- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393710726
- ISBN-13: 978-0393710724
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice 1st Edition
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“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.”
“[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.”
“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.”
- Somatic Psychotherapy Today
“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.”
- Albert Pesso, Author of Experience in Action and Psychomotor Psychology
“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.”
- Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, Former Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University
“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.”
- Christopher Germer, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School; author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
“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.”
- Ed Tronick, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston, Director of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program
“The field of psychotherapy has just been substantively enriched by the publication of this impressive book. Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy gracefully navigates the very tricky task of multiple authors, gifting us with an elegant symphony of voices that thoroughly and thoughtfully communicate what is involved in powerful healing experiences. The authors also skillfully connect the legacy of Hakomi's founder, Ron Kurtz, with important emerging developments from a wide range of disciplines, such as neuroscience, attachment theory, emotional regulation, stress and trauma, and evidence-based practices. Both scholarly and easily accessibly, this book can be read by anyone interested in a comprehensive overview of mindfulness, the body's role in healing, relational repair, and unraveling past imprints in order to engage in the present moment with embodied attention and action. I highly recommend it, and will ask all my students to read it, as it captures all the important essentials of the journey from 'just managing' to holistic well-being.”
- Christine Caldwell, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, Founder and faculty in the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program, Naropa University and author of Getting Our Bodies Back
“Read this book! In this era of cookie cutter therapy, Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy stands head and shoulders above the fray. Drs. Weiss, Johanson, and Monda have assembled a masterful collection of writing about the Hakomi method, distinguishing this approach to healing from many other works and depicting how it is being illumined by current psycho-neuro-biological research. The beauty of this volume is its attention to the integration of a strength-focused perspective, which emphasizes that people are not problems, but rather they are stories and struggles that need to be heard and allowed to heal; the importance of the therapist state of presence as essential to facilitating the healing experience; and mindfulness is an experience that empowers the healing process, not merely a technique to be used indiscriminately. The way mindfulness is utilized here maintains its integrity as a profound experience that reconnects the client and therapist to their true and common humanity. It is when an individual feels truly joined by another on their healing journey that the depth of healing is realized. Weiss, Johanson, and Monda, and the contributing authors have elegantly captured this essence!”
- Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, Author of The Mindfulness Workbook
“In examining Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy the reader will encounter far more than a handbook on somatically-mindful psychotherapy. Beyond its sheer comprehensiveness one gains an interdisciplinary and supremely practical therapeutic resource that is profoundly wholeness-affirming and fully personhood centered! I suspect it will become an invaluable resource for clinicians for years to come.”
- William S. Schmidt, PhD, Loyola University Chicago; Author, The Development of the Notion of Self: Understanding the Complexity of Human Interiority
About the Author
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.
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But now it's time has come. Despite its age, the Hakomi method offers methods for integrating mindfulness directly into the flow of the therapeutic process that remain cutting edge. The method is no longer ahead of its time. It is timely. Now that psychotherapy as a field has broadly accepted mindfulness as a healing technique, the next question is, "If mindfulness is a given, what, specifically, can we do with it during therapy sessions?" Over the past 30 years Ron Kurtz and the Hakomi trainers who came up under him have been honing and developing their answers to this question. Now that the question is ripe, the time for this book has come.
This is an ambitious and successful volume that seeks to both present useful tools to therapists and also to define Hakomi's rightful place in the larger psychotherapeutic dialogue. In this volume are chapters that tie Hakomi to the theoretical bases of psychotherapy, developmental psychology, neurobiology, Buddhist psychology, and systems theory. It then goes on to offer practical tools for utilizing the therapeutic tools Hakomi has to offer with a special focus on Hakomi's use of mindfulness to gain access to the underlying organizing structure of conscious experience.
I very much appreciate that this book is written from the individual viewpoints of a number of different Hakomi trainers. Through their overlapping narratives a mosaic appears that defines gives three-dimensional, living portrait of what Hakomi is. And, as a Western practitioner of Hakomi currently working in Taiwan and China, I am especially taken by the Hakomi method's synthesis of both Eastern and Western thought. This is not a hegemonic, Western approach, but an approach that works respectfully across cultures.
I am excited that the Hakomi method will now reach a larger audience and no longer be confined to the cognoscenti who have been lucky enough to come across this method by word of mouth.
Ron Kurtz, the founder of the method, would be proud.