Hakomi Workshop

Mindful Somatic Approaches to Working with Trauma (Christchurch & Wellington)

A two-day workshop with Dr Paris Williams

CHRISTCHURCH / WELLINGTON: Fri 22 Feb—Sat 23 Feb 2019

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[Due to the strong interest and positive feedback this workshop received when held in Tauranga, Hamilton & Auckland over this past year, we are offering essentially the same workshop again 2 more times further South — the first in Christchurch on 22/23 February, and the second in Wellington on 1/2 March]

In recent years, the research has become abundantly clear that the most effective methods for resolving acute trauma, developmental trauma, PTSD, and other emotionally overwhelming conditions involve working directly with the body (via sensations, posture, impulses, etc.) combined with the development of a particular attitude of open curiosity–i.e., mindfulness.

In this 2-day workshop, we will look at the basic theory and practice of a number of different  therapy methods that incorporate a mindful somatic approach to working with trauma and strong feelings, including:

  • Hakomi
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • EMDR 

…you will learn a basic universal framework for making sense of extreme emotional and traumatic states, helping you to identify where your clients’ experiences are on the spectrum of ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) arousal, and therefore which interventions are likely to be most helpful at any given point in the therapy process…

…you will learn a broad map outlining the essential stages of the overarching process of trauma-focused therapy
…and you will learn a number of effective and simple mindful somatic tools based on these methods that you can use right away to:

  • Help your clients develop confidence working with strong feelings and ANS arousal
  • Help your clients develop a sense of groundedness, presence and orientation
  • Help your clients to develop a rich and healthy connection with their own feelings and needs
  • Make the distinction between a beneficial “emotional release” and being “stuck in a trauma response”
  • Work with flashbacks, intrusive memories and nightmares
  • Work with somatization (unresolved feelings/memories held within the body)

Due to the highly experiential nature of this workshop, it is recommended that participants have some counselling/psychotherapy experience, though it is not required that you have training in any particular method.

This workshop will be capped at 24 participants.

The Wellington workshop is full, but you can ask to be placed on the wait list.

The Christchurch workshop is nearly full

In Christchurch

Date and Time:
Friday, 22nd February, 2019: 9:30am–5pm
Saturday, 23rd February, 2019:  9:30am–5pm

South Brighton Community Centre
74 Beatty St, South New Brighton, Christchurch


In Wellington

Date and Time:
Friday, 1st March: 9:30am–5pm
Saturday, 2nd March:  9:30am–5pm

The Life Centre
21 Hania St, Mount Victoria, Wellington

Cost for each workshop:   $395

*Snacks/teas will be provided morning and afternoon on both days
*A wholesome lunch will be provided at the venue on both days for no additional cost

Contact to Register (and for more info):
Paris Williams
Email: pariswilliamsphd@gmail.com