Hakomi Mindful Somatic  Psychotherapy
Los Angeles

About This Training

Hakomi Professional Training offers accelerated training for mental health professionals and interns. In this training, you will learn the principles and practices of the Hakomi Method through brief talks, demonstrations, and abundant supervised practice. You’ll learn how to slow clients down, shift into a mindful state and intentionally activate and study unconscious material. You’ll practice unique somatic techniques that strengthen therapist-client attunement and support the body to reveal emotional patterns not easily accessible through conversation alone. You’ll also discover skills for transforming unconscious patterns by actually supporting your clients’ resistance and defenses while in states of deeper mindfulness. Therapists are often surprised and inspired by the depth of self-discovery and transformation that’s possible through Hakomi’s gentle yet powerful techniques.



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 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 addiion, 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.


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 elegantly work 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.

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 the Hakomi Method into their practices.


Previous clinical training or permission from a member of the training staff is required. Students must submit an application and a $75 nonrefundable application fee no later than August 26, 2016 to qualify for our early registration discount or September 30, 2016 to meet our deadline for regular registration. 


2016-2017 Schedule
(subject to change)

 October 7-9, 2016       
 November 4-6, 2016               
 December 9-11, 2016           
 January 20-22, 2017              
 February 10-12, 2017   
 March 3-5, 2017                
 April 21-23, 2017      

 Friday: 1:00-6:00
 Saturday: 9:00-5:00
 Sunday: 9:00-3:30

A Private Residence 
Los Angeles, CA 90024                           


Tuition for Level 1

Early Enrollment: $3,595 for applications received by August 26, 2016  

Regular Registration: $3,995 for applications received September 30, 2016 (final day to register)

Within 7 days after you are notifed of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. You can pay your deposit by clicking here. The final balance is due by September 30, 2016 unless a payment plan has been arranged with the Hakomi Institute of California prior to the training start date.   

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

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition and/or work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application by 9/23/16.


Cancellation Policy

Students who withdraw via email or phone before the first day of the training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Students 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 granted for non-attendance. 

To Enroll 

Download and complete an Application Form then email it to:

Click here to register and pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

If you prefer, you can send the application form and check to:

Hakomi Institute of California
343 Soquel Ave, Box 16
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


For More Information

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


Application Form
Financial Assistance Application 


Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 110 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: 36 CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this  program. 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 the program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at or (707) 763-3576.


Application Trainings

Graduates of this training are eligible to participate in trainings that apply the Hakomi Method to a variety of special-focus topics:

Our From Trauma to Dharma Training offers state-of-the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.

Our Hakomi Character Map Training provides you with a powerful and practical map of the psyche and helps you learn non-pathologizing assessment and intervention strategies.

Other special-focus trainings we offer include Experiential Couples TherapyAttending to Attachment, a mindfulness-centered somatic approach to healing adult attachment patterns, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.

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


ShaiShai Lavie, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), and is on the faculty of JFK University. Shai leads transformational groups that integrate Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, group process, ritual and dream work. He also has led over a dozen wilderness Rites of Passage programs for youth. A practitioner of Vipassana meditation for 25 years, Shai has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001.  


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.

Julie Murphy, MA, RAS, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist, has over 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Canada and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression and also developed the training Attending to Attachment,  a mindfulness-centered approach to working with attachment issues and relationship repair. In addition, she practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz.

Susan1Susan San Tara MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 43157) and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher. 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, California. 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 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.  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.