Frequently Asked Questions

What does a therapy session look like?

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long for individual, couples, and family counseling. Longer sessions are available, but pricing and availability are personalized to each therapist. After you have booked your first appointment, you will be sent paperwork through your portal to complete before your first session. This way you can complete the paperwork and not eat away at your session time. For couples or marriage therapy, there will be a Couples Questionnaire for you both to fill out separately via your portal. Your first session will look a little different than the rest. During your first session, your therapist will get you acclimated to therapy – going over confidentiality, limitations, and what a typical session with them looks like. This is a great time to ask any questions you have. You will have time to discuss the frequency of your therapy sessions – once a week is standard.

You can watch this video with AMFT Sarah O’Leary for a quick run-down on what your first few sessions will look like:

How much does therapy cost?

Estes Therapy has multiple therapists available to best meet your needs – including your financial ability. However, the cost of therapy goes beyond the amount of money you are spending. With therapy, you are getting the tools and learning the skills you need to feel successful in yourself and your relationships. You are investing in yourself and your relationship; this will end up saving you money and heartache down the road. Each therapist has a fee on their information page (Meet the Team here). There are a limited number of sliding scale and low fee slots, you can call to ask about these.

You can find more about what being an Associate MFT means here.

What about insurance? We provide a superbill to any client, couple or individual, who requests it. You can submit this superbill to your insurance for reimbursement. The reimbursement does not always cover the full cost of the session. Your insurance will let you know how much will be covered. We understand that finances are a big factor in deciding to start therapy. With that in mind, we have created a more in-depth description of superbills that you can read here. Additionally there are some benefits to cash-pay. With insurance, your company determines how many sessions will be covered based on your diagnosis. Not only do you not need to have a mental health diagnosis  for therapy when you do cash pay, you also have more autonomy over your therapy and confidentiality. You get to chose how many sessions you have, and the frequency of those sessions. Furthermore, insurance companies can look over your records and therapy notes.

Who do you work with?

With a team of therapists working for Estes Therapy, I have no doubt you’ll be able to find a therapist who meets your needs. You can learn more about each therapist on their information page here. We have therapists who work with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Our therapists provide individual therapy, couples and marriage therapy (including premarital counseling), and family therapy.

We also offer therapy sessions in Spanish with Rina (for children, individuals, and couples). I encourage you to explore each therapist’s page to get an idea of their topics of focus. Estes Therapy works with all kinds of issues – whether you are looking for guidance, working through trauma, working on repairing a relationship, or seeking help with self-exploration.

Here are just some of what we work with:

  • Addiction
  • Affairs
  • Anxiety
  • Break-ups
  • Body Issues
  • Bullying
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Connection
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fighting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Health and Illness
  • LGBTQA+
  • Personal Growth
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Substance Use
  • Self-Compassion
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Trauma

…and so much more!

How do I find a therapist in San Diego?

Therapy, whether you are looking for an individual therapist or couples counseling, is not one size fits all. Just because a therapist isn’t the right fit does not mean therapy is not a good fit. I know it can be discouraging if you don’t feel like your therapist is a good fit, so I strongly encourage you to do some research beforehand. Think about what you are looking for – what are your therapy goals? Personal growth? Facing anxiety? Recovery from an eating disorder or improved body image? Grief counseling? Premarital counseling? Co-parenting? Improved communication? Familiarize yourself with some theoretical orientations to get an idea of what would work for you. For example, if you are seeking therapy to work through trauma, an EMDR therapist might be right for you.

We are so lucky to have so much information at our fingertips thanks to the internet. Check out the websites of potential therapists and anywhere else they might appear (newspapers, magazines, news segments, podcasts). It is important to remember therapy brings up emotions and can be uncomfortable. Look past your own anxiety and be open-minded to what the therapist has to offer. Sometimes going into counseling requires you to do some soul searching and take responsibility for your actions. I recommend giving it 5 sessions to see if your therapist is a good fit (at the minimum 3!). This gives you time to get comfortable, get into the issues you want to address, and differentiate between feelings towards the topics and therapy from your feelings towards your therapist.

Still, have questions? Check out this article for more information on if your therapist is a good fit. 

Where are you located?

We currently have two offices, one in Mission Valley and one in Oceanside. We also offer online therapy sessions through COVID and beyond.

Estes Therapy – Mission Valley
3333 Camino del Rio S #215
San Diego, CA 92108

Estes Therapy – North County
2204 El Camino El Real #305
Oceanside, CA 92054

How do I read reviews for Estes Therapy?

We never ask our clients for testimonials. However, sometimes clients will post on LinkedIn, Yelp, or Facebook about their experience with us. We also love getting thank you notes! But those we don’t share. In an effort to help you find the best fit for your therapy needs, we wanted to provide you a place to read real reviews from real people. You can read some of the testimonials we’ve received here: Estes Team Testimonials.

Other Resources:

Sometimes you aren’t ready to pull the trigger on starting therapy. I encourage you to have faith in yourself, put the effort in, and to take that jump. However, I also understand some people want additional guidance or self-help books and workbooks before getting started. I also encourage you to speak with your therapist to see what additional reading or activities will help you to get the most out of your time between sessions.

You can find some of our additional resources here, and be sure to check out our blog here.