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Hi, I’m Jennine
MFT #47653 | $200 per 50-minute session
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 want everyone who walks in my door to know that I absolutely believe in what I do.
I want to hear your storyJennine Estes San Diego Therapist
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.
I use a variety of theoretical orientations, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy. The majority of my counseling practice is based on Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and attachment theory. EFT focuses on creating secure attachments in relationships and building safe bonds. It helps couples change how they emotionally reach to each other. I am certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, as well as a supervisor-in-training for EFT. I also work with helping individuals overcome trauma using EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Not only do I help clients, but I also enjoy helping other therapists. I currently supervise three Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) interns (therapists with MFT master’s degrees who are working toward building clinical hours for their licensure in California) and train them with counseling techniques. I also train licensed therapists on how to building successful therapy practices. I absolutely love the variety of work and it allows me to meet amazing people along the way.
If you would like to know more about me as a therapist, my counseling fees, or other information,please visit my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Or scroll down the page and learn about my journey to becoming a therapist or about my media appearances. If you still have questions, feel free to call or email me.
Dr. Ben Culhane
PSY 29615 | $175 per 50-minute session
I believe we are biologically hard-wired to seek and form deep relationships with others. Being emotionally available to another person and wanting them to be equally available to us is healthy. Sometimes in our interpersonal relationships, whether romantic or family relationships, even friendships, we experience challenges and difficulties that leave us feeling confused or angry or hurt, unloved.
I strongly believe that our early life experiences with our parents or those who looked after us are the cornerstone of how we are in relationship with others in our personal and professional lives. Through no fault of our own, those early attachment relationships may have influenced us in ways that don’t serve us today, influenced ways of being with others or ourselves that create pain, shame, anxiety, or pushing away. The good news is this: There is hope. I find it the most profound privilege to work with others who may not yet have found safety and their sense of courage to deepen their vulnerability with others and want to heal from experiences that have left them feeling wounded.
I have a passion to help couples repair the broken bonds that are keeping them from connecting with one another again. Whether the repair work is from infidelity, sexual issues, or feeling a lack of connection, when couples come to me, I look forward to the moments when both can reach for the other, be seen, understood and accepted. I believe that will happen. Sharing your deepest needs and longings with your partner can be scary. I will be there to help provide a safe place to risk during those difficult moments. When one partner can be vulnerable and reach for the other, express his or her needs and desires, and the other partner can receive and reciprocate their vulnerability, those are the moments I am touched by; and I’m sure you will be too
Trauma comes to us in as many shapes and sizes as we are human. Trauma might stem from a single event (like a car accident), leaving you feeling uneasy about driving. It might be caused by multiple episodes (repeated similar events) that create fear related to the event, a place or a person. Trauma might be complex (repeated and various multiple episodes) that have cut us so deeply that we feel triggered when anything or anyone even comes close to the wound. If any of your experiences of abandonment or neglect, bullying or verbal abuse, childhood or recent events have left you with emotional or psychological pain or fear, you are not alone. There is hope and a way through. I’ve helped many of my clients overcome the unwanted emotional pain from their past and go on to live their lives, unburdened and free.
Whether you’re an individual or couple (straight, LGBTQ, non-monogamous, or lifestyle), or a family looking for help – regardless of your personal values or beliefs – you will be regarded with compassion and acceptance. My therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence and self-esteem and assist you in the healing process.
MFT #94438 | $150 per 50-minute session
Deborah’s top primary theoretical approaches include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which have been significant components in helping people find success through a history of abuse, childhood neglect, PTSD, unmanageable emotions, and low self-esteem. She provides individual therapy for adolescents and adults, families, and couples for issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, family/relationship conflict, and eating disorders. It is Deborah’s highest honor to “see” you with compassionate eyes and a kind heart to help you find your way to a thriving life.
While earning her Masters degree, Deborah Mori worked with children and adolescents in two east county schools, counseling students with mood and anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, sex trafficking, unmanageable emotions, trauma, and life transitions. Since then, Deborah has provided therapy for adolescents & adult women struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues in a residential facility and private practice. She also has numerous extended training in EMDR, DBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, ACT, Family Systems, Mindfulness-based therapy, and Trauma-Informed CBT.
In any free time, therapist Deborah Mori can be found exploring San Diego with her husband, teenage son and two large dogs. She loves comedy, painting, cooking, and can frequently be found with a book in her hands.
IMF #100541 | $125 per 50-minute session
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. I have a deep passion for all of life’s relationships, and you will see my passion come out in my work through my patience, strengths-based outlook, and understanding. I am passionate about research, science, and seeking new knowledge- continually bringing to you the cutting edge of what really works. I have my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University, where I received a training that focused on research, multiculturalism and hands-on training. I am currently working as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.
I supported thousands of couples throughout their experience at the world-renowned Art and Science of Love Workshop over the four years I worked as the Assistant Director of Couples Services at The Gottman Institute. There I received significant exposure, training, and understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I am both Level 1 and Level 2 trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and I also have additional training working with couples where one or both partners are recovering from addiction. I am also a Gottman Seven Principles Leader, a title given to those who are able to train other professionals in hosting the Art and Science of Love Workshop.
Originally from Seattle, I received a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University, giving me insight not only into one’s intrapsychic nature but also into the larger socio-cultural context they exist within. I have received specific training in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in Bellingham, WA., where I also volunteered as support at an inpatient rehabilitation facility for teenage girls.
Outside of therapy, my passions in life include food, coffee, and nurturing the relationships I am so thankful to have in my life.
IMF #95569 | $125 per 50-minute session
As your therapist, it is extremely important to me that I create a safe and non-judgmental space for you and your loved ones. I will also work tirelessly to explore and understand your unique, individual experiences. Through our collaborative efforts, I am confident that we will foster the skills and insight required to negotiate your specific challenges. My therapeutic approach will be tailored to your needs and informed by the most current and relevant research available. If you are seeking concrete skills, hope, humor, and a secure connection, let’s take that next step together.
Dr. Mackenzie Clark
IMF #80385 | $150 per 50-minute session
MFT #43147 | $85 per 50-minute online session
As a San Diego native, I had the great opportunity to grow up at the beach during safer times with fewer people. Entering college right after high school, I gladly adopted the “career student” title and obtained two Bachelor’s degrees and two minor degrees from Humboldt State University. I moved to the East Coast for a short period of time after graduating and worked at Harvard Book Store. I then went overseas to Japan and taught English as a Second Language for a year and a half. Upon returning from Japan, I was searching for a permanent career which would allow me to utilize my passions and interests. I had undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Comparative Religion and minor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and after investigating the field of Counseling, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. I attended University of San Diego for my master’s degree and after graduating, I interned in private practice as a therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital to gain my necessary hours of experience before testing for licensure with the state of California.
When I became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC 43147) in 2006, I owned and operated a private practice until relocating to the Ozarks of Arkansas in 2018. Currently, I hold licenses as a Marriage & Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas. This allows me to be able to offer online counseling via Telehealth to those living in California. Having my day to day life aligned with my love of nature and the outdoors was the impetus behind my choice to embark on a major life change and a move to the Ozarks. When I’m not working for Estes Therapy or with clients in Arkansas, you may find me spending time with my goats, playing with my dogs, tending to the garden, working on my tractor or floating the Buffalo River.
I find the field of counseling a rewarding profession as I’m able to use all my educational and life experiences in varying degrees. It’s one of the only fields where life in and out of the office isn’t divided. Giving clients in California the opportunity to do online counseling opens the doors to more people who otherwise couldn’t attend counseling in San Diego. The convenience of online therapy means no traveling to the office or sitting in a waiting room. Video counseling therapy means not having to find a babysitter or leave work early to travel to the counseling session. It’s therapy on your schedule – whether you’re looking for marriage or relationship counseling, family therapy, or individual therapy. I love my profession and appreciate my clients and all the hard work they have done to make their lives and relationships better. I also love that I can take my experience as a therapist and contribute to the team at Estes Therapy in an ancillary capacity!
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