The faculty members on the Hakomi Institute of California training team possess many years of experience teaching the Hakomi Method both locally and internationally. Each instructor brings a unique perspective to teaching Hakomi as well as extensive professional background in psychology and psychotherapy. Our team-based teaching model also includes talented teachers in training.


ScottProf3Scott Eaton, MA, LMFT
Scott is a senior faculty member of the Hakomi Institute of California, a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 23906). A psychotherapist for over 30 years, Scott began studying Hakomi in 1994 and has been actively involved ever since. In addition, he has created and/or led workshops and trainings throughout the world for over three decades. Scott works with adults of all sexual orientations and specializes in LGBTQ issues, sexuality, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, recovery, and relationship dynamics. More recently he has been actively working with and coaching those in the process of spiritual awakening. Scott is a long-standing teacher of meditation and an avid world traveler. Scott can be contacted at 415-487-1705 |
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Jon Eisman, CHT
Jon is a founding member of the Hakomi Institute and a 
Senior Hakomi Trainer. For the past 42 years, he has taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has developed numerous elaborations of and refinements to the theory and practice of Hakomi, while also incorporating neurobiology, attachment and elements of Selfhood into his teaching, and has authored several editions of Hakomi Training Manuals. Jon is also the creator of the Re-Creation of the Self model, a powerful and unique approach to working with psychological states of Self in therapy, group work, relationship, performance and spiritual practice. Jon can be contacted at 541-631-9383 
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David FishDavid Fish, MA, LMFT
David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT 52446). He has been a Certified Hakomi Therapist since 1996. Cultivating mindfulness and compassion are central threads that run through all of his work, and since he sees awareness and change as best served by flexibility and the ability to perceive things from multiple perspectives, he also draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Focusing, and relational psychodynamic approaches. David teaches Hakomi as an adjunct professor at California Institute for Integral Studies, and also leads DBT groups and sees clients at the DBT Center of Marin, where he helps people who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or borderline personality disorder. David is a seasoned meditator, and his warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style is lively, well-informed and human. David can be contacted at 415-295-2519 | email


robRob Fisher, MA, LMFT
Rob is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 22886) and a consultant and certified supervisor in private practice. He has served as an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University as well as the California Institute for Integral Studies where he co-founded the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion. He is the founder of Mindfulness-Centered Couples Therapy, which he teaches internationally. Rob is the author of a number of books, chapters and articles including Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples, a Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, which details the use of mindfulness and the body in couples therapy. He has presented his work at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference and has been a master presenter at the annual conference of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He and his wife, Hu Ting Ting, teach mindfulness and nature workshops internationally. He lives in an old farmhouse in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he composes music and writes fiction and poetry. Rob can be contacted at 415-389-6340 |


Nicole Heinrich, MA, LMFT
Nicole is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 35701). She began her love and long-term study of Hakomi in 1989 with Ron Kurtz and has extensive experience working with somatic approaches to trauma, somatic resourcing, psychodynamic, relational and attachment therapies. Nicole received a master's degree in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and has over 20 years of clinical experience. She has private practices in San Francisco and Santa Cruz working with individuals, couples and groups and supervises interns at the Marina Counseling Center and The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. She also has years of training and experience with different forms of bodywork, meditation and contemplative movement. With an open heart and a deep trust in the present moment, Nicole brings a depth of knowledge to her therapy practice and teaching. Nicole can be contacted at 831-466-9497 or 415-933-6909 | email


Dominique-lgDominique Lando, MA, LMFT
Dominique is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44542) and an organizational coach. She works with individuals in California and British Columbia and coaches leaders and teams internationally. Dominique is a co-founder of Anam Cara in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She also serves as adjunct professor teaching somatic psychology in various graduate programs. She draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, family systems and EMDR but also from her years of spiritual practice, and working in the field of community development as an activist, eco-psychologist and permaculture farmer. Originally from France, Dominique was raised in a diverse global family and she integrates her multicultural background into her approach. She places a strong emphasis on group synergy, which greatly informs her work as a teacher, coach and organizational consultant.|


Shai-lgShai Lavie, MA, LMFT
Shai is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 35526) with a private practice in San Anselmo, CA. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for more than 30 years, has studied numerous psychological and spiritual approaches to human growth, and is certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai has taught at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology) and at other graduate programs, and he has led trainings for numerous organizations, both in California and internationally. Shai can be reached at 415-339-7847 |
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Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT
Manuela is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a licensed somatic psychotherapist, and a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 40823) as well as a mindfulness teacher and a somatic leadership coach. She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Australia and Europe. She recently developed a Hakomi based trauma and attachment training for clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment psychotherapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She serves as a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition, she has trained in various methods of working with trauma and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a trauma resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies, and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has authored two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being
 and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & StressManuela can be contacted at 650-862-3010 | email


Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT
Julie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 83806), a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, and a Senior Trainer with over 35 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the healing arts. Julie has led trainings for health professionals in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, attachment psychotherapy and other special topics in the United States, Australia, Bali, Canada, China, Israel and New Zealand. Bringing together years of study and professional experience in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has developed an archetype-based personal growth method--"The Mythic Body"; a somatic approach to creative writing--"Embodied Writing™"; and co-developed the workshop "Waking Up from the Family Trance." She also created the highly praised training "Attending to Attachment," a mindfulness-based approach to working with adult attachment issues and relationship repair. Julie served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University and taught in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Julie has presented at numerous professional conferences including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Hakomi Institute International Conference, and the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy. Julie has been interviewed twice for The Global Summit. You can listen to her presentations here. In 2011, she published "Loosening the Grip of Addiction: A Mindful Recovery" in The Therapist. A practitioner of meditation for over 40 years, Julie's teaching integrates a strong contemplative approach with cutting-edge research in neuroscience and human relationships. In addition, she has studied with master poets from all over the United States and her poems are published in numerous literary journals. These varied studies extend her range of teaching beyond psychotherapy to mindfulness and meditation, contemplative and creative writing, mindful recovery and embodiment. Julie maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, offering somatic psychotherapy and addictions counseling to individuals, couples, adolescents and families. Julie can be contacted by email or through her website |  email website


Ashley Ross, MA, LMFT
Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 115141), a Certified Hakomi Teacher and a holistic reproductive health practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended The Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she earned her master's in Counseling Psychology. Prior to attaining her MFT license, Ashley provided counseling to adults, couples and children and designed and facilitated support groups in a variety of settings. She has been a part of the Hakomi community since 2006. Ashley is currently in private practice in Los Angeles where she works with individuals, couples and groups. Ashley’s dual training in somatic psychotherapy and holistic health opened her to the benefits of using our bodies to achieve an integrated state of wellbeing. She brings this sense, along with a deep love of our messy humanness, to her work and teaching.


Susan1Susan San Tara, MA, LMFT
Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 43157) and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. She has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000. In 2007, Susan co-founded Anam Cara Therapy Center, in Berkeley, CA. Susan teaches Hakomi to clinical professionals and the general public, and also has served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and 
John F. Kennedy University, where she received a master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling. In addition to body-centered and mindfulness-focused psychotherapy, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems and earth-based healing approaches for over 30 years. Weaving wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, a love of the divine mystery, and a profound respect for the human creature are the cornerstones of her work. Essential to Susan’s therapeutic and teaching work is her warm, nurturing, and friendly style, which sets the tone for a dynamic growth environment. Susan can be contacted at 510-982-6034 | email



Gal SzekelyGal Szekely, MA, LMFT
Gal is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and
a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 50301) with a private practice in El Cerrito. Gal is passionate about working with couples and individuals on relationship issues and, together with his wife, he founded The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. Besides Hakomi, Gal teaches the Tamura Method, a form of therapy that integrates touch and table work in psychotherapy. He is an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is an experienced teacher and workshop leader. In addition to a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Gal also holds a master's in Social-Organizational Psychology and has a background in the business world and as a management consultant. His work is influenced by a long time meditation practice, his appreciation of the body and a multicultural background. Gal can be contacted at 415-938-6636 |