Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice
edited by Halko Weiss, Greg Johanson and Lorena Monda
Two Chapters written by Manuela Mischke-Reeds:
Chapter 19: Working Through Core Beliefs
Chapter 24: Mindfulness and Trauma States
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 training program for Hakomi practitioners—provides all the processes and practices that therapists need in order to use this method with clients.
What Others Say About Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
The contributors have related the Hakomi method to how this healing approach is being illumined by current psycho-neuro-biological research. There is a reason why this approach to healing is so powerful, and the research of medical science is illustrating it!
The beauty of this volume is its emphasis on the: 1) integration of a strength-focused perspective. People are not problems. They are stories and struggles that need to be heard and allowed to heal; 2) the importance of the therapist state of presence as essential to the healing experience. There is much a therapist can learn regarding how the therapist is not separate from the process, rather her presence is what facilitates the healing; and 3) mindfulness is an experience that empowers the healing process, not merely a technique to be used indiscriminately. This book respects the practice of mindfulness with great reverence. The way mindfulness is utilized here, maintains its integrity as a profound experience that reconnects the person (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!
The Buddha, Milton Erickson, Carl Whitaker, Gandhi, and of course, Ron Kurtz, et al. are all smiling down upon us as their wisdom regarding the nature of the human condition and what is necessary for true healing and wholeness is not being forgotten! Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT