Hakomi Institute Faculty

Hakomi Institute Faculty

Our international faculty are psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, and professionals in their fields. They continue to develop and evolve the Hakomi Method in alignment with new discoveries in the psychotherapy and neuroscience fields. They also use their in-depth ongoing experience in clinical practice to enhance and evaluate the effectiveness of new developments in the Method.

Our faculty create a mindful, supportive training environment where the Hakomi techniques and methodology can be explored in a safe, experiential context. Many also teach in universities worldwide, allowing them to integrate their academic expertise and knowledge of current research and developments in the field of psychology. Click here to see the many colleges and universities where Hakomi Institute faculty teach.

Trainers: North America, Pacifica, Israel

The Training Staff are authorized to teach Hakomi Workshops and lead Hakomi Trainings.

View European Hakomi Trainers & Teachers

Karen Baikie, Ph.D. M.Clin.Psych., C.H.T.
Grow Mindfully
Level 1, 134 Willoughby Road
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065
+612 9436 0919
email: karen@karenbaikie.com.au

Karen Baikie, Ph.D. M.Clin.Psych, C.H.T. is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 19 years experience working with individuals and couples in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Karen is a Certified Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team, teaching on the Sydney Professional Training, and co-facilitator with Halko Weiss in the Australian Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (H.E.A.R.T.) in Sydney. She runs workshops on aspects of Hakomi and H.E.A.R.T. throughout Australia and provides supervision. Karen is the Director and Founder of Grow Mindfully: Centre for Psychology, Psychotherapy and Health, a group private practice of mindfulness informed practitioners. Karen supports people with difficulties in the areas of attachment, trauma, emotional health, relationships, parenting, fertility, eating, and gut health. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology on the use of expressive writing as a therapeutic tool for survivors of trauma. She has worked extensively with adult survivors of child abuse, is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and has completed Somatic Experiencing training. Karen is passionate about assisting individuals, couples and other therapists in using mindfulness-based approaches to support deepening awareness and connection with themselves and others.

Deah Baird, N.D., L.P.C., C.H.T.
4531 SE Belmont Street, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
email: deah@deahbaird.com
websites: www.deahbaird.com
Deah Baird, N.D., L.P.C., C.H.T. is a naturopathic physician and licensed professional counselor in Portland, Oregon. She has been working in the healing arts for the past 25 years. Originally focusing on women’s health care and offering homebirth midwifery services, she began focusing her work exclusively in the area of psychological health in 2003. She is currently adjunct faculty at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and on the teaching staff of M.E.T.A. (Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches). She balances a successful private practice with teaching, community service and an engaged family life. She brings passion and compassion to her work, helping people reconnect with their sense of well-being, grow in self-integration and enhance their experience of love in relationships.

Dr. Cedar Barstow, D.P.I., M.Ed., Certified Hakomi Trainer
1485 Sumac
Boulder, CO 80304
email: cedar@rightuseofpower.org
website: www.rightuseofpower.org

Dr. Cedar Barstow, D.P.I., M.Ed. is a Certified Hakomi Therapist in private practice, and a Certified Hakomi Trainer. She has led trainings nationally and internationally, in England, Ireland, Asheville, N.C., Santa Barbara, Seattle, Chicago, and Atlanta, and has taught workshops throughout the U.S., and in the South Pacific. Cedar is currently developing and teaching a professional training in Ethics and Right Use of Power. She served as Administrative Director of the Hakomi Institute for ten years, has served on the Board of Directors, Ethics Committee, and as Managing Editor of the Hakomi Forum. As Hakomi Librarian, she collects, organizes, and re-distributes the computerized log of evolving theory, curriculum, and exercises. She is the author of several books on women and healing, and is a core member of a ceremonial dance community in Boulder, Colorado.

Magi Cooper, C.H.T.
1840 Deerborne Pl.
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 1A3
email: magicooper@shaw.ca
Magi Cooper is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. Standing in the Hakomi Principle of Non-Violence, she has been a dedicated advocate of domestic peace for 20 years. Magi facilitates Respectful Relationship Programs for men incarcerated for spousal assault and Relationship Violence Prevention for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Corrections Branch in British Columbia. In addition, Magi works with various agencies doing staff development and trainings. In her private practice she works with individuals, couples and families. She and her partner Bob Morrissey developed and facilitate Relationship Fitness, workshops for couples.

Julia Corley, M.A., L.C.H.M.C.-A., N.C.C.
147 West King Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
email: julia@juliacorley.com
website: www.juliacorley.com

Julia Corley , MA, LCHMC-A, NCC, is a Certified Therapist and Teacher for Hakomi Institute. She has done healing work for over 20 years, first as a massage therapist with a passion for the mindbody connection and now as a somatic psychotherapist in private practice in Hillsborough, NC. In addition to teaching Hakomi in the Southeastern U.S. and Mallorca, Spain, Julia is also a facilitator for Right Use of Power, an ethics training created by Hakomi Trainer Cedar Barstow, and an assistant facilitator for Passion and Presence®, couples’ retreats on mindful sexuality created by Hakomi Trainer Maci Daye. Julia is passionate about helping people come home to their deeper knowing, by gently and mindfully exploring who and how they are in their body and life. Her students describe her presence as warm, calm, clear, and full of heart.

Maci Daye, L.P.C., C.H.T., C.S.T., Certified Hakomi Trainer

Offices in Decatur, Georgia and Mallorca, Spain:
• P.O. Box 233
Decatur, GA 30030
• Carrer de l’Alqueria del Comte, 72, 07100
Soller, Balears, Mallorca, Spain
email: maci@macidaye.com
websites: www.macidaye.com

Maci Daye, L.P.C., C.H.T., C.S.T is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Certified Sex Therapist. Maci has graduate degrees in Education and Counseling from Harvard and Georgia State Universities. She completed the Level II Intermediate Somatic Experiencing Training and the Fundamentals Program through Coaches Training Institute in 2003. Maci has been practicing Hakomi since 1985 and helping to grow the Institute through membership on the Board of Directors, Leadership Team and Marketing Committee. She has taught Hakomi in Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia, and now teaches primarily in Finland and Spain. Maci also developed a Hakomi-informed program on mindful sexuality for couples called Passion and Presence®. She is a frequent conference presenter and leads couple’s retreats in the USA, Australia and Spain.

Scott Eaton, M.A., M.F.T.
5874 Vallejo St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
email: scotteaton01@hakomica.org
website: www.scotteaton.com
Scott Eaton, MA, LMFT has been facilitating groups, workshops and trainings in the United States and Europe for over 40 years. He took his first Hakomi training in 1993 and became a Certified Hakomi Trainer in 2000. Scott is a co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of California (HICA) and served for many years as the lead trainer for the Hakomi Comprehensive Training in the Bay Area. Scott has maintained a private practice in the San Francisco area for over 30 years and specializes in GLBTQ issues, spirituality, shame reduction, trauma/PTSD and relationship dynamics. Scott sees adults for individual therapy and has mentored hundreds of psychotherapy interns at various institutes, counseling centers, and private practice settings.
Scott is an avid world traveler and a long standing meditation teacher. His current interests lie in working with individuals who are in the process of spiritual awakening.

Jon Eisman
5304 W. Bainbridge Dr.
Boise, ID 83703
e-mail: joneisman@meta-trainings.com

Jon Eisman is a founding member of the Hakomi Institute, a Sr. Hakomi Trainer, the Director of the Hakomi institute of Oregon and Co-director of the Hakomi Institute of California. Jon has been teaching and practicing in the U.S. and worldwide for almost 50 years. He has made innumerable contributions to the Hakomi Method and its articulation and applications, and has written several volumes of the Hakomi Training Manual. He is also the creator of a unique complementary model and method of human dynamics, The Re-Creation of the Self.

Beth Falch-Nielsen, R.C.C.
Vancouver, BC

Beth Falch-Nielsen, R.C.C., is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has been in the counselling field since 1976, and has been in private practice since 1987. She lives and has a private practice in Vancouver, BC. Beth is the lead Hakomi Trainer for Edmonton, Alberta and also teaches in Calgary, Alberta, and also leads small mentoring groups and on-going supervision groups. Beth offers both individual and couples counseling. Clients and students say that Beth brings a calm, centered place in herself to her work, that provides a nurturing and strong container in which to grow and learn. She also brings the ability to articulate, in simple language, the complex concepts of human behavior.

Rob Fisher, M.A., M.F.T.
621 Eucalyptus Way
Mill Valley, CA 94941
email: robfisher@HakomiCA.org
website: www.robfishermft.com

Rob Fisher, M.A., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, consultant and CAMFT certified supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley. He is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher. He is an adjunct professor at JFK University where he teaches marriage and family therapy classes and case consultation seminars as well as an adjunct professor at CIIS where he teaches Hakomi and Theories and Techniques of Body Oriented Psychotherapy. He also teaches couples therapy at the post graduate level at a variety of agencies in San Francisco and Marin country. He is the publisher of the Couples Psychotherapy Newsletter and the author of a book about experientially oriented couples therapy entitled Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zeig/Tucker. He has been a Master and Peer Presenter at the annual CAMFT Conference and at other national conferences such as the USABP. He is also a California State Licensed Continuing Education Provider.

Gregory Gaiser, P.C.
2525 Wallingwood Dr,
Building #13-B
Austin, TX 78746
email: mindfulmercy@gmail.com

Gregory Gaiser, (demi-gender; pronouns: he/him/his). Gregory is a Pastoral Counselor and has served as the Lead Trainer for Hakomi Institute of the Southwest since 2010. He first studied Hakomi in 1983 with founder Ron Kurtz, Pat Ogden, and Phil Del Prince. He worked with Dr. Ogden for many years at the beginning of the development of her work – first called Hakomi Bodywork and later called Hakomi Integrative Somatics. He trained with Peter Levine in Somatic Experiencing in the early 1990s. He was on the faculty of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy teaching courses emphasizing the body-mind-spirit connection. At BCMT he co-developed (with Amber Elizabeth Gray) a graduate level course entitled Trauma and the Body, which offered skillful, attuned bodywork to trauma survivors including families from Columbine High School and survivors of the Bosnian War. He is also an instructor with the Right Use of Power Institute and an associate instructor with the Matrix Leadership Institute. His life’s work is about helping folks in the embodied application of spiritual principles, primarily from Buddhism and Christianity, to their relationships with themselves, their partnerships and families, and their communities.

Melissa Grace, M.A.
4150 Darley
Boulder, CO
email: mgmelissagrace@gmail.com

Melissa Grace, M.A., has served as Lead Trainer for the Hakomi Comprehensive Trainings in Boulder, Colorado and Princeton, NJ (Northeast U.S. training) for over fifteen years. She is co-director of Spring Grove, offering a range of services including psychotherapy, life coaching, executive coaching and organizational consulting. As core faculty for the Hakomi Institute, Melissa serves on the Board of Directors, and has trained students throughout the U.S. including Boulder and Durango, CO, Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, Princeton, NJ, and Newport, RI.; also leading Advanced Supervision Trainings in Boulder and Princeton. Melissa has been trained as a life coach and executive coach through the Coaches Training Institute, The Institute for Life Coaching, and Conversant. She has trained in group leadership with the National Training Laboratory and the Group Leadership Training, and has facilitated groups for twenty years. Melissa also brings a dance and movement background to all of her workshops and trainings. She lives with her family and has a private practice in Boulder.

Morgan Holford
511 Fulton Lane
Santa Fe, NM 87501
email: reider108@gmail.com

Morgan Holford, has been a Trainer for the Hakomi Institute since 1990. She has led trainings in many cities throughout the U.S. and has taught Hakomi at Southwestern College and Scherer Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. One of Morgan’s loves is to work with Hakomi graduates to help them deepen their skills with the method and become certified. Morgan co-created and continues to teach the Hakomi for Bodyworkers Training, bringing key elements of the Hakomi Method to this population of health practitioners. She provides consultation for other practicing therapists on the inclusion of the body in the psychotherapeutic process. She also designed Embodying Spirit, a series of experiential workshops. She has been a practicing therapist for 25 years in Santa Fe, integrating her trainings in Hakomi, couples work, somatic trauma therapy, massage and the Rosen Method. Morgan brings her deep commitment to spiritual growth and embodiment to her work with individuals, couples and groups.

Jaci Hull, M.A. L.M.F.T.
1137 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
email: jacihull@yahoo.com

Jaci Hull, M.A., L.M.F.T., leads Hakomi trainings and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has served as as faculty for the Somatic Psychology M.A. program at Naropa University and for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Jaci is on the Hakomi Institute Board of Directors and is a co-developer of Experiential Couples Psychotherapy. She received her degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 1997. Her post-graduate training includes Family Therapy, EMDR II, Somatic Trauma Resolution, Brainspotting, Group Leadership Training and she is a Certified Relational Life Therapist. She brings her extensive experience, as well as warmth, safety, and humor, to her teaching. A licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, Jaci works with individuals and couples, emphasizing clear, heartfelt and solution-focused communication.

Gregory Johanson, Ph.D., L.P.C.
P.O. Box 23
Mill City, Oregon 97360
email: GregoryJJohanson@gmail.com
web: www.gregjohanson.net

Gregory Johanson, Ph.D., L.P.C., is a Founding Trainer of the Hakomi Institute. He is editor of the Hakomi Forum, and has served as co-editor (with Ralph Cohen) of the Journal of Self Leadership, Book Review Editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Counseling, and on the editorial committees of the Journal of Pastoral Care, the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Journal, and the Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association. He has taught in a number of schools, including the graduate schools of Loyola in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois State University, and as Research Faculty at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Greg leads Hakomi workshops and trainings throughout the United States and overseas in Japan and Hong Kong, and is a trainer in Internal Family Systems work. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Pastoral Psychotherapist with degrees in psychology, philosophy, and theology, who was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. He has published over one hundred items in the fields of pastoral theology and psychotherapy including the book (with Ron Kurtz) “Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te Ching”, which has been translated into five languages. He is co-editor of the new book Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. His special interest is in Integral Psychology, which relates spirituality to individual consciousness and behavior, in the context of social and cultural issues. Greg currently lives and practices in Oregon.

Dominique Lando, M.A., M.F.T.
Vancouver, BC and Berkeley, CA
(Canada) 778-875-5322, (US) 510-882-3363
email: dominiquelando@gmail.com
Dominique Lando, M.A., M.F.T. is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Berkeley, California, where she sees individuals and couples. She is the Co-Founder of Anam Cara Healing Center in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She is an adjunct professor at California institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), both universities where she teaches Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy. She draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma work and EMDR but also from her years working in the field of Community Development as an activist, eco-psychologist and Permaculture farmer. She integrates her multicultural background into her approach and places a strong emphasis on group synergy.

Shai Lavie, M.A., M.F.T., C.S.E.P., Certified Hakomi Teacher, Lic. #35526
130 Greenfield Ave, Suite #A
San Anselmo, CA 94960
email: shailavie@hotmail.com
Shai Lavie, M.A., M.F.T., is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer and a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University and has conducted trainings at dozens of local agencies, universities, and counseling centers. He also leads transformational groups with adults and for many years has led therapeutic groups in Bay Area high schools, as well as numerous wilderness-based Rites of Passage programs. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 25 years and has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001. Please look for articles from Shai Lavie in Psychotherapy Networker (“In Search of a Lost Self,” Sept/Oct 2011) and in The Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy,” Sept/Oct 2011).

Mukara Meredith, M.S.W.
403 Juniper
Boulder, CO 80304
website: www.matrixworks.org

Mukara Meredith, M.S.W., has over 30 years of experience in teaching, consulting, and training. In addition to her Hakomi work, she is developer of the Matrixworks approach to working with groups as Living Systems, and trains individuals and corporate leaders internationally (in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Central/South America) in this Hakomi-based approach. In her corporate work with Proctor and Gamble, Mattel, The Gap, General Mills and other large organizations, Mukara trains executives and employees to work together to facilitate the change and transformation inherent in groups. Since 1993 she has also served as Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University, teaching Group Process Leader for the Somatic Psychology department and developing curriculum for the Environmental Leadership program. Mukara believes knowledge of groups, membership, and leadership is key to our personal, community, and planetary healing. A Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years, Mukara is devoted to the practical application of world wisdom teachings in everyday life.

Suhari Mommsen-Bohm
Willowbank Holistic Center, 4 Willowbank
Dunedin, New Zealand
0064-3-47306 00
email: willow-bank@xtra.co.nz

Suhari Mommsen-Bohm is a registered Psychotherapist and Naturopath. She has been a health practitioner for over 30 years, beginning as a medical doctor in Germany. Since living in New Zealand her interest has turned towards Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. She studied Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy in the early 90’s and became a teacher with the Hakomi Pacifica Team in 2001. She is currently part of the teaching staff in the New Zealand Hakomi training, offering workshops in New Zealand and Australia and presenting at conferences. She was awarded “ Advanced Clinical Practice” by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (N.Z.A.P.) and has been in private practice in Dunedin for over 20 years, integrating Natural Medicine and Hakomi with a passion for Mind-Body Holism. She has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness in chronic pain syndrome, as a supportive treatment in illness and stress management.

Lorena Monda, M.S., D.O.M., L.P.C.C.
Santa Fe, NM
email: lorenamonda@gmail.com
website: http://lorenamonda.com

Lorena Monda, M.S., D.O.M., L.P.C.C. is a certified Hakomi therapist and a trainer for the Hakomi Institute, teaching Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy in the U.S., Argentina, and Japan. She has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1977. Lorena is also a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (since 1984) and a member of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s core community, the Order of Interbeing. In addition to teaching Hakomi, Lorena is a certified teacher of Sheng Zhen Meditation and Qigong. She lives and practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lorena is the author of the book The Practice of Wholeness: Spiritual Transformation in Everyday Life, and co-editor of I Have Arrived, I Am Home: Celebrating 20 years of Plum Village Life and our current, primary book on Hakomi: Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice. Lorena uses the pronouns ‘she/her’ or ‘they/their’, and is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, radical dharma, liberation, and love.

Jessica Montgomery, M.S.W.
3434 SW Kelly Avenue
Portland OR 97239
email: jessica@meta-trainings.com
website: http://www.meta-trainings.com
Jessica Montgomery, M.S.W. has a 20-year history of leading personal development workshops and student counseling. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, a Summa Cum Laude M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Portland State University, and has done Post-Graduate study at the Institute for Family Centered Therapy. She won a national University Club Fellowship, and is an American Association of University Women award recipient. She has also taken specialized trainings in Group Process, Trauma, Attachment, Sexuality and Intimacy, Art Therapy, Cultural Competency, and Child Development. Following many years of agency work, Jessica began her Hakomi and M.E.T.A. Training in 2004, and resumed her private practice in 2006. In addition to her teaching Hakomi in Portland, Jessica is a Re-Creation of the Self facilitator; is developing a local Attachment-based Training with Donna Roy, Jon Eisman and others; and will be taking the lead on expanding our offerings in the Seattle area. A long time Portland resident, Jessica is an active leader of a diverse intentional community committed to higher consciousness.

Jules Morgaine, DIP. O.T., M.N.Z.A.P.
20 Grange Rd Sth,
Haumoana, NZ
(06) 8751984
email: jmorgaine@xtra.co.nz

Jules Morgaine, DIP. O.T., M.N.Z.A.P., is a registered Psychotherapist, and a full member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (N.Z.A.P.), where she holds a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice. She has over 20 years experience in private practice offering psychotherapy and supervision. She has also worked extensively in community education in areas of domestic violence intervention and sexual abuse healing, and teaches in B.A. Social Sciences at Eastern Institute of Technology, N.Z. Jules leads three-year professional Hakomi Trainings in N.Z. and Perth, Australia, and offers workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, CHT, LMFT, Lic. #40823, Certified Hakomi Trainer, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
661 Live Oak Ave. #2
Menlo Park, CA 94025
email: connect@manuelam.com
website: http://manuelamischkereeds.com

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, M.A., M.F.T., is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and Somatic Psychotherapist. She trains health professional in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco and Sydney, Australia. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy, attachment therapy, pre-perinatal psychology, movement therapy and somatic trauma work. She is adjunct faculty at JFK University, Institute Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto and CIIS, San Francisco. She co-developed “Waking up from the Family Trance”, a somatic approach to exploring and transforming internalized Family Systems. Manuela is an authorized Continuum Movement Teacher leading regular Continuum classes in SF and abroad. She holds a MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa Institute. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma, counseled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine. Manuela has extensive training in the field of arts, movement/dance, Buddhist meditation. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park working with individuals, couples and children.

Julie Murphy, M.A., M.F.T. #83806, Addictions Specialist (R.A.S.)
P.O. Box 712
Santa Cruz CA 95061
email: counseling@juliemurphy.org
website: www.juliemurphy.org

Julie Murphy, M.A., L.M.F.T., Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist has over thirty years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is a Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California and trains mental health professionals in California, Canada, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has developed numerous programs that integrate cutting-edge research with humanistic and contemplative approaches. She is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Holistic Counseling Psychology, was an instructor in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and has presented at numerous professional conferences including the Non-Dual Wisdom Conference, the Hakomi Institute International, AMTA, and USABP Annual Conferences. She specializes in developing mindfulness and compassion in relationships, attachment theory, addictions counseling and creative writing. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression. She also developed “Attending to Attachment: A Mindfulness Based Approach to Working with Attachment Issues and Relationship Repair”. Julie practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz, California.

Chieko Okada, C.H.T.
2-3-41 Ikinomatsubara
Nishiku Fukuokashi Fukuokaken
phone: 092- 881-7351
email: chieko.okada@hakomijapan.org
Chieko Okada is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer for the Hakomi Institute in Fukuoka, Japan. She began her career as an elementary and junior high school teacher and as manager of a private school. Chieko currently works as a therapist and teaches child development classes to teachers, parents, and lay people. She has taught Hakomi workshops and Hakomi process groups since 2003, and supports Hakomi graduates. Chieko also uses Hakomi to work with young people who have withdrawn from society into internet/gaming addiction, and their families. She is currently working with Hiromi Willingham on the Japanese translation of Hakomi Mindfulness Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Chieko has been instrumental in bringing Hakomi Institute trainings to Japan.

Donna Roy, L.P.C., C.H.T.
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
email: donnamarieroy1@gmail.com

Donna Roy, L.P.C., C.H.T., is a licensed professional counselor and a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher. She has a full-time private counseling and consulting practice in Portland, Oregon, and provides clinical supervision to registered counseling interns. Donna administers and teaches in the personal growth, comprehensive and professional skills trainings for M.E.T.A./Hakomi Institute of Oregon. She is an adjunct faculty member in Portland State University’s Department of Counselor Education, where she was one of the developers of the mindfulness-based group therapy component of the graduate counseling program. She has advanced training in couples, marriage and family therapy, experiential dreamwork, and clinical supervision, and authored a chapter entitled, “Body-Centered Counseling & Psychotherapy”, included in Capuzzi and Gross’s textbook, Theories and Interventions in Counseling and Psychotherapy, published by Prentice Hall.

Pernilla Siebenfreund, C.H.T.
65 Royal Pde
Alderley, Brisbane
QLD 4051, Australia
+61 410 462605
email: pernilla@hakomi.com.au
website: healingbeyondwords.com.au

Pernilla Siebenfreund is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. She works as a counsellor and psychotherapist with couples and individuals in private practice in Brisbane, Australia. Pernilla is on the faculty of the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team, teaching in the Sydney Professional Training. She offers Hakomi workshops in Australia and is the Brisbane organiser of Hakomi events. Pernilla has an extensive counselling background, including suicide prevention and work at KidsHelpLine and ParentLine. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She has been a meditation practitioner for 25 years, and is passionate about fostering compassion for self and others, as well as strengthening our sense of interconnectedness.

Dr. Ido Siemion
89 Nordeo Street,
Herseliya 46591, Israel
email: idosiemion@gmail.com
Ido Siemion, PhD., is a Certified Hakomi Trainer and co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in East West Psychology and a M.A. in Somatic Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ido works as a psychotherapist with adults who seek to heal their psychological wounding as well as expand their consciousness, manifest their potential and live life fully. His work draws on Jungian, Somatic and Psychodynamic psychologies and integrates knowledge based in Eastern spiritual traditions as well as Shamanic traditions. Ido is a trainer for MAPS (The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). In Israel, he was a clinical investigator in the phase II MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD trials and is now also a clinical investigator in the phase III trials that examine the impact of MDMA assisted psychotherapy on severe trauma victims (PTSD).

Susan San Tara, M.A., M.F.T.
2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
email: SanTaraMFT@gmail.com
website: anamcaratherapycenter.com
Susan San Tara, M.A., M.F.T., is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist, and Certified Hakomi Trainer in private practice since 2000.  In 2007, Susan founded Anam Cara Therapy Center, a community-based healing arts center in Berkeley California.  Susan teaches Hakomi throughout California, and in Columbia, South America. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and at John F. Kennedy (JFK) University in Berkeley, as well as in San Jose. Susan holds a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from JFK University.  In addition, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and Earth-based healing approaches for over 30 years. Weaving wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, a love of the divine mystery, and a profound respect for the human creature together are the cornerstones of her work. Essential to Susan’s therapeutic and teaching work is her warm, nurturing, and friendly style, which sets the tone for a dynamic growth environment. 


Pamela Thompson
204B, 10544-106 St.
Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 2X6
email: thompson.p@shaw.ca
website: thompsonpsychologicalservices.com

Pamela Thompson with over 15 years of experience as a registered psychologist and over 25 years working with individuals and families in crisis, supporting people towards healing and wellness has become Pamela’s life work. She is dedicated to the advancement of the profession of psychology and works as a mentor and supervisor for people entering the field. As a psychologist and teacher, Pamela believes her priority is to hold what is already well in people and provide support as they challenge limiting beliefs about themselves and the world, and learn new ways to engage. In addition to a Master’s degree in Counseling, Pamela has advanced training in Hakomi and in trauma recovery through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She has found these methods particularly useful in the resolution of traumatic memories and stressors, the development of personal insight and awareness, and in facilitating improved relationships. Her interest in trauma and recovery led her to volunteer at a crisis center in the Philippines for 18 months, training psychologists and other professionals working with women and children who have been victims of violence and exploitation.

Dr. Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D., M.F.T., C.H.T.
24 Hanagar St.
Hod Hasharon, Israel
email: office@hakomiisrael.com

Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D, MFT is the co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel, a Hakomi Trainer and a trainer for MAPS in Israel (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). She is a clinical investigator in the MDMA PTSD FDA-approved clinical trial, examining the impact of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy on severe PTSD patients. Keren is the clinical director of the Open Access project of MAPS and the Israeli MOH, which offers MDMA assisted therapy for 50 participants in five governmental hospitals in Israel. She is also one of the founder of the new MA program at Haifa University: Integrative psychotherapy: Body, Mind, spirit.  Keren holds an MA in Somatic Psychology and a Ph.D. in East- West Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She specializes in integrating mindfulness-based psychodynamic psychotherapy with somatic psychotherapy, attachment psychotherapy, trauma psychology and transpersonal psychology. Her approach is grounded in traditional western psychologies as well as inspired by Eastern and Shamanic spiritual traditions.

Halko Weiss, Ph.D., Dipl.-Psych., ECP,  supervisor (BDP)
Lagerlofstrasse 22, 22391
(011-49) 40-27141256
email: HalkoHD@aol.com

Halko Weiss, Ph.D., Dipl.-Psych., ECP,  supervisor (BDP), is a licensed clinical psychologist, co-founder and Senior Trainer of the Hakomi Institute in the U.S., and founder of the Hakomi Institute of Europe, based in Germany, where he served as International Director for over 25 years. Halko has worked as a therapist since 1973, 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, and is co-editor of the new books Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice and Handbook of Body Psychotherapy. (2004, with G. Marlock, eds.)

Hiromi Willingham, C.H.T., C.H.P., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Watkinsville/Athens, GA
Hiromi Willingham, C.H.T., C.H.P., M.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a certified Hakomi therapist and trainer. She has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2001.  Hiromi began her career by focusing on infant mental health and attachment issues for seven years.  Since 2006, Hiromi has been in private practice seeing individuals and couples with depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, attachment difficulties, grief, parenting difficulties, and relationship difficulties. Hiromi is also passionate about training psychotherapists, educators, and other helping professionals.  She teaches various mindfulness and Hakomi workshops and training in USA, Japan, and the UAE.  She is a former adjunct professor at Zayed University in the UAE (2016-2019). She has presented numerous workshops in conferences and schools. Her life goal is to bring truth, virtue, and beauty into the world and to promote wellness and health in a holistic manner.  Hiromi has been practicing mindfulness and holistic healing for more than 25 years.  On a volunteer basis, she has been teaching Okada wellness methods (subtle energy therapy, nutrition, and flower therapy) through MOA (www.moawellness.org) for over 20 years.  She is a certified infant massage instructor as well. she is currently working on the Japanese translation of the book Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, and her translation of the book Practice of Wholeness by Hakomi trainer Lorena Monda was published in Japan in 2014. Hiromi is a caring wife and mother of three wonderful children and has just moved to Watkinsville / Athens, GA area.

Teachers: North America, Pacific, Israel

Hakomi Teaching Staff members are authorized to offer Hakomi Workshops of all kinds.

Deb Algar, C.H.T., Dip.Hol.Couns, P.A.C.F.A. Reg., M.B.S.R. teacher
South Coogee and Balmain, NSW
Ph 0418861582
email: deb@holisticcounselling.com.au
website: www.holisticcounselling.com.au
Deb Algar (CHT, Dip.Hol.Couns, PACFA Reg., MBSR teacher) is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team. She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and teaches on the Hakomi Professional Trainings in Sydney and Perth, Australia. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2004 working with individuals and couples and also provides supervision. She has been a meditation practitioner for many years and has been teaching regular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses to the general public in Sydney since 2011. Deb is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness, freedom and compassion for self and others, that mindfulness and Hakomi offer.

Julia Andrade
Largo do Machado 54/607,
CEP 22221-020 Brazil
phone: 55 21 25563988
email: juliaandrade@terra.com.br
website: www.matrixhakomi.com.br
Julia Andrade is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and Therapist in the Matrix-Hakomi training in Brazil. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2000 and as a body therapist since 1984 in Rio de Janeiro. Julia has post-graduate degrees in Jungian Psychology and in the Laban/ Bartenief Movement System. She has also trained in Biodynamics Therapy, Bioenergetic Analysis, Awareness Movement and Circular Dances. In the 90’s, Julia went to Boulder, following the path of her buddha dharma teachings, and met Hakomi and Mukara Meredith there. It was a transformative experience for her. About 15 years later, she met Mukara again in Brazil, who was teaching MatrixWorks there, a method integrating Hakomi to work with groups as living systems. In 2013, Julia contributed to the organization of the first Matrix-Hakomi training in Brazil. Julia is now teaching Matrix-Hakomi in study groups and workshops.

Shirley Bar-Dvir, M.A., M.F.T.
2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA
email: shirleydvir@hotmail.com
Shirley Bar-Dvir, M.A., M.F.T, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background of BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill. Currently she is teaching at JFK university and supervising trainees at the counseling center there. In addition once a year she teaches workshops at “Shiluv Campus” in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, Attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, Family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditations supports how she holds her work and her teachings. She has a private practice at Anam Cara healing center in Berkeley CA.

Dennis H. Brown, Ph.D, R.Psych.
#109, 10411-122 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 4C2
Dennis H. Brown, Ph.D, R.Psych.

Rupesh Chhagan, M.S.O.M., C.H.P., L.Ac.
1210 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
email: windowtothesky@gmail.com
web: www.windhorsemedicine.com
Rupesh Chhagan, M.S.O.M., is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and Practitioner and a licensed Acupuncturist with a private practice in Austin, Texas.  He combines the wisdom of Hakomi and Chinese medicine to facilitate self-study that incorporates the energetic realm as well as the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Together with Hakomi Trainer Lorena Monda, he teaches Hakomi Skills for Oriental Medicine workshops and is developing a training in the combined modalities. Rupesh is on the faculty of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine where he teaches Hakomi skills in an Oriental Medicine context, as well as the dynamics of the healing relationship. He is a long time student of Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and practice, with extensive explorations into Vipassana and Japanese Soto Zen. He has been an avid rock climber for 20 years, where his passion is climbing uncharted terrain in the limestone creek beds of Texas.

Carolyn J Crawford, RGON, RM, B.Soc.Sc., CHT
Waimanu, 39 McGiven Dr, RD1
New Plymouth
Phone: 067539331
email: c.j.crawford@xtra.co.nz

David Fish, M.A., M.F.T.
DBT Center of Marin:
895 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960.
Blue Oak Therapy Center:
Berkeley, CA 94705.
415-459-5206 Ext. 1
email: dvfish12@gmail.com
David Fish, M.A., M.F.T., has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years, and has private practice internships in Berkeley and Marin. As well as specializing in Hakomi, he leads groups and does individual therapy with people who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he also brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment work, Schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor trauma therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. A seasoned meditator, the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David has a warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style that is lively, well-informed, and human.

Anna Harland, M.S.W., R.S.W., C.H.T.

#204, 1909 17 Ave. SW
Calgary, AB T2K 0H7
email: annaharland@shaw.ca
web: www.annaharland.ca
Anna Harland is a Clinical Social Worker who integrates Hakomi with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. She is skilled with working with adults who have experienced sexualized and developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and disordered overeating.

Nicole Heinrich, M.A., M.F.T.
4333 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 933-6909
P.O. Box 1187
Santa Cruz, CA
email: cybercole4000@yahoo.com
Nicole Heinrich, M.A., M.F.T. is a compassionate psychotherapist, with over 20 years’ experience integrating somatic, relational and psychodynamic approaches, Nicole helps individuals and couples with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma and grief. She brings a supportive, engaged presence that allows deeper awareness and connection to unfold.

Aladdin Jones, M.Ed., C.H.T., Adv. Dip. Psychotherapy and Counseling, Dip. Integrated Psych.
23 Leila Road
Warburton, Victoria 3799
ph. +61 0490123199
email: aladdinjones@gmail.com
Aladdin Jones, M.Ed., C.H.T. currently co-teaches on the Hakomi Psychotherapy professional training in Perth, Australia, works for a health organisation as a psychotherapist, mens stopping violence group facilitator, and community development facilitator in gender equality and respectful relationships. He has a part-time psychotherapy private practice in Melbourne. Aladdin has had a 20 year interest and practice in the Buddhist tradition of Zen and mindfulness, is a musician of world music and loves to spend time gardening and in places of wilderness. Aladdin has two daughters with his wife Tess, and lives in the country side of the Yarra Valley on a 50 acre Biodynamic and permaculture inspired farm.

Nova (Stephenie) Knutson, MA, CHT
4531 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215
email: novamindfultherapies@gmail.com
Nova Knutson, MA, LMT, is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and Therapist practicing psychotherapy and bodywork in Portland, Oregon. A bodyworker for over 20 years, she created M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork, an adaptation of Hakomi skills and principles and Re-Creation of the Self’s theory and interventions for the practice of massage, energy work and hands-on therapies. Nova offers training in Integrative Bodywork, Bodywork Ethics, Hakomi and personal growth. Nova brings to her teaching and practice a passion for personal evolution and deep appreciation for the kindness of this work.

Rebecca Lincoln, M.A., LPC-S, C.H.T.
14665 FM 849
Lindale, TX 75771
email: rebecca@lincolnlpc.com
website: https://provider.kareo.com/rebecca-lincoln
Rebecca Lincoln, M.A., LPC-S, C.H.T. is a Teacher with the Hakomi Institute of the Southwest. She teaches in Tyler, Austin and Lindale.  She is a board approved supervisor to supervise LPC interns in the state of Texas. In her psychotherapy work she offers spiritually integrated counseling, working with veterans, survivors of trauma, and individuals and families living with mental illness. She provides both individual and family counseling.  In addition, she is a veteran bodyworker of 25 years. She began her study of Hakomi in 1994 with the Hakomi for Bodyworkers Training, continued with the Comprehensive Training, and has assisted in several Hakomi trainings. She has trained in the Matrixworks approach to groups as living systems, EMDR, Distance Counseling (tele-health) and is a facilitator of the Right Use of Power Ethics training. In her teaching she brings a love for learning through the collaborative wisdom of the group. In addition, she has an appreciation of both the counseling and the bodywork fields. She enjoys helping individuals integrate Hakomi into their everyday life and professions. She is an executive officer of The Piney Woods Counseling Association. She is passionate about bringing excellence to counseling.

Lois Luckett, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.H.T.
1742 Fernwood Avenue
Louisville, KY 40205
email: loisluckett@gmail.com
Lois Luckett, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.H.T. is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher offering Hakomi sessions in her private practice of psychotherapy in Louisville, KY. Practicing for over 40 years, she has found a home in the mindfulness based somatic orientation. Bringing a wholistic approach to therapy since her early training with E. Kubler Ross, she has pursued studies in Energy Medicine, Trauma work, Family Systems, and Attachment-based treatment. Using skills developed as a meditation instructor, she guides clients and teaches therapists to study transpersonal and interpersonal processes with kindness and curiosity.

Susann von Meijenfeldt, RSW, C.PCC, CHT
10065 80 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6E1T4
email: susann@integratedtherapies.ca

Carlos Melo, Ph.D.
Rua Roquete Pinto 35/201,
Urca, Rio de Janeiro
RJ, Brazil, CEP: 22.290-280
Office phone: +55 21-984490434
email: carloseduardomelo5@gmail.com
Carlos Eduardo Melo Oliveira holds a Ph.D. in Collective Health and has been a clinical psychologist since 1999 and a body therapist since 1985. He is a Somatic Experiencing Teacher (SE), providing sessions and supervision at all levels of training. He is also a Certified Instructor for an 8-week Mindfulness Program by Mindfulness Training International. Carlos has also been trained in EMDR, Bioenergetic Analysis and Rio Abierto System (movement, massage and meditation). He is a Certified Hakomi Teacher in Brazil in the Matrix-Hakomi training there. Of the training, he says, “I experienced a quality of atmosphere and loving presence which captivated me.” Carlos works daily with psychotherapy clients, in addition to teaching the Somatic Experience classes, Mindfulness Program and Matrix-Hakomi study and practice groups. He has been married with Ana Cretton for 29 years (currently the Hakomi-Matrix training organizer in Brazil), and has a son age 32. He and Ana live and work in a nice residential neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

Ashley Ross, M.A., C.H.T. M.F.T.
License #: 115141

1515 Hope Street, #202
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(818) 925-6432
email: ashleyrosstherapy@gmail.com

Liat Yardeni Shamir, CHT
Katsanelson 3/5
Kiryat Tivon
email: liat.yardeni@gmail.com

Selin Strait, LPC, CHT
1606 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
email: selinstrait@selinstrait.com

Gal Szekely, M.A., M.F.T.
870 Market St. #907
San Francisco, CA 94102
email: gal@thecouplescenter.org
website: http://thecouplescenter.org
Gal Szekely, M.A., M.F.T., is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. He is passionate about working with couples and individuals on relationship issues and is the founder of The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. Gal is an experienced speaker and he gives talks in the areas of relationships and cultural differences. In addition to a Masters in Counseling Psychology Gal also holds a Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology and has a background in the business world and as a management consultant. His work is influenced by a longtime meditation practice, his appreciation of the body and a multicultural background.

Sarah Tait-Jamieson, M.N.Z.A.P, P.B.A.N.Z, C.H.T, Certified Hakomi Teacher
485 Kairakau Rd RD14
Havelock North 4295
New Zealand
021-877-104; Mobile: +6421877104
email: sarahetj@gmail.com
Sarah Tait-Jamieson, M.N.Z.A.P, M.N.Z.A.C, P.B.A.N.Z, C.H.T, a Certified Hakomi Teacher has worked as a psychotherapist since 2001 in community agencies for problem gambling, addictions, borderline personality disorder residential care, child abuse prevention, and dedicated psychotherapy for Maori and Pacific Island Peoples. She also currently maintains a private practice where she specializes in trauma–working with children and adult survivors of sexual abuse–and relationship therapy. Sarah holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Dip. Teaching, Dip. Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences–Psychotherapy and a Masters of Health Science, Psychotherapy. She teaches in the professional Hakomi Training in New Zealand.

Motoko Tamaki, M.A., C.H.T., Certified Hakomi Teacher
5-11-11 Nakameguro, Meguroku
Tokyo, Japan 153-0061
phone: (+81)-90-7281-3358
Motoko Tamaki is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), and a Neuro Affective Relational Model Practitioner. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Tokyo satellite of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Alliant International University.
Motoko works as a psychotherapist at a psychiatric clinic in Tokyo, and has worked as a facilitator to apply Hakomi with traumatized people in the clinical psychiatric setting since 2006. She has also worked in private practice in Tokyo since 2010, mostly seeing clients with traumatic episodes. Her clinical approaches are based in Hakomi, SE, NARM (Neuro Affective Relational Model), Family Constellations, and Brainspotting. Motoko has co-translated the book “Trauma and the Body” into Japanese and co-written a book, “Eight Stories with Hakomi” in Japanese.

Paris Williams, Ph.D., C.H.T.

Clinical Psychologist #90-05403
462 Waitati Valley Road, RD 2
Greerton 3112,
New Zealand
email: pariswilliamsphd@gmail.com
web: http://dunedinpsychologist.co.nz

Dr. Paris Williams is a registered Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in Tauranga, New Zealand and is on the Hakomi N.Z. faculty as a Certified Teacher. He has a B.A. in Contemplative (mindfulness-based) Psychology and Somatic Psychology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanistic, Transpersonal and Existential Psychology. Paris has been integrating the principles and practices of mindfulness deeply into his personal and professional life since 2000, and began training in Hakomi in 2005. He has taken a particularly strong interest in the process of deep personal transformation, having researched and supported those recovering from trauma, psychosis, chronic pain, substance dependency and other extreme states, and having published the widely acclaimed book, Rethinking Madness. He draws from a broadly holistic perspective in his therapeutic approach, integrating methods for working with mind, body, spirit and interpersonal relationships in supporting his clients’ journeys towards wholeness and wellbeing. Paris has been facilitating various Hakomi workshops and trainings since 2010 in the U.S. and New Zealand, and is a member of the teaching team for the 2017-18 New Zealand Hakomi Professional Training.

Trainers Emeritus

Karen Blicher, L.C.S.W., C.H.T., C.I.F.S.T.
4 Lawterdale Circle #2
Asheville, NC 28804
email: karenblicher@gmail.com

Karen C. Blicher, L.C.S.W, CHT, C.I.F.S.T., is a Certified Hakomi Therapist, a Certified Hakomi Trainer and a Lead Trainer of the Internal Family Systems model for the Center for Self Leadership in Chicago. She enjoys teaching the principles and techniques of Hakomi and IFS to a variety of audiences and utilizes Hakomi and IFS in her role as teacher, administrator, clinician and consultant. Karen has also served on the Board of Directors of the Hakomi Institute for several years and has been an Organizer of Hakomi trainings for over a decade. Known for her well organized and playful teaching style, she is committed to creating a safe and inspiring training environment. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Karen spends her leisure time hiking, backpacking and kayaking.

Maya Shaw Gale, M.A.
410 Palm Ave. #A7
Carpinteria, CA. 93013
email: mayashawgale@gmail.com

Maya Shaw Gale, M.A., is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner and Trainer and has served on the Board of Directors of the Hakomi Institute for many years. She has trained professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and for the past 15 years in New Zealand and Australia. Maya has also trained in Process-Oriented Psychology and World Work Conflict Resolution, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Embodied Dreamwork , Holodynamics, Authentic Movement and holds her Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Maya is a certified life coach and has a mindfulness-based wellness coaching practice in Santa Barbara, CA with a focus on individuals, couples and organizations moving through transition. She is also a Certified Trainer with the Circle of Life Coaching Foundation and, as adjunct faculty of Cambridge College Graduate School of Education for 8 years, trained educators in curriculum applications of somatic awareness, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Maya is also a performance artist in dance/theater and brings her love of movement and embodied learning processes into her teaching, counseling and coaching work. She particularly enjoys sharing her transformational work in nature retreat settings and is the founder of Women in the Wild, Inner Nature/ Outer Nature, and True Nature Retreats.

Phil Del Prince, M.A.
1370 Riverside Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
email: pdelprince@msn.com

Phil Del Prince, M.A., is a Senior Trainer and Co-Founder of the Hakomi Institute. He has been a practicing therapist for over 27 years, and a trainer at all levels of the Hakomi Method since its inception. His teaching and therapy rest on a broad base of training and experience with traditional counseling approaches, Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Group Therapy, and Psychodrama. Phil is particularly interested in teaching the neuropsychology underlying psychotherapy and the Hakomi Method. He also enjoys assisting students and therapists to refine and integrate their skills in the Hakomi Method with their unique personal wisdom and professional styles. Phil and his family live in Boulder, Colorado, where he maintains a private practice.