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The Hakomi Method to Somatic Healing: Complete mind-body trauma transformation with Manuela Mischke-Reeds

Join somatic healer Manuela Mischke-Reeds to discover the Hakomi Method, one of the most well-established Somatic Psychotherapy approaches to trauma healing in the world. Through engaging didactics, real-world case demonstrations, and experiential exercises, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start using this powerful holistic therapy today. From body-based interventions and parts work to mindfulness and experiential interventions, Hakomi offers a complete mind-body transformation in one relational, easy-to-use modality that can be seamlessly integrated into any existing trauma practice.

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Introduction Module

PART 1: Foundations of Hakomi Method

Module 1: Hakomi Principles

  • Honoring the indigenous origins of the name Hakomi
  • The 5 principles of Hakomi method and how they are used to guide psychotherapeutic treatment

Module 2: The Therapeutic Model and Flow of the Hakomi Method

  • The key elements and therapeutic model of the Hakomi approach
  • How unconscious material is accessed in Hakomi
  • Identifying core material, determining the focus of the session and integrating new discoveries, beliefs, and behaviors
  • How to facilitate expanded states of awareness in the arc of healing

Module 3: The Embodied Hakomi Therapist

  • Principles of Being in the Therapist Seat
  • The types of the Therapist Seat, when to use them, and how to embody each role
  • Therapist somatic self-resourcing with the Back-Body Practice
  • A step-by-step guide to the Back-Body Practice

PART 2: Methods and Skills of Hakomi

Module 4: Contacting and Speaking the Language of Hakomi

  • What is Contacting and how these elegant statements make a big impact internally
  • How to construct an effective contact statement that takes your client deeper
  • Using Contacting skills with different categories of experience
  • A comprehensive guide to using contact statements

Module 5: Tracking Client Experience

  • How tracking skills guides clients to where they need to go
  • What to track, how to track it, and what to do next
  • Demonstration: Tracking in trauma processing
  • Using tracking to discover core material
  • Demonstration: Deconstructing the tracking experience

Module 6: Conducting Mindful Explorations

  • Defining mindful explorations
  • The experiential mindset of the therapist
  • How to set up a mindful exploration
  • Types of mindful explorations and when to use them
  • The therapist’s role during explorations
  • How to use prompts in explorations
  • How explorations benefit the treatment process

Part 3: Trauma Interventions

Module 7: Trauma Healing with Hakomi Method and Integrating Polyvagal Theory

  • Hakomi’s understanding of trauma and its treatment
  • The individual, relational, and collective impact of trauma and how to facilitate healing
  • How Polyvagal Theory can Enhance Somatic Healing
  • Foundations of Polyvagal Theory
  • Integrating Polyvagal principles in Hakomi methods

Module 8: Somatic Resourcing: Helping our Clients Re-Remember Safety

  • Defining somatic resourcing and and utilizing embodied safety
  • Using Somatic Resourcing to facilitate self-regulation and empowerment
  • Types of resources and how to use them
  • How to use Somatic Resourcing to facilitate Trauma Processing
  • Co-regulation: The therapist’s role in Somatic Resourcing

Module 9: Working with Internalized Trauma Parts

  • What are internalized trauma parts and how do they develop?
  • How parts manifest and the role of developmental milestones
  • Techniques for working with parts, step-by-step
  • Befriending the trauma parts
  • Exercise: All parts are welcome

Module 10: Using Touch in Hakomi

  • The importance of consent
  • Parameters for using touch and when it can be helpful part of trauma healing
  • Guidance on language, tracking, and responding during a touch intervention
  • Risks and limitations to using touch
  • Demonstration: Deconstructing the use of touch in session

Module 11: A Protocol for Working with Triggers

  • Understanding the function of triggers and how to track them in the body
  • Cultivating dual awareness to move through triggers
  • The ROAMING protocol, step-by-step

PART 4: Demonstrations

Module 12: Video Demonstration 1

  • Join Manuela in the therapy room as she helps “Emmy” work through a painful childhood memory that has resulted in deep internalized belief systems.
  • Watch as she creates an immersive experience for healing using parts work, contacting, tracking and more.
  • Listen in as Manuela reflects on the moment-to-moment decisions she makes throughout the session to create powerful healing moments.

Module 13: Video Demonstration 2

  • In this session, Manuela is joined by “Melissa,” a war-time survivor from former Yugoslavia, who is about to travel back to her home country after 20 years.
  • Watch as Manuela helps Melissa safely explore individual, cultural, and contextual traumas in preparation for her trip.
  • Listen as Manuela shares key insights and decision-points made throughout the session.


  1. Define the work Hakomi and explain how the meaning is reflected in the specific skills and interventions used in the Hakomi Method.
  2. Summarize the relationship between Hakomi and the Hopi Nation, demonstrating an understanding of how the method works to minimize cultural appropriation.
  3. Describe the 5 principles of Hakomi, including how each is utilized in clinical practice.
  4. Discuss the role of the unconscious in Hakomi, demonstrating an understanding of the interventions used to access the unconscious in treatment.
  5. Describe at least three types of the Therapist Seat, demonstrating awareness of when and how each can be used to facilitate treatment.
  6. Utilize the Back-Body Practice before and during a session to enhance therapeutic awareness and engagement.
  7. Construct Contact Statements, demonstrating a clear understanding of the critical components of an effective statement.
  8. Demonstrate the use of tracking clients in a therapeutic session, showcasing the ability to help clients access core material.
  9. Describe at least three types of mindful explorations, articulating appropriate times to utilize them to enhance clinical work.
  10. Articulate Hakomi’s understanding of trauma, including a description of how the method is used to facilitate the healing process.
  11. Summarize the primary components of Polyvagal Theory, including a description of the ventral vagal, dorsal vagal, and sympathetic systems.
  12. Describe at least three types of Somatic Resources, demonstrating how to use each to facilitate self-regulation in session.
  13. Articulate the concept of internalized trauma parts, summarizing the theory of how parts are formed and healed with a Hakomi approach.
  14. Utilize the ROAMING protocol to identify, track, and address triggers when they arise during trauma processing.

Copyright : 10/16/2023

Treating Collective Trauma with Hakomi: Listening to the Body

The Hakomi Method is a multidimensional somatic approach to deep healing rooted in an understanding of the silent language of the body. In the moment-by-moment unfolding of their somatic awareness, clients learn to access the unconscious core beliefs that shape their response to trauma, even when it’s woven within the larger context of collective trauma. Discover how the therapist’s own somatic awareness can help clients untangle the complex area where individual and collective trauma meet, and learn techniques to stay attuned and somatically grounded to effectively work with trauma. In this recording, you’ll explore: 

  • The key Hakomi concepts of applied mindfulness and somatic awareness to help clients change rigid mental models 
  • Attachment- and compassion-based skills that facilitate a gentle inquiry into the body’s messages 
  • How to apply gentle interventions that can yield clients’ emotional defenses and trauma identities  
  • How to stay self-regulated, somatically grounded, and open-hearted when working with trauma-sensitive processes 

Program Information


  1. Use the key Hakomi concepts of applied mindfulness and somatic awareness to improve outcomes when treating trauma. 
  2. Apply attachment- and compassion-based skills that facilitate the experiential process into the body-mind. 
  3. Develop an experiential mindset to hold the multilayered complexity of trauma in sessions. 
  4. Demonstrate the essential Hakomi personhood skills that help therapists stay grounded and self-regulated while in therapeutic engagement. 


  • Implement the key Hakomi concepts of applied mindfulness and somatic awareness to improve outcomes when treating trauma. 
    • Applied mindfulness is an integrated skills set by the Hakomi therapist to facilitate an in-depth process 
    • Learning to ask targeted questions to facilitate a safe somatic awareness for clients 
    • Not all somatic or mindfulness interventions are suitable for trauma clients, learning to differentiate what tool fits which client is essential for treatment success 
  • Apply attachment- and compassion-based skills that facilitate the experiential process into the body-mind. 
    • Hakomi holds the value of loving presence of the therapist as essential to convey compassion to the clients traumatic experience 
    • Applying attachment theory informed interventions to regulate clients internal somatic states 
  • Develop an experiential mindset to hold the multilayered complexity of trauma in sessions. 
    • Learn what it means to be an experiential therapist by trying out present moment and safe experiments that include play, breath and movement 
    • Recognize that trauma clients don’t fit one treatment approach size fits all 
  • Explain the essential Hakomi personhood skills that help therapists stay grounded and self-regulated while in therapeutic engagement. 
    • The role of the therapist is not just about a skill set but how they embody themselves and stay curious about their own process 
    • Developing a somatic repertoire to stay grounded in the body when clients trauma feels overwhelming or triggering  

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/16/2021

Deb Dana’s Polyvagal Theory in Action Training: Creating Safety & Connection with Trauma Clients

Trauma clients are often stuck in a dysregulated state—and in the words of author and international trainer Deb Dana, LCSW—they “long to come into a state of regulation”.

But how do we help them navigate the normal “shifting” from one state to another— hyper to calm, irritated to relaxed, overwhelmed to feeling in control—when each client is unique, each therapist is unique, and each approach is unique?

Using the foundation of our autonomic nervous system and working with states of engagement and dysregulation are universal ingredients for clinical success to happen. Learning Polyvagal Theory and how to apply it in your practice may become one of the most transformational moments in your career.

This training will be led by Courtney Rolfe, MA, LCPC on behalf of Deb Dana, LCSW. Courtney is one of a select group of senior trainers who are part of Deb Dana’s training team for the 6-month clinical training course: Foundations of Polyvagal-Informed Practice.

This one-day training incorporates core elements from Deb’s groundbreaking framework and unique methodology. You will learn how to effectively utilize Deb’s original tools and techniques in your client sessions. All workshop content and material is copyright by Deb Dana LCSW & Rhythm of Regulation™, are incorporated in this PESI training with permission from Deb Dana, LCSW. Attend and you will learn:

  • A deep knowledge of Polyvagal Theory – in easy to understand language
  • Practical ways to work with the autonomic nervous system that create connection and safety

The Polyvagal approach is not a model of therapy or a protocol to follow. It is an understanding of three organizing principles around which you can create your own approach and technique, blending them with your preferred model.

The goal is that you leave the training inspired to try something new with a client— and that you have a roadmap to do so effectively.

Purchase this training and revolutionize your practice!

Program Information


  1. Determine the principles of Polyvagal Theory and how to communicate them in client friendly language.
  2. Distinguish three circuits of the autonomic nervous system for use in client psychoeducation.
  3. Analyze how the autonomic nervous system operates as an internal surveillance system and its impact on clients’ habitual responses to trauma.
  4. Determine how to help clients engage the regulating capacities of the autonomic nervous system that create an environment of safety.
  5. Determine how to exercise the Social Engagement System to assist clients in becoming more adept in skills of co-regulating and creating reciprocal relationships.
  6. Assess for patterns in clients’ autonomic states to better inform treatment planning.



  • The evolution of the autonomic nervous system
  • How trauma shapes ways the body responds
  • Three organizing principles of Polyvagal Theory:
  • Neuroception: Detection without perception
  • Hierarchy: 3 predictable pathways of response
  • Coregulation: The biological imperative
  • How the internal surveillance system works
  • Identifying cues of safety and danger
  • Connecting to our innate autonomic wisdom
  • Understanding patterns of protection and connection
  • Exploring three autonomic circuits
  • Sympathetic mobilization
  • Ventral vagal connection
  • Dorsal vagal collapse
  • How trauma shapes biology
  • Moving between states
  • Introduction to autonomic mapping
  • The five elements of the Social Engagement System
  • What happens when parts of the system are unavailable?
  • Using the Social Engagement System to regulate states
  • How to “exercise” the Social Engagement System
  • Identifying portals of intervention
  • Using breath as a regulator
  • Resourcing new patterns through movement
  • Exploring the autonomic response to touch
  • Using autonomic imagery
  • Getting comfortable teaching Polyvagal
  • Theory to clients
  • Tracking the flow of a Polyvagal-guided clinical session
  • Polyvagal-guided assessment and treatment planning
  • Polyvagal Theory and Phase I trauma treatment
  • The guiding questions
  • Ethical considerations
  • Research limitations and potential risk

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/24/2023

Q+A call with Manuela Mischke Reeds

Copyright : 05/23/2024

Q+A call with Manuela Mischke Reeds

Copyright : 06/25/2024