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Gauge Romine

Gauge Romine is a first generation Asian American, and he works to champion those in marginalized communities. Gauge has a background in psychology and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and then will obtain licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor. Gauge’s passion is helping others find meaning and purpose in their lives while effectively managing daily stressors. Gauge is experienced in working with adolescents, families, and those engaging in substance use. He also has experience in crisis management. Gauge utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and an existentialist approach to help patients break negative patterns and create positive changes. Gauge is focused on providing an empathic and safe space for all individuals he works with. Gauge’s mission is to partner with each of his patients in order to help them reach their goals.

Employee Spotlight

What motivated you to wanting to be a therapist?

I wanted to become a therapist because of my personal experience. Through therapy, I was able to better manage stress, understand my anxiety, and work through personal trauma. This sparked my passion to help others who find themselves in a similar position. My goal is to help my patients to be able to reach their personal goals and find what provides meaning for them. I embrace diversity, and I firmly believe every individual has a unique perspective to offer. I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology and quickly found a place in the behavioral health field while I continue to pursue my graduate degree. My background and personal experiences allow me to address the needs of a wide variety of populations. I love demystifying the counseling experience for my patients. I believe therapy is an invaluable tool for personal growth and development, and I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

What do you see as new trends in behavior health issues following a pandemic?
The pandemic has affected people in so many different ways; however, I have noticed a few trends. Perhaps the biggest trend I’ve observed is the realization that many of us live on “autopilot,” meaning we often find ourselves in such a regimented routine that we forget to process our thoughts and emotions. I think the pandemic has forced us to stop and think about our lives and what gives us meaning and purpose. I’ve also noticed people having increased feelings of boredom and loneliness, which shows how interconnected we are and how much we need others in our lives. Now more than ever, we need a space to be ourselves and discover what drives us, so that we can come out of the pandemic with more empathy, understanding, and connection.

Core Recovery is a Professionally Certified Mental Health Practice in North Phoenix.