My work combines Hakomi and Biosynthesis, psychotherapeutic methods based on humanistic and holistic approaches. As such, they regard the human being as an entity aspiring for healing and growth as part of the organic process which takes place in nature. The therapist's role is to support the person's wounded parts and enhance his resources to enable the healing process to occur.
These methods 'nurture' a gentle and tolerant attitude towards all dimensions of experience present in the therapy: sensations, feelings, thoughts, images, movements, gestures, impulses, posture and breathing patterns. By focusing our attention on a particular experience that arises during the session, in all its aspects, we may reach the beliefs underlying that experience as well as the memories of the place where they were formed.
These experiences have created a form of reference to ourselves and the world which is neither flexible nor open to internalizing new information. A profound understanding of the beliefs and decisions made in childhood regarding early experiences may bring about the desired change. We may visit those wounded places and create a corrective experience in the present from which new perceptions of ourselves and the world can be formulated.
The meaning of the name "Hakomi" (in the language of the Native-American Hopi tribe) is "how do you stand in relation to these many realms".
Hakomi is a Body-Centered Psychotherapy based on mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of consciousness where a compassionate, non-judgmental attention is turned inwards towards all of the dimensions of experience (thoughts, feelings, sensations) as they arise in the present Moment.
According to the Hakomi approach, long term change is made possible through the learning of the experience as it appears in the present moment.
Thus, we may trace and track patterns and beliefs which have been created in the past and still dominate our consciousness in the present. For that purpose, we use mindfulness in order to communicate directly with the unconscious and enable a rapid and more powerful healing than is obtained through a 'regular talk' with the conscious mind. In mindfulness the body is slowed down and the brain operates on slow and long waves, hence the subconscious is accessible and receptive to changes.
Hakomi was developed by Ron Kurtz in the nineteen seventies and its inspirational sources are: The Western Psychotherapy, Body-Centered Therapies such as the works of William Reich and Alexander Lowen, Gestalt and Feldenkreiz, combined with Buddhist and Daoist principles.
The meaning of Biosynthesis is 'integration of life'.
The method seeks to integrate the three main streams of life force, which are consolidated during the first weeks of the embryo's life. From these streams all of the body's organs develop as well as three central dimensions of the human experience: the physical, the emotional and the cognitive. Energetic obstructions begin to form in-utero and continue throughout one's lifetime, generating splits among the dimensions. Therapy focuses on recreating a connection between these dimensions in order for them to function and flow in harmony.
The therapeutic process itself creates a connection between verbal and bodily language, between experience and meaning, thought and emotion, the conscious and the unconscious, and thus the psyche begins to balance.
Biosynthesis is a branch of the Body Psychotherapy, developed by David Boadella in the nineteen seventies, after many years of working as a Reichian therapist. Biosynthesis draws from Body Psychotherapy (Reich and Lowen), Prenatal Psychology, Object Relations Theory and Transpersonal Psychology.