- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychotherapy
It can be easy to lose sight of ourselves. As we move through life, we pick up patterns of relating to ourselves, to our environment, and to the present moment. Maybe we go numb, act out, or betray ourselves to please another. These patterns have likely helped us in the past, and yet now they might hold us back or even bring us more pain than relief. The things we once enjoyed may feel empty and our loved ones like strangers.
Whether passing through a difficult time, living with the repercussions of a tumultuous past, or a combination of both, we can find ways to build our own stable footing. With safety, compassion, and curiosity we can review and rework those patterns. We can unearth and tend to our authentic self and, choosing each moment, find our joy and our ease.
I have a master of arts in counseling with a focus on somatic psychotherapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. Previously, I received a master of fine arts in fiction from Mills College and a bachelor of arts in english and creative writing from Seattle University.
My training includes experiential and somatic psychotherapy in addition to psychodynamic and attachment-based approaches. Most recently, I've completed Level 1: Trauma Themes training through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Additionally, I have experience leading groups on the creative process and our inner critic, using Tarot and oracle cards to build trust in ourselves and our meaning-making, as well as using somatics to identify and embody our emotional processes. I’ve also worked with adolescents in a school-based clinical setting.
As a somatically trained therapist, I understand that each person holds within them their own path towards healing. I might bring attention to changes in posture, gesture, and other details during sessions so that we can deepen our understanding of how your specific form processes and expresses information.
As an artist, I appreciate working creatively and in the moment. Using interventions based in narrative therapy, I may invite you to notice how your emotions show up for you and what they might be communicating, which can be both somatic and symbolic.
Therapy can be incredibly vulnerable, especially when working somatically or with trauma, and I will regularly check-in with you for feedback about our pace, our dynamic, and your needs. I prefer a strength-based, client-centered approach, meaning I will work alongside you to sift through your experiences, notice how they’ve shaped you, and collaborate on finding new ways forward.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
adult children of alcoholics, early childhood trauma and neglect, adoptees & NPEs, issues around intimacy, codependency & attachment, family patterns & ancestral trauma, communication & self-expression, Internet & phone addiction, defining & setting our own boundaries, identifying inner critics & harsh self-talk, anxiety, panic depression & dissociation; creative blocks; exploring ourselves through the symbolic, whether dreams or Tarot and oracle cards, or other patterns and images we find striking and resonant; I am queer-friendly, poly-friendly, kink-friendly, and sex-worker friendly
- Experiential Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
- Credit Card
Feel free to reach out to me by phone or email to schedule a free consultation. I check my messages regularly, although I may take up to 24 hours to respond.
I have some weekday afternoon and evening availability. Please call for more detailed, up-to-date information.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466 & Laura Northrup, MFC #90875