“A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community”
– Daniel Siegel, M.D. Writing about Hakomi
“Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results”
– Association of Humanistic Psychology
Mindfulness Centered Therapies (the approach) is an eclectic blend of three time-tested experiential counseling methods: Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, and Focusing. Each of these methods is based on the cultivation and use of mindfulness. They have evolved over the last thirty to forty years into refined and effective systems. These systems are remarkable in and of themselves. When they are combined as Mindfulness Centered Therapies (MCT) they produce an exceptionally fast, gentle, safe and integrative approach to therapeutic healing, self-study and personal growth.
Mindfulness Centered Therapies (the book) by David Cole and Carol Ladas-Gaskin is a practical guide and resource for therapists to use as they explore ways to integrate mindfulness into their counseling and psychotherapy practices. This well written book describes the core skills and concepts of the method called Mindfulness Centered Therapies (MCT). It is abundantly illustrated with transcripts taken from client/therapist dialogues. It also includes an extensive bibliography on mindfulness and psychotherapy as an aid to further exploration.
Mindfulness Centered Therapies (the DVD) is packaged with the book or sold separately. It is a two hour training video that demonstrates seven of the most important mindfulness skills described in the book with video clips from real therapy sessions.
Hakomi is a body-centered experiential method based on mindfulness and created by Ron Kurtz. Internal Family Systems is a mindfulness based system developed by Richard C. Schwartz. It employs semi-autonomous sub-personalities embraced by a core aware Self. Focusing is a method that uses mindfulness and felt sense experience. It was developed by Eugene Gendlin. Visit our links page for further information about these methods.