- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts Counseling, Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology
“You’re the only other person I’ve ever felt safe telling this to”
“I feel so comfortable with you”
I always feel a deep sense of pride when I get this kind of feedback from my clients.
In therapy with me, you are welcome just as you are! I invite you to show up as a real person with all your quirks, inner contradictions, and intersecting identities. I value providing a space where you feel comfortable to openly share your feelings, thoughts, desires, dreams, fears, etc. Especially the stuff that is “sticky” “bad” “wrong” or vulnerable. These are all the different parts that make you human. As your therapist, I can meet you there because I’m a real person too.
Therapy gives you an experience of healing in the context of a strong, safe, and nurturing relationship. The therapeutic relationship is a special kind of relationship, one that promotes growth, self-development, coregulation, maturation, creative exploration, all while processing and integrating past experiences.
It’s my philosophy, that each of us has an internal “wise self” that already intuitively knows how to heal, how to move towards health, growth, and self-actualization. I also believe that this wisdom comes from our bodies. The problem is, we forget how to listen and how to interpret it. So unprocessed trauma and painful emotional experiences take form as psychical pain, anxiety, inflammation, and other illnesses. As a somatic therapist, I help you to befriend your body and learn how to tune back in and listen to your wise self and all the wisdom you hold.
My specialties include:
- Children and teens
- Harm reduction and abstinence-based approaches to substance use
- Panic Disorder
- OCD and behaviors
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Family Caregiving Stress, Burnout, or lack of self-care
I am proud to have been born and raised in San Francisco. I identify as Neurodivergent. I received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Once I graduated, I began my counseling career at the Center for Somatic psychotherapy, where I provided mindfulness-based Somatic psychotherapy therapy to a diverse population of individuals.
Outside of work, I love going to the beach, trying new restaurants and recipes, and exploring what every neighborhood has to offer with my loving border collie, Greta.
My approach to therapy is intuitive and eclectic. I consider myself a holistic therapist, meaning I work with a client’s whole being (mind, body, & soul). As a trained Somatic therapist, I encourage clients to listen to the wisdom of their bodies. My work is mindfulness-based, relational, and experiential.
As your therapist, I’m going to hold space for whatever comes up in session and acknowledge all that you have been through—and survived. Therapy is a collaborative process. Together we will practice new tools to help you explore your emotions, process through tough or traumatic past experiences, and learn healthy ways to cope with anxiety and depression. I’m open-minded, gentle, and a great listener.
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Body Image, Highly Sensitive Person/s, Chronic Pain, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
My favorite way to work is doing long-term, in-depth, weekly, relational therapy as I believe that is the most consistent and effective way to support healing and growth.
I see people throughout the life span. My work centers around the idea that each client is unique and has individual needs and goals. Thus, therapy will look different for everyone. With all my clients, I create a safe and warm environment where people can be themselves and express themselves freely. In my work with children, I draw from expressive arts therapy, drama therapy, movement and play therapy. Using imaginative play, dance, song, and art we go deeper to process the “hard stuff.” In my work with teens, adults, and couples, I provide a holistic, somatic, and deeply relational approach to psychotherapy.
I currently have reserved space in my practice for women and AFAB individuals who live with chronic premenstrual dysphoria (PMDD).
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Based in San Francisco. All sessions currently via video or phone.
Call or email me to set up a brief, complimentary, introduction to see if we would be a good fit for working together.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466