Some of us experience difficult times in our lives and we can feel alone. We may feel hopeless, disoriented, or challenged. Imagine a space where you can share your feelings, your concerns, and your thoughts with a professional. A space where you feel comfortable to share and to discuss difficult issues in your life. I am here to help. I have been working in the mental health field for 12 years and have been working as a clinical therapist for over 8 years.
I began my undergraduate career by receiving my Bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Afterward, I began working in the mental health field as a case manager for four years while I began graduate school at Pepperdine University. I transitioned to a marriage and family therapist towards the end of my Master's program and completed my degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Shortly thereafter, I became licensed by the Board Of Behavioral Science as a marriage and family therapist. I continue to build my skills and knowledge through many trainings and educational courses as well.
As a bilingual therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse populations and diagnosis' in both the non-profit and private practice setting. Some of these include: trauma, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, grief, identity issues, and behavior issues. I use CBT modalities, client centered therapy, and also EMDR depending on client needs.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Best of luck to you on your new journey.
Offer message sessions anytime
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 94030
Estela is always quick to respond and very helpful. I was so relieved to have Estela to talk to during one of the most difficult times of my life and I’ll be forever grateful.
Written on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Estela for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Estela is so helpful and makes me think about things a new way. She responds in timely manner and is respectful. I highly recommend Estela!
Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Estela for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
Estela is an excellent therapist. After just a couple of sessions, I am really happy with the way things are going so far. She is attentive and really makes sure you feel heard. After my sessions I walk away with constructive ways to reframe my thinking and it has already helped me in the way I think about the issues I’m facing in life.
Written on Feb 13, 2021 after therapy with Estela for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Awesome therapist to work with, I highly recommend her
Written on Nov 24, 2020 after therapy with Estela for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
Estela is a great counselor. She has been with me here for a couple of months and I really can’t say anything but positive remarks. She really has helped me focus and put things into perspective.
Written on Nov 17, 2020 after therapy with Estela for 4 months
I have been able to talk about things that I wasn't comfortable doing so before. I have really sent positive change in my life over the last few months.
Written on Aug 10, 2020 after therapy with Estela for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes