in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

San Francisco Bay Area

2015 Hakomi Professional Training Grads
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In Level 1 Hakomi Professional Training, you immersed yourself in the basic principles and practices of the Hakomi Method. In Hakomi Professional Training Level 2, you will expand your skills in the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy in three important ways: by developing your "selfhood", refining your therapeutic strategy and by working your personal edges as a therapist through in-depth supervised practice.

In Hakomi, developing your "selfhood" means expanding your capacity to work with even the most challenging clients and situations from a deeply mindful and compassionate state. Through targeted experiential exercises and supervised practice, our Level 2 training will help you explore your organization as a therapist and surface and transform unseen patterns that limit your effectiveness with clients. Therapists often remark that the deep personal work that unfolds during their second year of Hakomi training profoundly impacts not only their therapy sessions, but in their personal relationships as well.

In Level 2, you will also refine your therapeutic strategy by learning to choose the tools and interventions that are most appropriate for your clients. Through brief lectures, demos, and  in-depth supervised practice, you will learn to use Hakomi's principles and practices to support clients much more confidently, fluidly and effectively. One student said, "By the end of the second year of Hakomi training, I couldn't believe how my skills and self-awareness had grown, and how much deeper I was able to take my clients. I also felt like a more humble, peaceful and compassionate human being."

In this training, you will also:

  • Learn advanced contact and tracking to strengthen the therapeutic relationship
  • Practice advanced accessing to get to the unseen roots of your clients' challenges
  • Use attachment theory to more skillfully assess and support your clients
  • Strengthen your ability to skillfully process traumatic events with clients
  • Deepen your knowledge and skill in the Hakomi Character Map
  • Work more mindfully and consciously with transference and countertransference systems 

Because we tailor our curriculum to students' in the moment needs and development, the curriculum above is subject to change. 

Certification in the Hakomi Method

A common path for certification in the Hakomi Method is to take two years of Hakomi training followed by a period of practice and supervision. Level 2 Professional Training offers a helpful next step to support to any clinician interested in becoming a Certified Hakomi Therapist.

For Whom

This training is for graduates of Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 with a desire to further integrate portions of the Hakomi Method into their practices, learn advanced mindfulness-centered and somatic techniques and explore more deeply how they're organized as a therapist.


Hakomi Professional Training Level 1

2016-2017 Schedule

(subject to change)

October 7-9, 2016                    
November 18-20, 2016           
December 2-4, 2016              
January 6-8, 2017   
February 3-5, 2017                
March 17-19, 2017      

Friday: 12:30-5:30
Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 9:00-3:30

Aquarian Heart Space
4920 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA  94609

Tuition for Level 2

Regular Registration: $3,495. Final day to register is September 30, 2016. 

Repeat Discount: $1,750 (half price) for students who've attended this training before. Deadline to register: September 30, 2016.

Upon registration, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. To pay your deposit, click here. The final balance for the training is due by September 30, 2016 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon by the Hakomi Institute of California prior to the training start date.  

All students will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of this training. 

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition and/or work study is available on a limited basis. Students interested in this option should submit a Financial Assistance Application by August 26, 2016.

Cancellation Policy

Students who withdraw before the first day of the training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Students who withdraw from the first day of the training up to 9 days thereafter will receive a 70% tuition refund. After that, no refunds will be granted. There will be no refunds for non-attendance.

For Further Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 97 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE provider: Hakomi Institute of California. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number 82187.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: 36 CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this  program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at or (707) 763-3576.

Academic Credit

This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at


"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community."  - Daniel Siegel, MD, author of The Mindful Therapist

"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results."  - Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter

"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills."  - Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence

"Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy."  - Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers

"Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique."  - John Bradshaw, author of Bradshaw on The Family

"This training was extremely useful in increasing my effectiveness as a psychotherapist, but also in making me more aware as a person. I strongly recommend the training to anyone doing psychotherapy."  - H.C., PhD, psychologist, Stanford University

"Hakomi training deepened my therapy practice immediately. All of a sudden, my clients were discovering whole new levels of very rich awareness. My expectations for the training were high and they were met and exceeded."  - D.W., MFT

"In an environment that was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdom and awareness. I highly recommend this training to anyone in the helping professions." - J.H., PhD, family therapist, associate professor, graduate psychology


ShirleysmallShirley Bar-Dvir, MA, LMFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44258). She earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Shirley currently teaches at John F. Kennedy University and supervises trainees at the counseling center there. In addition, she teaches annual 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 Therapy, the Enneagram, family therapy and CranioSacral Therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching. She has a private practice at Anam Cara, a holistic healing center in Berkeley, CA.


Scott Eaton, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 23906) with a private practice in San Francisco and Emeryville, and a popular group supervisor at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. He has conducted workshops and trainings throughout the world for over three decades. A psychotherapist for over 25 years, Scott began studying Hakomi in 1994 with the intention of integrating a body-oriented approach into his practice. Scott works with adults of all sexual orientations and specializes in gay and lesbian issues, sexuality, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, recovery, and relationship dynamics. In addition to creating and teaching a popular workshop, Making Friends with Anger, for many years, Scott is a long-standing teacher of meditation and an avid world traveler.


ManuelaManuela Mischke Reeds, MA, LMFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40823). She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Australia and Europe. She recently developed a Hakomi based trauma and attachment training for clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment psychotherapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She serves as a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University (formerly the is Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She holds a MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing,  a trauma resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies, and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has also been a student of Buddhist meditation practice for the past 17 years and authored the book 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness, published by W.W. Norton and Company.

 Julie Murphy, MA, RAS, LMFT (LMFT 83806), Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist, has over 30 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Canada and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression and also developed the training Attending to Attachment,  a mindfulness-centered approach to working with attachment issues and relationship repair. In addition, she practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz.