On Compassion and Mindfulness

Part of an introductory series to the Hakomi Method 


General Description

What makes therapy work? What are the key catalysts for healing? Research shows that the most important element is the quality of the relationship that the therapist offers. In the Hakomi Method, the therapeutic relationship is based upon compassion, loving presence, and mindfulness.

For over 30 years Hakomi is dedicated to teaching therapists to create a therapeutic relationship with their clients that is based upon compassion, loving presence, and mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the ability to slow down, and pay attention to the details of the present moment without judgment. In Hakomi we use mindfulness to uncover implicit beliefs that shape the client's internal and external worlds. An optimal healing environment is created by allowing moment to moment experience to unfold within mindfulness and compassion.
This introductory Hakomi workshop will focus on connecting with our clients from a genuine state of loving presence. We will describe and practice some Hakomi techniques that will enable you to work from the present moment and to use mindfulness in therapy.

This workshop serves as an introduction to the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy. It will provide an experiential overview as well as include skills and theory that are unique to Hakomi.  

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for The Hakomi Comprehensive Training and Hakomi Professional Trainin

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.


Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Anam Cara Healing Center, 2915 Martin Luther King Jr way, Berkeley, CA.

Early Enrollment: $125 by December 1, 2012
Regular: $160

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday,  January 10, 2013.  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.    

Cancellation Policy   
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.   

CEU’s Offered   
MFT & LCSW: This course meets the requirements for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.
Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6 hours. 

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

More Information   
Contact Hakomi Institute of California (415) 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org.



ShirleysmallShirley Bar-Dvir, MA., MFT, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her background includes a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. In the last two years, she has taught Hakomi in Israel in addition to seeing clients and supervising clinicians. She is part of the “Hakomi Israel” team. She has training in psychodynamic work, Attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, Family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditations support how she holds her work and her teachings. She has a private practice at Anam Cara healing center in Berkeley.