The authoritative text on Hakomi methods, theory, and practice.Hakomi is an integrative method that combines Western psychology and body-centered techniques with mindfulness principles from Eastern psychology. This book, written and edited by members of the Hakomi Institute― the world’s leading professional training program for Hakomi practitioners―and by practitioners and teachers from across the globe, introduces all the processes and practices that therapists need in order to begin to use this method with clients. The authors detail Hakomi's unique integration of body psychotherapy, mindfulness, and the Eastern philosophical principle of non-violence, grounding leading-edge therapeutic technique in an attentiveness to the whole person and their capacity for transformation.
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Halko Weiss, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on mindfulness, couples therapy and body-centered psychotherapy for, among others, the Bavarian Licencing Board for Psychotherapists, ZIST Academy, University of Marburg, and the University Hospital in Tuebingen, Germany. Dr. Weiss initiated the largest multi-center scientific research project to date on body psychotherapy, authored 20 scientific publications and six books, and co-founded the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Leading hundreds of workshops and training courses throughout Germany, the US, Canada, and Australia, Dr. Weiss has been instrumental in developing the Hakomi Method and its curricula used worldwide. He also established a successful coaching training program in Germany and became the market leader there in Emotional Intelligence trainings for executives.Review:
“What neuroscience, my clients, and self examination teach me more and more is that the mind-body dichotomy is a false one. . . . Hakomi takes into account that we carry our memories and traumas and feelings in our physical bodies. . . . Therapists who use Hakomi conduct experiments with clients to help them find patterns and systems on a deep level and to begin to change. . . . Whether you intend to learn Hakomi or not, this book is a worthwhile read to expand your knowledge of how we change.”
“[A] valuable source for clinicians, coaches, body workers, and students of somatic psychotherapy, as well as general readers who are seeking to understand the role of the body in psychotherapy. . . . [W]ell-written by carefully chosen authors . . . it provides both theoretical and practical (case-based) evidence of why and how the inclusion of bodily awareness is not a novel approach to talk therapy, but a necessary one. . . . I predict this book to be a well-loved, dog-eared staple for every bookshelf. Somatic psychology faculty will appreciate the range of theoretical foundations and explicit explanations of the Hakomi method. For students, case vignettes involve clearly defined elements to help navigate the (often) messy process of psychotherapy. . . . This book is the product of Hakomi’s efficacy and its ability to withstand time.”
“Professional psychotherapists and students alike will find the book highly informative and helpful for learning about and practicing Hakomi psychotherapy. For those who are already interested in the intersection of eastern philosophy, psychology, self construction, meditation, and awareness, it is a highly relevant integrative framework to work with.”
- Somatic Psychotherapy Today
“A powerful compendium of Hakomi philosophy and body techniques that wonderfully highlights how fundamentally mindful body work is and has always been well before mindfulness rose to popularity. I highly recommend this to all readers interested in what life is all about and how to make its possibilities realized.”
- Albert Pesso, Author of Experience in Action and Psychomotor Psychology
“This anthology is indeed destined to be a landmark volume, not only in the advancement of the healing arts of Hakomi, but also in the wider fields of somatic psychology and body-mind therapy. The articles presented here are clearly written, deeply thoughtful, and readily accessible to both student and seasoned practitioner. The book comprises a beautiful balance of theory and clinical practice, of philosophical grounding and therapeutic application. In short, this volume is invaluable and one of the top ten ‘must read’ books for anyone committed to mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy.”
- Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, Former Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University
“In reading this volume about Hakomi I find myself thinking that it aims to bring infant multi-level meaning making processes―how infants understand themselves in the world through a simultaneous integration of every level of their being (metabolic, immunologic, physiologic, stress regulatory, emotional, behavioral), which we all still possess―into the co-creative exchange of adults who now have expansive capacities for mindfulness, reflection, and symbolization. It is also working at one and the same time to overcome these adult capacities’ tendency for imperialist dominance and constriction of somatic multilevel experience. Thus this book challenges each of us both personally and professionally to try to make meaning of our own changes and therapeutic change processes. Taking on this challenge is more than worth the effort.”
- Ed Tronick, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston, Director of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program
“Read this book! In this era of cookie cutter therapy, Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy stands head and shoulders above the fray. Drs. Weiss, Johanson, and Monda have assembled a masterful collection of writing about the Hakomi method, distinguishing this approach to healing from many other works and depicting how it is being illumined by current psycho-neuro-biological research. The beauty of this volume is its attention to the integration of a strength-focused perspective, which emphasizes that people are not problems, but rather they are stories and struggles that need to be heard and allowed to heal; the importance of the therapist state of presence as essential to facilitating the healing experience; and mindfulness is an experience that empowers the healing process, not merely a technique to be used indiscriminately. The way mindfulness is utilized here maintains its integrity as a profound experience that reconnects the client and therapist to their true and common humanity. It is when an individual feels truly joined by another on their healing journey that the depth of healing is realized. Weiss, Johanson, and Monda, and the contributing authors have elegantly captured this essence!”
- Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, Author of The Mindfulness Workbook
“In examining Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy the reader will encounter far more than a handbook on somatically-mindful psychotherapy. Beyond its sheer comprehensiveness one gains an interdisciplinary and supremely practical therapeutic resource that is profoundly wholeness-affirming and fully personhood centered! I suspect it will become an invaluable resource for clinicians for years to come.”
- William S. Schmidt, PhD, Loyola University Chicago; Author, The Development of the Notion of Self: Understanding the Complexity of Human Interiority
“Hakomi is a treasure trove of therapeutic wisdom gleaned from a wide spectrum of orientations that represent the best that psychology has to offer. This book will be a fountain of knowledge for therapists of all persuasions.”
- Louise Sundararajan, PhD, EdD, Past President of APA Div. 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology
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