About Shoma Rao

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist
San Diego, CA

Shoma Rao

Becoming a Relationship Therapist

I grew up with a sibling who has severe autism and with parents who were his caretakers up until very recently. Family systems and emotional and mental health have always been a focus for me growing up in this environment. I learned the importance of boundaries and self-care early on and to advocate for myself and others when emotional needs were not being met.

I take pride in working hard on my marriage. My husband and I are from vastly different cultures and are also blessed with quite different personalities. This has resulted in several missed emotional signals and miscommunications! Using hard-earned skills of really listening and turning towards one another and solidifying our commitment as a team has been a wonderful journey. We don’t have it down perfectly, but just knowing that we are in agreement about our marriage being a priority is sometimes enough.

Counseling Philosophy

My mission as a therapist is to make you feel comfortable above anything else. I understand how difficult it is to be vulnerable and to share yourself in a way that you most likely aren’t able to do with anyone else. I strive to be nonjudgmental, warm, conversational, and collaborative. My focus is on your well-being, and I am excited to embark on a journey with you to find a way of life that meets your greatest ideals. I strive to help people feel emotionally safe within themselves and with their partners.

My Counseling Style and Strengths

I love to laugh with my clients! Therapy can be difficult and hard work, but I also think there is room for lightheartedness and healing in seeing the absurdity of life. I see my clients as resilient and brave individuals who honor me by allowing me to witness a part of their healing journey.

 

Professional Counseling Background

I graduated with my MFT from the University of San Diego and completed my undergraduate work in psychology at Penn State University. I had a specialized training experience at UCSD Reproductive Medicine where I provided individual and couples therapy with clients who were struggling with pregnancy and postpartum emotional and mental health as well as pregnancy loss. This is a highly transitional and emotional time, and I am well trained to take care of you at the juncture of your life and relationship.

I recently completed work in the recovery field where I provided therapy to those struggling with addictions and/or mental health issues along with family dynamic struggles. I understand the complexity of addiction and the toll it can take on you and your loved ones.

Professional Therapist Credentials and Training

  • Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy
  • Gottman Method Training

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