Child Counseling and Teen Therapy

It's a safe space for kids and teens to open up.

Sometimes as adults we have trouble navigating through life or are met with trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, anger management issues, or family/relationship conflict. Our children and teens face difficulties and complications as well. It’s a place to talk about, and work through the obstacles they are facing. It is a place for them to feel validated and develop the tools to work through their issues, both those they are facing now, and the tools to work through any issues they may face in the future.

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Help your child or teen navigate their struggles.

Every day, children and teens are facing new obstacles and learning how to interact with peers and authority figures. Whether your child is struggling with academic success, behavior in school or at home, anxiety, depression, past trauma, disordered eating, communication, self-esteem, stress, grief, or understanding their own emotions – we are here to help

Through therapy your child will learn the skills necessary to face and overcome their unique obstacles as well as the skills to face new experiences in the future. 

Ultimately, through overcoming these obstacles, therapy can help strengthen the bonds of your family.

Erin Chan - Children and Teens

Erin loves her work with children and teens. She is our go-to therapist providing counseling for the kiddos and their families. She is compassionate and nurturing, yet with a solution-focused approach to her child therapy. Erin Chan has a unique way of connecting with her clients, and is actively focused on getting to the root of the issue quickly. 

Our San Diego child counseling services with Erin involve one-on-one sessions with the kiddo, and as well as incorporating the parents to have a full understanding to the issues at hand. Driven by a passion for helping children and teens navigate the challenges they face, Erin employs a variety of therapeutic modalities tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Whether it’s assisting in managing stress and anxiety, helping children cope with family transitions, or facilitating healthy communication within familial relationships, she is dedicated to empowering young clients to thrive.

Her goal is to help get families the guidance and relief to their struggles quickly and effectively. 

Learn more about your Child Therapist Erin Chan.

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Sarah O'Leary - Teen/Adolescents

Sarah accrued hours at the UCSD Eating Disorder clinic working with adolescents and their families. Sarah works from a biopsychosocial perspective. She works to get a holistic view of each teen that comes for a therapy session with her. Your teenage years are formidable – and complex. You are exploring yourself, the world, and future opportunities. You are breaking away from past roles and creating new ones. You are learning about yourself in a new way – your inner world and your outer world. You are exploring new relationships, and re-examining existing ones – peers, friends, teachers/coaches, family. All this exploring and learning is on top of your school work, sports, and extracurriculars! That’s a lot!

Sarah is here to cultivate a safe space where you can be unequivocally yourself. To feel fulfilled and successful in your daily life, and be able to set goals for yourself. This takes time to figure out! And there will be a lot of changes along the way. You’re not in this alone. Together, Sarah works with her adolescent and young adult clients to meet goals they create together.

Sarah provides tools and helps garner skills that can be applied in a variety of situations, for the rest of your life. That might sound extreme, but what you are learning now can be implemented throughout your life! That includes facing stress, working through distress, overcoming anxiety (including social anxieties), and improving your mood. This also includes learning about and understanding your emotions, self-regulation, and coping skills. This is creating healthy habits, and healthy views of yourself and the world. These tools and skills work to improve self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love. Additionally, relationship and communication tools that can be implemented with family, friends, teammates, work, or romantic partners.

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Young Ju - Children

Through the use of a culturally and trauma-informed approach, Young helps identify and interrupt patterns of behavior and thought that can be harmful to individuals and their relationships. With children, Young uses play and art therapy to engage them in their world, allowing expression and communication in their language.

With teens, trust and authenticity need to be established and experienced before any real progress can be made. Young creates an atmosphere of safety and trust by engaging them with a frank, authentic, and playful approach. Similarly, through art and activities he helps them express themselves in a safe environment, while allowing them to explore their own thoughts and feelings. Young works primarily from a Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral approach with teenagers.

The parent-child relationship can become challenging due to the many changes that children experience in their development. In these times, Young utilizes the importance of collaboration between child and parent, and so conducts family therapy as much as possible.

Young uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for youth healing from trauma. This is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

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All the ways we can help

Here you can browse the different ways we help couples and individuals. We provide in-person/face-to-face counseling sessions and virtual/telehealth sessions.

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Schedule a free 10-minute matching call today with our Care Coordinator and start healing.

Your conversation with our trained matching expert will make sure there is a perfect fit for your therapist and you (and your partner). Click or call to get started

Meet our San Diego Relationship Therapists​

Think of us as your consultants. We are the neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and figure out what’s really going on.
We want everyone including children who walks in our door to get the tools they need. For both individuals and couples, our psychotherapy sessions are relaxed, collaborative, and effective. We want to hear your story. Each member of the team is dedicated to making sure you’re in a comfortable space in order to feel safe and supported when you tell your story. Get help with a member of the Estes team who is compassionate and down-to-earth, offering both empathy and lasting results. We’re not here to put a band-aid on any different issues. We’re here to get to the root of the issue in order to facilitate lasting change and success in your goals.

Meet our Founder, Jennine Estes Powell

It’s been nearly 20 years since I first became interested in studying psychotherapy. I began practicing the scientific approaches to psychotherapy in 1997 and I was hooked from then on.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family psychotherapy in 2004 and I am currently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist MFT (LMFT#47653) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

I focus my practice upon the empirically-based and proven research methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I’ve seen these techniques consistently get results and I truly believe they are the most effective at creating positive, long-term change.

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Have a question about fees or insurance?

It is common to have questions before you start therapy. Get all of your questions answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Here's what people are saying about us

Even though we don’t EVER ask for testimonials from clients, we love hearing positive feedback about the impact our therapists have made on clients from publicly posted reviews.*
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“Estes Therapy provides such a friendly and nurturing environment. Dana S helped us discover the underlying issues that get in the way of positive communication and offered healthier ways to communicate. She is very compassionate and encouraging, and truly cares about your needs and goals. Highly recommend Dana S and anyone else at Estes Therapy!”

A.S.

5/5

“I wanted to leave a review for my therapist Sarah. I’ve been going to therapy for many years and have had good experiences but my sessions with her have by far been the most impactful. Working with [Sarah] has made me feel equipped to tackle life’s most challenging circumstances, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Do yourself a favor and get in to see her. It’s well worth it.”

N.G.

5/5
“Estes Therapy literally saved my life. If you are looking for patient, passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, warm, genuine therapists, come here. It is more than a job for them and you feel that when working with them. I can’t recommend therapy enough and I can’t recommend specifically Estes Therapy enough. Thank you!”

S.C.

5/5
“I worked with Lauryn Plush for a little over two years, and I can say that she is without a doubt one of the most caring and empathetic people I have ever met. Being lucky enough to work with Lauryn showed me that she is truly a one of a kind listener, and I would not refer any of my friends or family to anyone but Lauryn for couples and single counseling.”

C.S.

5/5
“Therapy is hard! But so worth it. Sarah has challenged me, laughed with me, and guided me as I’ve grown and healed. We’ve taken our time being comfortable before diving deeper and deeper.”

A.K.

5/5
“Estes Therapy is fantastic, they are very caring, understanding, and professional. I can’t recommend them enough. Sarah O’Leary has been a great help and resource for me, thank you.”

D.G.

*We cannot confirm or deny if any of these testimonials are from clients, colleagues, or strangers who we’ve never been in contact with but left a review. We are just trying to give you the most information in one place about the Estes Team, which includes links to publicly stated reviews.

Today's the day to start your journey back.

Click or call to connect with a our Care Coordinator, a specialist trained to help match you up with your ideal therapist. In-person or Online, Estes Therapy’s Relationship Therapists are ready to help!