Working with LGBTQ Couples and Other Special Populations with Jennine Estes: Ep. 13

Time to dive into another episode of Mastering Counseling! On this episode we’re talking about couples therapy for LGBTQ couples and other special populations. Megan was joined by Jennine Estes, who is a licensed marital and family therapist in San Diego, California who specializes in working with couples, specifically those in the LGBTQ community. Jennine is also the owner of Estes Therapy, which is where she practices along with several other therapists.

Jennine completed her undergraduate education at Point Loma Nazarene University and her graduate training at Alliant International University. Her particular area of expertise is working with couples and she is trained in several different theoretical approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, EMDR, and emotion-focused therapy. In addition to seeing clients, she also supervises and trains new therapists and runs a relationship blog, “Relationship in the Raw.” Listen in to hear her fantastic insight!

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Common presenting problems in couples therapy.
  • Jennine’s preferred treatment model when working with couples.
  • Special considerations when working with LGBTQ couples.
  • Tips for working with infidelity in couples therapy.
  • And a great deal more!

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  • Counseling Spotlight: Estes Therapy

    Opened in 2009 by Jennine Estes, Estes Therapy is a counseling practice based in San Diego, California. When it comes to couples counseling, Estes Therapy clinicians help their clients by acting as relationship consultants, a neutral third party that can help them untangle the emotions and figure out what’s really going on. In addition to couples work, they also offer individual counseling services. They even have premarital counseling options for those wanting to make sure their relationships are as healthy as possible before marriage.

    In their own words: “There are many reason why couples or individuals seek out therapy. In the end, all relationships take hard work every single day. At Estes Therapy San Diego, we understand the challenges marriages and couples face today as they try to live a better life.

    Looking for a marriage therapist can be one of the best things for you relationship, but also for yourself. If you are looking for understanding, knowlege, and compassion we invite you to find out more about our counseling and therapy services.

    Estes Therapy works with many couples of all marital statues and genders. Counseling is not just beneficial for married couples, it can also benefit any couple as well. There are many signs in your relationship when its time to start looking for a couples therapist so don’t ignore them.”

    Fast Facts:

    • Total Therapists: 11 (and a therapy dog named Zander)
    • Address: 3333 Camino del Rio S, Ste 215 San Diego, California
    • Phone: (619) 558-0001
    • Email: jestes -AT-

    Best of the Counseling and Mental Health Web:

    Each episode we award a site or organization as the “Best of the Counseling and Mental Health Web”… as selected by Mastering Counseling Podcast listeners! Whether you’re a current mental health professional, or a student studying to become one, there are so many great resources out there discussing counseling and mental health. Some of these resources could even help your clients and be worth recommending to them.

    As a reminder, if you ever have a suggestion for a resource or organization we should recommend, drop us a line via email, Facebook, or Twitter!

    This week we’re happy to recognize for their fantastic online resources.

    Psychology Tools’ mission is twofold: to ensure that therapists worldwide have access to everything they need to conduct great therapy, and to be a reliable source of psychological self-help for the public. Therapists can get full access to our continually expanding library of resources, and receive a license for their use in clinical work, by registering for membership of Psychology Tools.

    Psychology Tools was founded in 2008 by Dr Matthew Whalley, a clinical psychologist working in the United Kingdom. Prior to developing Psychology Tools he completed his PhD and postdoctoral research at University College London. In addition to managing Psychology Tools he continues to practice in a specialist trauma clinic within the National Health Service.

    Providing therapists with helpful tools is so important, so Psychology Tools’ award is well deserved. Many congrats to them!

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