Wellness Movement
Stan van Uden
Hakomi Graduate
About me
I have recently opened a private practice utilising Hakomi therapy. Hakomi is a form of guided self-study that uses short periods of mindfulness to access the memory at a level where our most fundamental, wide reaching beliefs are deeply held. These beliefs, which lie below the level of conscious awareness, condition our perceptions and responses to all aspects of life. Often some or many of these deeply held beliefs can be extremely limiting.

I completed the Hakomi Professional Skills training in 2014 and was then a tutor on the next NZ training programme from 2015 to 2016. I have worked with people in diverse roles for many years, a number of which have been in the tourism industry primarily as an outdoor adventure guide. I then began to move into the psychological realm as an accredited Lifeline counsellor and tutor, and also worked for a number of years in men's groups in Christchurch.

I have had a long-term interest in the human mind and hold a deep compassion for people and the challenges that life brings them. I am very passionate about the Hakomi method of psychotherapy and I embrace the Hakomi principles of mindfulness, unity, wholism, non violence and loving presence, in my everyday life. Due to the lack of men working in the field of psychotherapy I see myself as an asset, both by offering a safe place for men to work with another male, and for women to explore issues that they may have with men, where working with a compassionate masculine figure could provide them with a renewed experience.

More about Hakomi
Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word meaning 'Who am I in these many realms?', 'How do I stand in relation to these many realms?' or more simply 'Who am I?'

Using mindfulness, where both the client and the therapist are communicating in a very present-moment state, the therapist will attentively look for signs of unconscious responses in the client. These can be very fleeting - a movement, an expression, tone of voice, or even just a subtle sense of something underlying the verbal responses. The therapist will work with the client to gently explore this background material which can allow them to access their own underlying process, bringing the unconscious into consciousness.

The experience of being guided by the therapist without judgement can allow the client to see their own, normally unobserved, reactions to the past. It is here, in mindfulness, by having a different experience of the past through the safety and presence of the therapist, that old memories, habits and beliefs can be studied, and where the experience of the past can be modified from a present day adult perspective. This process can bring profound change in a very short space of time by shifting underlying beliefs of the past.
Please contact me if you would like to make an appointment or have any questions about Hakomi
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