JON EISMAN, Educational Director of M.E.T.A. LLCJON EISMAN, Educational Director 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.