This is from an article that describes the basic work of a therapist and a client engaged in the Hakomi approach to psychotherapy. Interestingly, occupational therapy is also about seeking full personhood through experiencing ‘fit’ between one’s environment, one’s jobs and duties and one’s skills and attitudes (one’s self). People want to know they are whole. In discovering how to best create a good fit, the experience-in-the-body approach of Hakomi are a unique guide.
The basic work of health professionals in general and psychotherapists in particular is to become full human beings and to inspire full human beingness in other people who feel starved about their lives. —Chogyam Trungpa, Full Human Beingness (3)
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
― Mary Oliver
“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
― Mary Oliver
Something on the radio, caught my attention a few weeks ago and has stayed with me:
Do we make our stories, or do they make us? Rebecca Solnit, writer-in-residence in Iceland, was being interviewed about her tale of receiving, suddenly, 100 pounds of apricots from her previously dismissive mother.
Listen to the interview at 1:31:17
Sometimes parts of yourself become disconnected. Your hopes become separated from your life facts. With compassion and skill, I can tend to disconnection and help loosen what is stuck. We will look, together, at what your hopes and fears are saying.
I have a part-time practice and can be reached via: HakomiOT@gmail.com or (403) 903-7946. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me if you are looking for a therapist. Although I maintain complete confidentiality of your contact emails or phone to me, email itself has inherent limits to its security.
Scroll down to posts for grounding and breath exercises to increase in-the-moment coping. For urgent help: Calgary Distress Centre at 403-266-4357; guide them how to help.
As a Registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Hakomi Therapist, I orient my private practice of psychosocial Occupational Therapy to best fit your mental health needs. My body-focused approach addresses your day to day performance and satisfaction. I invite you to explore my website or, simply call or email.
Please contact me if you are looking for someone to help with the following issues:
- Difficulty managing stressful situations – life crises
- Trouble fitting in socially, or struggles with relating to others
- Out of control emotions, or numbness
- Anxiety &/or Sadness and depression
- Suicidal thoughts (with and without attempts or self harm)
- Issues related to trauma
- Problems coping or functioning at work
- Transitions/phase of life issues
Hakomi Calgary highlights therapists who work in this model. Hakomi Mindfulness-Centred Somatic Psychotherapy comes from “Hakomi” (Ha-ko-mee), a Hopi Indian word meaning “where do I stand in relation to these many realms”.
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