The Best Therapist for You & Your Relationship

San Diego Marriage Counselors & Individual Therapists

Our Mission Valley team is full of talented therapists who are here for you – in person or online. Together, we will work on your immediate concerns, as well as dive deeper to get to the root of the issue. This will ensure long lasting change. We’re not here to put a band-aid on it.

Mission Valley Location

At Estes Therapy, Mission Valley, we are here for you to feel heard and experience the happiness that you deserve. Whether you are on your individual journey, repairing family dynamics, looking to rekindle connection, or working through an affair – we’re here for you. We have a fantastic team of compassionate and insightful therapists whose goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe. Our therapists work with you to help get you out of your unhelpful patterns. We strive to ensure that you leave therapy feeling in tune with yourself and confident to face any of life’s obstacles.

Through our various couples counseling options, we help address issues and strengthen your relationship. Our professionals can help you and your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other with effective couples therapy. Through individual therapy, we will help you heal old wounds and feel empowered in your authentic, full self. Whether you are looking for premarital counseling, couples therapy, or individual therapy, we’re here to help you create lasting change.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Contact Details

You Are Not In It Alone

At Estes Therapy in Mission Valley, we offer a range of therapy options tailored to your specific needs. If you are looking to dive into therapy on a personal level, individual therapy will guide you in your journey towards self reflection and improvement.

Couples benefit from therapy whether you are facing conflict within your relationship or are just seeking tips and tricks for strengthening your bond. Whatever your relationship dynamic, we’re here for you. Estes Therapy is proud to be an LGBTQ practice and are thrilled to provide you guidance to a place of love and acceptance.

By diving deep and rebuilding your foundation you’ll be making lasting change. This is hard work! It’s normal to feel anxious, scared, or hesitant about taking this step. But being here on this page is already the first step! You did it!

If you have any questions about the therapy process or our team, give us a call (619) 558-0001. Our administrative assistant can answer any questions and walk you through the process. To widen our reach, we offer virtual therapy with any of our talented therapists. As long as you are in the state of California, we can work with you! For in person sessions, we’re conveniently located in Mission Valley.

Compassionate And Knowledgeable
Therapists In San Diego

With both couples counseling & individual therapy, you will see your relationships improve and yourself heal & grow. Our therapists are knowledgeable, caring, and work to understand each unique person who sits on our couch. Start your journey. Take a moment to explore our services at Estes Therapy Mission Valley. We’re here to help you become happier and healthier, in your relationships and within yourself.


Heal, Grow, and Feel Fulfilled

Gain insight and understanding into yourself, and learn the tools to help you reach your goals

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. In our Mission Valley office we work with anxiety, severe stress, healing from abuse, trauma, body image, self-esteem, addiction, codependency, and more.

We want you to leave your therapy experience feeling in tune with yourself, fulfilled, and confident in being able to cultivate the life you want to live. You’ll be given tools and taught skills to help you navigate life’s challenges, as well as heal from old wounds.

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Not seeing eye-to-eye? Get on the same page with couples therapy

Marriage is a partnership. A team. You agree to work with your partner through the good times and the bad. You work to share this life together, in its ups and downs. This can be a lot more work than it sounds. Especially if you and your partner need to relearn how to communicate to feel heard and understood.

Through couples counseling you will reconnect, strengthen your bond, and gain the tools to navigate tough conversations. You will be able to identify your negative patterns and learn better conflict resolution. You’ll team up to overcome what is causing distance in your relationship.

Your therapist is a compassionate and empathetic neutral third party. We’re trained to hear the underlying meaning in these tough conversations. Like the reaches for connection that get covered by defensiveness or blame. You will learn how to bring your partner closer to you and build stronger, secure relationship bonds.

Premarital Counseling

Learn skills and get the tools to have the strongest start to your marriage

Counseling isn’t always about fixing problems, it’s also about developing tools to help mitigate issues in the future. Nobody tells you how to “be married.” Learning to share your life with someone is complicated.

We often hear that love is enough to keep two people together. Love is a beautiful thing, but marriage is about much more than love. It’s about learning to work and live together, finding common ground, and practicing compromise. It is about encouraging one another, sharing dreams, and learning to deal with life’s stressors as a unit.

With premarital counseling you will learn how to identify when something is putting distance in your relationship. As well as how to come together to team up against it. Premarital counseling can help you plan a future together that is in the image of your desires, dreams, and goals.


Get help with the grief, decision making, and confusion that comes with divorce.

There are many paths that lead a couple to divorce. No matter the reason, divorce is a complicated thing for families to go through. Whether you are a couple of two, or you have a large family with children, divorce can leave lasting scars for everyone.

In order to provide some closure for partners, we offer counseling to work through those issues so that there are no unanswered questions. Not knowing what happened can devastate a person. Working through the separation amicably makes the most impact and allows people to move on after a divorce.

LGBT Counseling

We pride ourselves on being a LGBTQ practice, run by a lesbian owner!

The journey toward becoming your true self starts with being honest with yourself about who you are. Of course, this is easier said than done for a lot of people.

We can help you develop a strong support system to ensure that you get to live the life you want. We will give you the tools to navigate religious, cultural, ethnic, and social barriers to you being your authentic self.

There’s no denying that it can be difficult for gay and lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered couples to find their place in the world. With issues such as family isolation, religious rejections, and social attacks, it can be scary for a couple to pronounce their love to the world.

We want to work to make that a joyous time in your life, instead of a scary one. After all, you deserve to be loved, accepted, and happy.

Mission Valley Team

We work with individuals, couples and families of all ages and orientations. We have a diverse team of therapists who provide both individual and relationship counseling. Our therapists specialize in everything from individual and couples counseling to divorce and LGBTQ+ populations. There is truly a fit for everyone at our office.

We are conveniently located in Mission Valley – just a freeway exit away from many neighborhoods. Even more convenient, each of our therapists offer virtual therapy! Virtual therapy cuts out commute time and allows for therapy in the comfort of your own home.


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. I

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 what’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

San Diego Marriage Counseling, Couples Counselors and Relationship Therapists

Couples counseling not only helps your relationship, but helps your individual growth. Our compassionate and trained therapists are here to help you in whatever hurdle has you stuck. You CAN do this. We’re here to help you get to deeper connection, understanding, and fulfillment.

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Seeking a therapist can be the best thing you do not just for your relationship, but for yourself. If you are seeking compassionate, knowledgeable, and understanding professional help, we invite you to explore our services. We are here to help you make the most of your life.