- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Masters in Counseling Psychology
Hi, I’m Alana. I am glad you’re here. Taking the first step can be hard, but sometimes just reaching out can feel like a relief.
You may be experiencing something like: a loss; the need for something to shift; a desire for meaning; a difficult or painful relationship; a part of you that feels stuck, ashamed, forgotten, or hidden.
Sometimes the surface of our experience can look and feel one way, like the outer shell of a geode. We might come into therapy with a particular goal or problem. The process of therapy can surprise us by not always looking the way we think it “should”. Therapy can help explore the imaginative possibilities of who we are beyond the shell, towards a more integrated perspective where new meaning can be discovered.
In the process of therapy, I work collaboratively with you. I trust in the wisdom and validity of your symptoms, approaching the work with a tender, playful, and genuine curiosity. Together, we’ll look at the history of your experiences, narratives, and relationships, and how they inform your present. We’ll create space to explore your dreams, fantasies, and the images of your mind in order to listen for symbolic wisdom. We’ll consider how your individual life is connected to a web of relationships, systems, and ideologies, and uncover what this all means to you.
There really is no wrong place to begin.
I am a life-long student and a deeply curious seeker. I am a devoted student and teacher of contemplative practices (meditation and yoga), which means I practice forgetting and remembering, over and over again. I find meaning in the inward symmetry of nature, in circles of people in community telling the truth, in the process of creating, and within the mirrored star-poetry of astrology. I am consistently challenged by and devoted to the practice of being with uncertainty.
While in my undergrad at UCSB, I was drawn to the power that story and image have in communicating human experience, and studied English and Art. From there, I taught special education in public schools, motivated by the challenge of communicating in creative and accessible ways. In my yoga practice and teaching, I was moved by the language, wisdom, and metaphor of the body and its ability to heal.
My prior experience developed into a desire to understand the way we make meaning, and how this process can be healing. I studied counseling psychology with an emphasis in depth psychotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute. While at Pacifica, I researched and wrote my thesis on the healing implications of astrology, collage, and psychotherapy. When engaged holistically, I find astrology to be an affirming and inclusive process of meaning-making.
Since completing my master’s at Pacifica, I have worked with individuals experiencing complex mind states and trauma from a Shambala buddhist orientation, with an emphasis on the healing nature of relationship and deconstructing asylum mentality. I have worked with individuals of all ages experiencing various manifestations of grief in community counseling. I have worked with families, children, and adolescents in private practice from a systems perspective.
I offer integrative, relational, and creative psychotherapy that trusts in your innate unfolding and basic goodness.
- It is most important to me that you feel heard and safe to share what is on your mind and heart at your own pace.
- We will talk about your history, the systems you are a part of, your personal and inherited identities and narratives, and your cultural and family lineages, and how these aspects of your life weave together in the present.
- I hold the belief that the body and mind are intricately connected. We will notice what is happening in your body, in the room, and the therapeutic relationship between us. Present and body-centered awareness can help build inner strength, process stuck emotions, and improve your capacity to be.
- We’ll hold space for what is unknown right now. Together, we will consider the symbolic roots beneath the surface of your literal experience. We may use the framework of myths, images, fantasies, and dreams to give life to what is unconscious, inviting the possibility of transformational shifts.
- We will also include an exploration of your strengths, what lights you up, and what feels joyful, even if those things seem far away right now. We may find humor and levity and our sessions might not always look like traditional talk therapy or feel like “work”.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
Codependency, Self esteem, Spiritual seekers/practitioners
Depth psychology, Dream tending, Astrology, Yoga, Shambala Buddhist oriented psychotherapy
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Online, secure telehealth
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
Sometimes just making the first call can feel supportive. Please reach out for an initial 20-minute phone conversation. Together, we can decide if we are a good fit and set up a session. I look forward to hearing from you!
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466