Contact Information

Name and Title

Mara Romanak, LMFT

License Number

MFC 21127

Phone Number

(415) 346-4522

Email Address

Office Location(s)

Office Address

2477 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

More About Me

About My Practice

Are you a young adult going through a difficult time? For many, navigating the years between adolescence and mature adulthood can be quite challenging. You may feel that there are tools to manage life and relationships that others have but you don’t. Anxiety, unhappiness, doubt, or a sense of inner turmoil may be constant or frequent companions.

These uncomfortable feelings have a message to give, and understanding and accepting both the feelings and the message is key to change. A therapist can help you explore these aspects of yourself in a way that is hard to do on your own.

Recent research on the brain shows that we are capable of making new neurological connections well into old age. Therapy can actually change your brain by developing and strengthening more desirable connections that help you feel more content and in control of your life.

I have many years of experience working with young women and men, and I bring an open, curious, and collaborative approach to my work. In a safe, supportive environment, we can help you better navigate the world of relationships, work, and self-understanding.

Professional Interests

Working with young adults in their 20s to mid-30s as they go through important life transitions: leaving home, defining their adult identity, making career decisions, learning how to have healthy relationships, becoming parents.

Working through creative blocks.

Identifying and changing limiting beliefs that affect self-esteem.

Using EMDR to reduce the negative impact of single-incident traumatic events.

Understanding how the brain works and why that’s important to how we feel


M.A., Vermont College, 1982

B.A., University of Michigan, 1972

Experience / Training

Over 25 years experience including family service agency, EMDR, somatic awareness, and holistic health.

Professional Affiliations / Activities

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

EMDR International Association

Certified EMDR therapist