in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

Los Angeles Area

Hakomi Professional Training offers accelerated training for mental health professionals and interns in two modules. In the first module, Level 1, you will learn the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy through brief talks, demonstrations, and lots of supervised practice. In the second module (Level 2), you will learn via in-depth supervision, with a focus on developing the therapist's selfhood (including in-depth discovery of the patterns you get stuck in with clients), and hands-on practice integrating cutting-edge trauma techniques and attachment theory into your work.


In this training, you will experience first hand the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy and the unique intervention and treatment strategies which follow from them. Your work with clients will become deeper and more effective as you experience the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness and the body in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

In addition, because Hakomi is dedicated to enhancing the aliveness of both client and therapist, this training will place great emphasis on the attachment-based nature of the therapeutic relationship and on the ground of being from which the therapist works.

82“Come sit with me and let us remember
  the beauty of your soul”

What You Will Learn

In this training, you will learn how to:

  • Provide in-depth psychotherapy using the present moment and live experience as a gateway to unconscious material
  • Design and use interventions to access and transform clients' core models of the self, others and the world
  • Track subtle non-verbal communication from the unconscious
  • Apply mindfulness-centered, experiential methodologies to support enhanced safety, self-regulation and relationship skills
  • Employ somatic techniques to access unconscious material not readily accessible through conversation alone
  • Support resistance and psycho-emotional defenses instead of opposing them
  • Help clients experience and process regressed states to resolve long-term issues and behaviors
  • Recognize and address clients' psychological patterns using the Hakomi Character Map

Six Core Competencies You'll Develop

Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship
How to access right brain to right brain limbic connection with the client, paving the way for unfolding into unconscious material; how to use moment-to-moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds.

Observing the Unconscious
How to notice the workings of the unconscious in present experience and in non-verbal signals; how to use the present moment and the body to build limbic connection and uncover rich sources of psychological information.

Deepening Therapy
How to achieve the depth and exploration that make therapy come alive; practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche; powerful interventions for safely working with thought, sensation, impulse, emotion and memory and exploring their origins.

Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically
How to use mindfulness-centered experiments to surface psychological material not easily accessible through conversation alone; differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues.

Supporting the Defenses and Transforming Core Beliefs
How to elegantly work with resistance and defenses by supporting them; transforming core beliefs and mental models of self, others and the world.

Working with Transference and Countertransference Systems
Practical and effective approaches for experientially working with transference/countertransference enactments that address the core of the client’s psyche.

Training Structure

Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 consists of seven three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.

Hakomi Professional Training Level 2 consists of seven three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.  

Teaching Style

The training includes short talks, live and video demonstrations, skill-based experiential exercises, and supervised practice. Trainers and teaching assistants provide direct and immediate guidance and feedback during supervised practice with an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.

For Whom

This training is open to licensed clinicians, those pursuing a clinical degree and others in healing, helping and service professions with relevant experience. 



(subject to change)

October 9-11, 2020
November 13-15, 2020       
December 4-6, 2020           
January 15-17, 2021
February 19-21, 2021        
March 19-21, 2021
April 9-11, 2021

Friday: 1:00-6:00
Saturday: 9:30-5:00
Sunday: 9:30-4:30

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles
963 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041


Early Enrollment: $3,595 for applications received by August 28, 2020

Regular Registration: $3,995 for applications received by October 2, 2020 (final registration deadline) 

Group Discount: A discount of 15% off the regular tuition of $3,995 is available for groups of four or more individuals applying to Hakomi Professional Training for the first time. All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope, and received by August 28, 2020. No group applications will be accepted past this date, nor if submitted separately from the group. Should anything required in an application be missing, the group leader will be contacted and responsible for getting it submitted in a timely fashion.

A 20% discount off the regular tuition is available to the group coordinator who forms the group, collects the necessary forms and fees from each individual, and delivers said fees and forms via email or snail mail (USPS, UPS, or FedEx). Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for any other financial assistance or discount.

Work-Study Discount: Work-study grants are available on a limited basis for participants willing to help with logistics and administration for this training. To apply, submit a work-study application by August 28, 2020.

Repeating Participants who've attended this course before can enroll for one half the cost of tuition ($1,995.00). Deadline to register: October 2, 2020.

Within 7 days after you are notified of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. To pay your deposit, click here. The final tuition balance is due by October 2, 2020 unless a payment plan has been arranged with the Hakomi Institute of California prior to the training start date. 

All participants will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of this training. 

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Participants who withdraw before the first day of the training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Participants who withdraw from the first day of the training up to 9 days thereafter will receive a 70% tuition refund. After that, no refunds will be granted. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.

To Apply for This Training

1. Download the training application form

2. Pay a $75 non-refundable application processing fee

3. Email your completed application form to submission preferred) or mail to:

Hakomi Institute of California
5758 Geary Blvd. #740 
San Francisco, CA 94121

Final application deadline: October 2, 2020

To Register for This Training

Within one week after acceptance to this training, please register by clicking the button below and paying the required $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the training.

For More Information

For more information, including accommodation for special needs and details about our grievance process, contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or


Application Form
Work-Study Application


Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each weekend of this training:

1:00-2:30 Learning activities
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Learning activities
4:15-4:30 Break
4:30-6:00 Learning activities

9:30-11:30 Learning activities
11:30-11:45      Break
11:45-1:00 Learning activities
1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-3:45 Learning activities
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Learning activities

9:30-11:15 Learning activities
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-1:15 Learning activities
1:15-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:30 Learning activities

Schedule subject to change. All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 15.5 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (108.5 hours total) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, participants must attend the entire weekend, sign in and out each day, and sign a completed evaluation form.  

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: 46.5 CEs for psychologists are provided for the first three weekends of this training (15.5 CEs per weekend) by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For questions about continuing education, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Application Trainings

Upon completion of this training, you'll be able to participate in trainings that apply Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy to a variety of special-focus topics:

Our From Trauma to Dharma Training offers state-of-the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.

Our Hakomi Character Map Training experientially explores a powerful and practical map of the psyche and helps you learn non-pathologizing assessment and intervention strategies.

Other special-focus trainings we offer include Mindfulness-Centered Couples Therapy, and the Re-Creation of the Self model of positive psychology.

Academic Credit

This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at


"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community." — Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain

"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results." — Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter

"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills"  — Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence

"Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy" — Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers

"Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique."  — John Bradshaw, author of Bradshaw on The Family

"This training was extremely useful in increasing my effectiveness as a psychotherapist, but also in making me more aware as a person. I strongly recommend the training to anyone doing psychotherapy."  — H.C. , Ph.D., psychologist, Stanford University

"The Hakomi training deepened my therapy practice immediately. All of a sudden, my clients were discovering whole new levels of very rich awareness. My expectations for the training were high and they were met and exceeded." — D.W., MFT

"In an environment that was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdom and awareness. I highly recommend this training to anyone in the helping professions." — J.H., Ph.D., family therapist, associate professor graduate psychology


SSusan2 smusan San Tara MA, LMFT 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, a community based therapy center in Berkeley, California. Susan has taught many workshops to both clinical professionals and the general public, and also has served as adjunct assistant teaching staff for the California Institute of Integral Studies. Susan received a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. 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 20 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.

ShaiShai Lavie, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer (LMFT 35526) with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), and is on the faculty of JFK University. Shai leads transformational groups that integrate Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, group process, ritual and dream work. He also has led over a dozen wilderness Rites of Passage programs for youth. A practitioner of Vipassana meditation for 25 years, Shai has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001.