An Introduction to Hakomi

Presented by Julie Murphy, CHT, RAS and Morgan Holford, LPC, CHT on 03-27-2009 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

The Hakomi Method of experiential psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive, and highly effective approach to human change and development. Drawing from neuropsychology, systems theory, Eastern philosophy, conventional and body-centered therapies, Hakomi has pioneered an approach to somatic psychotherapy, combining mindfulness, gentleness, and experiential explorations of client behavior. For over 30 years Hakomi has integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process. Hakomi techniques are exceptionally effective tools for following bodily tensions, feelings, and sensations to the unconscious defenses, beliefs and attitudes that drive behavior and limit responses.

This presentation will focus on how Hakomi integrates mindfulness, as the basis of the therapeutic relationship and throughout the stages of the process. It will illustrate what happens, both within the client and between client and therapist, when this state of consciousness is fostered. Through didactic talks, experiential exercises, and case presentations participants will experience the power of this deeply attuned state and learn immediately applicable skills. We hope you'll join Morgan Holford, LPC, CHT and Julie Murphy, CHT, RAS in an exploration of this somatic method of psychotherapy.

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Meet the Presenters

Julie Murphy, CHT, RAS

Julie Murphy, CHT, RAS

Julie Murphy, CHT, RAS, is a Certified Hakomi Trainer and has 22 years of experience consulting, teaching, and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is the Director of Hakomi Santa Cruz and trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Australia. Bringing together years of study and professional experience in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, somatics, Buddhist meditation practice, and the arts, Julie developed an archetypal method known as the Mythic Body and a somatic approach to creative writing called Embodied Writing. She also co-developed Waking up from the Family Trance.

Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Hakomi Institute International Conference, and the Unites States Association of Body Psychotherapy. Julie has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and combines a strong contemplative approach with the latest research in neuroscience and human relationship in her teaching. Julie teaches individuals, groups and professionals, including mindfulness and meditation, contemplative and creative writing, and embodiment in her teachings. She specializes in human relations and addictions counseling. Julie offers case consultation, somatic psychotherapy mentoring, and mindfulness coaching. Additionally, for those of you interested in further training, you can find on Julie's website information about a number of upcoming Hakomi and Mindfulness workshops which she is leading or co-leading. You can reach Julie through her websites: and

Morgan Holford, LPC, CHT

Morgan Holford, LPC, CHT

Morgan Holford, LPC, CHT, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, has worked extensively with individuals and couples in private practice in Santa Fe, NM, for over 20 years. Her primary modality is Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy, a body-centered, mindfulness based therapy. As a member of the Hakomi faculty, she trains other therapists in this method throughout the US. Morgan serves on the faculty of the Integral Somatic Psychology Certificate Program at Southwestern College. She is an adjunct therapist offering Hakomi and somatic trauma resolution at a residential trauma and addictions treatment center in Santa Fe. Morgan is committed to bringing mind, body, and spirit into harmony in her work with clients and students.

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