About Ondina

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver

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.

I have also been an astrologer for over 25 years and have studied in London and the Bay Area. The birthchart can be a useful addition to therapy. It provides a language for inner dynamics that might otherwise be difficult to verbalize and 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.

Certifications

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