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.