- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
“The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire.”–Audre Lorde
As we grow up, we learn to survive in complex familial, social, and political systems. These inherently adaptive survival strategies lay the foundation for how we relate to the world around us, one another, and ourselves. Unfortunately, these strategies can leave us feeling cut off from longed-for parts of our experience. As adults we may begin to feel limited by old patterns that no longer serve us. This is often when we seek out therapy. I am interested in providing a space for you to remember your known and lesser-known parts. By drawing on your intrinsic source of vitality, rooted in the erotic, we will forge new pathways of connection as you learn to accept, love, and embody yourself.
When I began studying somatic psychology as an undergraduate, it was like learning a new language. As a cognitively oriented person, I am a thinker. Somatic psychology asked me to listen to the subtler voice of my body and an inquiry into my relationship with power and pleasure emerged. As I explored my inner experience, I discovered the root of my power: my erotic life force energy. Through this work I’ve fought familial and cultural conditioning that has systemically severed me from my erotic source. Feeling more deeply into my experience has meant confronting pain, shame, trauma, anger, and oppression. But by connecting to my eroticism I find inner strength and resilience. I am better able to listen to myself, set boundaries, and communicate my needs and desires to others. Every day is an opportunity to honor myself by valuing and staying close to my experience.
I immediately fell in love with somatic psychology as an undergraduate, which inspired me to explore my relationship to gender, pleasure, and power. I continued on to complete a master’s degree in counseling at California Institute of Integral Studies with a concentration in somatics. I am currently in the process of becoming a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
I bring openness and curiosity to my therapeutic relationships. I want to understand how you’ve learned to adapt to your environment by honoring the strategies you’ve used to survive. These strategies, like deep grooves, are familiar to us. As we build trust and safety in our relationship, we will practice taking risks by being in touch with your less familiar parts. My job is to help you stay connected with your experience as we invite all of you into the room. Using a blend of techniques from somatic psychotherapy and sex therapy, we will integrate your sensate, emotional, and cognitive experiences in a movement towards wholeness and satisfaction.
Safety: As you explore the depths of your experience, strong feelings or memories may arise. I am here to help you safely navigate this terrain at a pace that's appropriate for you.
Unconditional positive regard: I believe we've all learned to adapt to our complex life circumstances. I am here to understand you from a place of compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment.
Innate capacity for healing: I believe that, under the right circumstances, we all have the innate capacity to heal. I will laugh and cry with you as we walk your healing path. But I cannot tell you how to heal. This process will organically emerge from our work together.
Commitment: Therapy, however long it lasts, is a challenging endeavor. I am committed to being here for you and I ask that you commit to yourself in this relationship.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons in Kink/BDSM Communities
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Persons with Disabilities
Women Experiencing Anorgasmia; Loneliness; Body Image
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Sex Therapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Group Facilitation; Childhood Sexual Abuse
I welcome individuals and couples of diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences into my practice. I am a good fit for anyone seeking the opportunity to live a more embodied, pleasurable, and satisfying life. I can help you work through issues related to vitality, purpose, self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem, pleasure-empowerment, boundary setting, sex, communication, open relationships, polyamory, sexuality, sexual identity, sexless marriage, affair recovery, sexual dysfunction, anorgasmia, and sexual trauma. By connecting to eroticism, pleasure, and vitality while working through hardship and trauma, we can draw on our own internal sources of power to live fuller lives.
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582 Market Street Suite 718 San Francisco, CA 94104
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Please send me an email or voicemail if you are interested in working together. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Phone: (650) 701-7204
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466