The Psychodynamic Use of Mindfulness and the Body in Human Transformation

an Introduction to Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

with Gregory Johanson, M.Div., Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Senior Hakomi Trainer
and Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, LMBT, SEP, Certifed Hakomi Teacher

Friday & Saturday, March 8–9, 2019| 9:30 AM — 5:30 PM
12 CE’s | $235 early bird rate by March 1, $275 thereafter
115 West Clay Street, Mebane, NC 27302

Hakomi integrates mindfulness and somatics into the psychotherapy process with uniquely effective results. Loving presence and the healing relationship are central to Hakomi. We develop an exquisite sensitivity and attunement to others, using empathic skills to read and contact “indicators” — subtle, unconscious cues. This creates a deep sense of safety and connection, allowing us to engage the “cooperation of the unconscious.” The dynamic use of mindfulness is a foundation of the Hakomi Method. When introduced with Hakomi techniques, it creates a rapid, experiential access route to the unconscious beliefs and implicit memories which invisibly shape our lives. When unconscious, this material creates projections, conflict and disharmony in our self-perceptions, relationships and behavior. Once conscious and directly experienced, it is available for memory re-consolidation and transformation, including the healing of attachment issues. Hakomi is a body-inclusive (somatic) approach. The body is viewed as a “map of the psyche” — a door that can be opened to reveal the character and belief system of the individual. The body’s habitual patterns become a powerful access route to unconscious core material. This experiential process, although safe and gentle, evokes a powerful “felt sense” for the client, allowing them to take ownership of core patterns as they emerge, as well as their change and integration.

This workshop will introduce you to the basic principles and skills of the Hakomi Method as presented by Hakomi Institute. These skills will have immediate personal and professional application in psychotherapy, counseling, and clinical social work, which may also be integrated with bodywork and other related modalities. This workshop also fulfills the prerequisite for applying to the Comprehensive Training in Hakomi, beginning in the NC Triangle in April 2019.

You will be able to utilize:

  • The integration of psychodynamic mindfulness into your sessions with clients (you can use “active” or “dynamic” mindfulness instead)
  • The practice of loving presence to enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • The Hakomi principles, e.g. nonviolence in therapy, to create safety and support the cooperation of the unconscious
  • The use of experiments in mindfulness to discover unconscious material
  • Verbal contact that will deepen the client’s experiential process
  • Skills to discover and contact subtle, somatic cues in the body and its habitual patterns
  • The use of this information to create safe, yet powerful access routes to core unconscious material
  • The application of Hakomi skills and principles in the experiential process

This workshop is designed for therapists, counselors, social workers, healing professionals and graduate students in these fields and allied helping/healing professionals. We will experientially learn Hakomi skills and approaches that are immediately applicable, and the workshop also serves as the prerequisite for the Comprehensive Training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy.

This workshop is FREE to registered Hakomi Comprehensive Training participants who have paid the full $500 Comprehensive Training deposit.

Contact organizer Nancy Donny to register at or 803-760-5257
Visit the Hakomi Institute website to learn more about the method

C.E. information for this workshop: Psychologists (APA), Social Workers, Professional Counselors and MFTs: C.E. credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES).
CES maintains responsibility for this program (12 C.E. hours).
Click here for more information (and to confirm if your state and profession are covered).

Hakomi Training:

I am delighted to teach Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy as a Certified Hakomi Teacher for Hakomi Institute on the training teams in the Southeastern U.S. and Mallorca, Spain.

SOUTHEASTERN U.S.: comprehensive training in Mebane, N.C.– begins April 5th, 2019
MALLORCA, SPAIN: professional training in Sóller– began November 11th, 2018

For more information on workshops and trainings in the Southeast, please check the Hakomi Institute Southeast Workshops & Trainings Calendar. For more information about Hakomi Mallorca trainings in Sóller, Mallorca, and workshops throughout Europe (in English), please visit the Hakomi Mallorca website. For details on Hakomi Institute sponsored trainings worldwide, click here.

Customized Workshops and Retreats

I’d love to offer a workshop or retreat for you and yours.

What do you want to explore, nurture, let go of, celebrate, mourn, or punctuate?
Let’s create a sacred space for what has heart and meaning now.

My facilitation is grounded in years of personal and professional healing practice; my style is relaxed, loving, and spacious. I believe in having our time together be mostly experiential, so you don’t just hear about the subject matter, you feel it.

I can custom design something for you, or we can co-create it together. If you can gather a group of ten or more and cover my fee and travel expenses, I’d be happy to come to you wherever you are.