Posts Categorized: Counseling

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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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 Couples Counseling Can Help

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5 Ways Counseling Helps Your Relationship

I always say that if one partner suggests marriage counseling… the relationship needs counseling. When a marriage is fulfilling for both partners, one of them will not suggest seeking outside help. Did your spouse recently suggest going to counseling, but you’re not so sure?

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Do You Have Anxiety? How to Keep Your Relationship Strong

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Don't Let Anxiety Take Over

If you suffer from anxiety it can be hard to maintain a strong bond with your partner. When you are freaking out and he or she tries to get close, your fear might tell you to push your partner away. In reality, it’s important to learn to turn to your partner and gang up together against your anxiety, but this might not come naturally.

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3 Reasons to Get Premarital Counseling

3 Reasons to Get Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is not just for couples in severe distress.

Premarital counseling can help you build a strong base for your future as a married couple. It will help provide you the tools necessary to learn how to communicate better with each other. Sometimes what seems like a small issue has the potential to grow into a substantial wedge and you don't realize it just yet. Your therapist may even see some red flags and point them out to you so you can work through these before they become damaging to the relationship.

Here are three main reasons that seeing a professional counselor before the wedding day is a good idea.

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Substance Abuse and Relationships

Substance Abuse and Relationships

How Addiction Can Impact Your Bond

Any relationship has its bumps in the road, but addiction is a real road block that can cause your relationship to lose its secure attachment and pose real danger -- both emotional and physical. If you are the loved one of an addict, you may feel helpless, and torn between staying in the relationship or walking away. Many people who love addicts fear being an enabler, but also don't want to leave their partner in the cold. Substance abuse is a hard road, but with the right resources, when the addict is ready to get help you can get to the other side.

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How to Waste Your Money on Couples Counseling

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Why coming to counseling with one of the 3 A's will sabotage your effort

Yes, couples counseling can be a real life line for your marriage. But only if you are willing to do the work and come to counseling ready to be emotional, honest, and take real action. If have any of the three A's: abuse, addition, or an affair -- your results won't be the best they could be. In fact, you might make very little progress at all. When you go to couples counseling with one or more of the three A's, you are wasting your money and time. Here's how to waste your money on couples counseling.

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