The Hakomi Method

Dr. Stern is currently participating in Hakomi Comprehensive Training at the Rhode Island Hakomi Center.


The Hakomi Method of mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy was founded by Ron Kurtz in the mid 1970’s. A perfect fusion of traditional theory, body-mind science, Taoism, Native American philosophy and more, Hakomi is a synthesis of philosophies, techniques, and approaches that “has its own unique artistry, form, and organic process.”   

Hakomi is grounded in the five principles of Mindfulness, Non-violence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Integration. Mindfulness implies the open and non-judgmental observance of the self. In studying our personal organization around a particular problem, we use mindfulness to discover the underlying emotional and historical aspects. Non-violence assures that not only will the client be kept safe as they process deep material, but that any self-violence will be attended to and transformed. Unity speaks to the understanding that all living beings are essential to one another and all parts of the self or self -experiences are important and included. Organicity allows for the emergence of the organic self. Safety, pacing and mindfulness give room for the real self to move, speak and express its deepest needs. Mind-Body Integration ensures that the body is as essential as the mind in the transformation of traumatic and emotional wounding.

In the Hakomi process, the practitioner pays close attention, not only to the content of the patient's story, but to the body experience as well. Patients will be asked to study, in mindfulness, a certain body sensation, movement, shift or change that arises as they speak to feel the full meaning of the experience. Still tracking closely, the Hakomi practitioner checks for safety and depth, guiding the patient's attention until real insight becomes available. 

Together they discover what the body knows or remembers about the origins of the problem and loss of support. Including the body, they work together to provide the missing nourishment and bring the self back to wholeness, new perspective and possibility.

During Network Care, patients often somatize their life experiences, meaning traumas and events are unconsciously held within their body/mind. Hakomi training broadens Dr. Stern’s ability to gently work with people who continue to experience the effects of their childhood and life traumas.

Hakomi seamlessly integrates with Network Care, addressing the heart component of Dr. Stern’s Mind Body Heart integrated approach.