I have a knowledgeable background in relationships and helping people improve how they feel. I can give an unbiased perspective, as well as my experience of being a man. I understand the pressures and expectations imposed on men and how we can work together to stop these pressures from hindering your day to day life or your relationships. If you’re having trouble convincing your male partner to come into couples counseling, knowing the counselor will be a male therapist may help encourage him. If you have a poor experience with men in your life, this counseling will be a good place to experience something healthy and different.
Often, people worry about the relationship they will be forming with their therapist. This is the person who will be diving deeply into their life with them to get to the root of any issues. One characteristic people think about is the gender of their therapist. Men have the stereotype of being less comforting, cold, emotionless, or being unable to sympathize. This myth is far from the actual truth. As a male counselor, I provide a nurturing environment full of empathy, understanding, and compassion.
As a male therapist, I am a living example contradicting the myth of men being emotionless or unempathetic. I can demonstrate how men can be just as open and emotional – and that expressing emotions is okay and even encouraged. After completing my B.A. in Psychology at UC Davis and M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy at Azusa Pacific University, I worked closely with children, youth, and families for many years. As a male therapist, I provided a safe, nurturing, and secure environment for hurt people to experience healing and growth.
I utilize several evidence-based practices, including Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in therapy. I have also completed Level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which I utilize in addition to EFT with couples. Through my work in psychiatric emergency response with the community, I am empathetic to those experiencing severe psychiatric crises. My hope is to see children, couples, families, and individuals move quickly toward their goals.
About Jennine Estes, MFT
Think of me as your relationship consultant, I'm your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and help you figure out what's really going on. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Supervisor. I write relationship and self growth advice for my column Relationships in the Raw. Creator of #BeingLOVEDIs campaign. MFC#47653