Hakomi - gently powerful, mindful, transformational therapy
Do you ever do things you don't want to, or don't understand? Hakomi helps you to access those unconscious aspects that drive us, and change them. Many of the problems we have in our lives are caused by unconscious patterns that are essentially running us without our knowledge. Hakomi is a method designed to update our internal operating system, so it works at a deeper level than many therapies.
Hakomi can be much faster and more effective than talk therapy because it gets to this unconscious material much more rapidly - sometimes it can take a few sessions instead of months or years.
Hakomi integrates mind, body and heart. It is a form of therapy that involves the body in the therapeutic process. Hakomi is gentle but powerful, a respectful and effective mind-body-heart therapy.
Hakomi experiential therapy provides a compassionate, supportive, healing environment for dealing with life’s challenges and offers you the possibility to explore the unconscious, unknown beliefs that influence your life, relationships, self-image, behaviours and habitual patterns.
Hakomi offers a safe and encouraging way to discover and understand your unconscious ways of being in the world. In Hakomi we call this core material – composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. Your core material influences and shapes who you are, the styles, habits, reactions, behaviours, perceptions, postures, attitudes that you bring to the world. Some of your core material supports you in being who you want to be, but some of it learned in response to difficult situations, will limit you. Hakomi allows you to distinguish between the two and to change willingly the core material that restricts your wholeness. With awareness and understanding it becomes possible to change any unwanted patterns/ways of being in the world that cause difficulties and suffering in your life.
Hakomi is the best method that I know about that can enable you to gently and compassionately deal with difficulties you may be experiencing, uncover and understand the things that get in the way of being able to fully embrace your life, to feel satisfied and really alive. With the help of a trained Hakomi practitioner it becomes possible to find relief from persistent painful emotions and behaviours, to experience greater pleasure and satisfaction in everyday living and to have fuller richer relationships.
I know these are big claims! And they are not claims that I make lightly! I have seen the remarkable rewards of Hakomi in both my clients and in my own life.
Hakomi draws from the vast worlds of science, spirituality, philosophy and psychotherapy yet the practice itself remains simple. Hakomi is a form of psychotherapy but it is also a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, curious, non-invasive, flexible, humorous and respectful.
Hakomi is grounded in a set of principles and Ron Kurtz the founder of Hakomi says “The principles are a whole world, having as much to do with becoming full human beings as with doing therapy; as much about therapy as about the universe or how to cook a small fish or meet another human soul.”
One of the unique things about the Hakomi method is the use of mindfulness and "little experiments". You can find helpful information for new clients here.
Hakomi is a Hopi American Indian word that translates to, 'How do you stand in relation to these many realms?' or simply 'Who are you?'
Hakomi is a collabrative therapy and is always led and guided by you and your inner wisdom. The intention is to create an experience of greater freedom, choice and relief from unnecessary suffering through knowing yourself. Change becomes possible and can occur naturally and gently from the inside out.
If you would like read more about Hakomi in New Zealand you can go to the hakomi.co.nz website or a helpful article by Ron Kurtz the originator of the Hakomi method.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom"
One of the most important journeys we will ever take is the 18 inches from head to heart.
~Mind Body Heart