Aloha! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California. I was raised in Oahu, Hawaii and had been living in Southern California for the past 10 years. I completed my Master’s degree from Loma Linda University and I have over 8 years of experience working as a therapist. Previously, I worked in community mental health clinics, elementary & high school settings, and a residential treatment facility. I have experiences with adults, children & teens, and families. My areas of experience are: Stress & anxiety, depressive issues, adult relational problems, communication, and phase of life issues.
I would describe my therapy style as strength-based, collaborative, insight-oriented, and use of humor with countless metaphors. With our therapy process, I would like to spend time exploring your life story so I can assist you in "untangling" and/or “fitting those odd puzzle pieces together." My goal is for clients to live a fulfilling life.
I was taught that we each carry an “invisible backpack” packed with difficulties, hardships, and personal trauma in life. These growing difficulties result in a heavier backpack in which one day...become almost unbearable. As your therapist, I believe my role is to help unpack so you can rest those shoulders and practice training your “mental muscles.” Sometimes life doesn’t get easier, so you will learn to strengthen your emotional endurance. And your adventure continues.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Communication Problems, Immigration Issues, Life Purpose, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CA LMFT 105883
Romana has been really good to me. Even when I don’t keep up with my therapy
Written on May 15, 2022 after therapy with Romana for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Romana has been my therapist for some time now and I am so thankful to have found her. Out of my other therapists in the past, she has been by far, the best therapist for me. I struggle with anxiety and she has helped me work through so many difficult times in my life, such as family triggers, school stress, major life changes, financial anxiety, relationship issues, grief, you name it! She responds in a timely manner and with every message from her, I can see how much care and thought she puts into them. Romana puts great effort into understanding me and is an expert at helping me find ways to cope. Not only does she give great advice, but she also asks very thoughtful and helpful questions. I feel comfortable and safe to talk with Romana. I highly recommend her :)
Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Romana for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Romana has always been great. I have had other therapists before Betterhelp and I always recommend this service to people. Even before covid it was great to be able to text her or schedule time when I needed it, instead of the old models. Romana is always spot on and helpful and very consistent. She knows me and it helps to have someone who knows my history over time.
Written on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Romana for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
I love her! I feel like I can be myself with her. She understands me and I appreciate that she doesn’t see me as a problem, she directs me patiently. She’s very good to talk to. :)
Written on Feb 20, 2019 after therapy with Romana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Romana has been my therapist for about 3 months now, and I have seen so much progress in my journey through mental health. I came to BetterHelp to find a convenient way to seek help for depressed moods and phase-of-life transitions (I am a recent college graduate). I am so grateful that I got paired with Romana. Her advice, wisdom, and support has helped me through my struggles and so much more. Romana is relatable and takes the time to understand my experiences and life stories. I absolutely recommend her to anyone who is looking to take care of their mental health.
Written on Dec 18, 2018 after therapy with Romana for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem
Romana is an INCREDIBLE therapist. She responds in a timely manner and tries to understand what you're going through. She's INCREDIBLY helpful. When I was worried I wasn't going to be able to afford the website; I was more nervous about not being able to talk to Romana because she has helped SO MUCH! She's my first therapist I've ever spoken to and well, I can't say enough good things about her.
Written on Dec 17, 2018 after therapy with Romana for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem