Are you ready to get off the “he said/she said” cycle and remember why you like your partner? Maybe you’re simply tired of feeling tired and know that something needs to change, but you’re not sure what. You don’t have to figure it out alone. My name is Rina Podolsky and I work as a multicultural and bilingual Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT). From affairs to mid-life issues, I help couples and individuals sift through what is weighing them down so they can feel, think, and make decisions with clarity and confidence. When it comes to relationships, think of me as calling in reinforcements: I am here to help you untangle, rebuild, and reconnect. Life and relationships may be challenging, but they shouldn’t be this hard all the time. I earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University after realizing how naturally supporting roles come to me. Go ahead and schedule your first appointment; I’d love to get to know you more to find out how I can support you.
Rina Podolsky’s Education and Experience:
I was born in Mexico City into a family who had relocated from Eastern Europe. I grew up surrounded by a mixture of different rich cultures that sometimes collided and sometimes complemented each other. The experience of living in a multicultural world gifted me with a perspective of respect towards that which is different between cultures and an innate sensibility to the importance culture plays in the way people view their world. When I graduated High School I moved to Israel where I spent less than year traveling and attending classes at Tel Aviv University. Upon my return to Mexico City I obtained two B.A’s, the first one in Communications with a double major on advertising and graphic design. My second B.A was in Interior Design. On both cases I graduated with honors.
Throughout my work experience I noticed that there was a common thread, no matter which field of work, I always took on a role of supporting people during pivotal moments in their lives. That is why I decided to pursue my passion of helping people and obtained a Masters in Science in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy from SDSU. I chose the field of Marriage and Family Therapy because my prior experience had made me aware of the importance of looking at an individual as part of a larger system that affects and is affected by them.
Working at the SDSU counseling center, I had the opportunity to counsel very diverse populations, using different modalities and techniques such as Biofeedback, Motivational interviewing for substance use and recovery, Brief solution focused therapy, ACT, Narrative therapy and Emotionally Focused therapy. Before that I worked at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement which is a not-for-profit counseling center. At both sites I worked with individuals, families, couples and groups. My experience in working with couples was so meaningful and enriching that I chose to further my experience and join Estes Therapy. I provide Spanish Speaking Counseling in San Diego.
On a personal note, I have a rich repertoire of lived experiences, both personal and from those close to me. I have been touched by family matters, motherhood, immigration, stage of life difficulties, making difficult decisions and changing my life course. All of it has given me the capacity to empathize with people who are experiencing life’s challenges.
Rina Podolsky AMFT #94077 is supervised and employed by Echo Gaffney, MFT #80162 .