Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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Ondina Nandine Hatvany, LMFT

Ondina Nandine Hatvany, LMFT | Mental Health Counselor / Therapist photo
Effective Psychotherapy for Individuals
+ Partners (LGBTQ/ Open + Poly relationships welcome)
Although often difficult periods of change can give us opportunities to bring our lives more in alignment with what has true value and meaning for ourselves. I work with people during important transitions in their lives, for instance either starting or leaving a significant job or relationship.

Communication, trust, intimacy and/ or sexual issues win your relationship?
I am very comfortable working with traditional, open/ poly and queer relationships. I can assist you and your partner(s) to develop better communication and understanding around sensitive topics such as betrayal, intimacy and trust. I use an approach called EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) developed by Dr Sue Johnson. Clinical research shows that 90% of couples report significant improvement within 12-20 sessions of EFT.

As former Director of the Eating Disorders program at Community Institute of San Rafael, Marin, I work with people who obsess that if they only had the perfect weight their lives would work out. So many of us through over dieting and body hatred have lost our connection to ourselves. The body instead of being home for our psyche/ spirit becomes the battleground. I work with clients to end their battle with food and their bodies.
Look at my video describing the popular teleclass series for how to empower yourself during the holidays especially when dealing with stressors around food and family: "Empower Don't Devour!'

Do you feel emotionally stuck in the past? You might be suffering from trauma.
I help my clients move through past traumatic experiences using EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) This well researched method has fast and effective results in working with people suffering from trauma. I also help my clients release the cellular and muscular memory of the trauma (which is where trauma is often stored) using somatic psychotherapy. This is an approach that taps into body awareness and mindfulness, which does not involve touch. Finally I have found Depth Hypnosis to be a highly effective tool for helping my clients get out of stuck places and create the change they want.
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Masters in Psychology
Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Practitioner
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy) trained
EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) trained for work with Couples
CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Certified
Certification in Depth Hypnosis
“Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?.” —Mary Oliver

I am committed to assisting my clients to move from struggle or feeling stuck into a place of 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 client’s needs.

My interest in body-based approaches to healing began in the late 1980’s. I taught Yoga as a certified Hatha Yoga teacher in Sivananda Centers in New York and San Francisco. Later I became a certified Massage Therapist and 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 in Psychology. I completed the Hakomi Somatics Institute 6 month Intensive Trauma Training in 2001. This foundation in both the experiential and academic disciplines allows me to offer a grounded, centered therapeutic approach.

As a Supervisor and Clinician at Family Service Agency of Marin I designed and implemented a highly successful 7 week group for women with food and body image struggles, in April 2006. In 2012 I retired as Director of the Eating Disorders program at the Community Institute of Psychotherapy in San Rafael.

Also an astrologer for over 13 years, I have studied in London and the Bay Area. The astrological 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.
CAMFT California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Payments Accepted
cash, check, Paypal
Hours:8am-8pm Mon- Fri
$180/ session (sliding scale offered)
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Hypnotherapy
 Addiction  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Adolescents  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Men's Issues
 Bicultural Difficulties  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Premarital Counseling
 Couples  Problem Gambling
 Depression  Relationship Issues
 Divorce  Self-Esteem Issues
 Eating Disorders  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 EMDR  Stress Management
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
2120 Market Street, Suite 108
Additional Location
West Spain st
SonomaCA 95476