Certified Hakomi Therapists in the UK
- Ginny Bennett (email), Sheffield
- My first training was in medicine and I have practiced as a GP for most of my working life. I was always interested in the body-mind dynamic and noticed how patients often got better if I merely listened and attuned to them. Subsequently I did a massage training and a three year Energetic Integration course (a post-Reichian body psychotherapy). It was when I discovered Ron Kurtz' book that I felt truly 'at home' so I went to Oregon to learn Hakomi with him. I wasn't disappointed and there I met Donna Martin (Ron's co-trainer) and we have set up a training here in Sheffield which has been amazing. I am now a certified Hakomi practitioner and teacher and have a small practice in Sheffield.
- Trudy Johnston (email), Lancaster
- I have been interested in therapy and blending psychological therapies with mindfulness and being in our bodies for a long time now. My first training 20 years ago was in Polarity Energetics a body based psychotherapy and I subsequently trained as a Person Centred therapist and Supervisor. I had the great good fortune to become involved in the first Hakomi training in England in 2001 and this allowed me to integrate all of my passions into one elegant gentle approach. I work as a Counselling Lecturer in Lancaster and have a small private practice. I am a certified Hakomi Practitioner and Teacher.
- Lisa Halse (email) (website), Sheffield
- I first heard of Hakomi Method whilst I was doing my Osteopathic training at the ESO- European School of Osteopathy ( a four year full-time course) gaining a Diploma in Osteopathy in 1992. I have continued to study Osteopathy in the Cranial field with the Sutherland Society and with Jim
Jealous who has developed the Biodynamic
approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. This approach supports the intention of the patients self healing mechanism. I use palpation (touch) to listen to the body's
expression of Health. By working with the hard and soft tissues and fluids of the body, I use my hands to gently restore function to the whole system facilitating its own self-healing, re-establishing the relationship with the intrinsic Health.
I started to study Hakomi Method in 2004 I gained my certificate in Mar 2008.
I have gained a huge amount personally as well as from being an assistant to other students of the training.
My background helps as osteopaths are skilled at observing and reading strain patterns from trauma, dysfunction and postural influences.
I really value the simplicity of the method to integrate the possibility of a more full and complete relationship with the whole of who we are. Rather than a focus of what's wrong or needs to be fixed. I have a practice in Sheffield.
- Vicky Gaughan (email) (Tel: 07951872366), Sheffield & Barnsley
- I've been a bodywork practitioner for over 20 years. Following my Reichian psychotherapy training in 1994 I started in 1:1 practice. I have found the human condition to be an infinitely vast landscape to explore and have been privileged to accompany people on their personal path.
Through Hakomi I have learnt that simplicity is potent, that the therapeutic relationship is healing and that mindfulness practice is the gateway to a fascinating inner journey.
I completed my MA in 2010 in Psychological Therapies and have studied in depth & breadth, diversity & politics in therapy. I work in Sheffield on Wednesdays & Thursdays and also a quiet little
village near Barnsley called Silkstone Common on Tuesdays.
- Diarmid Baillie (email) (website), Glasgow
My original therapeutic training was a Masters in Counselling Psychology at CIIS in San Francisco and it was in a module of this training that I first encountered Hakomi in 2001. I was immediately impressed by its depth, powerful effectiveness and ability to inspire compassion and connection. I knew there and then that I wanted to do the full training, which I started in Sheffield a few years later. It turned out to be even more rewarding than I had expected. I now have a practice in Glasgow where I see Hakomi clients alongside my massage practice and offer workshops and introductions to the Hakomi method. I am currently building this practice and also have aims to teach Nonviolent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg) and facilitate 'The Work That Reconnects' (Joanna Macy), reflecting my passions for social justice and deep ecology, all in good time.
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- Sophie Cattier (email) (website)
(Tel: 0041 (0)79 226 48 31) anglais-français, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sophie is involved in bodypsychotherapies since 1999. She is certified in Structural Integration and the Hakomi Method. Since 2008 she has worked with the HakomiSkills Collective in London, introducing people to the Hakomi principles. She lives and practices in Lausanne. Sophie grounds herself in the strong connection she has with nature, having worked many years as a shepherdess in the Swiss mountains. She also has great curiosity and experience of yoga and meditation.
Sophie travaille en thérapie psychocorporelle depuis 1999. Elle est certifiée en Intégration Structurale et en méthode Hakomi. Depuis 2008, elle organise des ateliers d'introduction à la méthode Hakomi avec le collectif HakomiSkills à Londres. Elle vit et pratique à Lausanne. Une vive curiosité accompagne sa pratique du yoga et de la méditation. Elle a un profond lien avec la nature, ayant été bergère dans les montagnes suisses pendant plusieurs années.
- Caroline Braham (email) (website) (Tel: 07958 515359), London
I am a certified Hakomi Practitioner and Trainer, and am a member of the UK Hakomi Training Team. My private practice is in Central and North London and I am involved in running regular Hakomi workshops and trainings in London and Sheffield. Hakomi first touched my life in 1998 when I was training in Hellerwork Structural Integration, a method in which I am a Board Certified Practitioner and Training Mentor. I was immediately impressed with how the practice of Hakomi offered a seamless relationship between the body and the mind. My skills in movement, as a Feldenkrais teacher, add an extra complementary dimension to my work. Many of the ideas in the Feldenkrais Method influenced Ron Kurtz when he was developing Hakomi. As a body-mind-movement therapist and teacher my passion is in accompanying people on their journeys of self-discovery and learning.
- Carrie Tuke (email) (Tel: 07958 534401), London
As a Body-Mind-Movement therapist, certified practitioner and teacher of the Hakomi Method, I have an integrated approach to healing. Being informed and inspired by life, trainings and Yoga study (John Stirk and Sandra Sabatini) I have been a teacher of Yoga for 18 years.
I first encountered the Hakomi method in New Zealand in 1996, during my training in Hellerwork, where it was used as a way of creating and maintaining the practitioner-client �learning team� approach. My learning of Hakomi continued through the Mana Advanced Structural Integration training, and years later during a time of great personal need I found myself deeply supported by the Hakomi training.
I am co-ordinater of the Mind-Body Therapies at the Helen Bamber Foundation which cares for the survivors of gross human cruelty. I am working with individuals and groups, assisting survivors through felt sense Body-Mind-Movement explorations, empowering their own efforts to recover. The aim is to strengthen their capacity to cope with every day life unencumbered by the effects of past trauma.
Based in London, with a private practice of Hakomi and Structural Integration, I focus on assisting people to support the unfurling mysteries of living, creatively exploring their 'growing edge', and nurturing their embodiment. I co-lead Hakomi workshops and trainings in London and Sheffield.
- Liz Shelley (website), Chichester
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, my meditation practice has over many years helped me find ways to open my heart towards peace and freedom. Hakomi is the bridge between my meditation practice and my work as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. Its uniquely powerful, yet gentle approach offers a journey towards a deeper more nourishing relationship with our self and the world.
After working for many years as a therapist in a busy NHS clinic within an adult mental health setting, I now work as an independent counsellor working with people with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and low self esteem. I have particular specialist experience of working with chronic problems affecting mental health for example eating disorders.
I am a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, Accredited Humanistic Counsellor (UKAHPP and UKCP) . I am also a group facilitator at Chichester University, trainer and supervisor.
- Cesca Diebschlag (email), Sussex
My first professional training was in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. After working with a Hakomi therapist, I began my Hakomi training in 1997, and upon completion, trained with Pat Ogden in Hakomi Integrative Somatics (now renamed Sensorimotor Therapy), a Hakomi-based approach to trauma work. In 2004, I began re-training in the Refined Hakomi Method, and was certified as a Hakomi Therapist in 2010. I have also done three years of training in Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, and in 2010 completed a training in Internal Family Systems Therapy.
I have a special interest in the therapeutic relationship, and deliver a course on Therapeutic Relationship (largely based on The Refined Hakomi Method) to practitioners across the spectrum of healing modalities. See the Therapeutic Relationship Training website for more about this training, and the workbook for the course.
In addition to my private practice in Sussex, I am currently Module Leader for Personal and Professional Development on a BSc course in Acupuncture.
- Phil Gaughan (email) (Tel: 07939 361255), South Yorkshire
In my experience Hakomi is joyful, at times powerful and continues to be a great source of strength. In truth Hakomi has enabled me to understand what makes me-me and helps me to continue to develop personally.
As a practitioner of Hakomi I am known for my solidity, trustworthiness, honesty and calming presence. These qualities create a sense of safety for the client.
I also have 8 years experience as a declutterer I incorporate the skills of listening and observational awareness and a sensitivity to other peoples feelings; decluttering the Hakomi way!
I qualified as a practitioner in 2008 and at present I am offering low cost Hakomi practice sessions in Sheffield and from my home in Silkstone Common near Barnsley.