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Hakomi Forum Professional Journal

The Hakomi Forum was the professional journal of the Institute, published between 1984-2016. 

The Hakomi Forum contains informative articles about Hakomi Therapy, its applications, and its relationship to other psychotherapeutic and healing arts modalities. Explore and read issues below.


  • Editorial: Many Members of One Body — Greg Johanson
  • Merleau-Ponty, Bodily Knowledge and Felt Meaning — Steven L. Bindeman
  • Complexes of the Cultural Unconscious: Trance States, Hakomi, and the Re-Creation of the Self — Camillia M. Thompson
  • Should We Tell? Living a Good Life in the Shadow of Cancer: A Personal Reflection — Belinda Siew Luan Khong
  • Using Hakomi to Mediate Cultural Differences — Sarah Tait-Jamieson
  • Applications of Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy in a Non-Profit Setting — Rebecca Lincoln
  • Hakomi and the Underserved — Vivianne Shands, Kamal Ahmed, Shai Lavie, Christina Toro, and Micah Anderson
  • The M.E.T.A. Counseling Clinic: Hakomi-Infused, Mission-Driven, Affordable — Donna Roy
  • Reviewing the Work of Stephen Jenkinson — Susan Shawn
  • Book Review: Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture: Thinking Through Psychology by Louise Sundararajan — Greg Johanson
  • Poems: Sinixt People and Absolute Attention is Prayer — Carol Ladas-Gaskin


  • Medard Boss’s Dialogue with Heidegger, Freud, Sartre, Buddha and Jung: On Being Authentic — Steven Bindeman, Belinda Siew Luan Khong, Scott D. Churchill, Edwin L. Hersch, Doris McIlwain, Louise K.W. Sundararajan
  • Perspectives on the Human Condition: Philosophy, Civilization, and Character — Robert D. Stolorow
  • Lifestyle and Mental Health — Roger Walsh
  • Oppression Embodied: The Intersecting Dimensions of Trauma, Oppression, and Somatic Psychology — Rae Johnson
  • Apologies that Heal — Cedar Barstow
  • Poems: Salmon Song; Search for the Pattern; The Key; There is a Stone; Tree — Carol Ladas-Gaskin


  • Lévinas and the Disruptive Face of the Other — Steven Bindeman
  • Hakomi and the Ambiguous Nature of Research — Greg Johanson 
  • Lost in Translation: “Chi” and Related Terms of Shame in the Confucian Tradition — Louise Sundararajan
  • Mindfulness: A Way of Cultivating Deep Respect for Emotions — Belinda Siew Luan Khong
  • The Origins of Jewish Guilt: Psychological, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives — Simon Dien
  • Attachment and Hakomi — Marilyn Morgan
  • School of Hard Knocks, Indonesian Style — Cedar Barstow


  • Working with the Capacity for Connection in Healing Developmental Trauma — Laurence Heller and Aline LaPierre
  • Do We Find Organicity Even Within Psychosis? — Paris Williams
  • Hakomi in Action: A Narrative — Amy S. Marco, Dawn L. McBride, Greg Johanson
  • Mindfulness, Emotions, and the Organization of Experience — Gregory Johanson
  • “Taking Over” Technique with Veteran Trauma Work — Gregory Johanson
  • Poems from Cairns and Realization Point — Chris Hoffman

ISSUE #23-24
Summer 2011

  • Editorial: Ripples from a Life Lived
    Ron Kurtz (1934-2011) — Greg Johanson
  • Touch In Therapy and the Standard of Care in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Bringing Clarity to Illusive Relationships — Ofer Zur
  • The Pax Medica and Brain–Based Therapy — Lloyd Linford and John Arden
  • Dialogue with Boss, Heidegger, Freud, Sartre and Buddha – On Being Human — Bindeman, Luan Khong, Churchill, Hersch, Sundararajan
  • Psychotherapy, Science and Spirit: Nonlinear Systems, Hakomi Therapy, and the Tao — Greg Johanson
  • Mastering Your Psychology for Success at Work — Nina Cherry
  • Ronald S. Kurtz (1934-2011): A Remembrance — Greg Johanson
  • Ronald S. Kurtz: Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy — Pringle with Kurtz
  • Tributes to Ron Kurtz (1934-2011) — The Community
  • Book Review: The Emergence of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy — Greg Johanson
  • Poems — Reynold Ruslan Feldman

Summer 2009

  • Hakomi Conference Experience — Katy Cofer
  • Ron Kurtz USABP Interview — Serge Pringle
  • Hakomi Principles in Relation to Systems Theory — Sid Kemp with Greg Johanson
  • The Use of Mindfulness in Psychodynamic & Body Oriented Psychotherapy — Halko Weiss
  • Humanistic Hakomi and it’s Interface with Non-Linear Science — Greg Johanson
  • Hakomi on Campus: Teaching Loving Presence and Mindfulness at a Public University in Mexico City — Fernando Ortiz
  • Language and the Ineffable Aspect of the Bodymind — Mark Repplinger
  • To Be or Not to Be Transpersonal: Can Hakomi Embrace the Whole Without Embracing the Soul? — Rhonda Mattern
  • Book Review: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog — Carol Ladas-Gaskinn & David Cole
  • Poems from Bardo & Becoming — Leisha Douglass

ISSUE #19-21
Summer 2008

  • Editorial Note and Poems by Frances Richy — Frances Richy
  • A Little History — Ron Kurtz
  • Rest and it’s Centrality to Psychotherapy —  Marlise Meilan
  • Childhood Trauma in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder: Theoretical Considerations & Therapeutic Interventions — Linda Baird
  • Towards a Better Appreciation of the “Intimacy” Gap Between Man and Women — Martin Rovers, Robert West, Terry Schmerk, Rene Vandenberg
  • The Power Differential & The Power Paradox — Cedar Barstow
  • Lao Tzu, Knowing, and Being — Siroj Sorajjokool
  • The Principles of Hakomi — Inge-Myllerup-Brookhuis
  • Making Hakomi Transpersonal — Keating Coffey
  • An Interview with Miriam Greenspan on Moving from Grief to Gratitude — Barbara Platek
  • Leisha Douglas USABP Interview — Serge Prengle
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy in Outpatient Settings (EABP)
    Margit Koemda-Lutz, Martin Kaschke, Dick Revenstorf, Thomas Scherrman, Halko Weiss, Ulrich Soeder
  • The Midlife Experience: An Autoethnographic Study — Carole M. McNamee
  • Personal Process of the Integration of Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy with Holistic Nursing and Healing Touch — Nancy Lukas Perrault
  • Hakomi Therapy with Families — Emily Van Mistri
  • Accessing Implicit Material Through Body Sensations —  Joe Mowrer

Summer 2007

  • Editorial: Words & Meaning — Leisha Douglas
  • Quotes on “Dealing with Enemies” — Lao Tzu
  • Three Recent Essays — Ron Kurtz
  • The Buddha’s Influence in the Therapy Room — Belinda Siew Luan Khong
  • “Sophistry or Sensitive Science?”
An Interview with Martha Herbert — Casey Walker
  • Self-No/Self — Robert K. Bornt
  • The Lanugage of Neuroception & The Bodily Self — Aline LaPierre
  • Nourish the Body, Ease the Mind, and Brighten the Spirit — Kamala Quale
  • The Power of Presence in Trauma Work: An Elemental Embrace — Karuna Fluhart-Negrete
  • Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist — Robert M. Fisher
  • Touching the Spirit at the End of Life — Tria Thompson O’Maille & Roseann E. Kasayka

ISSUE #16-17
Summer 2006

  • Five Recent Essays — Ron Kurtz
  • Neuroscience & Psychotherapy — Marilyn Morgan
  • The Use of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy — Gregory J. Johanson
  • Hakomi: Strengths & Limitations: Indications & Contraindications for the Use of Hakomi with Clients with Significant Clinical Disturbances — Uta Gunther
  • From Felt-Sense to Felt-Self: Neuroaffective Touch & the Relational Matrix — Aline LaPierre
  • In Search of the Embodied Self — Gustl Marlock & Halko Weiss
  • Why I Left Psychology (Almost): A Fictional Story that Might Be True — David N. Elkin
  • Shifting States of Consciousness: The Re-Creation of the Self Approach to Transformation — Jon Eisman
  • How Do I Listen? Applying Body Psychotherapy Principles & Skills in Manual & Movement Therapy — Sol Petersen
  • Modified Hakomi: Coaching Clients with IFS and Hakomi Skills — Dave Cole
  • Practice Notes — Donna Martin
  • Marblehead Minuet & Of Room and Wings — Leisha Douglas
  • Glossary of Hakomi Therapy Terms — Cedar Barstow & Greg Johanson

ISSUE #14-15
Summer 2005

  • Editorial: The Changing Neighborhood — Greg Johanson
  • Mindfulness-based Self Study — Ron Kurtz
  • Hakomi Simplified 2004: A New View Of Ron Kurtz’s Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy  — Randall Keller
  • Issues Of Attachment & Sexuality: A Case Study From A Clinical Research Study — Amelia Kaplan And Laurie Schwartz
  • Minding The Mind’s Business — Belinda Siew Luan Khong
  • Categories Of Psychological Wounding, Neural
    Patterns, And Treatment Approaches — Jon Eisman
  • Energy Psychology And The Instant Phobia Cure: New Paradigm Or The Old Razzle Dazzle? 
    David Feinstein
  • Vehicle Of Life — Thomas Pope
  • Bringing Mindfulness To Despair — Lorena Monda
  • The Healing Power Of Poetry — Leisha Douglas
  • Writing The Body: Poetry Therapy’s Resonance With Body-centered Practice — Frederick C. Bryan
  • Patience And Letting Go: The Roots Of Compassionate Healing — Carol Ladas-gaskin
  • A Journey Towards Awakening — Ray Cicetti
  • The Organicity Of Life — Anonymous Wounded Healer
  • Fire Building — Leisha Douglas
  • Glossary Of Hakomi Therapy Terms — Cedar Barstow And Greg Johanson

Summer 1999

  • Front Page & Glossary of Hakomi Therapy Terms — Cedar Barstow & Greg Johanson
  • Training Psychotherapists in the Almost Impossible Task of Just Paying Attention — Deepesh Faucheaux & Halko Weiss
  • Key Words for Unlocking Our Unconscious — Jerome Liss, M.D.
  • Applying Hakomi Principles and Techniques to Mainstream Psychodynamic, Behavioral and Systemic Couples Psychotherapy — Rob Fisher, MA, MFCC & Jaci Hull, MA, CHT
  • “Far Beyond Psychoanalysis”: Freud’s Repetition Compulsion — Greg Johanson
  • Lightbody Consciousness in Hakomi — Wolfgang Ronnefeldt, MA

Summer 1996

  • 1st U.S. Conference on Body Oriented Psychotherapy — Lee Strauss
  • Using Hakomi in Couples Psychotherapy — Rob Fisher
  • Creating Organizations Fit For The Human Spirit Through Hakomi — Karmen Guevara
  • Evoking Essence — Dyrian Benz-Chartrand
  • Hands-on Psychotherapy — Pat Ogden
  • The Birth and Death of Meaning: Selective Implications of Linguistics for Psychotherapy — Greg Johanson

Autumn 1995

  • Editorial: Foundations Revisited — Greg Johanson
  • The Origins of the Hakomi Method — Ron Kurtz
  • The Emergence of the Other — Halko Weiss
  • Boundaries and Psychotherapy Part II: Healing Damaged Boundaries — Tom Whitehead
  • Dancing in Neverland: Hakomi Therapy from a Client’s Perspective — Megan Dall
  • Transcending Duality in the Therapeutic Relationship: Working with the Unity Principle — Cynthia Jaffe
  • Remembering Wholeness: A Model for Healing and Recovery — Donna Martin
  • Updating the Foundation of Hakomi — Dyrian Benz

Autumn 1994

  • Editorial: Getting Self Conscious — Greg Johanson
  • Realizing the “Between” in Psychotherapy —James V. DeLeo
  • Boundaries and Psychotherapy – Part I: Boundary Distortion and Its Consequences —Tom Whitehead
  • Ethics: The Right Use of Power and Influence —Cedar Barstow
  • Our Multiple Selves —Richard Schwartz
  • Aspects of Quantum Psychology — Stephen Wolinsky
  • Self: A Living Vibrancy — William S. Schmidt

Winter 1992

  • Editorial: Encouraging Communication — Greg Johanson
  • Hakomi in Jail: Programmatic Application with Groups of Psychotic Disruptive Jail Inmate — Tom Whitehead
  • On Emotion in Therapy — Eugene Gendlin
  • Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development. Chapter I – Therapeutic Aims in Psychotherapy and Meditation: Developmental Stages in the Representation of Self — Jack Engler
  • Grace in Therapy: What a Therapist Must Trust In — Martin Schulmeister

Winter 1990

  • Current Perspectives on Hakomi Training and Therapy Issues — Cedar Barstow and Greg Johanson
  • Transference and Countertransference in the Here-and-Now Therapies — David Feinstein
  • Helping Through Touch: The Embodiment of Caring — Suzanne M. Peloquin
  • Translating the Body’s Language — Pat Ogden and Anne Peters
  • The Effects of Pre and Perinatal Trauma — Albert Pesso
  • Laughter and Pastoral Care — Stephen Pattison

Winter 1989

  • Editorial: Future Subjects — Greg Johanson
  • Hakomi and Metanoia — Cedar Barstow
  • Why Body/Mind? — Howard Cole and Meg Blanchet
  • The Child State of Consciousness and the Formation of the Self — Jon Eisman
  • Hakomi and Adolescents — Greg Johanson and Carol Taylor
  • Family: The Next Larger Picture — Dyrian Benz
  • Hakomi Therapy Supervision Verbatim —  Sheela Lambert
  • An Ontological Model of Development —  William S. Schmidt

Summer 1988

  • Editorial: A Wider Perspective — Greg Johanson
  • The Healing Relationship — Ron Kurtz
  • A Curious Form of Therapy: Hakomi — Greg Johanson
  • Non-Invasive Methodologies of Studying Neurological Correlates of Human Mental States, in Particular those During Psychotherapy: A Review of Recent Literature — Lakshyan Schanze
  • The Hakomi Method in Therapy Groups  — Martin Schulmeister
  • An Application of the Sensitivity Cycle to Organizational Groups — Chris Hoffman
  • Managing to Practice: Supervision — David Patterson

Summer 1987

  • Editorial: In Honor of Carl — Greg Johanson
  • On the Uniqueness of Hakomi — Ron Kurtz
  • Hakomi and Naturopathy — Mcholas Emlen
  • Central and Peripheral Mechanisms in the Neurophysiology of Depression — Jerome Liss
  • Hakomi and the Q-Sort Technique — Cori Taggart
  • Storytelling for Hakomi Therapists — Halko Weiss
  • Yoga and Hakomi: Two Friends Meet — Dyrian Benz
  • Hakomi & the Creation Centered Spirituality of Matthew Fox – Path II: Befriending Darkness Greg Johanson

Summer 1986

  • Editorial: Taking It Home with You — Greg Johanson
  • Hakomi in the Trenches — Greg Johanson
  • Cancer and Psychotherapy — Ron Kurtz
  • The Context for Hakomi in the Treatment of Eating Disorders — Lee Moyer
  • Tending Body and Spirit: Counseling with Elders — Cedar Barstow
  • Fairies and Ultimacy — Yvonne Notaro
  • Hakomi and the Hunt Seat Equestrian — Cady Erickson

Summer 1985

  • Editorial: Bite a Blue Apple — Greg Johanson
  • The Tao of Being With — Ron Kurtz
  • The Organization of Experience in Hakomi Therapy — Ron Kurtz
  • Values and Empowerment — Hugh Smiley
  • The Psychotherapist as Faith Agent — Greg Johanson
  • Becoming a Full Human Being — Chogyam Trungpa
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy — Cedar Barstow
  • Huna, Hakomi, and Spirituality — Stan Hartman
  • Hakomi & the Creation Centered Spirituality of Matthew Fox – Path I: Befriending Creation — Greg Johanson
  • Brief Personal Perspectives — Amina Knowlan, Reba Townsend, John Lloyd, Dyrian Benz
  • Possibilities — Greg Johanson
  • Emily Rose — Cedar Barstow

Winter 1985

  • Editorial: When in Doubt, Go with the Principles  — Greg Johanson
  • Foundations of Hakomi Therapy — Ron Kurtz
  • An Overview of the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy — Cedar Barstow
  • Animal Imagery, the Chakra System, and Psychotherapy — Eligio S. Gallegos
  • A Note on Hakomi Therapy and Psychodrama — Greg Johanson
  • The Use of Biofeedback by Hakomi Therapists — Greg Johanson
  • Use of Elements of Hakomi Therapy with Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents — Carol R. Taylor
  • Total Satisfaction Massage — Rich Ireland

Summer 1984

  • Editorial: Watzlawick, Wilbur, and the Work — Greg Johanson
  • Introduction to the Process — Ron Kurtz
  • Being Effective Through Non-Doing — Werner Singer
  • Humor and Imagination — Halko Weiss
  • The Hakomi Method and Couples — Devi Records
  • Intensive Family Services — Greg Johanson