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Transformation in Graduates of Hakomi Therapy Training: A Mindful, Body-Centered Approach
by Himanen, Caren, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2015, 255; 10025725
Abstract (Summary)

Corrective experiences (CEs) in psychotherapy are important curative factors and clients who experience transformation post rapid gains and thrive as a result. Although transformations are important indicators of growth, less than half of clients experience them. This qualitative study explored the experience of transformation in graduates of a comprehensive, experiential training in Hakomi psychotherapy (HT): a mindful, body centered psychology. Ten graduates of a 2-year comprehensive training in the Hakomi Method of mindful, body-centered psychotherapy who experienced transformation were interviewed. Phenomenological Interpretive Analysis (IPA) was used to interpret participant accounts of the effects of transformation on the body/mind. Analyses yielded 7 categories of transformative experience: Transformation, Deepened Expanded Sense of Self, Mindfulness, Body Wisdom, Relationships, Community, and Integration. The essence of transformation in HT was considered and the interaction effect of mindfulness was explored. HT is a mindfulness based, body-centered psychology and mindfulness was found to have effects on the experience of transformation. Transformation in somatic psychology provides a comprehensive whole body mind experience that results in a sense of self expansion that positively affects relationships and communities. Transformation in HT graduates extended into multiple areas of experience and fits into Wilber’s all quadrants all levels (AQAL) integral model of transformation. Implications, limitations and clinical applications of the embodied experience of transformation in Hakomi psychotherapy are considered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Knighton, Edmund
Commitee: Johanson, Greg, Perez-Sheppe, Alina
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Somatic Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Body, Corrective experience, Hakomi, Mindfulness, Somatic, Transformation
Publication Number: 10025725
ISBN: 978-1-339-52158-9
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