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Romi Cumes LMFT, CMT is a leading professional in somatic and relational psychotherapy, bodywork, yoga Instruction, and intuitive healing. She has been committed to mindfulness and movement-based studies for over twenty years and created Transformative Healing Arts in 2006. Romi supports people to explore the profound relationship between somatic (body-centered) awareness, inner-healing and personal growth. She integrates clinical knowledge with intuitive wisdom to initiate greater transformation and healing for her clients. Transformative Healing Arts Inc. is based out of Santa Barbara, California and is an Anthem Blue Cross provider. Telehealth Sessions available

Background

Movement has been one of the most profound sources of soul-nourishment in my life. Long before I was interested in psychology, I was inspired by gymnastics, dance, and yoga, all of which opened me up to the power of innate body wisdom. I believe there are endless pathways to self-discovery, including both subtle and dynamic embodiment practices. I am grateful for my spiritually-focused parents, who introduced me to international healers, curanderos, and shamans while I was growing up. That exposure galvanized my interest in healing, and I glean insight from various traditions and practices

I feel most aligned with myself and spirit when immersed in nature. I feel passionate about ecology, nature-based education, and sustainable living systems, and enjoy spending as much time as I can in wild, especially California and South Africa, where my family is from. I received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a minor in Ethnobotany and Holistic Health.  I strongly believe there is a direct relationship between nature and one’s individual healing process. How we treat ourselves and the earth directly impacts both our personal experience, and the global psyche. 

I began practicing yoga as a teenager, completed my first teacher training in 1998, and became a certified massage therapist in 2001. After working with massage and yoga clients for many years, I felt called to understand more about the body, as it pertains to the psyche and physical/emotional symptoms. I completed a Masters in clinical psychology from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in 2012 and became a licensed psychotherapist in 2018. That journey opened me up to the powerful world of somatic, relational, and client-centered psychotherapy, approaches that greatly influence my clinical practice today. For more information about my approach and offerings, visit the Services tab above. 

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