- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
People naturally strive to make sense of their experiences. Each of us has an innate ability to heal from old wounds and to integrate them into a greater whole. Just as seemingly imperfect threads are woven together, the difficulties we work through and overcome become part of our extraordinary journey. My desire is to help you accept and embrace the richness of your fabric.
Often the beliefs we carry about ourselves don't originate with us or it can be hard to locate the source of our emotions. Maybe you are in a place where the pain feels overwhelming; maybe certain thoughts and memories seem like they are just too much to handle; or perhaps you are well aware of patterns you would like to change but don't know where to start. The belief in your own capacity to heal and move beyond these struggles may feel flimsy at best, but I am here to remind you of your own strength. After all, you made it this far and you are not giving up now. Part of my job is to help you hold what feels like "too much" and to figure out a path forward together.
I may not know exactly what brought you to this moment, but I know what it is to sit across from a caring, empathic person who also challenges you when necessary. I know how important it is to have someone to witness your experience and to practice new skills with. My presence in the room offers warmth, understanding and authenticity, along with moments of lightheartedness. I am able to see the problems of others from many angles at a distance and can help clients think of their situation in a different light.
As part of your therapy team, my small pup Violet provides the gentle kindness and acceptance that only dogs can give.
For the past several years I have worked with survivors of domestic violence in association with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Many struggle with anxiety, depression, and negative self-talk, have experienced childhood trauma, and deal with recurring symptoms of PTSD. I have supported and helped clients to name their experiences, process difficult emotions, and increase self-compassion and acceptance. Together, we have focused on exploring and creating their vision for their life.
My primary approach is relational, client-centered, and strength-based. Ultimately, we are two people sitting in a room together talking. The trust and respect between us as client and therapist are paramount on this collaborative journey. The overall background for my frame of reference is psychodynamic, meaning I take into account the greater context of your life including how early experiences and family influences may be affecting you now.
I deeply value the sacredness of the therapeutic experience. Each pairing of client and therapist creates a unique alchemy and opportunity for growth. The process of self-discovery can be demanding but it is also very rewarding. It is worth the effort. What is uncovered by this continual unfolding may be a greater sense of agency, more solid trust of your inner wisdom, or the ability to acknowledge and accept multiple parts of yourself.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- 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
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
Highly Sensitive People, Parents
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
On a personal level, I am always open to learning opportunities and have an interest in knowing more about Gestalt, somatic experiencing, and in particular Jungian psychology. My goal is to enhance my use of images and metaphors by incorporating work with the shadow, symbols, archetypes, and dreams.
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3026 24th St. #2 San Francisco, CA 94110
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If you are interested in working with me, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me by phone or email to set up a time to talk.
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466