In order to reach more residents in San Diego, we have two locations: Mission Valley and North County. We have several therapists available at the North County office. The Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFTs) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Graduate Trainees are supervised by Jennine Estes. Get to know the available therapists below!
Heather Frick, AMFT #116509
My name is Heather Frick. I am currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Estes Therapy in Oceanside and a Doctoral student at Alliant International University (where I received my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy). I have always been interested in mental health. When I was very young, I used to read psychology textbooks and listen to talk shows. I also had my own traumatic experiences growing up that, as I healed, have wanted to help bring healing for others as well. I decided to go into Marriage and Family Therapy after my husband and I moved to California from Michigan so he could attend seminary and I, for the first time in my life, had the freedom to choose my next career. I received a Master’s in Theological Studies because having a strong biblical foundation was important to me, then went on to pursue a doctorate in MFT. I am interested in helping continue to reduce the stigma that still exists relative to mental health, particularly in religious communities. Additionally, I am interested in learning more about continuing to reduce mental health stigmas in medical communities.
I have experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of challenges. I work from a holistic, trauma-informed, biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective. I have not only worked with couples, individuals, and families experiencing relationship or medical crises but also those seeking personal or relational improvement. I have personally supported family members and friends through addictions, eating disorders/disordered eating, and trauma. I have professional experience working with clients struggling in these areas as well.
I recently completed additional training in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT). As a Medical Family Therapist, it will be my goal to work with clients whose lives have been affected by illness (https://www.medicalfamilytherapy.org/). Physical illness can be extremely difficult and isolating, not only for the individual with the illness but also for those they are in relationship with. I have witnessed first-hand how lonely illness can be, and by integrating MedFT with EFT, it is my goal to help those facing illness feel less alone and more supported within their relationships.
It is normal to feel nervous before a first therapy session. It can be so difficult to open up to a stranger about the vulnerable pieces of ourselves, pieces that we have maybe never shared or feel ashamed of. This is not a journey you have to take alone; it is my goal to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where relational healing can begin.
Bonnie Cardillo, CMHC graduate trainee
Hi, I’m Bonnie! My pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m in my final semester of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at the University of San Diego. I have worked closely with veterans here in San Diego, primarily with men and older adults. At Estes Therapy, I work with couples and individuals of all ages. I work with a variety of issues – depression, anxiety, co-occurring mental health diagnoses, problematic substance use, problematic technology use, improving communication, infertility and pregnancy loss, burnout, and trauma. I aim to offer a space for couples and individuals to be seen – to provide a space where thoughts you may have been avoiding are heard, vulnerable feelings are felt, and meaning is tried on in the effort of achieving your goals. The therapy room is a place for you to process your life and your relationships without judgement. From a place of genuine curiosity I am to help you become aware of and alter patterns that are hindering you from reaching your goals. Deciding to seek therapy for yourself or your relationship is a powerful act of self-love that takes courage. I applaud you!
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. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in learning about human connection and relationships. I am particularly passionate about working with couples, individuals, and families. I want to support and help others on their unique journey to feeling empowered and finding secure connections. Love is an essential primary need for humans, and I want to help others rekindle and discover those meaningful relationships in their life. My goal is to guide clients throughout their journey in finding that connection, attachment, and sense of belonging in their life.
Hi, I’m Jennine Estes, you can 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. I began practicing the scientific approaches to psychotherapy in 1997 and I was hooked from then on. I am most passionate about my work with couples and individuals who have experienced trauma. I have extensive training with Marriage and Couples Counseling in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples counseling. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which ultimately offers individuals with trauma relief, and a more positive outlook in facing similar types of stressors.
My counseling sessions are relaxed, collaborative and empathetic. I’ll make sure you feel comfortable when you share your story. We’ll work together to build healthy relationships that will last – whether you are coming in for couples counseling or individual therapy.
North County Office Address:
2204 El Camino Real #305