What is the Hakomi Method?

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The Hakomi Method aims to develop a person’s self-awareness and understanding. In the Hakomi Method, a person’s inner self is called their “core material.” This type of therapy seeks to move people closer to knowing their core material through bodily movements and other experiential techniques. Core material can include messages, self-image, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, some of which can inhibit a person’s growth if they’ve had negative experiences.

The Hakomi Method draws upon the eastern practices of Buddhism and mindfulness. Additionally, it emphasizes non-violence, unity, organicity, and mind-body integration. Ideally, sessions of the Hakomi Method are conducted in a state of mindfulness the entire time.

Sessions of the Hakomi Method usually follow a structure, beginning with what is known as “contact.” This stage is when the counselor and client engage in a trusting, safe space. If you don’t feel comfortable in the space, you won’t do as much self-exploration. Second, your therapist will encourage you to notice sensations in your body and mind as you turn inward. Known as “accessing,” this step can include positive statements from your counselor that might be contradictory to what you think of yourself. Third, you and your counselor will discuss things that came up for you. The Hakomi Method posits that individuals are inherently capable of wisdom. And, in a safe space, you will be more likely to integrate helpful thoughts and emotions about yourself and your experience. Finally, you and your counselor connect what came up in the session and real-life situations you experience.

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