- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
Relationships can be the most rewarding, and the most frustrating, things in our lives.
We want them. Well, we want the good parts. And when we are not getting the good, we think
hey, maybe I am just better off on my own. But where does that leave us? Usually craving and
wanting a relationship again.
Love, communication, and intimacy are probably not the things you learned in school. Most
likely you are relating to others based on what was modeled to you growing up or what you
saw or read on TV, the internet, or in magazines.
Therefore, let's pause, take a step back, and start to explore what lies beneath the surface.
LOVE is the most organic thing—but it's also complicated.
Learning to be your own person in a relationship while developing deep intimacy is something
within your reach.
Whether you are coming to me as an individual or as members of a couple, I welcome the
opportunity to begin a dialog with you.
My desire to help others began after healing from an abusive relationship with food and my body. After healing, I wanted to help others and I became a holistic health coach. For the next 18 years, I supported women to shift their relationship with food and their bodies. Through studying my own relationship with food and supporting others to do the same, I discovered that the study of food was also the study of relationship.
I realized one could use every relationship as a catalyst to know oneself. And in knowing ourselves we have a chance to unlock the feelings and behaviors that hold us back from being our whole, authentic selves.
My passion to study relationship kept deepening as I realized relationships are the mirror into our souls. We learn who we are through relating, so why not use each relationship as an opportunity for that growth?
Hungry for self-knowledge, I began my path of personal growth as a teenager and put myself in environments that would help me learn. I dove into a whole lot of therapy and unlimited personal growth workshops, sat multiple meditation retreats around the world, and studied, practiced, and taught yoga. I studied holistic health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Once I started seeing clients, the work kept getting deeper and deeper. In 2014, I went back to graduate school at Dominican University to study clinical psychology. I enhanced my education through training in Hakomi, a body-based psychotherapy, emotionally focused therapy for couples, the developmental model of couples therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative exchange. I am not the expert but a guide on the side helping you uncover the conditioning, negative beliefs, and patterns that hold you hostage. I listen deeply, reflect, and support you with compassion and warmth to dive deeper into the vulnerability that is longing to be seen. We are building a relationship and it is through the truth and trust in that relationship that you can begin to study yourself, your habits, your thoughts, and your feelings, allowing you to heal your wounded, unacknowledged parts. My approach blends talk therapy, somatic therapy, and engaging exercises that help you notice what is going on within in order to bring those parts forward. Then you can decide what you want to keep and what needs to go away.
I value truth. Within truth lies freedom. As hard as it may be to say what you are thinking or feeling, I believe when you find the courage to look at yourself deeply, it leads you to your truth, and no one can argue with that. It is what I want for myself, for you, and for every person: truth and freedom. I value, honor, and respect the dedication it takes to study ourselves so that we can be more conscious and aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When you know yourself, you can bring that forward to meet any relationship you are in (whether it’s with an intimate partner, child, a co-worker, an addiction, your inner life. . .) and that is when the magic starts to happen.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
My office is in San Rafael in central Marin. It is easily accessible from the 101 freeway, with plenty of free two-hour parking on the street as well as metered parking. To get to my office, you must go up a flight of stairs, making it not ADA accessible.
In addition to my sliding scale, I also offer a few low fee spots in my practice in order to accommodate those in greater financial need. If those slots are taken, I have a waiting list. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your options at (415) 323-3063.
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$140 for a 50-minute session
$90-$140 for a 50-minute session
1214 Lincoln Ave #5 San Rafael, CA 94901
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- Monday Afternoon
- Tuesday Morning
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
- Thursday Afternoon
- Thursday Evening
- Friday Morning
Choosing the right therapist is a personal and important decision. With this in mind, I offer a free initial 20-minute phone consultation to allow us to get to know each other. In this consultation, I can answer any questions you have about the process and find out what brings you to therapy.
If you are interested in working together, please call me at (415) 323-3063 and leave a confidential voicemail. I'll return your call within one business day.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466