- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
- Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
AMFT 104939, APCC 4866
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
Do you struggle to feel satisfied with yourself? Does it feel like no matter what you do, it is never enough? Maybe you project a self-confident image, but internally you experience feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. You long to feel at peace with yourself, but the self-judgment and pressure leave you feeling anxious, depressed, and isolated. You are tired of living like this and you are ready to figure out another way. I can help you overcome the obstacles that keep you feeling stuck, and will guide you to build healthier relationships with yourself and with others.
I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with self-criticism, shame, and low self-esteem. After working with me, my clients report feeling more grounded, whole, and confident in their own skin. They are better able to navigate personal relationships, life transitions, and work-related stress.
The way we relate to ourselves is key to our well-being. Unfortunately, in times of difficulty, we can be harshly self-critical. This can lead to depression and self-loathing, making it even harder for us to achieve our goals. I help my clients cultivate a kinder inner voice and develop greater self-acceptance so they can walk through life with more confidence and resilience.
I have enjoyed supporting clients with a range of experiences through my work in private practice, hospital, and agency settings. I integrate my experience as a mindfulness facilitator, and lead meditation and self-compassion groups to help clients learn techniques to reduce stress, increase empathy, and improve awareness. I also draw upon my experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and their families, and I provide queer and gender affirmative therapy.
It is also important to me, as a queer-identified therapist from a multicultural background, that Ito help clients on the margins address the long- term effects of discrimination and stigma, navigate the complexities of their identities, and embrace their unique expressions.
I have also worked with adolescents and their families at Adolescent Counseling Services. Before becoming a therapist, I served as a hospital chaplain at California Pacific Medical Center where I counseled patients struggling with illness and grief.
In addition to helping individuals overcome feelings of shame and self-criticism, I work with:
● Couples on their communication skills, intimacy issues, and conflict resolution
● Teens struggling with mental health issues including, anxiety, self-harm, and depression
● Individuals from underrepresented populations who experience social marginalization, including people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants
● Individuals working through illness, grief, and loss
● Individuals who are exploring spiritual and existential issues
With deep presence and care, I provide a warm space for you to be as you are without fear of judgment. Working from a holistic perspective, I integrate mindfulness, self-compassion, body-oriented techniques, and cognitive and behavioral therapy approaches. Using these tools, I help you notice the dynamics, beliefs, and behaviors that cause you suffering. By helping you cultivate deeper self-awareness, I support you to make choices that free you from the harmful patterns that no longer serve you.
You are not intrinsically broken or in need of fixing, but your pain is real. Your symptoms are very human reactions to emotional suffering, and were developed to help you survive and cope with your environment. As you generate a deeper sense of safety, you can connect with your underlying wholeness and let go of the survival mechanisms that no longer serve you,. You have innate wisdom, resilience, and capacity for growth. , and mMy role is to help you access these underlying strengths so that you can feel more calm, centered, and confident in yourself.
Therapy can be a powerful catalyst for transformation and deep inner work. I am inspired by the courage it takes to pursue this work, and I will beam honored by the opportunity to join you on your journey to feeling more fulfilled, satisfied, and whole.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 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 Kink/BDSM Communities
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
Marginalized Persons; Middle Eastern/Iranian Families; People in Tech; Perfectionists; Refugees
- Experiential Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
Gender Affirmative Therapy; Internal Family Systems Therapy; Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment, Mindful Self-Compassion; Somatic Attachment Therapy
In addition to individual, couple, and family therapy practice, I also frequently run process therapy and skill development groups about topics ranging from self-compassion and mindfulness to LGBTQ+ peer support. Please be in touch to learn more!
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$150 for individuals; $155 for couples
$120-$150 for individuals; $140-$155 for couples. I reserve a select number of sliding scale slots based on financial need. Please inquire about availability.
516 Oakland Ave Suite 102, Oakland, CA 94611
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Please call or email to set up an appointment or for a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466