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The Hakomi Method

  1. Body-Centered Psychotherapy : The Hakomi Method (1990)
  2. Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-Te Ching (1994)
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    Body Reveals: How to Read Your Own Body by Ron Kurtz
    The Body Reveals: An Illustrated Guide to the Psychology of the Body by Ron Kurtz
    Body Reveals: What Your Body Says About You by Ron Kurtz
    Getting in Touch: The Guide to New Body-Centered Therapies

Body-Centered Psychotherapy : The Hakomi Method : The Integrated Use of Mindfulness, Nonviolence and the Body
by Ron Kurtz

Paperback: 210 pages (February 1990)
LifeRhythm; ISBN: 0940795035

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This is a text book for the body-centered psychotherapy work called the Hakomi Method. Developed by Ron Kurtz, Hakomi work is a synthesis of philosophies, techniques and approaches with its own unique artistry. Some of its origins stem from Eastern philosophic concepts of gentleness, compassion, mindfulness and going with the grain as well as general systems theory, which incorporates the idea of respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system that spontaneously organizes matter and energy and selects from the environment what it need to maintain its goals, programs and identity.

A must-read for anyone interested in the body-centered movement in psychotherapy. It is written with clarity, humor, and simplicity. Sure to inspire and give insight to both therapists and laypersons.

From the Back Cover
Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word which means "How do you stand in relation to these many realms?" A more modern translation is, "Who are you"., Hakomi was developed by Ron Kurtz, co-author of The Body Reveals. Some of the origins of Hakomi stem from Buddhism and Taoism, especially concepts like gentleness, compassion, mindfulness and going with the grain. Other influences come from general systems theory, which incorporates the idea of respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system that spontaneously organizes matter and energy and selects from the environment what it needs in a way that maintains its goals, programs and identity. Hakomi also draws from modern body-centered psychotherapies such as Reichian work, bioenergetics, Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Structural Bodywork, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Focusing and Neurolinguistic Programming. Hakomi is really a synthesis of philosophies, techniques and approaches that has its own unique artistry, form and organic process.

Reader Comment
February 19, 2001
A reader
from Boulder, Co United States
The Hakomi Method, created by Ron Kurtz, is a beautifully constructed experiential therapeutic process which incorporates the best of the last 100 or so years of psychotherapeutic study. It integrates Taoist and Buddhist Principles with Western Theory and the Body-Centered Wisdom of Alexander Lowen, John Pierrakos, Hector Prestera and others. I've been a therapist for over 16 years and the Hakomi Method has now become the main influence in my work. Ron's five principles: Mindfulness, Non-violence,Organicity, Unity and Mind-Body Wholism, insure not only change in a person's behavioral patterns, but in their soul as well. It is creative, effective and heartfelt. It is a pleasure to practice therapy this way. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the healing professions.

About the Author
Ron Kurtz , a gifted therapist, writer and teacher, developed the Hakomi Method in the mid 1970s as the culmination of his previous study and experience in psychology, science and philosophy. He has created a synthesis that has special relevance for our time. He is the co-author of The Body Reveals and . He is the founder and Director of the Hakomi Institute and Ron Kurtz Trainings, Inc., with offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments The Word Hakomi
Part 1. The Principles and The Method of Evoked Experiences
Part 2. Change without Force
1 The Organization of Experience
2 Principles
Part 1. Shifting Paradigms
A Refuge for Therapists Lost
The Language of Paradigm
The Conceptual Field The New Paradigm
The New Psychotherapy
Part 2. The Principles
Organicity: Living Systems
Mindfulness: The Path of Consciousness
Nonviolence: Reverence for Life
Mind-Body Holism Unity: A Participatory Universe
Part 3. The Bateson Propositions
3 People Bio-Strategies
Character as Strategy
The Eight Major Strategies Used in Hakomi
In Detail Sensitive-Withdrawn
Dependent-Endearing Self-Reliant
Deceptive One: Tough-Generous
Deceptive Two: Charming-Manipulative Burdened-Enduring
Industrious-Overfocused The Experience That Wants to Happen
Character Basics
Some Underlying Dimensions of Character
4 The Healing Relationship
Introduction: A Hierarchy of Contexts
Cooperation of the Unconscious
Signs of Cooperation and How It Is Earned
Signs of Resistance and How It Is Evoked by the Therapist
The Emotional Attitude of the Therapist
The Cooperation of One's Own Unconscious
When the Client Knows that the Therapist Understands
5 The Essential Process An Expression of The Principles
The Method of Evoked Experiences in
Establishing Mindfulness
In Mindfulness, Evoke Experiences The Transition to Processing
State-Specific Processing
The Best Leader
The Flow Diagram
6 Contact, Tracking, and Establishing
Part 1. Contact
Creating a Connection
Staying in Contact
Contact and the Flow of the Process
Contact and Aliveness
Contact Statements
Part 2. Tracking
Part 3. Establishing Mindfulness
A State of Consciousness
7 Evocation One: Probes and Acknowledging
Part 1. Probes Kinds of Probes
The Form of a Good Probe
The Pause
Tone of voice Wording
Based in Reality Nourishment
Tailor Made Avoids First Person
Avoids Negative Words
Getting Reports
Creating Probes From... The Standard Set
The Body
Metacommunication, Like Tone of Voice
The Connections to Principles, Method, and Process
Part 2. Acknowledging Transcript of An Acknowledgment
8 Evocation Two: Taking Over and Little Experiments
Part 1. Taking Over The Forms of Taking Over
Things We Take Over
Thoughts and Beliefs
Muscle Tension Blocks to Expression
Impulses Self-support
Taking Over, the Principles, and the
Part 2. Little Experiments Growth
9 Accessing, Deepening, and the Transition to Processing
Part 1. Accessing Guidelines for Accessing
Present Experience
Part 2. Deepening
Part 3. The Transition to Processing
10 Working with Strong Emotions: Riding the Rapids
When Nothing Works
11 Working with The Child: The Therapist as
Magical Stranger
12 Going for Meaning
Meaning and Experience
Meaning and Core Material
13 Transformation, Integration, and
Part 1. Transformation The Experience That Wants to Happen
Part 2. Integration Savoring
Using Mindfulness
Appreciating the Child
Bringing It All Back Home Housekeeping
Part 3. Completion
14 A Few Basic Jobs and the Logic of the
Part 1. Basic Jobs
Managing the Process
Some Obvious Signs That Something Else Is Needed
Gathering Information What We Focus On
Part 2. The Logic of the Method
Introduction Assumptions
Come In Under the Radar
15 Lowering the Noise: The Sensitivity Cycle
Sensitivity and Emotional Material The Stages
The Barriers and Character Process
16 The Habitual Interruption of Experience:
Barriers and Character
The Insight Barrier
Working At the Insight Barrier The Response Barrier
The Nourishment Barrier
The Completion Barrier
17 Jumping Out of The System
How I Knew...

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Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-Te Ching
by Greg Johanson, Ron Kurtz (Contributor)

Paperback: Reprint edition (March 1994)
Harmony Books; ISBN: 0517881306 Price - Quick Click Buying

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A sensible and compassionate book that will help those involved in any form of therapy make the best possible use of their time, effort, and money. "A fascinating blend of Eastern spirituality, Western psychotherapy, feminist consciousness, and real caring." -- Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade 35 black-and-white photographs.

Reader Comment
A book for all counselors in training, January 7, 2000
Reviewer: Claire from St. Petersburg, Florida USA
In using this book as an extra reading for a Counseling Strategies class, I found that the authors brought to life client-centered and gestalt philosophy and techniques. In addition, a number of students decided to seek counseling themselves to experience the process of unfolding and self-discovery. The best part of this book is the emphasis on the power and courage of the individual client and on the catalyzing and compassionate role of the therapist who guides the individual toward trusting his or her own process as he or she moves toward greater wholeness and healing.


Getting Our Bodies Back : Recovery, Healing, and Transformation Through Body-Centered Psychotherapy
by Christine Caldwell, et al
ISBN: 1570621497

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