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.
AMFT #122835 | $135 per 50 minute session
Available Tues & Wed Evening | Thursday & Friday
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 journey as a therapist started when she moved to the United States.
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Dana earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from San Diego State University. During her time at SDSU, she got trained in Narrative Therapy and completed her internship at a nonprofit community mental health clinic. Dana served a diverse population of clients that differed in age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and cultural background. Her experience consists in working with individuals and couples seeking help to deal with relationship distress and life challenges.
Dana received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a research-based framework that she uses when working with individuals and couples.
MFT #118881 | $150 per 50-minute session
Available Tuesday & Thursday evening | Saturday morning
Life and relationships are hard! They don’t come with instruction manuals and we rarely have an open or constructive dialogue about how it’s going. My name is Drew Erickson, and my role is not to ‘fix you’ or tell you what to do, but rather help you access your own wisdom and collaborate with you to make the difficult stuff a bit easier. I believe that people are not problems – problems are problems. These problems often obscure our own knowledge and convince us that we are broken or stuck. My hope is to show you that you are an expert in your own life.
As a former elementary school teacher and participant in therapy as an adolescent, I recognize the gaps in formal education and the value of mental health. So much of what we are expected to do, feel, and think is supposed to be learned intuitively and in isolation rather than explicitly and in the community.
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AMFT #123449 | $135 per 50 minute session
Available Tues - Thurs Day & Evening | Friday Day
Hi, my name is Sarah O’Leary. First I want to commend you for taking this step – the step that brought you to this page on this website. Whether you are browsing through therapists to start individual or relationship counseling, browsing through websites as you contemplate if therapy is for you (it is!), or are here reading our blog, the step you are taking is towards becoming a you that feels fulfilled, joyous, and comfortable in your own life, relationships, and skin. My first priority as your therapist is cultivating that safe space for you. When you feel safe you can be your most authentic self, you can take chances, and you can overcome obstacles. When you feel safe you can be vulnerable in your relationships. Know that this takes time, but I am here for you every step, and misstep, along the way. I will support you as you work towards your goals.
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CMHC Trainee # | $100 per 50-minute session
Available Currently Unavailable
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.
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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.
CMHC Trainee # | $100 per 50-minute session
Available Currently Unavailable
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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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.
Learn more about Jacob Munhoz
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.
MFT #124097 | $150 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.
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My name is Ida, I am a doctoral student at Alliant International University and 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 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.
MFT #118766 | $200 per 55-minute session
Available Monday - Wed. 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.
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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.
MFT #113138 | $175 per 50-minute Session
Available Tuesday & 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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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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MFT #47653 | $200 per 50-minute Session
Available Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm
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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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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Admin Team #Office Manager |
My name is Ann Salvati and I’m the Office Manager at Estes Therapy. When you call to schedule an appointment or request statements, you’ll probably speak with me! I also ensure that the office runs smoothly for our clients and therapists.
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I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at San Diego State University in 1986. I have worked in Administrative Support for over 25 years helping companies in a variety of industries with their marketing, training, and software services, as well as community outreach & education services. I also have professional and family ties to the San Diego military community.
I am excited to use my administrative background to support Estes Therapy clients and clinicians. I enjoy speaking with clients and find it rewarding when we can provide just the right therapist to help them. I’m impressed when people reach out to us for help; it’s such an act of love and respect for themselves and their family.
Admin Team # | Bookkeeper/Accounting Specialist
Hi my name is BethAnn Schiff and I am the Bookkeeper/Accounting Specialist for Estes Therapy. Born and raised in New York City I moved to Southern California in 2007 and have been learning how to relax ever since.
After over 20 years in the banking industry I decided that I wanted to step out of the corporate world and utilize my skills to help a small business thrive. After searching for the right opportunity I found my home at Estes Therapy. It is my absolute pleasure to be behind the scenes assuring the billing and accounting practices are diligently taken care of to assure that the therapists are able to dedicate all of their time to giving their clients the transformational attention, support and compassion that they need.
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Admin Team # | Administrative Assistant
Hi! My name is Andrea Swartz and I am the Administrative Assistant at Estes Therapy. I graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. While in my undergraduate education, I acquired administrative assistant experience solely in mental healthcare. I found the interactions I had with clients on a daily basis to be the driving factor in why I continue this line of work. To be able to be the first smiling face a person sees when seeking therapy or to be the welcoming voice over the phone easing their worries about scheduling is such an incredible experience. If you are nervous about calling us to schedule an appointment or to ask a question about our services, I promise we will try our best to provide you clear answers while making you feel included and cared for as our future client.
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