- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology
Throughout our lives, we are all presented with challenges and transitions that feel overwhelming, isolating, or downright terrifying. Sometimes we keep hitting the same wall and we don’t know why. Although it might be difficult to recognize at first, these experiences can provide opportunities for immense personal growth and deeper connection to yourself and others. Therapy can help you tap into your own innate wisdom and capacity to grow, while offering additional tools for navigating life’s inevitable twists and turns.
I provide strength-based, trauma-informed psychotherapy to youth, adults, and families who are seeking support with changing stuck patterns and creating a path towards greater resilience and meaning in their lives.
In the future, I will be starting therapy groups on themes such as vicarious trauma, burnout, self-expression, and grief that will be especially well-suited to those who identify as activists, healers, and creatives.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and have lived here almost my entire life. I have many interests and passions outside of the therapy room, including music, dance, social justice, plants, animals, spiritual practice, travel, and health. I am a lifelong learner and highly value education, curiosity, and open-mindedness.
I have a background in the arts, and I also have many years of experience working with children of all ages in various capacities. I have a bachelor of arts in sociology from Wesleyan University and a master of arts in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In my graduate studies I focused on Somatic Psychology which integrates the mind and body in therapeutic work.
Before working with Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, I worked with a community mental health agency supporting children and families in crisis. Prior to that, I was a therapist trainee at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. I am currently doing an internship working with individuals living with dementia.
My approach is eclectic and centered on building relationships. My goal is to collaboratively create a healing space that fits your needs, in which we can both participate as real people.
As a therapist, I bring a presence that is validating and honest, nurturing and direct. I remain curious about what we are both experiencing in our bodies, hearts, and minds in the present moment. I will invite us to think systemically about how cultural and social factors impact our relationships with ourselves and others. I honor each person’s unique voice and offer space to re-frame and re-claim your story. I am very open to feedback as we develop our relationship.
- Young Children: 4-6
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Foster Youth
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Persons with Disabilities
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
Persons Experiencing Burnout or Vicarious Trauma, Persons with Chronic Pain or Illness
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Restorative Justice; Attachment, Regulation, Competence (ARC - for working with children); Internal Family Systems; Polyvagal Theory
Many people turn to therapy wanting to gain deeper insight about the past, while others come with a desire for more concrete ways to move forward. I believe both approaches are valuable, and I tend to integrate both in my practice. I can offer tools for coping with distressing experiences such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress/burnout, or bodily symptoms. I also provide a safe, honest environment in which to explore some of the root causes of these symptoms, including dysfunctional family systems, attachment wounding, systemic oppression, unresolved grief, and
I see clients in two offices in Oakland, located in the Pill Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods, both easily accessible by BART and AC Transit.
Accessibility: One of my offices can accommodate those with chemical/scent sensitivities, and the other one is wheelchair accessible.
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431 30th Street, Suite 130-C, Oakland, CA 94609
638 Webster Street, Suite 210-C, Oakland, CA 94607
- Monday Afternoon
- Monday Evening
- Friday Morning
- Friday Afternoon
- Friday Evening
Please send me an email or call me if you are interested in working together, including days and times you are available for sessions. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466