- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology
I provide strength-based, trauma-informed, somatic psychotherapy to adults and youth seeking to transform patterns that no longer serve them and create a path towards greater resilience and meaning in their lives.
Although it might be difficult to recognize at first, painful transitions and 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.
**Please note: Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I have moved my practice exclusively online. I have found that the way I work is well-suited to meeting via telehealth, and clients receive many of the same benefits as they would meeting in person.
I was born and raised here in the Bay Area. I have a background in the arts, a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Before starting my private practice with Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, I worked with a community mental health agency supporting young children and families in crisis. Prior to that, I was a therapist trainee at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. I have also worked at an elder care facility with individuals living with dementia and their families.
My graduate training was in Somatic Psychotherapy, a holistic approach which centers the felt sense experience of the body and interweaves talk therapy with breath work, movement, mindfulness practice, and awareness of nonverbal communication. I have received training in various somatic modalities and have a special interest in the embodied experience of Voice.
I welcome clients of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. I work especially well with: College students + young adults; Individuals with codependent strategies; Despair/anxiety due to current sociopolitical events; Individuals going through major life transitions; Adult children of alcoholics/dysfunctional families; Loss and grief ; Activists + Artists; Individuals experiencing chronic pain, illness, or somatic symptoms.
I bring a presence that is validating and honest, nurturing and direct. I invite clients to go deeper into explorations of their felt experience in the body, mind, and spirit. We also look systemically at how cultural/social factors impact our relationships with ourselves and others. I honor each person’s unique voice and offer a nonjudgmental space in which to express yourself and tell your story.
- Young Children: 4-6
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons with Disabilities
Persons Experiencing Burnout or Vicarious Trauma, Persons with Chronic Pain or Illness
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- 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
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My availability changes regularly, please contact me to see if we can find a good time to meet.
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