Chew-Nyet Lee offers therapy, counselling and coaching services. She teaches yoga, meditation, and a mindful, body-centered psychotherapy method called Hakomi Therapy.
Hakomi is a form of assisted self-discovery, that helps the client bring unconscious beliefs and patterns into awareness, teaching them to become a compassionate witness to their own experience. Using simple and direct mind-body methods, the goal is to transform limiting patterns and beliefs into wisdom and emotional nourishment through awareness, acceptance and meaning.
A former IT management specialist for 15 years and mother of three adult children, she has a special affinity for busy professionals and parents seeking balance in their lives.
“You will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others and greater freedom to choose what you will do and feel. You will find greater pleasure in everyday living and will be able to develop richer, happier relationships.” The Refined Hakomi Method by Ron Kurtz.
It is a mindfulness-based, body-centered psychotherapy method developed by Ron Kurtz. The Refined Hakomi is the integrated use of mindful loving presence, nonviolence and the body. The method is grounded in a set of principles – the shifting paradigm that reflects the evolutionary vision and wisdom of our times
Summary of the Principles:
Organicity: Living Systems self-organize, self-create, self-maintain, and in many ways, direct their own evolution. Life is its own authority. Life is creative; it tends to jump around and come up with new ways to do things. Unlike machines, living beings get bored. The principle of organicity asserts our respect for life and our faith in the healing power of the individual. (*1)
Mindfulness: The Path of Consciousness
This is a state of mind as well as a principle used in Hakomi. It is characterised by focusing on present experience, an expanded state of awareness, bringing the conscious attention to the internal world for studying core beliefs and their influence. Mindfulness is a natural state of consciousness – sometimes it is the first step a client needs to learn and to develop self-awareness. (*2)
Nonviolence: Reverence for Life
This is the practical recognition of organicity. It is a policy of staying with what is natural because it works. It is not assuming that we know best. “Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?” For every force there is a counterforce. (*3)
This principle is the recognition of the influence of each aspect of living on all the others. Mind and body influence one another. It sees patterns and interactions and nonlinear science. Hakomi is interested in the influence deeply held beliefs, guiding images and significant memories have on behaviour, body structure and all levels of physiology, from cellular metabolism and the strength of the immune system, to blood flow and the distribution of heat and muscle tone in the body, to the expression of these beliefs in posture, movement, gesture and facial expression.
Unity: A participatory universe
We live in a participatory universe – in a world of subtle but constant interconnection; a world where everything informs, acts on and interacts with everything else. This means that there is a force that wants to move things in the direction of greater wholeness. (*4)
Psychotherapy brings a useful harmony to the functions of the mind, the body and the exigencies of the outer world.
Specifically, benefits are to reduce and manage stress, to sleep better, to lose weight, to improve communication, to grow more satisfying relationships, to improve intimacy, to ease and transform triggers and so forth.
Prior to moving to Canada, I was studying yoga and meditation in the Far East between 1985-1989. Initially, I started my yoga and mindfulness practice to heal my lower back injury and to learn to take care of stress. I completed yoga teacher certification training with the yoga guru, Sandra Sammartino, in White Rock.
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) combined degree in Computer Science and Operational Research from University in the United Kingdom. I worked as a Software Engineer, Systems Analyst and Business Analyst in the IT industry for 16 years prior to working as a Therapeutic counsellor and a Life coach.
Suggested Reading List:
- The Hakomi Method by Ron Kurtz (HM), page 24
- Page 26 from the Hakomi Method and page 179 of Hakomi Mindfulnesss-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy by Halko Weiss, Grey Johanson Lorena Monda(HMCSP)
- Supporting Defences, page 41 from Grace Unfolding by Johanson & Kurtz 1991
- Page 30 from The Hakomi Method or page 42 of Hakomi Principles and a System Approach to Psychotherapy from HMCSP
- The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D. Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
Chew-Nyet Lee is available for 60 or 90 minute appointments for her services. Please call 604.733.4400 for more information or to schedule an appointment.