European Faculty

Hakomi Institute Faculty

Trainers & Teachers: Europe

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trainers: Mallorca, Spain

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Julia Corley, M.A., L.C.H.M.C.-A., N.C.C.
147 West King Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Julia Corley, M.A., L.C.H.M.C.-A, N.C.C. is a Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist. She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and has a private practice in Hillsborough, NC. Julia has done healing work since 1998, first as a massage therapist with a passion for the mind/body connection and now as a somatic psychotherapist and educator. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.

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

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.

Valentina Iadeluca, Certified Hakomi Teacher

Licensed Psychologist. After a gratifying career as a music and movement teacher and educator, Valentina met Hakomi. It was a pivotal and life-changing encounter. She studied the Method in Europe and did additional Hakomi training in the United States while completing a second master’s degree in psychology. Valentina currently works as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Rome and is a Certified Hakomi Teacher and the Executive Co-director of Hakomi Mallorca. She is engaged in the forefront of spreading Hakomi in Italy and Europe as she believes that the values and techniques the Method promotes can dramatically enrich the world of mental health in the old continent. She has recently applied her passion for art to words. Through her writing activity, she aims to inspire people into mindfulness and the Method, trying to convey Hakomi’s beauty and its limbic way of interpreting the helping relationship. Among her published works, “Meditare con la vita” (Erickson 2022, with A. Montano) has reached a vast audience in her country.

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
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).

Dr. Keren Tzarfaty, Ph.D., M.F.T., C.H.T.
24 Hanagar St.
Hod Hasharon, Israel

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

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.)