About Dr. Akwete Roman, LMFT

Dr. Akwete RomanAs a clinician, I use Nagy’s contextual approach to therapy that is based on the belief that a person’s fair consideration of his or her relational obligation can result in personal freedom to participate in life’s activities, satisfaction, and enjoyment. I encourage my clients to engage in a dialogue that consists of empathy, acknowledgement, and expectation. I push them to “dig deeper” in order to learn, and connect more to, who they are.

I use techniques from both structural and strategic therapies to develop an understanding of the problem background, including relational context and motivational factors. My work is solution focused, compassion focused, culturally sensitive, and strength based. I assist my clients in building relational maturity and integrity by shifting their attitudes and intentions, by establishing resources for hope and will, and developing an awareness of entitlement and obligation. I support them in practicing self-compassion and self-love, building connections with thoughts, emotions and mindfulness. Together we discover the magic of living their best life by becoming their own best friend, by being authentically who they are and comfortable in their own skin.

I use an integrative, solution-focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive approach to work with couples and families that have an understanding that all relationships have their ups and downs. They are tired of arguing over the same things and blaming each other. They are ready to be more self aware, own their stuff and move forward. They are are not looking to change or fix one another. They are looking for acceptance and are committed to growing, individually and together. They like the idea of showing up as their authentic selves, both in their relationships and in the world.

Education and Career Background

  • Care Advocate, Optum Health
  • Assistant Program Director of Behavioral Health, Primary Health Services Center
  • Counselor, Wellspring Big Brothers and Sisters
  • Mental Health Professional, Institute for Neuropsychiatry
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Syracuse University
  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • B.S. in Psychology, McNeese State University


  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)