Meet the Team

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Get to know the team of therapists that are here to help

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. Our MFT-licensed therapists and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists are all excellent at what they do, but finding a good personality match between you and your counselor is the best way to help you achieve permanent, positive change. Read our bios below to learn more about us and choose the therapist that sounds like the right one for you.

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Bonnie Cardillo

CMHC Trainee #   |   $100 per 50-minute session
Available

My name is Bonnie Cardillo, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I’m a third-year graduate trainee at the University of San Diego. I’ll be earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Spring 2021.  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 and feelings, even partially formed or tentatively felt ones, are heard and acknowledged. As a counselor who listens with empathy and cultural humility, I will approach your relationship with genuine curiosity to help you notice and shift patterns intentionally to meet your goals. Deciding to seek help for yourself and your relationship is an act of self-love that takes courage, and I applaud you for trusting yourself and potentially me with making positive changes to your mental and relational health.

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Lauryn Plush

CMHC Trainee #   |   $100 per 50-minute session
Available

My name is Lauryn, I am a second-year graduate trainee at the University of San Diego. I will be earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2021. I graduated from Washington State University with a double major in Psychology and Human Development. I worked as a behavioral specialist intern at Ryther and as a behavioral health outreach intern at Island County Human Services. I plan to continue training and gaining supervision in the couple’s therapy realm and plan on specializing in couple’s therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) down the road. 
In my personal life, I enjoy doing yoga, exploring new coffee shops, and spending time outdoors. When outdoors, I love going to parks and beaches around San Diego, as well as being with friends and family any chance I get. If I am not outdoors or with friends, I am either in a hot yoga class or enjoying an iced latte at a unique local coffee shop.

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Ida Fariba AMFT

Ida Fariba

AMFT #103678   |   $125 per 50 minute session
Available Thurs. 1pm-7pm | Friday & Saturday 10am-2pm

All the answers you seek are already inside you, I am simply here to help you find them. I commend you for being here because reaching out for counseling support is not easy.
My name is Ida, I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University and an Associate 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 to individuals who feel like they may have lost their way. I welcome working with couples from all walks of life, monogamous or consensually non-monogamous,  and members of the kink community. 
I take a holistic approach by challenging you to look at your underlying patterns and building awareness around them. I strive to help you pull out your weeds by the root so that they are unable to grow back.

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Jennine Estes Therapy

Jennine Estes

MFT #47653   |   $200 per 50-minute Session
Available Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm

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 really going on.

It can be frustrating when the relationship is going in circles and nothing seems to get it on track. I see so many couples that continue trying to fix the problems, but they keep ending up at a dead end. It can be very frustrating and exhausting. I help couples navigate through all the complicated areas of love relationships: financial, sexual, verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal dynamics, and more. If you are looping over and over within the same arguments, if you feel disillusioned and frustrated… it doesn’t have to be this way! There is hope. In the counseling, we will get you the tools to work together, stop fighting and start enjoying your relationship.

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Jackie Wielick Therapist

Jacqueline Wielick

MFT #118766   |    $160 per 50-minute session
Available Monday - Thursday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office

If you are in need of quick relationship skills and tools training, or patient long term processing and restructuring, I will be there as a support, a guide, and a safe space. Research tells us that couples tend to wait an average of 6- 7 years after the onset of an issue prior to seeking help for it. Can you imagine going 6-7 years with a broken bone before going to the doctor? Therapy is a space where you can work towards creating your own version of your best life.  I am Jacqueline Wielick and I am here to help you improve your relationship.
Together, we have the ability to create new ways of being in this world. I believe that our attachments and connections to others have a tremendously significant impact on our wellbeing and how we experience ourselves and our lives- and when you are in a crisis, you need practical help fast.

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Jacob Munhoz

AMFT #109499   |   $175 per 50-minute session
Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2-7pm | Saturday 10am-2pm

Psychotherapist James Finley says, “The tyranny of suffering lasts only as long as it takes for compassion to show up on the scene.”  Many who find themselves reading this may experience themselves as subject to the ‘tyranny of suffering’ in some way and may be searching for a compassionate presence in which they can feel safe, be deeply seen, attentively listened to, and profoundly accepted.  
My name is Jacob Munhoz and I invite you to consider allowing me to be that compassionate presence for you.  I am so pleased to have been invited to join Estes Therapy as a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and to have the opportunity to work with couples and individuals in this committed, professional and supportive setting.  I am a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology.

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Rina Podolsky

MFT #113138   |   $165 per 50-minute Session
Available Monday - Thursday. Day and Evenings. | Mission Valley Office

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 to figure it out alone. My name is Rina Podolsky and I work as a multicultural and bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). From affairs to mid-life issues, I help couples and individuals sift through what is weighing them down so they can feel, think, and make decisions with clarity and confidence. When it comes to relationships, think of me as calling in reinforcements: I am here to help you untangle, rebuild, and reconnect. Life and relationships may be challenging, but they shouldn’t be this hard all the time. I earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University after realizing how naturally supporting roles come to me.

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Young Ju

MFT #88568   |   $160 per 50-minute session
Available Wednesday Day and Evening. | Mission Valley Office

Through the use of a culturally and trauma-informed approach, I help identify and interrupt patterns of behavior and thought that can be harmful to individuals and their relationships. I provide therapy for individuals impacted by depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger management issues, family conflict, and relationship difficulties.

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Biscuit

CGC #   |   
Available Coming Soon!

Hi!  My name is Biscuit and I am a therapist in training here at Estes Therapy.  I have been going to school for 8 months and I just graduated with my Puppy Ph.D. at the school Dog’s With Dave.  I am now certified as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC)! This is my first step in becoming a therapy dog here at Estes Therapy! My next level of therapy education will be on my Therapy Dog International license.

When I am not in school working on becoming a therapy dog, I love playing ball, tummy rubs, and swimming in the ocean with my best friend Rye.

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Sarah O’Leary

Admin Team #   |   Mental Health Marketing Manager
Available

Hi! My name is Sarah O’Leary and I do the behind the scenes work here at Estes Therapy. I also occasionally come out for events, workshops, and on our social media. I help run our website, create blog posts, create social media content, and create resources for clients to take home to continue work throughout the week between sessions. I received a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a Minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. In May of 2020 I graduated from University of San Diego with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my practicum year at USD, I worked at the University of San Diego, California Eating Disorder. I’ve been working with Estes Therapy since 2014.
What first drew me to working at Estes Therapy was the importance and value of emotions in our daily lives and in our relationships. Our emotions can help us feel fulfilled, connected, safe, and in tune with ourselves.

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