Embodied Presence Blog

Welcome to Embodied Presence: A Blog on Gestalt Therapy, Embodiment, and Personal Growth – a place for creativity, reflection, and techniques for living an embodied life!

My name is Monique Rodriguez and I’m a Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapist in Austin, TX.

In this blog, my intention is to share my ideas about counseling and psychotherapy, education, and research. This blog is for everyone, not just for mental health professionals or researchers, but for ordinary people who want to develop a better understanding of how to navigate the complex world we live in.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Twitter, and Facebook. Please leave comments, your thoughts, and questions. I want to hear from you, so engage me in my endeavor to better understand wellness, personal growth, and what it means to live an embodied life. ENJOY!


The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy

To Touch or Not to Touch? – 3 Ethics CEU’s Join me for an afternoon experience of exploring touch in psychotherapy. The context in which we work as therapists places us in relationships where communication is fundamental to the therapeutic relationship. What are the various ways you communicate with your clients? The essence of touch is really about communication. The needs of our clients mixed with the concerns of adhering to the LPC Code of Ethics when deciding rather to use…

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My Top Book Recommendations

Here’s a list of my top book recommendations: Marriage & Couples  The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D. Chapman Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives by John Gottman Ph.D. and Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening by Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine Love, Pleasure,…

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Gestalt Self Therapy: Techniques for Personal Growth

I am excited to begin this blog series on Gestalt self therapy. Gestalt self therapy is a tool I use to explore and peel away layers of misleading emotions and reactions while becoming aware of new parts of myself. The various topics in this series have grown out of my personal and professional experience in Gestalt therapy. I often share these tools and experiences with my clients and thought I’d share them with you and anyone else and who is…

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National Psychotherapy Day | September 25th

In honor of National Psychotherapy Day on September 25th, I am excited to participate in Jodie Gales’ blog series Therapy Rocks! Jodie created an awesome photo blog of the inside of 25 therapy rooms from around the world. Take a look at all these creative therapy offices! ENJOY!!!   Creative Spaces: Inside 25 Counseling & Psychotherapy Rooms  

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Monique Rodriguez, Ph.D., LPC
Austin Embodied Therapy
1000 Westbank Dr. #6-250
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Skype: austinembodiedtherapy

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