- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
I help others live their truth and the life they desire. Each of us has had something stand in the way of reaching our full potential. I help my clients create meaningful changes, stronger relationships, and a greater sense of self by focusing on their strengths and using a blend of different therapeutic styles that best match the client’s individual needs and personality.
While my top professional interests are working with LGBTQIAA+ identities, depression, anxiety, and life transitions, I welcome all adults, couples, and families who are wanting an integrative and client-centered approach.
In my work with couples, I integrate traditional modalities with experiential techniques to gain a deeper understanding of what is beneath the relationship challenges. I work collaboratively with couples to interrupt and prevent conflict patterns and to strengthen the existing bond.
I’m a cisgender gay man who has experienced both privilege and marginalization. Across all ages and backgrounds, I seek to help my clients experience relief from shame, anxiety, depression, inner criticism, and relationship struggles through self-understanding and self-compassion. I love using my capacity for developing authentic relationships and my passion for mixing the art and science of psychotherapy as forces for good. I can offer you warmth, empathy, some direction, a bit of humor, and a lot of curiosity.
My lived experience as a queer man growing up in a straight man’s world, and my struggle to overcome my own complex and religious trauma, has given me insight that I have been called on to share with others. I grew up in the Deep South, moved to New York City when I was 21 to pursue a career in advertising, and have made my home in the Bay Area since 2013.
In 2018, I decided to leave the advertising world to pursue a calling to help others live their truth and the life they desire (in spite of social norms, past trauma, and a range of other obstacles).
I received a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University. Before going into private practice at Grateful Heart, I worked with adult individuals and couples at The Liberation Institute in San Francisco.
My approach is highly relational, meaning the relationship between therapist and client is an important part of the work. How my clients relate in therapy reflects how they relate to the world, and our sessions provide a safe, nonjudgmental container to explore those patterns. I pride myself on having an eclectic orientation that integrates a mix of traditional and non-traditional modalities.
With couples and families, I seek to build a deeper understanding of one's self, one’s partner(s), and how the unique elements that each brings to the table interact. Communication enhancement will be emphasized, and I always seek to affirm "non-traditional" relationship dynamics. All of this will be done in the service of building greater intimacy, authenticity, and safety in the relationship.
I value authenticity and respect, and I work well with clients who share these values and are striving to be true to themselves. I also value equal opportunity access to quality mental healthcare. I enjoy working with organizations and other clinicians who are determined to make services affordable and available to all who are willing to commit to working on themselves.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities; Life transitions; Relationships issues; Families of any composition; Communication enhancement; Self-esteem development; Religious trauma
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
- Credit Card
$125 for individuals; $150 for couples
$75 - $150 ($150 for couple 50-minute session)
Offering tele-therapy sessions over video. Therapist based in Pacifica.
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
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- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
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- Thursday Afternoon
- Thursday Evening
To schedule an appointment or an intial 20-minute consultation, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (650) 260-3797 and leave a message. Let me know which days and times work best, and we can discuss your needs and how I can help.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466