Jennine Estes

Jennine Estes Therapy

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.

Couples and individual therapy has proven to build a strong foundation for individuals and for their relationships–not only for my clients, but within my own life as well.  As a therapist, I am compassionate, understanding, and down-to-earth. With practical and effective methods, I help my clients create life-long positive relationships by focusing on communication, conflict resolution, self awareness, and more. We will work together to build healthy relationships that last.

I know that it’s not easy to admit to problems that you may be having, to examine them, and work to fix them. Whether you need to address issues as an individual or as a couple, seeking out therapy takes a good deal of bravery. And once you are there, I understand that it’s hard to open up to a stranger. But I’ll help you through it and make you as comfortable as possible – that’s my job! I want to help ease you out of your comfort zone so you can make positive changes that will create a happier life. Therapy is a way to closely examine yourself, your behaviors, and your pattern of choices, as well as the important people in your life. As hard as it is to do, it will pay off!

I want to hear your story

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) and have completed the EMDR Basic Training.

Do you feel like your relationship is going in circles and nothing seems to get it on track?  In my couples therapy sessions I see so many couples 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 our therapy sessions we will get you the tools to work together, stop fighting and start enjoying your relationship. I will have you fill out a couples therapy questionnaire to assess where you see your problem areas as a couple in order to get us started in working together to solve these. We will work on couples counseling exercises that allow us to get to the root of the issues. Between sessions I will give you the tools, such as healthy relationship worksheets or communication worksheets for adults, to work on your relationship outside of our sessions so you can continuously get the most out of attending emotionally focused therapy in San Diego.

Whether it’s working through trauma (in the relationship or personal trauma one of you has faced), rekindling the romance, overcoming an obstacle, or premarital counseling in San Diego you are looking for, we’ve got you covered. In the mean time check out our website and social media to find materials on individual and relationship growth – such as couples counseling tips – as well as information on upcoming couples retreats in San Diego.

There’s more to me than just MFT!

Jennine Estes San Diego Therapist

Yes, I’m a marriage and individual therapist, but I have lots of other hobbies that keep me involved (and enjoying) life. I love to sit quietly at coffee shops and write articles about therapy, but I also love the adrenaline of trying new things. I will go for a solo run to clear my mind, but I’m also a social butterfly who loves to talk and connect with people. What’s most important for you to know is that I like challenges and no challenge is more interesting to me than understanding the complexity of my clients’ needs.

I built my private practice from the ground up, which has helped me grow quickly and build an excellent reputation in my community. My clients know that I won’t give them psycho-babble, I won’t make assumptions that put them in a box, and I absolutely won’t take sides. My goal is to really understand your world and help you move away from destructive communication habits so you can create safe, secure bonds with the people you love.

Not only do I  help clients, but I also enjoy helping other therapists.  I currently supervise three Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) – these are 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.

I am also a lifelong relationship and marriage therapy student. I receive one-on-one training and attend bi-monthly meetings with my peers to continually improve my skills. I am certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, as well as a supervisor-in-training for EFT. I want to be able to give my clients the best, most modern therapy techniques.  In my counseling sessions, I use the framework of attachment theory and process the emotional experiences with each of my clients through Marriage Counseling, Couple Therapy, Premarital Counseling and Divorce Therapy. Some of the other ares are Anxiety and Depression Counseling and EMDR.