- Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
Therapist, Master’s in Social Work, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The focal point of my private practice is to prioritize the vast and unique experiences of adolescent & adult transracial adoptees of various racial, gender, and sexual identities and adoption configurations (e.g. domestic or international; open or closed). My ultimate hope is to create a familiar and safer space for transracial adoptees to cultivate compassion, clarity, and belonging while navigating various intersections of self, family, and community.
I am a domestic transracial adoptee and was raised by white adoptive parents in a closed-adoption configuration in rural, conservative California. I identify as a multiracial, two-spirit, Indigiqueer with Yaqui, Aztec, and European ancestries. Understanding my own adoption story has been defined by agonizing bewilderment and continues to be an ever-evolving journey made painfully hindered by the implications of the US adoption system. My process of reconciling identity and the woven experiences of privilege and trauma as a lighter-skinned, mixed-race transracial adoptee has greatly inspired my work as a teacher, writer, community organizer, and therapist and is why I am committed to creating a private practice specifically for other transracial adoptees to arrive as they are and heal.
My work with clients is held alongside values & an approach rooted in relational psychodynamic care, harm reduction, abolition, and decolonizing the mind-heart-body. As an adoption-oriented clinician, I am often also leaning on attachment theory and IFS to untangle the complexities of the adoptee experience. Additionally, I'm a community meditation teacher with formal and informal training in various indigenous and earth-based practices, and I appreciate the integration of western clinical modalities with our original medicine & wisdom teachings.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- 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 Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Persons with Disabilities
Adoptees, Foster Youth, Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities, Racial Trauma, Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
I am currently accepting virtual (telehealth) clients only residing anywhere in the state of California. I do not accept insurance – however, superbills can be generated upon request. Limited sliding-scale available.
- Credit Card
- Monday Afternoon
- Monday Evening
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Wednesday Evening
For a free 20-minute consultation to assess whether we are a good fit for each other, please schedule using the following link: https://calendly.com/agonzalezwellness/freeconsultation
Please note: spaces are limited – if you are unable to find a time that works for you, please do check again as I do update my calendar every two weeks to reflect my most current availability.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466