European Faculty

Hakomi Institute Faculty

Trainers: Europe

For contact information for the European faculty please see www.hakomi.de.


Bettina Berger, M.D., is a physician in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapie. After 12 years of clinical psychosomatic work she now offers psychotherapie for individuals and groups in private practice.

Hans-Joachim Diehl, HP, Dipl.-Paed., ECP, is a licensed psychotherapist. He is a trained family therapist with 12 years of professional experience as a substance abuse therapist, and is director of the Heidelberg Child Protection Agency. Hajo also works as a Hakomi therapist in private practice, and as a Hakomi workshop teacher and training assistant. He is currently the Hakomi representative for the Forum of the European Body-Psychotherapy Association.

Carl Edelbauer, M.D., is a physician practicing psychotherapeutic medicine. Carl is in private practice, and teaches Hakomi workshops and trainings. He also teaches psychosomatic medicine at a Vienna University, and is our Hakomi representative in Austria. He is the founder of the Institute for Consciousness Training in Vienna.

Uta Günther, Dipl.-Psych., ECP, is a fully accredited clinical psychologist with training in a variety of psychotherapeutic and body-psychotherapeutic modalities (Rogerian, NLP, Psychodrama, art therapy, Rolfing, etc.). Early in her career she has founded a public psychological counselling center, which she she directed for many years. Today she works in private practice with groups and individuals, and teaches Hakomi workshops as well as segments of Hakomi trainings.

Helga Holzapfel, HP, ECP, is a licensed psychotherapist, body- and movement therapist, and a Postural Integrator, with 7 years of professional experience in a psychiatric hospital. She maintains a private practice and a residential seminars center near Passau, Germany, with her husband, Uli Holzapfel, and is our lead trainer in Berlin, Munich and Vienna.

Ulrich Holzapfel, HP, ECP, is a licensed psychotherapist. Ulrich (Uli) had his original training as a state-licensed art teacher. As a psychotherapist he was also trained in systemic family therapy (V. Satir) and as a Pesso Therapist. Uli teaches Pesso and Hakomi workshops, and is our lead trainer in the Essen, Zurich and Berlin trainings.

Halko Weiss, Ph.D., Dipl.-Psych., ECP, supervisor (BDP) is a licensed clinical psychologist, co-founder and Senior Trainer of the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, USA, as well as International Director of the Hakomi Institute of Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. Halko has worked as a therapist since1973, in private practice and in a number of institutions. Since 1978 he has also been a psychotherapy trainer in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia. Additionally, he works as a trainer and coach for executives within international corporations, such as DaimlerChrysler. Halko has published a number of books and articles, among them the new “Handbook of Bodypsychotherapy” (2004, with G. Marlock, eds.)

Dagmar Wernicke, HP, ECP, is a licensed psychotherapist with 15 years of experience in a large variety of humanistic and body-oriented psychotherapeutic modalities. She has taught many Hakomi workshops and training segments. Dagmar is also working in private practice, with individuals, couples, and groups, and as a supervisor for therapists. For several years she has also done training and coaching with executives of international corporations.

Patricia Wurll, Ph. D., HP, is a licensed psychotherapist. Her background is in sports education. She worked psychotherapeutically in psychosomatic and neurological hospitals for twelve years, and is now in private practice. Patricia has been assisting in Hakomi trainings, and has started to offer Hakomi workshops with an emphasis in her own special interest: therapeutic archery.

Teachers: Europe

For contact information for the European faculty please see www.hakomi.de.


Karin Apfel, HP, ECP, is a licensed psychotherapist, has been in private practice since 1990, and is a teacher in a Public College. Her experience includes focusing and couples therapy, teaching Hakomi workshops and specialty trainings, and seminars for executives within large corporations, such as DaimlerChrysler and HypoVereinsbank. She offers individual-, couples- and group therapy.

Christian Gottwald, M.D., is a physician for psychotherapeutic medicine, neurologist and psychiatrist. He has had comprehensive training in a number of modalities of humanistic psychotherapy, and is an accredited psychoanalysis trainer. He has worked as a psychotherapist since 1975, and has led his own institute since 1977. Christian maintains a private practice where he offers individual and group therapy. He has taught Hakomi in workshop and training settings, and has been active in interfacing body-psychotherapy with the medical community.


Nicole Gäbler, Dipl.Psych., is a fully accredited clinical psychologist for children and adults, trained in psychodynamic therapy and a number of Humanistic Psychology systemic methods. She worked for many years in different somatic and psychiatric hospitals and institutions with children, adolescents, and adults and is now in private practice in Berlin. Nicole is assisting in Hakomi trainings and is teaching Hakomi WS, especially Hakomi for children.

Ute Helmers, Dipl.Psych., is a fully accredited clinical psychologist with a training in person-centered-psychotherapy (Carl Rogers), as well as psychodynamic therapy. She is also a clinical neuropsychologist. Ute has been working as a psychotherapist in neurological rehabilitation for 14 years and offers now psychotherapy for individuals and couples in private practice. Ute is a Hakomi workshop teacher and training assistant.