- Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
Master of Social Welfare
I offer sliding-scale teletherapy to adults of all ages throughout CA.
At this moment, you might be feeling loneliness, grief, anxiety, strain in your relationships, a desire for deeper meaning, a sense of being lost. You might feel a need to minimize your pain, or maybe you feel unseen when you do share. At a pace that feels safe for you, therapy can help you become less isolated in these feelings and move toward a deeper connection with yourself and others.
With warmth and humor, I offer a down-to-earth, non-judgmental space. Together, we can build awareness of your full experience and practice gentleness/compassion toward yourself. We might discover how your patterns connect to both current hardships and old wounds (e.g., childhood experiences, loss, major life changes, oppressive systems). Drawing upon your innate healing powers, we can transform patterns that no longer serve you. Since pain from the past lives in the body, I value integrating less verbal expression if this feels right to you (e.g., mindfulness, art, dream work, nature connection).
Please reach out for a free consultation. Together, we can decide if I am the right person to walk beside you.
I grew up in the Midwest and moved to California in 2015, where I have lived in both urban and rural areas. My own experiences with trauma and ongoing healing give depth to my practice. As both a therapist and a person in therapy, I trust in the power of this work.
I completed my master of social welfare (MSW) degree at the University of California-Berkeley. I have worked in a variety of community mental health* settings. I have supported teens, families, and adults of all ages with a wide range of therapy needs, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, job-related stress, grief of many kinds, impacts of oppression, people labeled with mood and/or psychotic disorders, and crisis stabilization. I also have experience with grassroots mental health advocacy. Outside the field of mental health, I have experience as a farmer, builder, and artist.
In my free time, I enjoy making music and visual art, letting my introvert batteries recharge, and being with nature and my loved ones.
*CMH is mental health care practice in the community, rather than institutional settings, typically with marginalized people.
I am flexible and adaptive to what you need from therapy. I trust your intuition about what feels right and safe. I also know there can be a gap between our self-knowing and having words to share it. I can support you in naming what you need throughout our work.
I practice with cultural humility and a commitment to anti-oppressive work. I feel that all of our healing is connected. Compassionately exploring our cultural patterning can help us live with more joy and meaning. Rooted in curiosity and non-judgment, I enjoy working with people with wide-ranging identities and life experiences.
My approach is guided by attachment theory: how relationships of many kinds shape the way we view ourselves and the world and by trauma-informed care: how trauma, in many forms, shapes our lives and the type of support we need. I also practice in a strengths-based and holistic way: noticing what lights you up, identifying inner and outer resources that support you, not focusing solely on problems; attending to you as a whole person with many parts, within a broader social context. I give particular attention to cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities, Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners, Highly Sensitive People, people-pleasing, self-criticism, social anxiety, unlearning systems of oppression, Health at Every Size (HAES)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
I value access to mental health care. If I cannot offer a fee that feels right for you, I will help you connect with another therapist/understand other options that may be available to you.
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- Monday Afternoon
- Monday Evening
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Wednesday Morning
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
I am accepting new clients anywhere in the state of California for weekly video sessions.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 15-20 minute phone consultation. Together, we can decide if we are a good match.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466