Certification as a Hakomi Therapist is an achievement. It is the recognition by the Hakomi Institute of competency in the Hakomi Method of mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Certification entitles you to call yourself a Certified Hakomi Therapist, use the Hakomi Logo, and be networked by the Hakomi Institute.

Deb Algar

CHT, Dip.Hol.Couns, PACFA, MBSR

South Coogee & Balmain, Sydney

Deb Algar, CHT, Dip.Hol.Couns, PACFA Reg.Clinical, MBSR teacher. Deb is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a Teacher in Training with Hakomi Australia, currently teaching on the Sydney Hakomi Professional Training. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Counselling and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 14 years, working with individuals and couples. She also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses to the general public in Sydney. Deb is passionate about sharing the possibilities for self-discovery, connectedness and freedom that Hakomi and mindfulness offer.

Dr Karen Baikie


Crows Nest, Sydney

Dr Karen Baikie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Certified Hakomi Therapist and with over 19 years experience working with individuals and couples, and providing supervision, in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Karen is the Director and Founder of Grow Mindfully: Centre for Psychology, Psychotherapy and Health, a group practice of therapists working with mindful, somatic, compassion-based and trauma-informed therapeutic approaches. Karen is a Certified Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team, is Organiser for Hakomi in Sydney, and co-facilitator of the 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. Karen holds a PhD in psychology on the use of expressive writing as a therapeutic tool for survivors of trauma. Karen supports people with difficulties in the areas of attachment, trauma, childhood abuse, emotional health, relationships, parenting, fertility, eating, and gut health. She is passionate about assisting individuals, couples and other therapists in using mindfulness-based approaches to support healing as well as deepening awareness and connection with themselves and others.

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.

Lorella Ricci


Byron Bay

Lorella is a Certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Somatic Sex Educator and Workshop Facilitator. She works with individuals and couples and is predominantly focused on supporting people to come into full, unconditional acceptance of themselves. As our relationship to our emotions and underlying feelings changes, we gain the confidence to relate to ourselves and others in a more transparent and undefended way, radically transforming our capacity for intimacy. Learning to meet the raw and undigested feelings,  that we’ve spent a lifetime avoiding, is like learning to navigate the underworld of our unconscious in a way that is personally illuminating. She has developed somatic practices to help clients integrate and welcome these experiences in a relaxed and deeply inspiring way.

Pernilla Siebenfreund


Alderley, Brisbane

Pernilla Siebenfreund is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team. She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and teaches on Hakomi Professional Trainings in Sydney. She has over 16 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, is trained in Somatic Experiencing 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.