Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy
An Experiential Workshop
This course does not come with CE Credits.
Hakomi integrates mindfulness and somatics into the psychotherapy process with uniquely effective results:
- The psychodynamic use of mindfulness is a foundation of the Hakomi Method. When introduced with Hakomi techniques, it creates a rapid, experiential access route to the unconscious “blueprints” and implicit memories which invisibly shape our lives. When unconscious, this material creates projections, conflict and disharmony in our self-perceptions, relationships and behavior. Once conscious and directly experienced, it is available for memory re-consolidation and transformation, including the healing of attachment issues.
- Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic approach. The body is viewed as a “map of the psyche” - a door that can be opened to reveal the entire character and belief system of the individual. The body’s habitual patterns become a powerful access route to unconscious core material, and the Hakomi process deeply reconnects mind and body.
- This experiential process, although safe and gentle, evokes a powerful “felt sense” for the client, allowing them to take ownership of core patterns as they emerge, as well as their change and integration.
- Loving presence and the healing relationship are also central to Hakomi. We develop an exquisite sensitivity and attunement to others, using empathic skills to read “indicators” - subtle, unconscious cues. This creates a deep sense of safety and connection, allowing us to engage the “cooperation of the unconscious.”
Shirley Bar-Dvir, M.A., M.F.T, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background of BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill. Currently she is teaching at JFK university and supervising trainees at the counseling center there. In addition once a year she teaches workshops at “Shiluv Campus” in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, Attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, Family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditations supports how she holds her work and her teachings. She has a private practice at Anam Cara healing center in Berkeley CA.