- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
“Practice harm reduction by being radically honest about your messiness.”
As human beings, we walk the planet with a complex matrix of shame, hurt, and resistance that can be peeled away like layers of an onion. With patient, careful, and nonjudgmental guidance, we can work to discover the deepest core of our beliefs, desires, and needs, expanding our stories and drawing meaning from our experiences.
With this improved awareness, we can build tools and resources for addressing challenges and, perhaps more importantly, create a more peaceful relationship with those challenges. As a result, we become better at our relationships with ourselves and others. Better communicators. Better at boundaries. Better at compassion. Better at receiving the love and care we need.
I’m a Bay Area native, recovering perfectionist, and the youngest of two in a functionally dysfunctional and witty nuclear family. From a young age, it felt natural to me to observe and attune to human dynamics, stay curious about my internal world, and look for patterns and common threads in all our stories. Clients and loved ones would describe me as fiercely passionate and heart-centered, observant and wise, and committed to seeing from all angles, equal parts softness and intensity.
I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a concentration in somatic psychotherapy. Before going into private practice with Grateful Heart, I worked with underserved youth and families in a special day school setting through Seneca Family of Agencies, as well as with young adults and adults in a clinical setting at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. I continue to seek education and training in specializations.
My approach is holistic and experiential, warm and collaborative, and direct and gentle. I combine talk therapy with somatic practices in mindfulness around breath, movement, touch, and embodied experience. My goal is to meet my clients where they are, with an open heart, curiosity, and a sense of humility and humor. I am extremely passionate about this work and am continuously exploring new modalities of healing and therapy. I’m inspired by the tiny openings as much as the great ones as we grow together in our relationship. I draw on the framework of Hakomi, mindfulness, somatic awareness, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic, attachment, and humanistic theories.
I identify as a white, able-bodied, cisgender woman of European heritage. I strive to remain aware of my privilege and power, engage in anti-oppression work personally and professionally, and seek regular consultation regarding themes of oppression and how they impact the therapeutic relationship. I honor and welcome diversity into my practice.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
Anxiety; Depression; Developmental and Incidental Trauma; Eating Disorders, Body Shaming, and Dysmorphia; Intimacy and Sexuality; Masculinity and Identity, and Vulnerability; Sexual Health, Healing, and Exploration; Sibling Challenges; Religious Reform; Youth and Young Adults Impacted by Parental Conflict Separation, or Divorce
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Motivational Interviewing; Hakomi; Family Therapy Intensive with Pamela Parkinson
I thrive on movement and have trained in and taught fitness, athletics, and dance for some time. It is wildly apparent how posture and movement patterns develop from a combination of nature and nurture and express a lot of our emotional landscape. The body and mind work in tandem and the process of healing one means addressing the other.
Somatic psychology blends and integrates all functions and aspects of a person, making it a uniquely holistic approach to transformation.
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3515 Grand Avenue Oakland, CA 94610
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I am not accepting new clients at this time.
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466