Hakomi ~ Gentle Powerful, Mindful Therapy
Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy is a mindfulness-based therapy, a supportive, safe and encouraging way to discover and understand yourself. In each session we can use mindfulness in a unique way to help explore the unconscious, unknown beliefs that influence your life, relationships, self-image, behaviours and habitual patterns.
Some of your unconscious beliefs support you in being who you want to be, but some of it learned in response to difficult situations, can limit you and create unhelpful patterns. Hakomi helps you to uncover limiting unconscious material that restricts your wholeness. With awareness and understanding it becomes possible to change the unwanted patterns/ways of being in the world that cause difficulties and suffering in your life.
Many of the problems we have in our lives are caused by the unconscious patterns that are essentially running us without our knowledge. Hakomi is a method designed to 'update our internal operating system'. It works to help you understand the unconscious things that drive your actions, responses and behaviours. It is about healing the wound underneath rather than applying a band-aid to the surface. Hakomi Therapy can make it possible to find relief from persistent painful emotions and behaviours, to experience greater pleasure and satisfaction in everyday living, to have fuller richer relationships, to fully embrace life, to feel satisfied and really alive.
Much more than a therapy Hakomi is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive, humorous and respectful.
Hakomi’s inspiration has come from Buddhism and Taoism, body-centred therapies such as Reichian work, the Feldenkrais Method and Bioenergetics as well as Gestalt, Focussing, NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis.
A major influence has been General Systems Theory, in which individuals are seen as self-organising systems that spontaneously self-correct and contain within themselves their own blueprints for growing and becoming. Another influence is emerging neuroscience research on how psychological change happens in the brain.
Hakomi draws from the vast worlds of science, spirituality, philosophy and psychotherapy yet the practice itself remains simple.
Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy is based on five principles: mindfulness, non-violence, unity, organicity and mind-body holism.
The style of the work is inherently flexible and Hakomi continues to grow and evolve as a body of work, readily absorbing new ideas and influences.
Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word, that has been borrowed to describe the distinctive approach to body-inclusive psychotherapy developed in the USA by therapist and author Ron Kurtz.
You can find more information here if you would like to know more about how Hakomi sessions work or read this helpful article by Ron Kurtz the originator of the Hakomi method.
If you would like find out more about Hakomi in New Zealand you can go to the hakomi.co.nz website.
These pains you feel are messengers.
Listen to them.