Seattle Hakomi Education Network
Year Founded: 2001
Model of Therapy: Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy
Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, an experiential therapy method developed in the 1970s by Ron Kurtz, is based on Taoist and Buddhist principles, systems theory, and body-centered therapies. The use of mindfulness in Hakomi facilitates an awareness of the present moment. This specialized inner work typically occurs once a genuine and highly attuned relationship has developed between the therapist and the person in treatment, either in a counseling setting or between participants in a workshop.
Hakomi is often described as a form of assisted self-discovery that uses mindfulness (non-judging, present-moment awareness) to explore both verbal and nonverbal communication—gestures, tone of voice, and posture. Hakomi therapists aim to provide a supportive, caring presence as they help those in treatment access core beliefs and memories and explore the roots of any distress and limitations they may be experiencing. This non-coercive mode of exploration can provide a safe space in which to discover one’s own clarity, creativity, and confidence. This deep work often promotes a sense of well-being and may enhance personal and professional relationships.
The three levels of training offered by Seattle Hakomi Education Network are:
- The Personhood Series (Level I) consists of four weekend workshops. These workshops can be taken in any order (or singly) and are considered to be beneficial and appropriate for both personal and professional growth.
- The Hakomi Training (Level II) is organized into seven 3-day modules taken in sequential order over the course of a year and is appropriate for people interesting in certification as Hakomi therapists. It is also very useful for people who wish to take another step in personal growth.
- Deepening Skills (Level III) provides an opportunity for newcomers to Hakomi, as well as accomplished graduates, to experience sessions with certified therapists and graduates. In this setting a coach is present for each session and is available to provide appropriate and compassionate feedback.
About the Founder(s)
Ron Kurtz, said to be an intuitive, therapeutic genius, was a profound thinker, teacher, and writer who devoted his life to creating and refining the Hakomi method. He started blending mindfulness and body-centered therapy in the 1970s and began to lead workshops and trainings in Hakomi in 1977. Ron founded the Hakomi Institute in 1981 and worked continuously to refine the method. In 2001, he founded Hakomi Educational Network, an international organization of which Seattle Hakomi Education Network is a founding member.
Ron is the author of Body-centered Psychotherapy, Hakomi Therapy, and co-author of Body Reveals: Illustrated Guide to the Psychology of the Body and Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of Tao-te ching. He also contributed to Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. Ron received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The US Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP) for his work developing the Hakomi Method and an honorary doctorate from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
The Seattle Hakomi Education Network was founded by Carol Ladas Gaskin, Dave Cole, Lynn Morrison, and Dennis Gaither. They all studied with Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin for twelve years and are certified Hakomi teachers, therapists, and senior trainers.
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