Psychology / Coaching

Virtue Medicine JoAnna Romero Cartaya 2015 Jonathan David Sabin Infinity Photographic

Dr. JoAnna Romero Cartaya offers comprehensive psychological care for adults and coaching for older adolescents and adults.  Whether coping with trauma, depression or anxiety, pregnancy, birth, or postpartum care,  or seeking insight, growth, and greater efficacy in life choices, these clinics offer an integrative approach towards authenticity, connection, meaning, and purpose.  Her approach to whole-person care builds resilience, soothes distress, and supports a mindful life.

JoAnna has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, with specialty training in Psychological Testing.  She is licensed for the practice of Psychology and is a Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Coaching Federation.  Active in medical education and the training of professionals, she is an adjunct faculty with the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and serves on the Executive Council of the Iowa Psychological Association as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator, which seeks to improve access to mental health care across the state of Iowa.   Her thoughtful presence weaves humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches into highly personalized care plans, consultation, and teaching.

The Cartaya Clinic is committed to excellence in psychological and coaching practices and informed by her ongoing scholarship, training, and professionalism. To optimize privacy, Electronic Health Record software is not used for the creation or storage of clinical notes.

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Virtue Medicine Iowa City International Coach Federation

  • Weekly on Saturdays via Zoom, from 10:00am to 11:30 am. Cost: $60.00 per session

    Flyer for Moms Group

    To register for the group or for more information, contact us at 319-338-5190 or email

    This online group provides a safe and encouraging forum for moms of newborns, infants, and/or young children to engage in time of self-care and comradery amidst overwhelming and heart-filled experiences of being a mom, on top of a pandemic. The group will focus on providing support, nurturing, and above all a place for moms to discuss the real struggles, difficulties, and joys that come in being a mom who moms so hard! This group is designed to be inclusive of all experiences during motherhood, creating a nonjudgmental, supportive, and confidential environment.

  • Wednesday evenings Online, 7:00pm to 8:30pm or as determined by participants, Cost: $60.00 per session

    To Register for the group or for more information, contact us at 319-338-5190. 

    Flyer for Moms-to-Be

    This online small group provides a safe and encouraging forum for women to connect their experiences and tap into their resiliency as pregnant women.  The group will focus on providing support and caring for the unique experiences of pregnancy, especially during the current pandemic of COVID-19. This group is designed to be inclusive of all experiences during pregnancy, creating a non-judgmental, supportive, and confidential environment.  We’ll explore the changes and experiences of pregnancy and COVID-19 and how the life within sets the stage for a wide range of adjustments to identity, emotions, changes in relationships, and way of moving through life.