An Introduction of Hakomi Therapy and Its Application to Korean Medicine

하코미세라피의 이해와 한의학적 응용

  • Sue, Joo-Hee (Department of Korean Neuropsychiatry, National Medical Center) ;
  • Kang, Hyung-Won (Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Korean Medicine, Won-Kwang University)
  • 서주희 (국립중앙의료원 한방신경정신과) ;
  • 강형원 (원광대학교 한의과대학 한방신경정신과교실)
  • Received : 2013.03.08
  • Accepted : 2013.03.21
  • Published : 2013.04.30


Objectives : Hakomi therapy is a body-centered psychotherapy established by Ron Kurtz in the 80s. Here we introduce the clinical possibilities of application in Korean medicine through Hakomi therapy. Methods : At first, we present the definition, basic principles, terms and outline of Hakomi therapy in reference to "Body-centered psychotherapy The Hakomi Method," published by Ron Kurtz. Then we study the clinical application of Hakomi therapy on Korean medicine. Results : There are many similarities between Hakomi and Korean medicine, such as Mind-Body holism, organicity through homeostasis of living things, non-violent attitude of therapist like Tao, and emphasis on breathing by corresponding with Nature. Also, there are similarities in methods, such as Ohjisangseung, Iijungbyunqi, and Qigong. Hence, Hakomi therapy can be useful in Korean psychotherapy. Conclusions : If we can graft Hakomi therapy onto Korean psychotherapy, it will be efficacious for Korean psychotherapy to be systematized.


Supported by : Won-Kwang University


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