Today we’d like to introduce you to Priscilla Rodriguez.
Priscilla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began my journey back in college when I took my first class in family relationships and fell in love with the research that explained how people interact, fall in love, depend on each other, and strive to create a life together.
Soon after, I became a research assistant at the UT Austin Love Project and would study how couples communicated about a problem in their relationship. That same year, I wrote a thesis on how stress depletes ones ability to effectively communicate.
This was towards the end of my junior year in college, and I had to figure out what I was going to do with my life, classic college experience. I knew I wanted to help people, I knew I enjoyed learning about couples and relationships, so I chose to further my education by learning more about marriage and family therapy.
My initial intention was to go for my Ph.D. at Auburn University, and while I had the best advisors there and great support to continue, I found my passion in working with couples in a therapy and community setting! I moved back to San Antonio in 2015, after completing my masters, and worked towards my full license as a marriage and family therapist in Texas.
This meant accumulating 3000 hours of work experience, 1500 of these had to be working directly in front of clients. I took a job at a foster care agency, as I began to accumulate experience hours. During this time, I knew that I wanted to end up in private practice, and with the encouragement and support of my clinical supervisor and my now husband, I decided to open up my private practice the summer of 2016.
Over the next few years, I took time to learn the business logistics of running a private practice, I also planned a wedding, and bought a house before leaving the foster agency to run my practice full time in May of 2018. I finally became fully licensed in June of 2018 and became creative of how I was going to reach couples.
I understand that not all couples feel comfortable with coming into therapy or may not need therapy, but still want to deepen their relationship, so I created some online relationship classes and recently began hosting workshops for couples to attend.
My mission is to help couples connect on a deeper level and make this experience tailored to what makes them feel comfortable.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have had to learn a lot about marketing both in-person and online. This was not a smooth road; however, it has been doable. Many of the struggles that came with this is taking time to figure out what worked for me and recognizing that something that works for someone else may be a completely different experience for me. There have been times that it has been frustrating, but something that has helped is reaching out to others for help and knowing that it will take some time to grow.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business’ primary focus is on helping couples connect by creating a solid foundation and enhancing their intimacy and communication. My business also focuses on helping women find balance in their lives and enhancing their relationships with friends, family, and partners.
I am most proud that my business has been able to reach couples at all levels of their relationship, not just couples who are in crisis, but couples who are at the beginning of their relationship and are being proactive in setting their relationship up for success.
I am also proud that I have been able to reach a larger audience of couples by collaborating with local wedding vendors. I believe this is also sets me apart from others because I enjoy working with younger couples at earlier stages of their relationship.
What were you like growing up?
I like to say that I had an interesting childhood growing up. My dad was in the Navy, and we moved a lot growing up. I was also an only child for about nine years before my parents decided to have three more kids. I would say that I matured quickly, and I learned to make friends very fast from an early age, mainly due to changing schools frequently. I think this is where my people skills stem from and my ability to connect with others.
Growing up I was always motivated to get things done. Not sure where this stems from. Perhaps because it was a rule that I wasn’t allowed to play until I finished my homework, so I would get all my work done on Sunday evenings, so I would have more time to play my Nintendo 64 during the weekdays. Striving to get things done quickly and efficiently has been part of my mentality, even throughout throughout my college years, and even now as a business owner. Which, I can see how it has benefited me and has helped with a work life balance.
My interests growing up were in my dog, her name was Curly, I enjoyed being creative in the kitchen with my mom and liked to bake in my Easy Bake Oven. In middle school and high school, I was in band, health clubs, cheerleading, and was involved in many community service events.
- Relationship Wellness Class Bundle $247
- Relationship Wellness Class- Core Skills $100
- Online and in-person couple intake – 90 minutes $150
- Online and in-person 60 minute sessions: $100
- Address: 7400 Blanco Rd. Suite 250 San Antonio, TX 78216
- Website: www.modernwellnesscounseling.com
- Phone: 210-899-6284
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