About Brittney Romagna, MA, LPCA

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Brittney Romagna page co-created 9-10-21 by Lucrezia Mangione, LPC, LCPC, NCC, BC-TMH, DCEP & Brittney Romagna, MA, LPC

Brittney Romagna, MA, LPCA, is a licensed professional counselor associate.

Brittney enjoys working with teens 16-years old and above, adults and elders. She uses person-centered, psychodynamic, and strengths-based approaches in helping clients reach their goals. Brittney creates a warm space for you to feel comfortable exploring what it is that brings you to therapy.  She enjoys using arts-based and creative interventions. She feels there is therapeutic value in offering space for nonverbal expression.

Brittney Romagna's clinical interests include trauma-informed work, sports psychology, and art therapy.

In Brittney Romagna's own words . . .

As a therapist, I use a person-centered, psychodynamic, and strengths-based approach in helping clients reach their goals. I serve as a sounding board for you to explore challenges and find solutions without judgment.

All people moving through the world are bound to experience some form of emotional hardship. For this reason, I firmly believe that therapy is for everyone. There is often this inner struggle where people will compare themselves to “someone who has it worse.” I am here to say that you don’t have to be at the bottom of the pit to be worthy of therapy. No matter where you are on your journey, the opportunity to look deeper within yourself, learn coping skills, and set personal goals will only serve to make your adventure that much more enjoyable.

There are often false versions of psychotherapy in movies and TV shows. They include a professional in a white coat who is cold, mean, and silently judgmental while their client is left to feel "crazy" and small. This is not what therapy is or should be like. My strategy as a therapist includes using humor in sessions and focuses on forming a strong connection, called a therapeutic alliance, with you. In addition to talking about the troubles that bring you into therapy, I will ask about your interests and strengths to get a better idea of your experiences. I might use painting, drawing, music, and creative writing with clients who enjoy using creativity to communicate. Together, we work to identify patterns, understand the thoughts and feelings behind behaviors, and increase self-love.

What's in a name? Client vs Patient

I choose to refer to the people I serve as clients, not patients. The definition of a patient is, "a person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment," which communicates that the person receiving treatment is not in control of their healing. I refer to those seeking my mental health services as "clients", which is defined as, "a person who engages the professional advice or services of another." In my view, the active tone of "engaging the professional" honors the very difficult task of beginning the therapeutic process, the commitment it takes to continue going to therapy, and the work that is completed outside of therapy to meet your goals.

I use techniques from narrative therapy in my practice. In narrative therapy, people work to "rewrite" their life story, honoring their experiences and challenging negative beliefs they may have about themselves. The way we talk about ourselves changes the way we feel about ourselves. As such, I am mindful to mirror the efforts put in by clients, who pay attention to the stories they tell about themselves, by being thoughtful about my own use of words.

You are the author of your story and the agent for change in your life. Psychotherapists are professionals and experts in their craft but they are not the expert on you as an individual. YOU are that expert, and you hold the power to grow and heal.

I believe therapy is most effective when the client and therapist work together. As such, I encourage clients to be active participants in their own healing. Seeing the changes you make in therapy will help you to develop confidence and strength, so I am always happy to remind clients of their successes.

Benefits

Psychotherapy brings with it many benefits. There are many such as:

  • Allowing yourself the space to vent and share whatever is on your mind may help you to identify patterns and become more self-aware over time. This may help you to feel much lighter over time.
  • Physical health is connected to our mental health and so therapy can address somatic symptoms that have psychological components. Examples might include: stomach aches, headaches, sleeping problems, and ulcers. Research shows that as your mental health improves, so does your physical health.

  • You might also gain a deeper understanding of those around you and improve the quality of your relationships.

  • Therapy can also be a space to set goals and celebrate successes.

Brittney Romagna's Education & Affiliations

As far as my credentials go: I am a licensed professional counselor associate (LPC-A) in the State of Connecticut. I am actively pursuing a PhD at Fordham University in counseling psychology and recently graduated from New York University with a master of arts degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness.

I earned my  bachelor of arts degree in psychology from  Western Connecticut State University. I am a member of the Young Professionals Leadership Group for the Art Therapy Project, a nonprofit mental health organization providing free group art therapy to adults and youth affected by trauma.

I also invest myself in psychological research with vulnerable populations. I am currently contributing to manuscript development with the Sullivan Lab at Yale University.

Brittney Romagna's Experience

Previously, I worked as a research assistant for the CREATE Lab at New York University and the Vision and Cognition Lab at Western Connecticut State University, where I published research on the effects of stress on spatial reasoning. I believe that remaining current on research in the field helps me to engage in best practices with my clients. Research will often inform my practice.

Outside of Mind Body Well Therapy, I use my understanding of mental health in sports to serve as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Sports Health Institute. I enjoy developing mental health programming for student-athletes in this role, recognizing the increased need for these educational resources. I also volunteer my time for the Radiant Cardinal Project, a local nonprofit organization that advocates to improve access to substance use resources.

I have experience running psychoeducational and creative arts groups with clients of all ages. Previously, I worked with survivors of domestic violence at the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services and adolescent student-athletes at the Golf Performance Center.

Brittney Romagna's Other interests

In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes with my dogs, traveling, painting, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. Although, if I’m being honest, a good chunk of my free time is spent watching Netflix and scrolling TikTok. I’m always open for recommendations of new series to watch. I also enjoy reading murder mystery novels and listening to true crime podcasts. My more recent hobbies include gardening and taking care of three Silkie chickens.

I’m looking forward to learning more about you and potentially sharing this journey together.

Brittney "Britt" Romagna

Citations:

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Cho, J., Martin, P., Margrett, J., MacDonald, M., & Poon, L. W. (2011). The relationship between physical health and psychological well-being among oldest-old adults. Journal of Aging Research, 2011. doi: 10.4061/2011/605041.

Ohrnberger, J., Fichera, E., & Sutton, M. (2017). The relationship between physical and mental health: A mediation analysis. Social science & medicine, 195, 42-49.

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Lucrezia Mangione is the Clinical Director of Mind Body Well Therapy, Pllc. She is a board certified licensed professional counselor, board certified telemental health provider, neurofeedback trainer, counselor supervisor, educator, and nurse wellness education consultant. View her profile.

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