Deborah Metzger, MSW, LSW, E-RYT500
For appointments call 609-924-7294
Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy is a mindfulness-based approach to self-understanding which is based on the principles of mindfulness, nonviolence, and the unity of mind and body. Much more than a method or set of techniques, Hakomi is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive, humorous and respectful.
Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word that has been borrowed to describe the distinctive approach to body-inclusive psychotherapy developed in the USA by therapist and author Ron Kurtz and members of his training staff.
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.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy integrates hatha yoga postures with elements of body-mind psychology to identify and release physical and emotional tension. Supported yoga postures are combined with other techniques to reveal and dissolve habitual holding patterns. The therapy empowers clients to interpret their own insights and make life choices based on that awareness.
Deborah Metzger, MSW, LSW, is certified at the 500 hour Kripalu and 200 hour Dharmic Yoga teacher trainings, is an E-RYT500 yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, and a Body-Centered Therapist trained in the Hakomi Method and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is a graduate of the 2 year comprehensive Hakomi training and has taken advanced Hakomi training modules. Deborah is a Licensed Social Worker and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training, and additional courses in Structural Yoga Therapy and Reiki, trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and completed the Practicum in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical Center.
She is now accepting a limited number of ‘practice clients’ pending certification in the Hakomi Method. For appointment call 609-924-7294