Meet the Team

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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.

Carly Goldstein

Carly Goldstein

IMF #100572   |   $120 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.

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Jacqueline Wielick

IMF #100541   |    $120 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.
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.

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Rina Podolsky Marriage and Family Therapist Intern - San Diego Couples Counseling

Rina Podolsky

IMF #94077   |   $120 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.

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Dawn Rosenblad

IMF #95569   |   $120 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Saturday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley 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.
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.

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Deborah Mori Counseling

Deborah Mori

MFT #94438   |   $150
Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. | Mission Valley 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.

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Karen Keith

MFT #96884   |   $150 per 50-Minute Session
Available Mondays and Fridays | Carlsbad Office.

I am very passionate working alongside individuals, couples, and adolescences with life’s challenges, family issues, and personal struggles. Through my life experience of being married for over 36 years, raising a blended family, and experiencing life’s trials, I am able to empathize, encourage and empower my clients to reach their maximum potential of who they are to be.
My experience working 25 years in a school district setting, allowed me the opportunity to assist students (K-12), parents and teachers who faced challenges with disabilities. I have also had experience working with addictions, anxiety, depression, mental illness and trauma while working with the homeless population.
Karen Keith is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary. She has over 20 years of experience working with families and children with special needs, learning disabilities, autism, and ADHD.

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Echo Gaffney Marriage Therapist

Echo Gaffney

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. 
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.

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Jessica Barnes

Jessica Barnes

IMF #92872   |   $120 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 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. Her passion for working with couples and families in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy brought her to Estes Therapy.

In Jessica’s free time, she enjoys movies, dancing, and joking around with friends as she explores the gifts of San Diego. Jessica’s quirky and calming personality creates an open and protected environment for her clients.
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Learn more about what an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist means here.
Jessica Barnes is supervised by Echo Gaffney MFC #80162.

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Young Ju

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.

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Jennine Estes

MFT #47653   |   $175 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.

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