Our Counseling Hours: Evenings and Weekends

Hey San Diego! We’re Open Evenings and Weekends

The last thing we want at Estes Therapy is for you to avoid a counseling session just because you can’t find a way to fit it into your schedule. We know that life gets busy, and you may have to work during the day, so we have extended the hours at our San Diego office to include evenings and weekends! Yes, you read correct, counseling sessions on Saturdays! Thanks to our therapist, we can accommodate our clients in the evenings (until 8pm!) and on Saturdays.

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Are you Addicted to How You Unwind?

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Find out if you have become addicted to your coping practices and how to address it.

Habits are a part of an individual’s life. You are defined by the rituals you follow, the activities you participate in, the things you return to in times of happiness and stress, the relationships you keep, and above all the state of mind you maintain. Having a healthy lifestyle involves maintaining a balance between oneself and the practices one engages in. Too often, this balance gets skewed toward self-destructive behavior; many even become addicted to poor habits.

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How Trauma Therapy Works | San Diego

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Your Trauma Therapy San Diego

Some experiences stick with us, not always in a good way. The experience of emotional or physical trauma can have lasting consequences on our psyche and our body. Trauma may look different to everyone. Some things, like a car wreck or physical abuse, are the most apparent. Whether the traumatic experience is obvious or not, many times we cope the best way we know how and go on about our lives. This can be effective for a short period of time but unless we truly give the wound the time and attention necessary to heal, it can become a heavy and isolating burden.

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How to Support Someone Through Miscarriage

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Helping Your Loved One Through Loss

The loss of a child is a trauma that no one should have to go through. This loss is uniquely experienced after a miscarriage when a mama was not able to meet her baby earthside at all or for very long. As an outsider to the pregnancy, you may find it difficult to know how to react. Whether or not the pregnancy "felt" like a baby to you, it probably did to your friend. With that in mind, let's look at a how to support someone through miscarriage.

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Stop Pokémon Go from Ruining Your Relationship

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Should you say "stop" to Pokémon Go for the sake of your relationship?

Pokémon Go has quickly become nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. With so many players and an incredible amount of media hype in a culture arguably already electronically obsessed, many are concerned about how this augmented reality game could affect relationships.

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How to Resolve Relationship Fights

Resolving Relationship Fights

Conversations about conflict may be hard, but they aren't impossible.

You may have heard the statistic that only 7% of what you communicate is in your words. The rest is made up of body language and tone of voice. In order to be heard and understood in relationship fights, we need to keep calm, actively listen, and respond mindfully rather than just reacting.

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Get to Sleep with Six Simple Habits

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It's time to beat insomnia for good!

Sometimes anxiety keeps us awake. It may be worries about our present day or tomorrow or a general sense of unease. Maybe the energy in our body is ramped up even though it is time to wind down. Whether it is a substance consumed, a misaligned circadian rhythm, or simply an overactive brain, there are practical ways to reset your body clock. Here is how to get to sleep in a few steps:

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Free Dates in San Diego (and elsewhere!)

Keep an eye on your account balance while keeping the romance alive.

Most of us in relationships know that dedicated date nights are a good idea, especially once the relationship becomes committed and settles a bit. But a nice dinner and a show can get a little pricey. Fortunately for you and your bank account, expense ≠ romance. A little creativity and planning can make all the difference and that thoughtfulness is what really translates to your partner. Without further ado, here are some ideas for free dates in San Diego. If you're not in our lovely city, no worries! Try looking for an equivalent locale for your area.

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What is Helicopter Parenting?

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In parenting and professional circles, the phrase “helicopter parenting” has become a bit of a buzzword in recent decades. It refers to a parenting style with a mindset of prevention and rescue. This kind of parenting is most common with mothers but fathers, too, may have a compulsive need to help their child out of tough situations. So are you a helicopter parent?

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Are you Addicted To the Internet?

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The internet is a great tool for accessing information, keeping in touch with friends and family, and even making new friends. When I see clients who are lacking a support network, sometimes they feel much better after attending a MeetUp group they found on the internet or making new connections online. However, sometimes being online can go too far. Internet addictions interrupt daily life and can hinder important relationships – even your marriage.

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