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. Before coming to Estes Therapy I worked in the mental health counseling center at a local college.
I feel deeply honored to work with couples and individuals of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. In graduate school much of my research and clinical work was focused on interpersonal trauma, men and healthy, authentic masculinity, LGBT identity and relationships, and mindfulness and spirituality.
My approach to psychotherapy is mindful and relational. While we explore the experiences that shaped you as an individual or as a couple, the work is focused on the emotions and experiences of the present moment as they unfold between or among us in session. In my psychotherapeutic approach those with whom I work come experience themselves and their relationships in new ways and to understand and change longstanding patterns. For couples this also means seeing their partners in new ways, understanding them more deeply, an increasing sense of safety and willingness to be vulnerable, and the forging of a more secure bond. No one has to be defined by their past or past patterns of behavior.