“Compassion and wisdom are qualities of the true nature.”


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Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy based in mindfulness leading to the core beliefs that inform our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Using mindfulness as a way to study and discover one’s experience, psychological patterns and behaviors, are “mapped in the body.” We revive the body’s knowledge as a resource and work in the present experience. The emerging beliefs show how one organizes their personal internal landscape. Through this awareness and insight new possibilities are accessed, compassion for one’s self is cultivated and change becomes attainable. Healing happens as you experience change in the body as a “felt sense.”

Somatic Experiencing® is a modality that focuses on the neurological basis of shock trauma. It is a naturalistic approach to healing trauma developed by Peter Levine. It assists the body in releasing pent up emotional charges that become trapped in the nervous system as anxiety and hyper-arousal states. While animals in the wild discharge trauma by shaking it off, the human nervous system is not trained in this way. We can become like an engine with the accelerator and the brakes on at the same time leading to hyper-vigilance and fear. Here we will use inner resources, body sensations and slowing down the process to find balance and equilibrium in the nervous system in order to heal and renegotiate the trauma.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment approach originally developed for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and general anxiety. Traumatic events cause a disturbance in the way our memories are stored and processed in the brain. Just as rapid eye movement is an essential part of one’s sleep pattern, EMDR targets these disturbing memories and symptoms at the root of one’s present dysfunction. Then new neurological connections are made creating conditions that stimulate healing.

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