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LeLaina Romero is a counseling psychologist, an educator, a singer/songwriter, and an activist working at the intersection of social justice and well-being. Her work particularly focuses on LGBTQ people of color, and on co-creating healing spaces for activists. She has also engaged in training and supervision of graduate students in social work, counseling and other clinical fields.
As a queer multiracial/Latina community artist and healer, LeLaina believes that we grow and heal through connections—with ourselves, others, communities, and our surroundings. Through activism that centers relationships, she believes we have the ability to resist and dismantle oppression and create a more just world that can nurture growth, healing, and transformation for all.
LeLaina graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010. Her practice and scholarship have always focused on the intersections of marginalized identities, particularly for people of color of all genders, sexualities, and classes, including those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Her dissertation focused on how people of color in poor urban communities see themselves thriving while facing oppression and poverty.
LeLaina previously had a psychotherapy practice as part of The Meeting Point, a collective of independent body workers and mental health practitioners committed to meeting the needs of underserved populations, particularly LGBTQ individuals, people who have experienced trauma, and people with physical and/or emotional disabilities. She also developed a social justice seminar for interns at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design Counseling and Wellness Center. She is active in the Association of Women in Psychology and served on the Implementation Collective, working to increase AWP’s welcome and inclusion of women with marginalized identities.
Here in Durham, LeLaina is on the leadership collective for the Clearing, an emerging spiritual community centering the liberation of all people but especially queer and trans people of color. She leads the Beloved Community Chorus, a group that centers the music of people of color and engages worship at the intersections of music and social justice at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and is co-facilitating a project focused on healing justice and community care with the LGBTQ Center of Durham. She is also growing as a new parent to an incredible kid.