Romi Cumes LMFT, CMT is a leading professional in somatic and relational psychotherapy, bodywork, yoga Instruction, and intuitive healing. She created Transformative Healing Arts in 2005 has been committed to mindfulness-based studies for over twenty years. Romi is dedicated to healing arts and 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.
Movement has been one of the most profound sources of soul-nourishment in my life. Long before I was interested in psychology, gymnastics, dance, and yoga awakened my being, and 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 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 received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a minor in Ethnobotany and Holistic Health. I feel passionate about causes that support 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 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 in 1995, completed my first teacher training in 1998, and became a certified massage therapist in 2001. After working with massage and yoga clients for ten 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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