In order to manage past and present trauma we push the hurt down. We send this hurt part in to exile in our sub-conscious, where it remains stuck and unhealed. Unfortunately, it shows up in our everyday lives causing unnecessary suffering, i.e. anxiety, relationship difficulties , self-esteem to name a few.
My commitment as a therapist has been to support my clients holistically, developing an awareness of all their parts. My Somatic (Body) psychotherapeutic approach has honoured this commitment, because …
“… when we are conscious we have choice and choice brings freedom.”
(Donna Martin, Hakomi Legacy Holder)
The Hakomi Method has been my most precious transformative psychotherapeutic tool and I would like to share my dedicated educational journey regarding this method.
In 2009, I attended a Ron Kurtz workshop, the founder of The Hakomi Method, as part of my Continuous Professional Development commitment …. In 2022 I qualified as a Certified Hakomi Practitioner.”
Upon completion of my degree in 2007, I began my Psychotherapy Practice with vigour incorporating the various therapeutic approaches bestowed upon me in college …yet something was missing … emotions, behaviours, thoughts … but what about the body?
“What is my client not saying verbally yet, their body language seems to be expressing their inner state?”
Indeed, in college we were taught to notice somatic nuances, i.e. a client verbally expressing calmness yet clearly behaving agitated. I was beginning to realise there was more to it than this … a deeper level, a more holistic way to work with mind-body wholeness. I could see an interconnectedness with my client’s past experiences in their present bodily behaviour.
My curiosity and utter conviction of this discovery brought me to a workshop in 2009 given by Ron Kurtz, the founder of The Hakomi Method (A Body Oriented Psychotherapy). 2015 saw me become part of The Hakomi Community in Ireland attending further workshops to increase my knowledge. In 2017, to my delight, Hakomi Training began in Ireland … the journey continued. A three year basic training completed before being invited to participate in a Certification Course to begin Practitioner training. I successfully past examination and was certified as a Hakomi Practitioner in 2022.
During the global pandemic, this method had to be adapted for online. I participated in many trainings to enable me to practice this method online as well as face to face, which I continue to do to facilitate clients who cannot attend my rooms.
My passion for this method continues as I have completed workshops and trainings since qualifying and also enjoyed assisting in a Hakomi training in the summer this year. I am part of different Hakomi communities, Norway, Canada, UK as well as Ireland. I enjoy a regular Hakomi Mentoring group and Hakomi Supervision where I can be supported in my own work.