JON EISMAN, Educational Director and Founder of M.E.T.A. LLCJON EISMAN, Educational Director and Founder of M.E.T.A. LLC, is an internationally acclaimed teacher and therapist. For the past 35 years, he has led trainings and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Japan.
After several years studying, practicing and teaching massage, nutrition and energy healing, Jon turned his attention to psychology. Trained personally by Ron Kurtz, the developer of the Hakomi Method of Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Jon is a founding member of the Hakomi Institute, Inc, Director of the Hakomi Institute of Oregon, Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California, British Columbia, Edmonton and Calgary, and a Sr. Hakomi Trainer. One of the Institute’s most popular facilitators, Jon has made enormous contributions to the Method and its teachability, and is highly regarded both for the precision of his presentations and for the enthusiasm he inspires in his students.
In 1984, to complement Hakomi’s exquisite techniques, Jon began developing a comprehensive map of the Self, the Re-Creation of the Self Model of Human Dynamics (R-CS). R-CS is both a map for people to understand and pursue their potential, and also a unique and highly effective approach to therapeutic change. Taught both separately and in conjunction with his Hakomi teachings, Jon leads workshops and trainings in the applications of R-CS to individuals, couples, counselors, and groups.
In the late 1990s Jon began integrating the various models and techniques he used into a structured system. The explosion of research and information regarding interpersonal neurobiology, trauma and attachment offered a unifying web, and in 2002 Jon crafted Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.). Based on an understanding of the distinct kinds of psychological wounding clients endure, M.E.T.A. provides both the science and art of attending to client needs. Today, M.E.T.A. provides the synthesized conceptual framework and carefully articulated techniques that form the basis of Jon’s teaching, clinical work, and consulting, with individuals, couples, mental health practitioners and groups. In 2008, Jon and colleague Donna Roy, CHT, LPC, formed M.E.T.A., LLC as an umbrella organization to promote this eclectic and transtheoretical model.
Jon is the author of numerous articles, a Hakomi Institute textbook, and the R-CS training manual. He has also won several awards for his poetry.
An avid outdoorsman, Jon enjoys hiking, running, kayaking and martial arts. He loves to travel, is an accomplished carpenter and an unrepentant movie nut. Jon lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.
DONNA ROY, LPC, CHT, Administrative and Clinic Director, M.E.T.A., LLC
DONNA ROY, LPC, CHT, co-Director of M.E.T.A., LLC, Administrative and Clinic Director, M.E.T.A. Counseling Clinic, is a licensed professional counselor, certified Hakomi therapist, and a certified Hakomi teacher. She has a thriving private psychotherapy and consulting practice in Portland, Oregon, where she administers and teaches in M.E.T.A. trainings, and is an adjunct faculty member in Portland State University's Department of Counselor Education. She has special training in couples, marriage and family therapy, experiential dreamwork, and clinical supervision.
Donna comes to counseling with a rich international background. She lived and studied for a year in Germany in college, was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in South Korea in the 1970s, and worked for a year in Bangladesh with Save the Children as part of her master's degree studies in intercultural administration. These experiences lead to her work with refugees on both the east and west coasts of the U.S., and to an intercultural communication consulting and training business.
As an activist, she has always cared deeply about people and their gifts and about facilitating interpersonal understanding and intrapersonal awareness.
After a 20 year career in international non-profit management and intercultural communication, Donna had an epiphany about fulfilling another lifetime dream: to become a psychotherapist. This epiphany lead her (via a circuitous and personally customized route) to apprenticeships in altered state dreamwork and shamanic healing, to training as a Hakomi therapist, to graduating with an MS in counseling from Portland State University (2003), and, finally, to licensure (2007) as a licensed professional counselor (LPC).
In 2008, Donna and colleague Jon Eisman formed M.E.T.A., LLC, as an umbrella organization whose mission it is to train counselors and psychotherapists and others in mindfulness-based therapy approaches.
Donna also authored a chapter entitled, "Body-Centered Counseling & Psychotherapy", included in Capuzzi and Gross's textbook, Theories and Interventions in Counseling and Psychotherapy, published by Prentice Hall.
Donna has two grown children (who are also inveterate travelers) and lives with her husband of 30 years and a menagerie of animals. She makes regular trips to her home state of Maine where her parents still reside, practices yoga, loves a good science fiction movie as well as the poetry of Hafiz.
Jessica Montgomery, MSW, Certified Hakomi Teacher has a twenty year history of leading personal development workshops and student counseling. She has a BA in Psychology from Reed College; a Summa Cum Laude MSW in Clinical Social Work from Portland State University; and has done Post Graduate study at the Institute for Family Centered Therapy. She won a national University Club Fellowship, and is an American Association of University Women award recipient. She has also taken specialized training in Group Process, Trauma, Attachment, Sexuality and Intimacy, Art Therapy, Cultural Competency, and Child Development. Following many years of agency work, Jessica began her Hakomi and M.E.T.A. Training in 2004, and resumed her private practice in 2006. In addition to her teaching Hakomi in Portland, Jessica is a Re-Creation of the Self facilitator; is developing along with Donna Roy, Jon Eisman and others a local Attachment-based Training; and will be taking the lead on expanding our offerings in the Seattle area. A long time Portland resident, Jessica is an active leader of a diverse intentional community committed to higher consciousness.
Jessica may be reached at: (503) 449-4978 or by email:
Denise Jessup, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Teacher
Denise Jessup, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Teacher is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon. Following a BA in Developmental Psychology from Whittier college, Denise has earned two masters degrees: an MS in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She has also completed a 2 year Post-Graduate Residency in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work history includes therapy, research, consultation and advocacy for elders and aging issues, as well as parent education. Denise has been in Private Practice since 2006, and began her Hakomi and M.E.T.A. training in 2007. She is currently updating our Hakomi Professional Skills curriculum and is a Re-Creation of the Self facilitator.
Denise may be reached at: (541) 344-1501 or by email:
Nova Knutson, LMT, Certified Hakomi Practitioner
Nova Knutson, LMT, is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and the creator of M.E.T.A. for Bodyworkers, an adaptation of M.E.T.A. theory and techniques for use in a bodywork context. Nova maintains a practice offering counseling through the body, a fusion of Hakomi and bodywork, as well as mindfulness-based massage, a bodywork system rooted in M.E.T.A. philosophy and skills. In 2006, Nova graduated from Portland's first M.E.T.A./Hakomi Comprehensive Training and was certified in Hakomi in 2010. She received her BA from The Evergreen State College in 1991, graduating with a focus in fine and performing arts.
Nova may be reached at: (503) 358-5263 or by email:
Beth Falch-Nielsen, RCC, CHT is a founding member of and lead trainer for the Hakomi Institute of BC, and teaches in British Columbia, Alberta and Portland, OR. She is a Registered Clinical Counselor as well as a Certified Hakomi Therapist. She has been in the counseling field for over 30 years, and specializes in working with individuals and couples.
Beth may be reached at: (604) 566-1109 or by email:
Jaci Hull, MA, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist, leads Hakomi trainings and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. She received her degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. Her post-graduate training includes Family Systems Therapy, EMDR II, Somatic Trauma Resolution, Brainspotting, Relational Life Therapy and Group Leadership Training. She serves on the Hakomi Institute Board of Directors and was a co-developer of Experiential Couples Psychotherapy. She has also served as faculty at Naropa University and the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She brings her extensive experience, as well as warmth, safety, and humor, to her teaching. A licensed psychotherapist in Colorado, she has maintained a private practice for over 25 years.
Jaci may be reached at: (303) 449-9056, or by email:
Jaci Hull, MA, LMFT
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT, CHT
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT, CHT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and licensed somatic psychotherapist. She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco, Australia and Germany. With many years of training and practice in trauma work, child development and Buddhism, Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment therapy, infant mental health, and movement therapy. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park, working with individuals, couples and children.
Manuela may be reached at: (650) 862-3010 or by Email:
Julie Murphy, BA, RAS, Certified Hakomi Trainer, has 22 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the healing arts. Julie is the director of Hakomi Institute of 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 combines a strong contemplative approach with the latest research in neuroscience and human relationship in her teaching. She specializes in human relations, attachment theory and addictions counseling.
Julie may be reached at: (831) 212-7373 or by Email:
Julie Murphy, BA, RAS
Phil Del Prince, MA
Phil Del Prince, MA, CHT is a Founding Trainer of the Hakomi Institute. He has been a practicing therapist for 15 years, and a trainer at all levels of the Hakomi Method since its inception. His teaching and therapy rest on a broad base of training and experience with traditional counseling approaches: Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Group Therapy, Psychodrama, and the bodywork disciplines of Massage Therapy (AMTA) and Postural Integration (CPI). Phil enjoys eliciting the unique wisdom of each person, and supporting the distinct style of therapeutic professionals.
Phil may be reached by Email:
Oregon Certified Hakomi Therapists (CHT) and Certified Hakomi Practitioners (CHP)
The Hakomi Institute, Inc. offers Certification in the Hakomi Method through its branches and Trainers. Certified Hakomi Therapists (C.H.T.) or Certified Hakomi Practitioners (C.H.P.) have all achieved the same level of training and competence. The majority of Certified Hakomi Therapists use the Hakomi Method as a primary or adjunct approach in their psychotherapy, counseling, or clinical social work practices.
However, although Hakomi was developed primarily as a psychotherapy, the last several decades have demonstrated that it can be successfully applied in a wide variety of related fields. Hakomi therapists and practitioners may integrate the Hakomi approach and principles into other practices and professions including bodywork, expressive therapies, pastoral and spiritual counseling, holistic and alternative healing, coaching and consulting, mediation and conflict resolution, teaching mindfulness and meditation, work with groups and organizations, and other non-clinical applications. The title "Certified Hakomi Practitioner" implies that the individual integrates Hakomi primarily in one or more related fields, rather than psychotherapy.
Certification in the Hakomi Method confirms that at the time of certification, the therapist or practitioner completed an extensive training and certification process in which they both demonstrated competence in the Method and an embodiment of the Hakomi principles.
After certification, Hakomi therapists who integrate Hakomi into their psychotherapy or counseling practices may focus on the practice of Hakomi, and/or integrate it with other modalities. All Oregon therapists and practitioners must adhere to the laws of Oregon with regard to the practice of psychotherapy and counseling and the use of related titles. All are required to continue to follow the Hakomi Institute Code of Ethics and the ethical guidelines of their profession. Many Hakomi therapists and practitioners will provide a free interview in person or over the phone, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and sense whether they are a good match for what you seek. Many also have websites where you can learn more about their work.
Neither M.E.T.A, LLC, nor the Hakomi Institute, Inc. monitors therapists or practitioners after certification, nor requires continuing education to maintain certification. Certification does not imply legal endorsement of the practitioner by M.E.T.A., LLC, or the Hakomi Institute, Inc.
It is understood that the M.E.T.A. trainings teach specific methodologies (Hakomi, Re-Creation of the Self), and do not provide an overall training in all aspects of the psychotherapeutic profession. For example, the Hakomi training does not train individuals to work with addictions, eating disorders, phobias, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other psychiatric diagnoses.
If you are seeking a therapist with a particular specialization (e.g. trauma therapy, addictions, couples therapy, child or adolsecent therapy, etc.), we recommend you inquire of the therapist regarding their training and experience in these areas.
Neither M.E.T.A., LLC, nor the Hakomi Institute, Inc. warrants or otherwise assumes responsibility for the services provided by the practitioners listed below, or their competency to provide these services; and may not be held liable for any claim resulting from working with these therapists and practitioners, or for the activities of any students or graduates of our trainings. You assume responsibility for determining whether a therapist or practitioner is appropriate for your needs.
Certified Hakomi Therapists and Practitioners who have trained with or are affiliated with M.E.T.A. are indicated with an *.
*Concetta Antonelli, LMT, CHP 890 Ave F Studio, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 503-349-7038 email:
*Deah Baird, ND, MS, CHT 503-515-5188 email:
*Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC, CHT 503-771-3884 email:
Meg Blanchet, MA, LMT, CHT 2905 Adams St, Eugene OR 97405 541-485-3246 email:
*Jeannie E. Edwards, BS Psychology, LMT, CHT Eugene, Oregon 541-344-4374 email:
Nancy Evergreen, MA, LPC, CHT 2511 Park Forest Drive, Eugene, OR, 97405 541-485-2484 email:
*Michelle Grace, RN, CHT 6836 Highway 66, Ashland, OR 97520 541-482-2840 email:
Annclaire Greig, RDH, LMT, CHT 1500 N.W. 14th St., Corvallis, OR 97330 541-754-9244 email:
*Elle Hatheway, CHT 439 Polk St, Eugene, Or. 97402 541-686-8832 email:
*Jessica Montgomery, MSW, CHT, Certified Hakomi Teacher 503-449-4978 (Portland)
Jane G. Pittenger, MSN, PMHNP, CHT Florence Office: P.O. Box 642, Florence, OR 97439, 541-997-6956 Eugene Office: 1624 East 23rd, 541-338-8290 email:
Kamala Quale, MSOM, LAC, CHT 1844 Lincoln St. #1, Eugene, OR 97401 541-345-2220 email:
*Barbara Segal, MA, CHT 503-250-1508 (Portland) email:
Becky Smith, LMT 2914 Adams , Eugene, OR 97405 541-345-7189 email:
*Fern L. Snogren, MA, MSW, CHT 629 Altamont St, Ashland, OR 97520 541-482-3328 email:
Diane Steinbrecher, LCSW, MSWAC, CHT 2700 Southeast 26th Ave, Suite C; Portland 97202 503-235-2005 email:
Timothy Tillman, PT, CHT 246 4th St. Ashland, OR 97520 541-482-0846 email:
Margot Vance-Borland, MS, CHT, NCC, LMT Office in Albany: The Counseling Center, 936 S.W. 8th Ave., Albany, OR 97321 541-928-2710 email: