Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.     

  -Shakti Gawain

Hakomi Therapy is a way of engaging and processing the deepest parts of ourselves. It uses mindfulness and body awareness, applied to the moment at hand, and not just your stories about the past. It is a gentle, yet profound way of accessing core material – made up of thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and memories – that holds the key to change. The body is often used as a portal or the entry point into the system that is you.

Working within the Hakomi method often feels deeply satisfying to people, evoking curiosity and wonder as they gain a close-up view into the facets of their lived experience that are central to their biggest challenges. Truly, people are often mildly surprised by what they find, but are left with more insight and hope that they can begin to transform their experiences.

Sometimes, people come to their counselling sessions just needing to talk from their “everyday brain”, but I have found that when we are able to incorporate Hakomi, the work has much more depth and impact. It has become a foundation of my work. 

Re-Creation of the Self

A close relative of Hakomi Therapy is the Re-Creation of the Self Model (R-CS for short). While both Hakomi and R-CS acknowledge the innate wholeness of each person, R-CS makes a special effort to focus on this specific state of being within therapy sessions. As such, the focus is a little less on working with wounds and instead on identifying and embodying our wholeness and divinity. 

Both Hakomi and R-CS have their right place in inner work. Often, R-CS can be used to harness strengths and grace that allow one to either start living from this place more of the time, or to go back and do the more difficult work with a sense of being more capable and resourced.