EXPERIENTIAL COUPLES THERAPY
Using the Power of Mindfulness and Somatic Interventions


One of the main reasons why couples therapy is so challenging is that attachment patterns happen fast, underneath the conscious level and are very powerful. Couples respond to each other’s verbal and non-verbal cues (tone of voice, eye gaze, body posture, quality of touch etc.) and get caught in a reinforcing cycle. In order to be effective, the therapist needs to be proficient in identifying and creating change in this level of automatic body-centered reactions.

In this workshop we’ll apply techniques from Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy to working with couples. The participants will learn to basics of how to track the couple’s system somatically, use mindfulness to increase awareness and slow things down and how to deliver experiential exercises (called “experiments”) in order to cut through the content and reveal the underlying causes of the problems.  

This is a practical, hands-on training in which therapists from any background or orientation will gain more tools that they can integrate to their way of working.

What you will learn:

  • Tracking somatic cues that reveal attachment issues and the couple’s system
  • An integrated model for understanding couples distress and a map for treatment
  • Using mindfulness to slow the couple and facilitate awareness
  • How to use simple experiments that can be applied to a wide variety of issues
  • How to reveal a couple’s dynamics without using content



For Whom

The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for Hakomi Comprehensive Training.


About Hakomi

Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy offers an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, unique and powerful somatic techniques, and a focus on present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the human change process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Psychotherapists can successfully use Hakomi in a wide range of applications including individual, couples and family therapy and group work. The Hakomi Method also offers cutting-edge skills for coaches, health professionals and others who work to support human change and growth.

Read more about the Hakomi Method.


Logistics

When
Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30; 9:30--5:00

Where
Sinai Adult Day Health Care Center
6077 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angles, CA, 90035

Cost
Early Enrollment: $320 by March 28, 2017; $390 thereafter

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by email or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for non-attendance or cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.


Class Schedule

The schedule below applies to both our one-day and two-day workshops:

9:30-11:00   Brief talks, experiential exercises, demonstrations and/or other learning activities
11:00-11:10      Break
11:10-12:30   Brief talks, experiential exercises, demonstrations and/or other learning activities
12:30-1:40   Lunch
1:40-3:00   Brief talks, experiential exercises, demonstrations and/or other learning activities
3:00-3:10   Break
3:10-5:00   Brief talks, experiential exercises, demonstrations and/or other learning activities

Schedule subject to change. All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks.

All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback.
Schedule subject to change. 


Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. To receive CE credit for this course, participants must attend the entire workshop. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks.


Registration

Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline: April 27, 2017


For More Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or contact@hakomiCA.org


Instructor

Gal SzekelyGal Szekely, MA, LMFT (#50301) is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Gal is passionate about working with couples and individuals on relationship issues and is the founder of The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. An experienced speaker, Gal gives talks all around the Bay Area on the issues of relationships and cultural differences. In addition to a masters degree in Counseling Psychology, Gal also holds a masters in Social-Organizational Psychology and has a background in the business world and as a management consultant. He has also taught a course in somatic couples therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His work is influenced by a long time meditation practice, his appreciation of the body and a multicultural background.