Meet the Estes Therapy team

San Diego Marriage Counselors & Individual Therapists

Take a look around and find the right therapist for you. Think of us as your relationship consultants. We are your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and figure out what’s really going on. 

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You Are Not In It Alone

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. We tailor our counseling sessions toward your specific needs and therapeutic goals. Our Marriage and Family Therapists are all excellent at what they do, and finding a good personality match between you and your counselor is the best way to help you achieve permanent, positive change.

We want everyone who walks in our door to get the tools they need, long-term. For both individuals and couples, our psychotherapy sessions are relaxed, collaborative, and effective. We want to hear your story. Each member of the team is dedicated to making sure you’re in a comfortable space in order to feel safe and supported when you share your story. Therapy with a member of the Estes Therapy team is compassionate and down-to-earth, offering both empathy and lasting results. We’re not here to put a band-aid on the issues. We’re here to get to the root of the issue in order to facilitate lasting change and success in your goals.

Today, we are a group practice with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, Associate Professional Clinical Counselors, and a whole team of behind-the-scenes administrative staff! We are so ecstatic to have such a diverse team of amazing therapists, but the journey for Estes Therapy all started with owner and founder, Jennine Estes Powell!

Meet Our Therapists

Read our bios below to learn more about us and choose the therapist that sounds like the right one for you.

All Therapists are Available via Telehealth to Clients Anywhere in California

Mission Valley Team

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Jennine Estes Powell

Hi, I’m Jennine! Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, supervisor, founder, owner, and CEO of Estes Therapy! 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
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Liz Barajas

Hello! I'm Liz, and I am thrilled to be on the Estes Therapy team as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I provide counseling in both English and Spanish. My journey in therapy has been focused on supporting couples and
Erin Chan Therapist

Erin Chan

Hi there, I’m Erin Chan. I am grateful to perhaps join in as a collaborator along your journey. I sincerely believe in the inner wisdom and resilience of all of my clients, young and old, new or familiar with therapy.
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Aly Allen

I am a San Diego native, a graduate of SDSU with a BA in History, and National University with an MA in Counseling Psychology. I am an Associate Marriage and Family therapist and I love working with both couples and
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Young Ju

Hi! I am Young Ju. Growing up in two countries and cultures, I became immensely aware of my difficulty feeling comfortable in my own skin at a young age. With age, my introspection grew outward, blooming a curiosity in others
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Rina Podolsky

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
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Dr. Ida Fariba, PsyD.

My name is Dr. Ida Fariba and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here at Estes Therapy in San Diego. I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples who feel stuck in ongoing patterns of disconnection, in addition
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Jacob Munhoz

We recognize that very often the first step in healing the pain, is to take a step toward that pain. That first step can be really scary, so the therapist you choose should be someone you can learn to trust
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Bonnie Cardillo

My name is Bonnie Cardillo, my pronouns are she/her/hers. First off, I would like you to know that I aim to provide a warm counseling space for you and your loved one to process without judgment – where all thoughts
Lauryn Plush Therapist

Lauryn Plush

My name is Lauryn, and I want to support and help you on your unique journey to feeling empowered and navigating your relationships. Love is an essential primary need for humans, and my goal is to guide clients throughout their
Sarah OLeary Therapist

Sarah O’Leary

Hi, my name is Sarah O’Leary. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as the Clinical Manager here at Estes Therapy. First I want to commend you for taking this step – the step that brought you
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Dana Pasculescu

Dana was born and raised in Europe, and since she was an adolescent, she felt that her calling was to help others. She became interested in psychology in her early twenties when she was overcoming struggles of her own. Her
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Joe Salvati

Hello and thank you for reading a little about me, Joe Salvati. I began working with individuals and couples in 2010 with skill-building and workshops...
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Dana Sockolov

Hello! My name is Dana Sockolov, and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. The power of therapy has played such a vital role...
Jessica Hattersley Therapist

Jessica Hattersley

Hi, my name is Jessica! I am so happy you’re here. I look forward to meeting you and providing a calm and inviting space to explore and process...

Oceanside Team

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Jennine Estes Powell

Hi, I’m Jennine! Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, supervisor, founder, owner, and CEO of Estes Therapy! 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
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Kianna Rodriguez-Garcia

I am Kianna Rodriguez-Garcia, Clinical Administrator here at Estes Therapy for the Mission Valley and Oceanside offices. I am here to be an accessible bridge from client to therapist. I’ve accomplished providing support to Therapists as a previous Front-Office Manager,
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Aly Allen

I am a San Diego native, a graduate of SDSU with a BA in History, and National University with an MA in Counseling Psychology. I am an Associate Marriage and Family therapist and I love working with both couples and
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Dr. Ida Fariba, PsyD.

My name is Dr. Ida Fariba and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist here at Estes Therapy in San Diego. I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples who feel stuck in ongoing patterns of disconnection, in addition
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Dana Sockolov

Hello! My name is Dana Sockolov, and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. The power of therapy has played such a vital role...

Administrative Team

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Jennine Estes Powell

Hi, I’m Jennine! Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, supervisor, founder, owner, and CEO of Estes Therapy! 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
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Kianna Rodriguez-Garcia

I am Kianna Rodriguez-Garcia, Clinical Administrator here at Estes Therapy for the Mission Valley and Oceanside offices. I am here to be an accessible bridge from client to therapist. I’ve accomplished providing support to Therapists as a previous Front-Office Manager,
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How It All Began

As a teen, I found myself reaching out to others and helping my friends navigate through difficult times in their lives. Connecting with people was very natural for me and I enjoyed understanding how people interact and behave. I knew from an early age that counseling was the direction I wanted to take my career in.

In 1997, I began my education in psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University with a major in general psychology and a minor in Spanish. Two years into my bachelor’s degree, I decided to go on an adventure and live in Spain for a semester to solidify my Spanish. I went to school full-time at Bilbao University and also interned at a center called “Tximeleta” (meaning butterfly in the Basque language).

I was completely out of my element — I was traveling alone, living in an unfamiliar culture, and trying to establish myself without family and friends. I ended up learning so much while I was in Spain, both personally and professionally. It was an incredible experience whose lessons — developing relationships in a challenging environment, keeping a strong sense of self and growing personal confidence — I still draw on today and try to teach to my clients.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term, research based counseling working with couples. The therapy approach has successfully proven to have long-term lasting results for couples. The EFT focuses on creating a secure relationship by helping couples learn how to stop old communication patterns, decrease their reactivity (either quickly snapping or shutting down), and create an emotionally safe relationship. We quickly and effectively find the cause of the problem and heal it, rather than simply patching things over with Band-Aids.

Our experienced team can help you find the perfect customized match for your relationship needs.

EFT helps couples to be more emotionally responsive, available, and accessible to one another through communicating and less reactivity. Emotionally Focused Therapy also focuses on repairing the relationship and healing old wounds. Each therapist has proficient experience as well as a strong educational foundation, but you will have the ability to choose which counselor best suits your needs. Our goal is to accelerate your personal and relationship growth through the use of Emotion Focused Therapy for couples. Other therapies we use for helping couples reach their goals include Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for couples. You can check out our awesome team of therapists here!

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Schedule an Appointment

If you have any questions or want to get in touch to discuss a booking please click the buttons below or give us a call (619) 558-0001 for Mission Valley services and (760) 575-4059 for Oceanside services.