Meet Our Certified Hakomi Therapists.

Derek Althauser, CC, CHT, CTB®GL, is licensed as a Certified Counselor, certified Hakomi therapist and teacher, a Certified Transformational Breath® Group Leader, and is in his second year of training in Somatic Experiencing. Derek supports clients to witness their experiences with non-judgmental kindness and cultivate choice in responding to and growing from those experiences. Prior to his therapy practice, Derek spent ten years as a stay-at home-parent of two, nurturing curiosity and a sense of play in life. Please use the contact information to schedule a complimentary consultation.


Elizabeth Chaison, M. Ed, CHT, LMP, is a Certified Hakomi therapist and bodyworker. She combines her studies of somatic meditation, energy medicine, movement, bodywork, and counseling to help her clients integrate mind, body, and spirit. Her practice is also informed by Mindful Awareness Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), an offering that helps to deepen the ability to identify, access, understand, and respond with awareness to internal signals. Elizabeth has been a student and a teacher of this work and has served as an interventionist with the University of Washington and the Center for Mindful Body Awareness since 2014. She also incorporates the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model in her life and with clients. She is deeply inspired by the body’s wisdom. Elizabeth is offering Zoom and in-person sessions and offers a 30-minute phone consultation. Phone or email with questions or to schedule a session.


David Cole, CC, CHT, is a certified Hakomi therapist and senior trainer. He is licensed as a Certified Counselor in private practice by the Washington State Department of Health. He is a founding member of the Seattle Hakomi Education Network, a member of the Hakomi Institute, and coauthor of Hakomi with Internal Family Systems and Focusing: A Deeper Look at Mindfulness-Centered Therapies (2023). He has completed advanced study with Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, founder of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy and has a counseling practice in the Seattle area. David can be reached at 206-963-2905, by email at, or visit his website at

(206) 963-2905 

Shoreline, 98177

Kristina (Kris) Cook, LMHC, SUDP, CHT is a certified Hakomi therapist and teacher. She is licensed in the State of Washington as a Mental Health Counselor, and as a Chemical Dependency Professional. Kris studied systems counseling at the Leadership Institute of Seattle/Bastyr University and received her certification as a Substance Use Dependency Professional from Edmonds Community College. She is also certified in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and Level 2 Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) and incorporates mindfulness, somatic approaches, and neuroscience in her therapeutic process. Kris received her certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies from the California Institute of Integrative Studies (CIIS) and helps those seeking integration.  Kris especially enjoys working with people exploring addiction, and with adult adoptees. She has an office in Woodinville, Washington, one day a week and sees folks online as well.  Kris works with couples and adults.  Kris offers a free phone consultation. She can be reached by phone at (206) 335-8514 or by email at:

Seattle, 98103

Dennis Gaither, MD, OMC, is a Hakomi therapist and senior trainer. He is a founding member of the Seattle Hakomi Education Network, and a Board Certified psychiatrist, receiving his training at the University of California at San Francisco, and is licensed in the State of Washington. He is also an Ordained Ministerial Counselor through Pathways of Light. He has worked as a primary care physician on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, as an emergency room physician in Alaska, and now works in community mental health and has a private practice in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He finds purpose in learning, teaching, and healing, and loves being outdoors in natural settings, the company of friends, and his two sons.

(360) 336-6868

Mt. Vernon, 98273

Mark Goodman, MA, LMHC, is a certified Hakomi therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington where he has maintained a private practice for over 20 years. He was a faculty member at The Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) for 8 years in the MA degree program training future therapists, coaches, and consultants. He has also trained in and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes in the community. In the early years of his practice, he was a founding member of the Freedom Project whose stated mission was to help prisoners transition into peacemakers by bringing workshops on mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) into Washington State Prisons. Mark has a BA in English and American Literature from Brown University as well as a MAT (MA of Teaching) from Tufts University. Before he was a therapist, Mark taught seventh, eighth and tenth grade English in two different middle and high schools in New Jersey. From that experience Mark carries a love for literature and archetypes and art and beauty and anything, really, that helps us touch soul and the deeper, more invisible realms of human experience. Mark also has developed through his own practice and sharing this practice with others, a deep appreciation for mindfulness and the capacity it has to help us live more authentically, consciously, and joyfully. For information about his practice, visit

Seattle, 98119

Liz Hunter, MA, LMFT, is a certified Hakomi therapist and teacher. She received her BS in Biology from Stanford University and her MA in Couples and Family Therapy from Seattle University and is licensed in the State of Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She received training in Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples under Rob Fisher. Liz is also a certified Discernment Counselor through the Doherty Institute and has additional couples training in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), EFT, and Gottman. She loves nurturing connection through somatic and experiential methods. She maintains a teletherapy practice where she specializes in couples work. Liz offers a free half hour meet-and-greet session. For further information, please visit

Serving Washington state

Lorrie Jones, MBSR, CHT, BSN, RYT, health educator and founder of Simple Serenity LLC, is a certified Hakomi therapist, a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction specialist, and a Certified Counselor in the state of Washington. For 30 years, Lorrie has been providing education, consultation and coaching in support of women on their journey toward personal renewal and mindful living. In her lifetime, she has faced death twice, once from an eating disorder and once from a near-fatal car accident. From these experiences, Lorrie’s mindfulness practice enabled her to fully recover and view life from a place of learning and gratitude. In addition to her therapeutic work, Lorrie has written a series of guidebooks to support people with their healing. For more information, visit

Tacoma, 98498

 FRachel Jones, CHP, a certified Hakomi practitioner and bodyworker based in Seattle, brings a rich background of experience to her practice. As a passionate advocate, Rachel supports individuals and couples in connecting with their innate healing intelligence and empowerment. She is a lifelong student and has immersed herself in advanced trainings, including IFS (Internal Family Systems), Hakomi, MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), IFIO (Intimacy from the Inside Out), and Francis Weller’s Grief Ritual Training. Rachel’s hands-on expertise extends to bodywork in structural medicine and craniosacral therapy. She has also served as a doula, a women’s group facilitator, and an embodiment teacher. In her sessions, Rachel gracefully integrates IFS, Hakomi, and bodywork, offering holistic support to individuals and couples both in-person and virtually. For more information, visit

(206) 200-4958

Seattle, 98144

Carol Ladas Gaskin, MA, CC, LMP, is a Hakomi therapist and senior trainer, and is licensed as a Certified Counselor in the State of Washington. She is a founding member of the Seattle Hakomi Education Network, a member of the Hakomi Institute, and a Clinical member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). She is the author of Untangling the Knot: The Art of Honoring Ancestors and Unfurling: a book of poems, and coauthor of Hakomi with Internal Family Systems and Focusing: A Deeper Look at Mindfulness-Centered Therapies (2023). She earned her certification as a certified Progoff Intensive Journal Consultant in 1986. She has maintained a counseling practice in the Seattle area for the past twenty years and is now looking for an agent for her memoir. Visit for more information.

Shoreline, 98177

Stacy Lewis (she/they), CHT, LMHC, is a certified Hakomi therapist and licensed mental health counselor. She works with individuals in private practice and is LGBTQIA+ and ND allied. Her approach is somatic and informed by a deep understanding of attachment/human development as well as a recognition of how we are shaped and impacted by social systems. Influenced by her own experiences with meditation, parenting, and liberatory practice, she welcomes the chance to support you in exploring your own inner knowing and gaining greater self-awareness, freedom, and connection. She lives in Seattle with her family and enjoys walking beaches, woods, and neighborhoods. Please visit Stacy Lewis Therapy for more information.

Seattle, 98109

Lynn Morrison, MA, CHT, is a certified Hakomi therapist, teacher and senior trainer, and a founding member of Seattle Hakomi Education Network. Her almost fifty-year mindfulness practice has been influenced recently by the addition of a somatic meditation practice and a move to the deep woods of Whidbey Island. Lynn’s passion is to support individuals and couples to find more freedom and joy in their life and work. She maintains a private practice near Langley, Washington, and sees clients via Skype and FaceTime. In addition, Lynn teaches Deepening Skills (Level 3), coaches developing therapists, and mentors Hakomi teachers-in-training.

(206) 261-2355

Whidbey Island, 98260

Roxanne Peterson, PhD, LMHC, RN, CHT, is a senior trainer with Seattle Hakomi Education Network, she’s licensed as a counselor in Washington State, and is a member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). Coming from a background in nursing, she gained a deep appreciation for the wisdom and beauty of the body, so Hakomi, as a body-centered therapy, immediately resonated for her. That along with the practice of Loving Presence, hooked her on Hakomi. She had the great good fortune to study with Ron Kurtz in the later years of his life. In addition to Hakomi, another body-centered healing modality she is deeply grateful for is Family and Systemic Constellations. She studied for many years with Francesca Mason Boring, and greatly appreciates the wisdom she shares from her indigenous Ancestors. During her early years, Roxanne pursued higher education and received a research degree in Social Welfare, where she gained an understanding of the interconnection of all life, and an appreciation for the experimental process as a way of knowing and exploring deeply. In later years, she studied many energy-healing modalities including Healing Touch, Reiki and Chi Kung, which she also taught. These approaches, along with Internal Family Systems and Focusing, influence how she works with clients. Her passion is teaching Hakomi to groups. Contact Roxanne at

Offices in Olympia and Tacoma

Kelly L. Ross, MA, LMHC, is a certified Hakomi therapist, a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington and certified sex therapist. She works with adults and specializes in recovery from trauma and intimacy issues. Through individual and group work, Kelly guides clients in self-exploration and gentle experiments with the goal of experiencing more freedom and vitality in life. Based in West Seattle, she provides online and in-person sessions. She also supports people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chemical- and behavioral-recovery issues, sexual health problems including difficulties with intimacy, low sexual self-esteem, and out of control, addictive behaviors. For further information please visit

Seattle, 98126

Elana Sabajon, LMHC, is a certified Hakomi therapist and has a master’s degree in Counseling from Gonzaga University. She is also a Certified Nonviolent Communications (NVC) trainer, and a Level 2 practitioner of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), skills she uses to help her clients rewire negative mental patterns and beliefs. She treats the body and mind holistically, creating an environment where her clients experience profound healing, and continued growth beyond healing. Elana maintains a private practice in Seattle and works with both individuals and couples. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired her on her journey to be the change she wants to see in the world—one dialogue at a time. To learn more, visit

Seattle, 98103

Corina Skildum, MA, LMHC is a certified Hakomi therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, practicing in Seattle, WA. Corrina is passionate about guiding fellow travelers on their journey to self-acceptance, and especially loves helping women and nonbinary persons learn to surf the waves of their emotions. You might also find her swimming and paddling in calm waters around Washington. Corrina has thirty years of experience as an experiential educator and therapist, and she integrates a wide variety of training including Theater of the Oppressed, Nonviolent Communication, Insight Meditation, EMDR and Lifespan Integration. To learn more or schedule a therapy consultation, visit

Seattle or Telehealth

Jendi Watson (she/her), CHT, is a certified Hakomi, IFS Level 2 and Brainspotting practitioner who works globally from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She loves helping folx who identify as Highly Sensitive (HSPs) and/or Empaths transform their worry, stress, and burnout into ease, delight, and deep wisdom. Jendi offers individual and group sessions, and she specializes in anger, anxiety, and boundary work. She also loves serving BIPOC and culturally mixed populations. Her practice is highly trauma-informed and combines science with energy and ancestral healing to live a heart-led life. When asked “What’s the point of therapy?” she responds, “To simply feel good.” Jendi is a bisexual, cisgender, multi-cultural woman (Chinese/White) and loves island life with her family, camping, reading over a bowl of pho, and singing with her ukulele. To learn more about her events and book a free consultation, please visit

Bainbridge Island, 98110