Meet Ondina

Ondina TherapistI am committed to assisting my clients in moving from struggle or feeling stuck into graceful ease, flow and empowerment. I strive to create a safe place for healing to happen. My approach uses a variety of eclectic methods tailored to my individual clients’ needs.

My interest in body-based approaches to healing began in the late 1980s. I taught Yoga as a certified Hatha Yoga teacher in Sivananda Centers in New York and San Francisco. Later I became a certified Swedish and Shiatsu Massage Therapist and Level 1 Reiki Practitioner.

My desire to consolidate these body-based healing practices under an academic umbrella led me to the California Institute of Integral Studies and its Somatic Psychotherapy program, where I received my Masters. I also completed the Hakomi Somatics Institute 6 month Intensive Trauma Training in 2001. This foundation in both the experimental and academic disciplines allows me to offer a grounded, centered therapeutic approach.

In April 2006, as a supervisor on the Substance Abuse Recovery team at Family Services Agency of Marin, I designed and implemented a highly successful seven-week group for women with food and body image struggles. I was also Director of the Eating Disorders program at the Community Institute of Psychotherapy in San Rafael from 2008 to 2013. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

More recently I have become interested in working with non ordinary states of consciousness which shamanism can provide. While I consider myself more of a “Sherpa “(i.e Guide) than a Shaman I do use shamanic tools and techniques to help access the parts of the brain that can provide solutions far beyond what the rational, logical mind offers.

My Grandfather taught me to stand on my head when I was 12 years old. He was doing it to help manage his war traumas. This was back in 1978 when yoga was relatively new to the western world. I remember my Grandmother closing the curtains when we practiced because she was worried what the neighbors would think! Yoga has been such a gift in my life. It has been the main vehicle for developing a loving and nurturing relationship to my body. I completed my second yoga certification in my fifties in order to be able to teach Vinyasa flow yoga in prisons and senior facilities. I want the joys and benefits of yoga to be accessible to everyone. 

I have also been an astrologer for over 36 years and have studied in London and the Bay Area. The birth chart can be a useful addition to therapy. It provides a transpersonal perspective and a language for inner dynamics that might otherwise be difficult to verbalize. It can offer a fresh new perspective on an age-old problem or issue. I am a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, a national education and research organization for astrologers.


Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor – 1988

Hakomi Trauma Training – 2000
CISM – ‘Critical Incident Stress Management’- Group Crisis Intervention – June 2007
AEDP – ‘Accelerated Experiential- Dynamic Psychotherapy’ trained Jan 2008
EMDR – ‘Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing’ trained – Oct 2008
EFT – ‘Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples’ – Advanced training and EFT supervision completed – 2010
PACT – ‘Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy,’ Level II Certification – Oct 2013
Certified Hypnotherapist – November 2014

Certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor – Dec 2018