The Hakomi Pacifica Team consists of seven Certified Hakomi Trainers – Halko Weiss, Manuela Mischke Reeds, Jules Morgaine, Suhari Mommsen Bohm, John Perrin, Maya Shaw Gale and Julie Murphy. We also have three Certified Hakomi Teachers – Sarah Tait-Jamieson, Karen Baikie and Pernilla Siebenfreund. Our trainers have many years of experience teaching the Hakomi Method locally as well as internationally. Each trainer brings their unique perspective of the method as well as their extensive profesional background in psychology and psychotherapy. Our professional trainings are taught with a team approach that includes talented teachers in training.

Halko Weiss

Halko is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer on mindfulness, couples therapy and body-centered psychotherapy for ZIST Academy for Professional Psychotherapy, University of Marburg, and the University Hospital in Tuebingen, Germany. Halko is a co-founder of the Hakomi Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and the Hakomi Institutes of Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has been instrumental in developing the Hakomi Method and its curricula used worldwide. He initiated the largest multi-centre scientific research project to date on the efficacy of outpatient body psychotherapy, in cooperation with the University of Tuebingen.

Halko has authored 20 scientific publications and six books, including co-editing the recently published Hakomi Mindfulness-Centred Somatic Psychotherapy, and has led hundreds of workshops and training courses throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. Halko established a successful coaching training program in Germany and became the market leader in Emotional Intelligence trainings for executives, and also developed two comprehensive programs on couples therapy and interpersonal skills (including H.E.A.R.T.) taught in Australia, Germany, France, and Spain.

Manuela Mischke Reeds

Manuela Mischke Reeds, M.A., M.F.T., is a International Hakomi Trainer, licensed Somatic Psychotherapist and author of Somatic Psychology. She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in San Francisco, Australia, Germany, Israel and China. She developed a Trauma to Dharma Training for professionals. Manuela co-directs the Hakomi Institute of California. She specialises in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment therapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She holds an 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, counselled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practitioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine and 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. She has been a Buddhist meditation practitioner for the past 25 years and teaches Embodied Mindfulness in her work. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park. She is the author of 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-being published by W. W. Norton & Company.

Jules Morgaine

Jules Morgaine, PBANZ, MNZAP, CHT, Dip OT, is a registered psychotherapist, holds an Advanced Practice certificate with NZAP and is a Certified Hakomi therapist and Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute (USA) South Pacific Team. She has completed a post grad Diploma in Advanced Psychotherapy practice and Clinical Supervision and holds a Masters in Health Practice (Psychotherapy). She has over 25 years experience as a psychotherapist and currently works in private practice offering therapy and supervision.

Having come from a background of Mental Health Services as an Occupational Therapist she has subsequently trained in Psychotherapy including Hakomi Body-centred Psychology. She has worked extensively in sexual abuse trauma recovery and Domestic Violence Intervention Programmes.

She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and New Zealand and leads Hakomi Trainings in New Zealand and Perth.


Dr Suhari Mommsen Bohm

Suhari Mommsen-Bohm, PBANZ, NZAP, NNZ,CHT, is a registered Psychotherapist, Naturopath, certified Hakomi Trainer and holds a Medical Doctorate from the University of Freiburg Germany. She is a member of the Hakomi Institute’s South Pacific Team and Faculty on Hakomi Professional Trainings in New Zealand, Sydney and Perth and holds a certificate of advanced clinical practice with the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.

Suhari teaches workshops in New Zealand and Australia presents at conferences and has been in private practice in Dunedin for nearly 30 years integrating Natural Medicine and Hakomi mindfulness based psychotherapy. Her therapeutic approach is based on her deep understanding of Mind Body Holism. Her particular area of interest is in the use of mindfulness for chronic pain syndrome and stress management. She also has many years of experience as a clinical supervisor and enjoys the mentoring aspect of the work.


John Perrin

John Perrin is a Certified Hakomi therapist and Hakomi Trainer and holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Relationship Counselling from the Jansen Newman Institute. He is faculty on Hakomi Professional Trainings in Sydney, Perth and New Zealand and leads Hakomi workshops throughout the region. He maintains a private practice in Sydney. He is also the Sydney Organiser for Hakomi Workshops and Professional Training. John studied for many years in the Zen Buddhist tradition and has a particular interest in the role of embodiment in psychotherapy.

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, M.A., Registered Addictions Specialist, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practioner, has over 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is a Co-Director of The Hakomi Institute of California and trains mental health professionals in California, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie developed numerous programs that integrate cutting edge research with humanistic and contemplative approaches. She is an instructor in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy, has been a guest lecturer at John F Kennedy University and The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and has presented at numerous professional conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences.

She specializes in developing mindfulness and compassion in relationships, attachment theory, addictions counseling and creative writing. Julie is a lead trainer in the Santa Cruz Professional Hakomi Training. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression and also developed “Attending to Attachment: A Mindfulness Based Approach to Working with Attachment Issues and Relationship Repair”. In addition, Julie is a Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern (#73303) employed and supervised by Connie Batten, MFT 36050, and practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz.

Dr Karen Baikie

Karen Baikie, PhD. MClinPsych, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 16 years experience working with individuals and couples in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Karen is a Certified Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team, teaching on the Sydney Professional Training, and co-facilitator with Halko Weiss in the Australian Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (H.E.A.R.T.). She runs workshops on aspects of Hakomi and H.E.A.R.T. throughout Australia and provides clinical supervision. Karen holds a PhD in psychology on the use of expressive writing as a therapeutic tool for survivors of trauma and has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on expressive writing. She has worked extensively with adult survivors of child abuse and is also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Karen’s work integrates mindfulness-based approaches to attachment, trauma, parenting and relationship issues. She is passionate about assisting individuals, couples, parents and other therapists to support deepening awareness and connection with themselves, partners, children, clients and others.

Rob Fisher, MFT

Rob Fisher, MFT, is an adjunct professor at JFK University and the Co-Developer and Lead Instructor in the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion at CIIS in San Francisco.  A Hakomi Trainer who teaches internationally, he is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist.

Sarah Tait–Jamieson

Sarah Tait–Jamieson, BA, Anthropology, Dip Teaching. Dip Psychotherapy, Bachelor Applied Social Sciences. Sarah is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a teacher of Hakomi, currently teaching on the New Zealand professonal Hakomi training. Sarah has worked as a psychotherapist for the past ten years with various community agencies. She has a special interest in making Hakomi accessible to Maori clients. She also maintains a private practice where she specialises in trauma work and relationship counselling.

Pernilla Siebenfreund

Pernilla Siebenfreund is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team. She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and teaches on Hakomi Professional Trainings in Sydney. She has over 15 years of experience in private practice in Brisbane, working with couples and individuals, as well as seven years experience working with children and parents in a Brisbane based agency. She is the Brisbane organiser of Hakomi workshops and trainings and has been a meditation practitioner for over 20 years. As a psychotherapist and teacher, Pernilla has a particular interest in applying loving kindness and embodied mindfulness to cultivate compassion for self and others.

Deb Algar

Deb Algar, CHT, Dip.Hol.Couns, CMCAPA, PACFA, MBSR teacher, a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a teacher-in-training on the Hakomi Pacifica Team, Sydney training. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Counselling and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 10 years, working with individuals and couples. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses in Sydney. Deb is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and freedom that mindfulness and Hakomi offer.

Aladdin Jones

Aladdin is a certified Hakomi therapist and teacher. He brings to this workshop a love of creativity, collaborative practice and fostering the conditions for transformative learning experiences. For over a decade he has worked as as a facilitator, psychotherapist, family therapist & ecotherapist with children, teens and adults. Aladdin currently works for Easternhealth as a family violence counsellor and in health promotion in Men’s Health and prevention of family violence. He maintains a small private practice in Melbourne and leads workshops throughout Austraila. Wild nature, Zen practice, music and family enrich his life.

Maci Daye & Halko Weiss


Maci is a Certified Sex Therapist who offers a hopeful and transformational way of working with the sexual issues that arise in all long-term relationships, not just troubled ones. She created Passion and Presence® out of her career as a Licensed Professional Counsellor and Certified Trainer of Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered, Somatic Psychotherapy.

Maci has graduate degrees in Education and Counselling from Harvard and Georgia State Universities and completed the Level II, Intermediate Phase of Somatic Experiencing — the trauma work developed by Peter Levine. She leads professional trainings and couples retreats in the USA, Australia, Finland, Mexico and Spain.


A German native, Halko has been a Clinical Psychologist and couples therapist for more than 30 years. He is a Trainer for the European Academy for Couples Therapy and a lecturer at the University of Marburg. Halko also leads corporate training programs on emotional intelligence in the workplace.

Halko is a founding Senior Trainer of the US, German, Australian and New Zealand Hakomi Institutes. He is the creator of the Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationship Training (H.E.A.R.T.) and the author of numerous publications, among them (in German) the Handbook of Somatic Psychology and The Mindfulness Book.