What is the Hakomi Method?
The Hakomi method of psychotherapy, developed by Ron Kurtz and a community of therapeutic practitioners in the 1980s, was a departure from traditional psychotherapy, embracing mindfulness and somatics as primary modalities. Hakomi rests on five basic principles:
Nonviolence ~ a commitment to gently supporting the human being in maintaining its integrity.
Unity ~ our shared humanness supports the capacity for empathy.
Organicity ~ the tendency of living organisms, given a healthy environment, to move toward health.
Mindfulness ~ present-moment awareness as a tool for therapeutic curiosity.
Mind*Body*Spirit Holism ~ all aspects of experience are valued in the therapeutic process.
Hakomi places significant value on the “being” aspects of therapy (i.e., the aforementioned principles), which create the atmosphere for working with all clients. When applied well, these principles lay the foundation for neuronal re-patterning, currently being explored in neuroscience research. The “doing” aspects (techniques and interventions) of Hakomi ~ which comprise experiments in mindfulness, working with the child, and riding the rapids (of big emotions) ~ invite the client’s core-organizing patterns into consciousness, where curiosity, lovingkindness, and nourishment invite change at the fundamental level. Many other therapies offer solutions to current client problems (treating the symptoms). Hakomi offers the opportunity to uncover the root causes of difficult life patterns, awakening the potential for core transformation.