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The Hakomi Method is a type of experiential psychotherapy in which the client’s present experience is used to access “core material” such as beliefs, memories, emotions and unconscious energy.

Hakomi therapy draws not only from science and psychology, but also from Eastern spiritual philosophy and body-centered therapies. As such, it emphasizes self-understanding in the Hakomi therapist as well as the patient.

Hakomi training adheres to five guiding principles: mindfulness, non-violence, mind-body integration, unity and interdependency of life, and organicity of the healing process.

Career Overview

The primary goal of a Hakomi therapist is to first establish a trusting relationship with the client, then use the principles and methods of Hakomi training to encourage the discovery of core material.

Mindful examination of core material leads to greater self-awareness in the client, and to helpful, healing change that carries over into everyday life.

The Hakomi Method is beneficial in individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy, but it’s also useful to other types of healers such as counselors, social workers and bodyworkers.

Training and Education

What You’ll Study in Hakomi Therapy School

Besides teaching the basic principles and techniques of Hakomi therapy, Hakomi school also fosters greater self-awareness and understanding in the therapist.

Another important part of Hakomi training is learning to understand ideas of consciousness, personality and character and how a patient’s unconscious processes may be revealed in their behavior.

Average Length of Study

Comprehensive training in Hakomi therapy includes approximately 360 hours of study over a 2-year period, and can lead to certification.

Professional training for psychotherapists and counselors that focuses on specific Hakomi skills is also available; this level of training takes about 120 to 200 hours. Hakomi training for bodyworkers includes about 160 hours of study.

Average Hakomi Therapy Tuition

Tuition for comprehensive Hakomi training generally costs between $4,000 and $6,000 per year. Professional training courses vary in cost, depending on the length of the course; some brief workshops cost as little as $500, while a module lasting several months may cost $3,500 to $4,500.

Hakomi Therapy Certification

While some practitioners simply choose to integrate Hakomi methods into their therapeutic practices, it is also possible to apply for certification.

A Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT) or Certified Hakomi Practitioner (CHP) must complete comprehensive training approved by the Hakomi Institute, as well as undergoing professional observation and assessment by faculty trainers. This part of the process usually takes between a few months and a year to complete.

Career Outlook

Various modalities of mind/body medicine are gaining popularity in the United States, including mindfulness meditation—one of the key principles behind Hakomi therapy. Not only that, the effectiveness of these techniques is becoming increasingly apparent in mainstream scientific literature.

Practitioners with Hakomi training can expect faster-than-average job growth in the areas of massage therapy, counseling and social work in particular.

Hakomi Therapy Salary

Hakomi therapists can earn a very good salary, depending on your specific job role. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience, and a variety of other factors. You can research salaries for massage therapists here:

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National data

Median Salary: $46,910

Projected job growth: 32.2%

10th Percentile: $24,450

25th Percentile: $34,770

75th Percentile: $60,510

90th Percentile: $77,600

Projected job growth: 32.2%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alaska $121,120 $30,330 $154,310
Alabama $28,810 $17,050 $48,730
Arkansas $37,970 $23,440 $60,400
Arizona $43,150 $29,160 $61,890
California $47,590 $29,270 $92,590
Colorado $47,900 $29,670 $62,600
Connecticut $53,060 $26,100 $113,830
District of Columbia $47,230 $31,340 $61,250
Delaware $43,600 $24,040 $78,690
Florida $38,600 $23,360 $73,190
Georgia $38,050 $18,050 $62,650
Hawaii $49,080 $23,260 $96,520
Iowa $46,440 $24,580 $60,490
Idaho $47,980 $24,470 $128,110
Illinois $49,130 $23,670 $79,010
Indiana $47,960 $22,680 $80,880
Kansas $39,370 $16,860 $66,060
Kentucky $48,700 $28,810 $78,560
Louisiana $29,550 $17,440 $78,990
Massachusetts $58,190 $37,070 $97,240
Maryland $46,940 $24,440 $122,960
Maine $39,200 $30,150 $77,450
Michigan $59,040 $26,040 $97,410
Minnesota $46,910 $29,130 $73,290
Missouri $36,610 $21,420 $60,450
Mississippi $43,460 $28,310 $51,520
Montana $59,380 $22,680 $82,970
North Carolina $47,120 $22,740 $68,920
North Dakota $60,550 $30,380 $87,620
Nebraska $46,640 $23,110 $79,010
New Hampshire $47,980 $23,250 $77,440
New Jersey $44,870 $29,110 $61,670
New Mexico $38,330 $28,190 $79,010
Nevada $30,700 $17,720 $59,380
New York $47,460 $31,930 $75,940
Ohio $46,490 $29,380 $76,190
Oklahoma $47,550 $26,160 $59,380
Oregon $70,300 $30,350 $94,020
Pennsylvania $46,410 $25,890 $71,500
Rhode Island $30,350 $24,540 $30,350
South Carolina $35,880 $17,440 $55,800
South Dakota $30,780 $23,340 $49,300
Tennessee $45,400 $18,850 $60,400
Texas $42,860 $22,330 $62,680
Utah $45,910 $18,020 $65,640
Virginia $46,460 $21,190 $76,250
Vermont $47,850 $29,650 $61,340
Washington $65,610 $31,150 $88,610
Wisconsin $39,300 $17,470 $61,450
West Virginia $46,640 $23,340 $75,450
Wyoming $47,820 $29,010 $61,690

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2021 median salary; projected job growth through 2030. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Is a Hakomi Therapy Career Right for You?

A career in Hakomi therapy requires intimate understanding and acceptance of yourself and your own conscious and unconscious processes, as well as the ability to carefully observe and even gently elicit emotional reactions in your patients.

It also demands a deep commitment to non-violence and the other Hakomi principles. Hakomi training provides you with the skills necessary to perform this powerful method of healing others; but beyond that, it can encourage greater compassion and wisdom in your own life.

Learn how Hakomi Therapy is similar to Bioenergetic Therapy and the Feldenkrais Method.

Sources: Hakomi.com, The Hakomi Institute, Hakomi Institute of California, Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [NCCAM]).