Body Centered Psychotherapy
Body Centered Psychotherapy or Hakomi Method draws from science, spirituality and psychotherapy. It is a method of counseling and experiments in mindfulness that assist in the process of self-discovery in a way that is simple yet effective. Through the presence of emotional support and the creation of an environment of awareness of implicit habits and beliefs, we are led to a place of healing. Developed by Ron Kurtz, this method is known as the Hakomi Method and has its inspiration in Buddhist psychology, Taoism, and figures like Fritz Perls and Milton Erickson.
Did you know….?
Hakomi means “who you are” in Hopi…
…or “how do you stand in relation to these many realm”.
The Hakomi Method of body/mind therapy uses a set of principles, including holism, unity, and nonviolence to become more conscious of the way we as human beings are organized psychologically around our beliefs and images. Our thoughts and feelings are influenced around themes such as: safety and belonging, freedom and responsibility, openness and honesty, control and power, and social and cultural rules. In learning about the self, we use mindfulness to pay attention to the present moment experience where client and therapist together create and use evoked experiences. You can learn to come from a place of loving kindness and mindfulness in order to cultivate compassion and avoid burnout. As you bring attention to your reactions and ways of being, this allows you to process underlying beliefs that serve to limit and restrict development. As a result, you have the opportunity to learn about yourself and accept the many parts of the whole, exactly as they are. By going inward, we find solace in our inner wisdom through play, discovery and experiential exploration.
As Ron Kurtz states “it is a way to help people change that allows for the wisdom and healing power in each of us”. The process evokes a level of noticing and naming habits, allowing for the study and presence of “what is”, giving it permission to be there. When we sit in a place of not-knowing and openness, we can be with the answers that arise in our exploration of “what else comes?” The compassion, respect and gentle guidance of the therapist allows for an openness to see what is ready to come to the surface; a nurturing of the soul in a safe, supportive and loving environment that allows for higher levels of bravery and fortitude to surface through the unconscious.
This type of therapy training is something I am currently undergoing. It will become an official service offering soon, through integration in my Expressive Arts Therapy practice.
***Content from “Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method” by Ron Kurtz