Gina Rodriguez, LPC-S, LMFT-S
Do you live with chronic worries, have persistent doubts about yourself, or constantly wrestle with making important choices? Are you struggling to maintain open channels of communication with your loved ones, or feel overwhelmed when attempting to connect with others despite your best efforts? Feeling hopeless, scared, lost? If any of this sounds familiar, please know you’re in good company and that therapy can help.
I respectfully listen and validate where clients are, and prioritize building a strong collaborative relationship through empathy, positive regard and thoughtful directness. Sessions with me are conversational, reassuring and peppered with humor. We’ll work to adjust thoughts and behaviors that create obstacles to wellness, while also identifying and modifying interaction patterns and relied upon strategies that provide short-term respite but ultimately leave you feeling stuck and exhausted.
In my experience, skill building in conjunction with introspective work can facilitate positive outcomes. Building practical coping tools to ease stressors and help you find some relief can be a helpful starting point. Then, engaging in gentle exploration of protective parts, defenses and your inner world can promote increased self-awareness that allows for deeper growth. As a result, you can start to increase your capacity to function in optimal ways, feel more confident navigating life’s challenges, improve your means of relating to others, and harness your inherent strengths as resources. Although this isn’t always easy, fun or fast, your efforts to show up and engage in this work can have lasting and healing effects.
I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness and Neuroscience to inform the skills and techniques I weave in sessions. I additionally draw from the Gottman Method and Imago Relationship Therapy in my work with couples.
My focus areas include Anxiety, Perfectionism, Depression, Relational Trauma, Personal Growth, and working with couples to improve Connection, Communication and Conflict Management Skills.
On a personal note, my goal to become a therapist was inspired by the positive role therapy had on my life. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences at Concordia University Texas and, shortly after, I completed my Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. I’m dually licensed as a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, which means I received extra training to effectively work with both individuals and couples (and helps explain all those fun letters after my name!)
I was born and raised in Austin, am an enthusiastic cat lover, enjoy morning Yoga sessions, watching sports and listening to music. Therapy has been a natural fit for my passion of working alongside others in achieving their goals and I love the work I engage in. Witnessing my clients’ progression is such a reward and I look forward to beginning this journey with you.
If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please call me at 512-201-4501, Ext. 129, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online request form.
Area of Expertise
Generalized and Social Anxiety, Perfectionism, Overcoming Self-Doubt
Healing Relational and Attachment Wounds
Combines Practical Tools With Insight-Building Strategies