Tamra has trained in the Hakomi Method, a powerful somatic and experience based therapy which utilizes the principles of mindfulness, organicity, unity, non-violence and mind-body wholism to heal limiting core beliefs. A graduate of the Hakomi Institute of California, Tamra brings loving presence to her work with clients and invites them into mindfulness in order to gently and deeply recover their wholeness.
What is Hakomi
The Hakomi Method is a mindfulness, somatic and experience-based approach to change.
To notice what arises inside, without judgement is the essence of Hakomi and a pathway to deep and abiding healing. Hakomi is a journey of assisted self discovery, a journey through mindfulness to wholeness.
The Hakomi method, as developed by Ron Kurtz, draws from the vast worlds of science, spirituality and psychotherapy, yet the practice itself remains simple. Look within. Learn from yourself. Accept all your many parts, as they are. Be guided by your inner wisdom in all its many expressions. Allow any change to occur naturally from inside out.
Sometimes, however, we feel trapped in cycles of unnecessary suffering, and need a compassionate guide to help us along the way. With the help of a trained Hakomi practitioner, we develop the practice of mindfulness. This is an open way of watching ourselves, of witnessing what happens. We start by paying attention to present experience, as it is, in the body, now.
We want to learn about your implicit beliefs, and how you organize your life around them. We see how beliefs create the automatic behavior patterns that form the fabric of life. Our intention is to create an experience of greater freedom of choice and relief from unnecessary suffering, through the ever deepening and knowing of oneself.
The methods are gentle, experiential, often playful and almost always revealing. Nothing is imposed. We avoid analysis and allow meaning to arise from within.
The Hakomi Principles
- Unity: an inclusive awareness of the interrelatedness of things
- Organicity: the recognition and honoring or each person’s individuality
- Mind/Body/Spirit Holism: the assumption that all elements of experience are essential.
- Mindfulness: the value of being genuinely aware of exactly what is happening
- Nonviolence: a commitment to respect and loving regard
How Hakomi Works
1. The practice of loving presence helps us feel safe and understood.
2. That makes mindfulness possible.
3. The practitioner then finds ways (little experiments) to evoke experiences in mindfulness.
4. The meaning of the bodily experiences evoked are understood as direct expressions of core beliefs.
5. When these core beliefs are made conscious and understood, change becomes possible.
6. Where core beliefs are limiting, destructive, unbalanced or painful, they can be challenged.
7. New beliefs can be tried and new experiences evoked. We call these ‘missing experiences’. Safety, peace, freedom, aliveness are a few.