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Ondina Hatvany, MFT

Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT is a licensed therapist with practices in San Francisco and Mill Valley. She is the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Community Institute of Psychotherapy in San Rafael. She works with food and weight issues by helping her clients develop a non-diet lifestyle and come home to their bodies. This means redefining the body from being the battleground or "shame container" to becoming the place of grounding and connection with both the self and other. She works with clients to talk about their problems instead of trying to stuff or starve the problems out of existence. Ondina believes this is the first step toward empowerment and living a fully embodied life. She may be reached at (415) 381-1065, [email protected] or

Articles by Ondina Hatvany, MFT:

  • Food, Family and the Holidays
    17 May 2016

    If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much around food and mealtimes. For […]

  • Lack of Safety Net for LGBT Couples Causes Stress
    17 May 2016

    The “straight safety net” involves both hetero-normative assumptions and heterosexual privilege (defined below). These create often-unacknowledged stress for queer couples. Following are three different scenarios from my sessions with queer […]

  • Intimate Relationships As a Vehicle for Growth
    17 May 2016

    The old paradigm for couples was pretty simple: The man went to work, brought home the money and paid for the house, mortgage, etc. He was the provider of security […]

  • The Importance of Support for Eating Disorders
    17 May 2016

    In her first session with me Rose exclaimed emphatically, “No offense to you, but I feel that I should be able to control my food and weight by myself without […]

  • How to Heal from Infidelity
    17 May 2016

    Consider this surprising statistic: At least one or both parties in 50 percent of all couples, married and living together, straight and gay, will break their vows of sexual or […]

  • The Effects of Criticism on Relationships
    17 May 2016

    Again and again in my work with couples I see the destructive effect criticism can have on a relationship. In this article I would like to explore what my three […]