Rosalie Piedra, LPC-S, RPT​


“You are here because you matter. Because you deserve self-love and healing. I’m here to walk alongside you on your journey, always focusing on offering a sense of safety and connection in our space.”

Welcome! I’m so happy that you have found your way here, and really value your time in learning about our practice and who I am as a therapist. Many clients who come to work with me are searching for support at a time when they feel stuck, tired, or like they have already tried many ways to find relief from stressors, maybe even traumas. I see mental health as a continuous journey, and really aim to help my clients feel a renewed sense of hope that they can heal from their struggles, find new ways to cope, and experience motivation in their future. I see my clients as the experts in their lives, while I am there to provide new insights, offer skills and tools, and most importantly offer a safe connection to allow for exploration and processing.

I have a passion for working with children, teens, and adults in therapy, along with my animal partner, Teddy. Teddy is a mini goldendoodle and absolutely loves meeting with clients of all ages. To learn more about Teddy, check out his page here. Our work with clients and niche areas include play therapy, sandtray therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR), somatic experiencing and animal-assisted counseling. While these are all such powerful and healing approaches, allow me to share more about who I am as a therapist.

As a therapist, I always aim to be transparent in my therapeutic relationships and make an effort to demystify our journey together. I begin every therapeutic relationship by getting to know you, and learning more about your goals to begin identifying how best to approach our work together. I know therapy is not a one size fits all approach. Thus, I find it important to focus on the connection, relationship, and history of each individual client or family I work with to show up with intentionality. I am gentle in my approach and find it important to be authentic.

Professional History

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT™), and a Certified Sandtray Therapist (IPT-CST). Before beginning my career as a therapist, I was a PreK and 2nd grade bilingual teacher in Austin ISD. I received my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2015 and quickly became a school counselor in Austin ISD. I served many roles during my time as school counselor, but my favorite was always meeting with children in small groups and one on one. In 2017, I was one of three finalists for Austin ISD’s School Counselor of the year, an achievement that I still am proud of today. I never imagined that I would leave the public education system, however saw an opportunity to help children, teens, adults, and families in new ways during COVID and made the brave choice to open the doors to Mindful Connections Counseling. I have served on the Hill Country Chapter for the Texas Association for Play Therapy (HCC-TxAPT) as a social media liaison and am currently the present-elect for HCC-TxAPT. I and am an active member in the Austin and Texas play therapy community and the EMDR community. Through my experience working with children, teens, and adults in my role as a counselor, I established Mindful Connections Counseling in 2021 and continuously grow and learn through my determination for ongoing consultation and training.

Rosalie’s Rates

$200 Initial Intake Session

$185 Individual Sessions

Areas of Specialization

Animal Assisted Counseling
Behavioral Issues
Complex PTSD
Coping Skills
Grief and Loss
Life Transition

Low Self-Esteem
Peer Relationships
Play Therapy
Intergenerational Trauma
School Related Issues
Social Skills

Advanced Trainings

  • EMDR Trained
  • Dr. Nacho Jarero’s Advanced EMDR Training
  • EMDR and Adlerian Play Therapy
  • EMDR Master Series with Ana Gomez
  • Recognizing and Treating Youth with Dissociation with Fran Waters, Annie Monaco, & Ann Beckley-Forest
  • Synergetic Play Therapy 6 month course
  • Somatic Experiencing (Intermediate Year)
  • Animal Assisted Counseling Academy
  • Institute for Play Therapy Certified Sandtray Therapist
  • AutPlay Therapy Training
  • Engaging the Body in Play Therapy with Movement, Rhythm, & Sensory Play with Robyn Gobbel
  • Adlerian Family Play Therapy 
  • Dissociation Training with Marshall Lyles
  • Volunteer at the Austin Center for Grief and Loss

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