Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice

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About the Author
Lorena Monda, MS, DOM, LPCC, is a practicing psychotherapist and a doctor of oriental medicine. Lorena is a trainer for the Hakomi Institute and adjunct faculty at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, where she teaches courses in clinical communication integrating Hakomi skills. She is the author of The Practice of Wholeness: Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life; a coauthor of The Clinical Guide to Commonly Used Chinese Herbal Formulas and The Clinical Handbook of Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine; and a coeditor of I Have Arrived, I Am Home: Celebrating 20 Years of Plum Village Life. Lorena lives in New Mexico with her husband John Scott and teaches Hakomi in the United States and internationally. She is currently working on a book called Mindfulness, Qi, and Transformation
Halko Weiss, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on mindfulness, couples therapy and body-centered psychotherapy for, among others, the Bavarian Licencing Board for Psychotherapists, ZIST Academy, University of Marburg, and the University Hospital in Tuebingen, Germany. Dr. Weiss initiated the largest multi-center scientific research project to date on body psychotherapy, authored 20 scientific publications and six books, and co-founded the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Leading hundreds of workshops and training courses throughout Germany, the US, Canada, and Australia, Dr. Weiss has been instrumental in developing the Hakomi Method and its curricula used worldwide. He also established a successful coaching training program in Germany and became the market leader there in Emotional Intelligence trainings for executives.
Greg Johanson, MDiv, PhD, LPC, NCC, a founding trainer of the Hakomi Institute, has a background in therapy as well as theology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He has been active in writing, publishing over 175 items in the fields of psychotherapy and pastoral theology including (with Ron Kurtz) Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te ching. Greg has served on the editorial board of six professional journals and as editor of Hakomi Forum and has taught as an adjunct in a number of graduate schools. He has a special interest in integral psychology, which relates spirituality to individual consciousness and behavior in the context of social and cultural issues.
What neuroscience, my clients, and self examination teach me more and more is that the mind-body dichotomy is a false one. . . . Hakomi takes into account that we carry our memories and traumas and feelings in our physical bodies. . . . Therapists who use Hakomi conduct experiments with clients to help them find patterns and systems on a deep level and to begin to change. . . . Whether you intend to learn Hakomi or not, this book is a worthwhile read to expand your knowledge of how we change.-- (01/31/2016)
[A] valuable source for clinicians, coaches, body workers, and students of somatic psychotherapy, as well as general readers who are seeking to understand the role of the body in psychotherapy. . . . [W]ell-written by carefully chosen authors . . . it provides both theoretical and practical (case-based) evidence of why and how the inclusion of bodily awareness is not a novel approach to talk therapy, but a necessary one. . . . I predict this book to be a well-loved, dog-eared staple for every bookshelf. Somatic psychology faculty will appreciate the range of theoretical foundations and explicit explanations of the Hakomi method. For students, case vignettes involve clearly defined elements to help navigate the (often) messy process of psychotherapy. . . . This book is the product of Hakomi's efficacy and its ability to withstand time.-- (11/23/2015)
Professional psychotherapists and students alike will find the book highly informative and helpful for learning about and practicing Hakomi psychotherapy. For those who are already interested in the intersection of eastern philosophy, psychology, self construction, meditation, and awareness, it is a highly relevant integrative framework to work with.-- (11/23/2015)
A powerful compendium of Hakomi philosophy and body techniques that wonderfully highlights how fundamentally mindful body work is and has always been well before mindfulness rose to popularity. I highly recommend this to all readers interested in what life is all about and how to make its possibilities realized.-- (11/23/2015)
This anthology is indeed destined to be a landmark volume, not only in the advancement of the healing arts of Hakomi, but also in the wider fields of somatic psychology and body-mind therapy. The articles presented here are clearly written, deeply thoughtful, and readily accessible to both student and seasoned practitioner. The book comprises a beautiful balance of theory and clinical practice, of philosophical grounding and therapeutic application. In short, this volume is invaluable and one of the top ten 'must read' books for anyone committed to mindfulness and somatic psychotherapy.-- (11/23/2015)
This book has finally arrived! The Hakomi Method is one of the earliest efforts to integrate mindfulness into therapy, beginning in the 1960's. It is a fascinating approach that includes body awareness, investigation of core beliefs, compassionate presence of the therapist, embracing the unconscious, and collaborative investigation. A unique contribution of Hakomi to mindfulness-oriented therapy is the emphasis on exploring the structure of the personal 'self' and the causes of its suffering. This book is comprehensive in every way--historical background, theory, method, interventions, case illustrations, clinical applications--and deserves to be read by anyone seriously interested in psychotherapy and its many wonderful expressions.-- (11/23/2015)
In reading this volume about Hakomi I find myself thinking that it aims to bring infant multi-level meaning making processes--how infants understand themselves in the world through a simultaneous integration of every level of their being (metabolic, immunologic, physiologic, stress regulatory, emotional, behavioral), which we all still possess--into the co-creative exchange of adults who now have expansive capacities for mindfulness, reflection, and symbolization. It is also working at one and the same time to overcome these adult capacities' tendency for imperialist dominance and constriction of somatic multilevel experience. Thus this book challenges each of us both personally and professionally to try to make meaning of our own changes and therapeutic change processes. Taking on this challenge is more than worth the effort.-- (11/23/2015)
Hakomi is a treasure trove of therapeutic wisdom gleaned from a wide spectrum of orientations that represent the best that psychology has to offer. This book will be a fountain of knowledge for therapists of all persuasions.-- (11/23/2015)
This essential collection presents the work of Hakomi in a clear light and illustrates the threefold effective integral path of a scientific attitude, a heart presence that takes deep interest in another person, and skilled attention to the body's wisdom. The author-practitioners herein describe a method that is healing for the therapist as well as the client. Among dozens of somatic psychology approaches that I have practiced and taught students over the years, I place Hakomi's effectiveness at the top. It requires mutual transformation of both therapist and client. The pages inside this cover are gems. Anyone who wishes to serve another in self-development will find easy-to-read ideas that work. In a world of increasing stimulation, Hakomi provides a healing balm. I am grateful to have such a resource.-- (11/23/2015)