- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
- Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
AMFT #131945, APCC #11366
MA in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Integral Counseling Psychology
Sometimes when I’m on a jog, I am caught spellbound by a flower that I pass. Often in those moments, I stop and inspect. I smell the flower and touch it. I soak in its intricacy. I take pictures of the flower from all angles, experimenting with different perspectives. Of course, the thing that sends us to seek therapy is rarely a beautiful flower but rather
something painful, scary, frustrating, confusing or sad. Regardless of the reason why you seek therapy, I see what we do in the room as a process of illuminating and discovering that which you easily run past. By focusing on a thought or feeling with curiosity and gentleness, you begin on a path towards understanding your needs and expressing yourself authentically. Through this, you begin to feel the full spectrum of emotions, to have meaningful and fulfilling relationships and to become the person you want to be. At the heart of this, I believe, is the cultivation and nourishment of a wise
As a therapist, I am warm, authentic, and deeply curious. The approach I take is collaborative and I take an active role in our dialogue. I use the language of “parts” to describe the complexity of our psyches. While working together, we build awareness of the many parts of ourselves, including parts that may be in conflict and make us feel stuck. I believe we are at our healthiest when all of our parts can have a voice. In therapy with me, I invite you to notice and become familiar with all parts of you. Queer, feminist, and multicultural frameworks are also a cornerstone of the work that I do, as our health and well-being are strongly tied to the impacts of systems of oppression.
I work with teens, adults, couples and families on a broad range of concerns. Some clients come to me with racing minds, heavy hearts, environmental stress, or sexual trauma. Others have questions about dreams, non-monogamy, and family dynamics. We may explore factors that shape identity like race, gender, sexuality and religion, or how to articulate boundaries and manage differing needs in intimate relationships. Yes, the work can be hard at points, and sessions can also be filled with laughter. I love to share and celebrate joy with you!
I come to this field by way of an inherent and endless curiosity about people and the environments with which we interact. My curiosity led me to study cultural anthropology during my undergrad in which I learned to explore the experience of living in someone else’s shoes while never forgetting how my own lens impacts my understanding of another. After years working in the education non-profit sector, I realized, in my own therapy, that my heart was
yearning to go deeper and my body to move slower. I followed these heart-centered-yearings to therapy school. Some identities I hold are cis-female, white, queer, Jewish, only-child, able-bodied & neurotypical. As someone born and raised in Massachusetts who transplanted to the Bay Area, I can also relate to the distinct cultures of each coast. I recognize that these identities have shaped who I am today, and I’m aware of the aspects of myself that have privilege and the ones
that don’t. I’m interested in learning about your identities, whether they are similar or different from mine so I can help you explore the nuances of how your unique identities shape how you interact with the world.
I graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Integral Counseling Psychology. This program introduced me to three modalities of counseling that I draw upon in my work today: psychodynamic, transpersonal and gestalt. My interest in gestalt led me to complete my traineeship at Church St. Integral Counseling Center - one of the few gestalt oriented training clinics in the country - and
the place where I began my own journey as a client! It was during my time in practicum that I developed into a therapist that practices in alignment with some of my core values: authenticity, self-responsibility, curiosity, anti-authoritarianism, collaboration & joy.
While many approaches inform how I do my work, philosophically I am oriented towards a Humanistic/Gestalt approach. This approach emphasizes present moment awareness which helps to build connections between mind, body, emotions and spirit. It also views the client as the expert in their own experience, places a strong value on subjectivity, and invites play and experimentation. I also see the therapy I offer as transpersonal. Soul and spirit show up everywhere: in grief and mourning, in sex and sexuality, in activism and in inner peace. I’m interested in exploring the question: what makes you come alive? What activities or experiences titillate and stimulate your liveliness and which activities mute it? Inside each of us is wisdom. Sometimes we need to peel back some layers to access it. I am here to support and guide you on this journey to authentic expression and inner wisdom. If you’re interested in seeing if we’re a fit, I offer free 20 minutes introductory phone consults. I look forward to speaking with you!
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- Interfaith Couples
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
Persons exploring their sexuality, couples wanting to improve communication
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
I offer Telehealth, in-person and outdoor appointments in San Francisco. Please inquire as to
availability for in-person.
Please note, I do not currently accept health insurance. Some insurance companies
cover out of network mental health providers. If yours is one of them, I am happy to
provide a monthly superbill for reimbursement.
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3150 18th St. (at Treat St.) in SF
2nd office coming soon
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I am accepting new clients in the state of California for video sessions, and clients in the
Bay Area for in person or outdoor therapy sessions in San Francisco.
Please reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 20
minute introductory call – if you let me know a few time windows that could work for you that will speed up the process! I will try to respond to your email within 2 business days.
Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466
Nov 9, 2022