Hakomi Method and Process – Overview

The Hakomi Method is a mindfulness, somatic and experience-based approach to change. The Method is used both as a psychotherapeutic process as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth. In addition, The Method has been applied to numerous other avenues of growth, from business consulting to sports performance.

Originally developed by Ron Kurtz in the late 1970’s, The Hakomi Method has developed in scope, detail and teachability over the past 28 years. During this time, many new advances have been integrated by Ron, the Hakomi Trainers and numerous practitioners. Today, Hakomi is taught and practiced successfully throughout the world. Here in Oregon, with several professional trainings and workshops per year, Hakomi has thrived for 25 years.

The Method itself combines venerable operating principles with mindfulness and precisely articulated methodology to create an extraordinarily effective path towards transformation. The basis of the work is fourfold:

  • to create a caring yet bounded relationship that allows enough safety for the client to turn inwards and explore present experiences [cognitive, somatic, emotional, energetic, spiritual, etc.]
  • to follow those experiences towards the unconscious core material and neural patterns that generate them
  • to pursue ways to heal and evolve the core material
  • to support the client in stabilizing new core material

Hakomi, a pioneer in the use of mindfulness in psychotherapy, employs a strong somatic / experiential orientation. Encouraging focused self-awareness, the client is supported in studying the ways in which movement, gesture, voice, tensions, impulses and so on both reflect psychological material and provide direct access to core transformation.

The atmosphere is open, creative and full of hope. It sustains both client and therapist through the difficult work of feeling what is at times deeply painful.”
– Ron Kurtz, Hakomi Method originator