Most psychotherapists today will agree it’s essential to include the client’s body in the therapeutic process for therapy to be effective.

The mind-body connection has been reinforced by emerging research over the last decade, which shows the mind and body are inseparable when it comes to how we operate as human beings.

Hakomi therapy, which is a form of mindfulness-centred somatic (mind-body) psychotherapy emerged in the 1970’s from founder Ron Kurtz.

Hakomi means “how do I stand in relation to all things?” and is a good description of how Hakomi works. So we spoke with Australian Certified Hakomi practitioner Carol Perry about what Hakomi is and why this mind-body therapy approach is so powerful.

In this podcast Carol discusses:

  • what is Hakomi therapy and where it came from
  • an outline of the Hakomi approach
  • how to track your clients non-verbal behaviour and use therapeutically
  • when using Hakomi might be contraindicated
  • why is it important to include the body in psychotherapy
  • the place for disclosure in Hakomi therapy
  • how her mindfulness and meditation practice has influenced her work
  • a successful case study demonstrating the use of Hakomi therapy

Links and resources mentioned in this episode

About Carol Perry

Carol Perry - Hakomi TherapyCarol Perry is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Insight Meditation Teacher. She has a therapy practice in Lismore NSW working with individuals and couples and regularly teaches retreats and days of mindfulness. Carol recently retired from 30 years as a Consultant in Conflict Management but continues to offer a workshop in Communicating Mindfully.  As the founder and resident of an intentional community since 1972, where the members grow 80% of the food they eat, she deeply knows and values interdependence, connection, belonging and effective communication. Find out more about Carol at www.carolperry.com.au or find out more about her meditation retreats and mindfulness training at www.insightmeditation.org

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