Raina Lawler is a 5th generation Californian who was born and raised in the East Bay. She received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sonoma State University in 2016, and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. For the last three years, she has worked with adolescents at Petaluma Junior and Senior High Schools, where she did individual therapy, and led girls' friendship and anxiety groups, and COSAP groups (Children of Substance Abusing Parents). She is a former group leader with Fiddleheads, a therapeutic nature camp for neurodivergent youth, and she currently works as a therapist for late-adolescents living with mental health disorders.
Raina specializes in adolescent girls' groups, and enjoys facilitating conversations about changing bodies, gender, self-esteem and relationships. Her goal is to lead groups that foster connection, normalize struggles, and create a safe space for group members to share their unique, whole selves. Her theoretical orientations are Attachment, Feminist Multicultural, Jungian, and Trauma Informed care, and this is the foundation from which she leads groups and work with adolescents. She believe in the healing power of connecting to peers, spending time outside in nature, and being silly.
In her free time, Raina practices yoga, gardens, spends quality time with friends, and hikes with her Lab- Spaniel, Bender.