule 

Dates and Instructors
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October 1-3, 2021 (Susan San Tara)
November 5-7, 2021 (David Fish)
December 10-12, 2021 (Susan San Tara)        

January 21-23, 2022 (Dominique Lando)            
February 11-13, 2022 (Susan San Tara)
March 11-13, 2022 (Gal Szekely)
April 8-10, 2022 (Susan San Tara)

Dates are subject to change.

Online Zoom Session Times
Friday: 1:30 - 4:30 (Pacific time)

Saturday: 10:00 - 4:30 (Pacific time)
Sunday: 9:30 - 1:00 (Pacific time)

Online via monthly Zoom sessions and self-paced learning on Hakomi's training platform


Early Enrollment: $3,595 if registered by July 23, 2021

Regular Registration: $3,995 if registered by August 20, 2021 (final registration deadline)

Repeat Tuition: $1,995 (50% off) if you're repeating this course

Upon registration, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. The final balance for the training is due by September 2, 2021 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon by 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, Discover 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 (9/3/21) will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Participants who withdraw from the first day of live Zoom training (10/1/21) up to 9 days thereafter (10/10/21) will receive a 70% tuition refund. After that, no refunds will be granted. There will be no refunds for non-attendance.

To Register for This Training

Click the button below to register and pay the required $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the training.

Final day to register: August 20, 2021

Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each live Zoom 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

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

Schedule subject to change. 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.

For Further Information

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

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 10.5 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (73.5 hours total) for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. 

SCA LogoPsychologists: You will earn 42 CE credits (10.5 credits per weekend for weekends 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this training). CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our administrator at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

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 Zoom 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, MD, author of The Mindful Therapist

"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., PhD, psychologist, Stanford University

"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., PhD, family therapist, associate professor, graduate psychology


Susan1Susan San Tara, MA, LMFT is the lead trainer for this training. Susan 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.


David FishDavid Fish, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT 52446). David has been a Certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years and is also a Certified Hakomi Teacher. In addition to specializing in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, David leads groups and offers individual therapy to people struggling with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment work, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy 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.


DominiqueDominique Lando, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44542) and an organizational coach. She works with individuals in California and British Columbia and coaches leaders and teams internationally. Dominique is a co-founder of Anam Cara in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She also serves as adjunct professor teaching somatic psychology in various graduate programs. She draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, family systems and EMDR but also from her years of spiritual practice, and working in the field of community development as an activist, eco-psychologist and permaculture farmer. Originally from France, Dominique was raised in a diverse global family and she integrates her multicultural background into her approach. She places a strong emphasis on group synergy, which greatly informs her work as a teacher, coach and organizational consultant.


Gal SzekelyGal Szekely, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 50301) with a private practice in San Francisco. Gal is passionate about working with couples and individuals on relationship issues and is the founder of The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. An experienced speaker, Gal gives talks all around the Bay Area on the issues of relationships and cultural differences. In addition to a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Gal also holds a master's in Social-Organizational Psychology and has a background in the business world and as a management consultant. He has also taught a course in somatic couples therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His work is influenced by a long time meditation practice, his appreciation of the body and a multicultural background.