Get to know the team of therapists that are here to help
At Estes Therapy, we understand that each client walks into our office with a different experience and background, and the same is true of our therapist team. We’re not a “one size fits all” practice. Our MFT-licensed therapists and MFT interns are all excellent at what they do, but finding a good personality match between you and your counselor is the best way to help you achieve permanent, positive change. Read our bios below to learn more about us and choose the therapist that sounds like the right one for you.
IMF #80385 | $150 per 50-minute session
Available Monday and Wednesday | Oceanside
Hello, and congratulations on taking the first (and sometimes scary) step toward self-improvement. Reaching out for help isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. As your therapist, I will accompany you on the journey toward attaining your goals, providing a supportive and encouraging atmosphere as well as challenging you to take risks and think outside of the box. Together, we can tackle the issues at hand and provide you with the tools for future healthy and happy living.
My therapy style is relaxed and nurturing, my main objective to provide an ambiance of safety and security in which you feel comfortable sharing your experiences. While I have a strong sense of humor and a lighthearted nature, I am not afraid to push you to achieve your goals.
Learn more about Mackenzie Clark
MFT #PSY 29615 | $175 per 50-minute session
Available Monday | Oceanside
Nearly all my adult professional life I have worked with families, adolescents and children in some capacity. I have sought to make a difference in the lives of others whether that was as a middle and high school teacher or helping people in my practice overcome life’s individual and relationship challenges. I believe when we are in the service of others, our lives take on not only meaning, but more importantly, purpose.
Learn more about Dr. Ben Culhane
I believe we are biologically hard-wired to seek and form deep relationships with others. Being emotionally available to another person and wanting them to be equally available to us is healthy. Sometimes in our interpersonal relationships, whether romantic or family relationships, even friendships, we experience challenges and difficulties that leave us feeling confused or angry or hurt, unloved.
IMF #100572 | $135 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Thursday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office.
As humans, we all crave connection and community with others. Sometimes though, life gets in the way. My name is Carly Goldstein and whether you want to reconnect with your partner, navigate a big life transition, or even learn preventative tools and resources, I am here to support you. Long gone are the days where clients lay on the couch and tell their problems to a stoic therapist day after day, year after year. Our time together will be filled with connection, comfort, warmth, safety, and even humor. I practice emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), which is a short-term, solution-focused therapy. I use a highly individualized approach, working closely with you to develop realistic, practical goals to help you create or maintain your dream relationship. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and I am the expert on relationships. Together, we will build you and your partner a toolbox of skills and resources so you can get through anything life might throw at you as a team.
Learn more about Carly Goldstein
IMF #100541 | $135 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Thursday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office
If you are in need of quick relationship skills and tools training, or patient long term processing and restructuring, I will be there as a support, a guide, and a safe space. Research tells us that couples tend to wait an average of 6- 7 years after the onset of an issue prior to seeking help for it. Can you imagine going 6-7 years with a broken bone before going to the doctor? Therapy is a space where you can work towards creating your own version of your best life. I am Jacqueline Wielick and I am here to help you improve your relationship.
Learn more about Jacqueline Wielick
Together, we have the ability to create new ways of being in this world. I believe that our attachments and connections to others have a tremendously significant impact on our wellbeing and how we experience ourselves and our lives- and when you are in a crisis, you need practical help fast.
IMF #94077 | $135 per 50-minute Session
Available Monday - Thursday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office
Are you ready to get off the “he said/she said” cycle and remember why you like your partner? Maybe you’re simply tired of feeling tired and know that something needs to change, but you’re not sure what. You don’t have to figure it out alone. My name is Rina Podolsky and I work as a multicultural and bilingual Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT). From affairs to mid-life issues, I help couples and individuals sift through what is weighing them down so they can feel, think, and make decisions with clarity and confidence. When it comes to relationships, think of me as calling in reinforcements: I am here to help you untangle, rebuild, and reconnect. Life and relationships may be challenging, but they shouldn’t be this hard all the time. I earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University after realizing how naturally supporting roles come to me.
Learn more about Rina Podolsky
IMF #95569 | $135 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Saturday. Day and Evenings. | Oceanside Office
Whether you are interested in pursuing individual, couple, or family therapy as a means to address your relational or behavioral health concerns, or are simply seeking personal insight and improvement, congratulations on taking the first step! As a retired Marine and nowAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist, I am well-versed in helping individuals meet their goals.
Learn more about Dawn Rosenblad
As your therapist, it is extremely important to me that I create a safe and non-judgmental space for you and your loved ones. I will also work tirelessly to explore and understand your unique, individual experiences. Through our collaborative efforts, I am confident that we will foster the skills and insight required to negotiate your specific challenges. My therapeutic approach will be tailored to your needs and informed by the most current and relevant research available. If you are seeking concrete skills, hope, humor, and a secure connection, let’s take that next step together.
MFT #94438 | $150
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Mission Valley & Oceanside Office
Although it can be daunting to see a therapist for the first time, you are here for a reason and it’s time to find some healing in a safe and accepting environment. Many times people often develop destructive patterns to try to ease suffering and can end up getting stuck without knowing where to turn or how to safely let others see their struggles and pain. This is where Deborah Mori, LMFT, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, can help you discover your strengths and explore what is getting in your way from the life you want.
Learn more about Deborah Mori
MFT #80162 | $150 per 50-minute session
Available Mondays and Thursdays. | Mission Valley Office
Let’s face it, at times, it’s hard to be human. We all go through difficult times in our life. Therapy offers a safe place, away from the entanglements of your daily life, where you can process, regroup, and reconnect with a happier self.
Learn more about Echo Gaffney
Need help making it through a difficult time? My name is Echo Gaffney and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 8 years experience working with adults, children, couples, and families. My specialties are working with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and substance abuse. I have worked with students at the University of San Diego, Veterans in recovery at the Veterans Village of San Diego, adults in crisis at Turning Point Crisis Center, and individuals, couples and families in several private practice settings.
IMF #92872 | $135 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Saturday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office
Jessica Barnes originates from the beautiful suburbs of Los Angeles. She studied Psychology at University of California at Santa Cruz. Most of her work experience outside of psychology is with children, teens, and their families. She later earned her teaching credential and taught elementary school and middle school before pursuing her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. This experience has helped her gain the skills to foster the parent-child relationship, as well as gain a better understanding of children’s behavior inside the classroom and at home – and to better understand the underlying issues that lead to disruptive behavior.
Learn more about Jessica Barnes
Her passion for working with children, couples, and families in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy brought her to Estes Therapy. With children she uses play therapy to help children learn how to process difficult emotions.
MFT #88568 | $150 per 50-minute session
Available Fridays. Day and Evening. | Mission Valley Office
Through the use of a culturally and trauma-informed approach, I help identify and interrupt patterns of behavior and thought that can be harmful to individuals and their relationships. I provide therapy for individuals impacted by depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger management issues, family conflict, and relationship difficulties.
Learn more about Young Ju
MFT #47653 | $200 per 50-minute Session
Available Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
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.
It can be frustrating when the relationship is going in circles and nothing seems to get it on track. I see so many couples that continue trying to fix the problems, but they keep ending up at a dead end. It can be very frustrating and exhausting. I help couples navigate through all the complicated areas of love relationships: financial, sexual, verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal dynamics, and more. If you are looping over and over within the same arguments, if you feel disillusioned and frustrated… it doesn’t have to be this way! There is hope. In the counseling, we will get you the tools to work together, stop fighting and start enjoying your relationship.
Learn more about Jennine Estes
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Meet Zander. He specializes in playing fetch, cuddling, and giving High Fives. He is the biggest fan of our clients and loves to encourage them to grow.
Learn more about Zander