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Counselor / Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Rawna Romero: Offering Psychotherapy For Teenagers, Adults, and Couples

Rawna Romero: Offering Psychotherapy For Teenagers, Adults, and Couples photo
Offices in San Francisco and Alameda, California
When approached with integrity, compassion, curiosity and care, PSYCHOTHERAPY can be profoundly reparative and life-altering. It can help you traverse times of uncertainty, discover what most nourishes and sustains your well-being and broaden and deepen your experience of yourself, your life and relationships with others.

It can also help recover from the aftermaths of trauma, abuse and neglect, cope with psychological vulnerabilities, disability or illness, develop more self-esteem and confidence and meet the challenges of living with as much ease as possible.

If you are seeking a warm, engaging and collaborative therapist, and wish to learn more about my work as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), please consider calling me.

I have been assisting teenagers, adults, couples and families in their search more joyful and fulfilled lives since 1997, and would be delighted to speak with you to explore how I could potentially help you, whatever your needs or goals.
Bio
Ever since I was a young person, I have been drawn to what I now call “life beneath the surface.” I was curious to understand my own emotional and psychological world, and could sense this world and its deep stirrings in others. I was introspective, even as a child, and endlessly interested in the inner life of others, especially those lives that were somehow touched by hardship. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother who succumbed to a debilitating lifelong depression and died of cancer at the age of 42, I was not required to look far, but I was also aware of the suffering of others, and the tenacious determination of the human spirit and psyche to endure even the most extreme forms of oppression.

Personally, I began to believe that while some forms of suffering are immutable, that others could be transformed, and that as individuals we can exercise some measure of influence upon our destinies, even our psychological destinies. At the age of 20, with the influences of my mother’s death and other significant losses still reverberating in my life, I began seeking this for myself, not knowing how or if I could “mend my life” but determined to try.

This process has been and continues to be one of the central focuses of my life and has helped fortify and enrich me in many ways, nurturing my development and helping transform what I once regarded as liabilities into strengths. It has also offered me many opportunities -- for understanding, developing my capacity to love, and for authoring and navigating my own life, with more choice and freedom than I imagine I would have had in other circumstances.

As a therapist, I hope to accompany and offer guidance and support to others as they engage in this process, sharing what I have learned in my own search, and what I have gleaned and understood from my work with others. While informed by the wisdom of many mentors and teachers, some of what I have most learned has been from my clients themselves, and their brave willingness to explore, express and share what is most real in their hearts and lives.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Adolescents  Learning Disabilities
 Anger Management  Life Transitions
 Anxiety and Panic  Loneliness
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Bicultural Difficulties  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Children's Counseling  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Couples Therapy  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Depression  Sexual Dysfunction
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Domestic Violence  Trauma and PTSD
 Eating Disorders  Women's Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Certified Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (MFCC)
Education/Training
I received my Masters of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in 1997 and my Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in 1985.

I have been a practicing psychotherapist since 1995 and in private practice since 2005. For ten years, I was affiliated with the TALKLine Family Support Center/San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center in San Francisco, both as a therapist and as a Clinical Supervisor. In addition to my work as a clinician, I also supervise therapists-in-training, most recently through the auspices of the California Institute for Integral Studies and the Blue Oak Counseling Center. I participate in professional training on a continuing basis to continue to refine and broaden my skills and knowledge as a therapist and to help ensure that I am apprised of the latest developments in psychological thought.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked for twenty-five years with a variety of social service organizations in San Francisco, including with agencies with specialties in assisting women and persons with disabilities and chronic physical and mental illness. I also worked for more than a decade at McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute, as a Health Educator/Client Advocate with the San Francisco Department of Mental Health for four years, and in the management of a three-year grant sponsored by the California State Department of Mental Health that provided affordable housing and related services to persons with histories of chronic homelessness.
Memberships
California Association of Marriage Family Therapists
Association of Family Therapists of Northern California
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, credit and insurance
Hours:8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
License:LMFT 41466 California
Location
2282 Union Street
Additional Location
2416 A Central Ave.
AlamedaCA 94501
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