We are bringing back Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy workshop as a part of the curriculum in 2018. Manuela Mischke-Reeds, an amazing teacher and one of the leading Hakomi trainers in the country and abroad had agreed to join MOC faculty this coming year. Below is Manuela’s bio.
Manuela Mischke Reeds, M.A., M.F.T, is an international teacher and somatic psychotherapist. She is certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, and licensed Somatic Psychotherapist. She trains health professional in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco, Australia and Germany and Israel. She teaches a Hakomi based Trauma & Attachment Training for Clinicians in Germany and leads Trauma Trainings in the Bay Area. Manuela also co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment therapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. Manuela has a unique understanding of integrating Mindfulness with Somatic Psychology, inspiring her clients towards full embodiment in their lives.
She is faculty at JFK University, Campbell, CA & Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA. She holds a M.A. in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a B.A. in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma, counseled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has been a Buddhist meditation practioner for the past 25 years and teaches Embodied Mindfulness in her work. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park working with individuals, couples and children. Her upcoming book: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness. Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being.” will be published in April 2015.
At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of Principles: Mindfulness, Nonviolence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Integration; these tenets inform every aspect of the work. Integrating scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, Hakomi has evolved into a complex and elegant form of psychotherapy that is highly effective with a wide range of populations. The method draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness evolved from Buddhism and Taoism. The first concern of Hakomi Trainings is that our students embody these Principles as a deep and consistent part of who they are and how they work.