- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Bachelor's in Psychology & Philosophy, Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy
Are you interested in cultivating insight, self-trust, calm, freedom, and a sense of being enough?
Do you want relationships that feel supportive, honest, authentic, mutual, and inspiring?
Or perhaps, are you hoping to find support for a child, teen, or your family as a whole and are not sure what to do next?
I aim to create a space of radical presence in which to explore these questions and more. I work with adults, teens, children, and families using mindful approaches to healing. Whether there have been experiences of harm (recent, distant, and intergenerational) that you’re seeking understanding of and liberation from, or perhaps you feel stuck in an unhelpful and unfulfilling cycle, I hope to facilitate a therapeutic space and trusting relationship for this important work.
I am an expressive arts therapist, a strengths-based & trauma-informed clinician, and a student of movement and mindfulness practices. I followed the pull of an arts-based approach to therapy because this way of healing and holding experiences spoke to a deep place within myself that craved a sense of authenticity, playfulness, and self-expression beyond words. I am not a self-identified artist nor someone who is particularly talented in any artform, though the process of making art has felt deeply healing and affirming. What expressive arts continue to grant me is a process of being with and returning to what feels unapologetically real and helps me to challenge systemic notions of productivity, product, and perfectionism.
I started painting, sculpting, and playing with children in various school-based and non-profit settings, having no idea at the time that it would lead me to a career in expressive arts and trauma therapy. The conversations, feedback, and healing spoke for themselves. Here I am, several years later, still immensely humbled to facilitate this powerful process for adults, youth, and families.
My background includes facilitating client-centered and trauma-informed services for marginalized groups in non-profit settings in the Bay Area in the form of adult psychotherapy, child-centered therapeutic groups, telehealth counseling, and family therapy.
I specialize in supporting the healing of burnout, intergenerational & complex trauma, sexual violence, anxiety, panic, depression, perfectionism, and themes related to spirituality, sex, & sexuality.
My approach is nonjudgmental, compassionate, and direct. I emphasize resiliency, personal empowerment, and insight and maintain a thoughtful, warm frame for our work together. I’m committed to providing quality and equitable therapy to a culturally diverse community. I hold my role as a facilitator with humility and respect.
My work is quite integrative, which means I pull from several modalities depending on what makes the most sense for each person. I tend to be attachment-based, relational, and utilize a liberation framework. I find that incorporating polyvagal theory, sensorimotor, narrative therapy, parts work, and psychodynamic approaches are helpful to soothe the nervous system and support clients' hopes for cultivating change. I additionally utilize visual arts, poetry, movement, sound, breathwork, tarot, and drama therapy as resources for accessing and expanding insight.
My most cherished intention as a clinician is to remain committed to the full, whole, and joyful life that is possible for us all, even after great wounding. My work is collaborative, strengths-based, gender-affirming, sex-positive, and considers the social systems and power dynamics ever-present in our culture.
- Young Children: 4-6
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- 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
Therapists, Social Workers, Service Providers; Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners; Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities; Racial Trauma
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Sex Therapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
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Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466