- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
It sucks to live with thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that aren’t welcoming, hopeful or kind, doesn’t it? When that inner stream is clouded with shame, negativity, or apathy, therapy can be a filter to clear out the toxins and make way for the new–the braver, the steadier, the integrated, the you that has the room and gumption to flourish. Getting acquainted with your badass, authentic self deserves your full attention, intention, and compassion. Leveraging somatic practices and the latest in neuroscience and clinical intuition, I am here to help you contact your innate self-righting capacity and embodied wisdom—a personalized treasure trove. Sessions with me often include attention to the body and the breath, mindfulness and visualization work, art, movement, talk, humor, and embodied metaphor. Let's get to it.
As a therapist, my clients have described me as grounded (born of Midwestern parents), scrappy (raised outside of Philadelphia), straight-talking (middle of two sisters), intuitive, witty, and kind. I’d add curious, nerdy, and maybe matriarchal to the mix.
I have a master's degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in somatic psychotherapy. Before going into private practice with Grateful Heart and The Couples Center, I worked at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. And before that, I taught workshops on native and organic gardening, founded a company that imported architectural and garden antiques from Europe, parented two boys into their twenties, and grew through it all with one long-term partner and a dog from the pound.
As a gardener, parent, and therapist, I believe all beings matter. Every tree, lichen, child, and client deserve to live with the space, confidence, and support to be completely themselves, whatever that looks like. Sometimes folks come to therapy when aspects of themselves are forbidden, squashed, or hidden. These parts may be considered too something—too bombastic, critical, messy, inconsistent, shy, too (fill in the blank). The inconvenient truth is that in order to enhance your favorite parts, you’ll need to embrace your least. Sounds scary, but you’ll wind up feeling more expansive, integrated, and solid. You won’t be alone on this journey though. I’ll be encouraging, championing, and sleuthing alongside you to find new ways of being with yourself and others. My role as a therapist is also as a collaborator and the voice of your most ardent supporter, there to give a gentle nudge when you need it.
I am a relational therapist which means that I am a very real person in the room. Like you, I have a personality and values I hold dear. These values are unconditional acceptance, connection, deep love, side-splitting laughter, honesty, and forgiveness. I also value imperfection, awkwardness, and the messiness of life and relationships. I'm a fan of being human and all it entails.
- 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 Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
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Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466