Rita Romero strives to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern and action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness to children, young adults, adults, marriages, and families. Rita earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from National Louis University, and two Master degrees from Governors State University. One Master of Health Science with concentration in Addiction Studies, and one Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Rita is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing therapist (EMDR).
Rita has over thirteen years of counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of settings. These have included counseling in inpatient and partial hospital settings, intensive outpatient and outpatient community mental health programs, and three different domestic violence shelters.
Rita has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and adolescents. Areas of emphasis with children include mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, selective mutism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Rita also has significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect, and dysfunctional family systems.
Rita also has a strong base of counseling experience working with adults in a wide variety of settings. Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder. She is also experienced in the areas of marital and family therapy.
Rita incorporates EMDR, Sand Tray Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, TheraPlay, and Writing Therapy when working with individuals who have experienced severe and prolonged trauma.