Amanda Esquivel

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #88617


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Mental Health Awareness month

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 2:20 PM


May is Mental Health Awareness month. Reducing stigma and raising awareness for mental health conditions is the only way to make it easier for people to get help and communicate their struggles. Visit the NAMI San Diego website to join the movement #curestigma

Suicide Prevention Week

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 2:45 PM


National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16, 2017. #BeThe1To Know the signs. Find the Words, Reach out.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. And the second leading cause of death in adolescents.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by suicide please feel free to contact me. I am hear to listen, encourage, and support you.


Posted on August 21, 2017 at 6:20 PM


According to American Psychological Association's 2012 Stress in America survey, stress keeps more than 40% of adults lying awake at night.

Learning to manage stress is a crucial life skill to develop. If you or someone you know needs help with this, please contact me and I would be glad to assist.

Showing Love In A Way That Counts

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM


Showing love to those we care for is important.

Find ways to learn others love language so you can have a bigger impact in ways that make them really feel special.

What is your love language?

This is what it's all about...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 6:15 PM


Posted on June 7, 2017 at 2:45 PM

As a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist I know we all experience some level of trauma over time.

Trauma can be defined as an event that falls outside the range of usual human experience that causes distress. Trauma can be grouped into two types:

1. Big T- is an event is one that most people would consider traumatic, such as a natural disaster or unexpected loss of a loved one.

2. Little T- is an event is one experienced as traumatic at a personal level, such as the loss of a pet or relationship breakup.

These are some common ways our body responds to trauma:

1. Freeze- your body stops to heighten awareness of whats going on around you.

2. Flight- Muscles tense up and body readies itself for fleeing because it senses a threat.

3. Fight- Wanting to confront the situation or perpetrator. Heart may increase as you attempt to counteract the danger.

If you are currently struggling through a traumatic experience or if you carry the hurt from a past traumatic experience please contact me as we can explore ways to heal from your past or present trauma.

This may be you...

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Did you know...

75% of all mental illness start by the age of 24.

The average amount of time young people wait before getting help is 6-8 years yet.

70-90% individuals report improved quality of life after receiving support or treatment.

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Changes to notice...

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following:

Excessive worrying or fear

Feeling excessively sad or low

Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning

Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria

Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger

Avoiding friends and social activities

Difficulties understanding or relating to other people

Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy

Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite

Changes in sex drive

Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)

Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)

Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs

Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”;)

Thinking about suicide

Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress

An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance (mostly in adolescents)

Mental health conditions can also begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include the following:

Changes in school performance

Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school

Hyperactive behavior

Frequent nightmares

Frequent disobedience or aggression

Frequent temper tantrums

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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