- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
Everyone encounters feelings of dissatisfaction and confusion in their lives, questioning their choices, their direction, or even who they are at the core. I provide a calm, nonjudgmental space for you to share the things that trouble you, especially the things that are hard to share or the parts of you that you may not feel good about. I work to help you see how what you feel makes sense, making connections to past experiences, and coming to new self-understanding and acceptance.
I have been engaged in my own therapy for many years and believe in the process from both sides of the couch. Therapy has been invaluable in encouraging more rich and real relationships with myself and others. I am interested in the ways people have tried to understand the mysteries of life, including psychology, astrology, science, and spirituality. I'm also a bit of a comic book and movie nerd.
I completed a master’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in integral counseling psychology and began my training at Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center in San Francisco. I enjoy working with people who are thoughtful, sensitive, or came from difficult family situations. I often work with men who lacked good role models and who are defining for themselves what it means to be a good man.
I help you to identify and clarify your thoughts, feelings, and sensations, paying equal attention to mind, heart, and body. I look for where shame might be lurking and am comfortable hanging out in the dark places. I think that deep changes take time, and find value in the therapy relationship that builds over time. Astrology and the Enneagram are tools I sometimes use to give a framework for understanding personality.
My identity as a disabled person has made a big impact on me politically. It has been my entry into understanding privilege of various kinds, the social model of disability, and radical intersectional feminism. It is through these lenses that I view and critique society. As a white, cisgendered, heterosexual man I welcome explorations of privilege and social justice. I have also been a student of astrology for several years, which adds a bit of order and wonder to my perspective on life. On the other hand, as nice as it would be to believe “everything happens for a reason,” I don't think people manifest or deserve everything that happens to them, and sometimes life is unfairly difficult.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- 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
- Persons with Disabilities
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
Thanks for reading this far. It’s hard to know someone just from reading about them. If anything here resonated with you, why not reach out so we can talk about what you are wanting out of therapy.
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Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466