Meet The Team
12810 Heacock St., Ste 202-B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 247-6542, Ext 201
MAX J. KAYES
M.A., LMFT #22998 CEO
Max Kayes is a licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist with over 34 years of counseling experience. He is the CEO of New Hope Christian Counseling Centers and the President of New Hope Christian Counseling Foundation. He received his Master's Degree in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy from Biola University in 1985, which combined course work from Rosemead School of Professional Psychology and Talbot Theological Seminary. He has also been a Clinical Associate Faculty Member at Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology, Division of Family Therapy. Specialties: Individuals and families suffering with depression, stress/anxiety, victims of sexual abuse, parents dealing with strong-willed children and other parenting issues, marital/premarital counseling, child therapy. Mr. Kayes is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
951-247-6542 Ext 250
M.S., LMFT #125785
[Bilingual Spanish and English]
Alex Navarro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from California Baptist University. Alex is experienced in helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds that are dealing with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, past trauma/abuse, addictions, and other mood-related disorders. Alex has experience working with children in a variety of settings including play therapy and early intervention. Alex is passionate about working with couples in marital/premarital counseling and uses a faith-based approach for those that are seeking to incorporate spirituality into treatment
951-247-6542 EXT 254
She attended Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She works with children, adolescents and adults both individually and with the families. Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, stress management, treating victims of sexual abuse, marital problems, and grief counseling. She has presented seminars and classes on marriage relationships, parenting, lay counseling, grief in several Nazarene churches in the valley.
626-967-6421 Ext 204
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, REDLANDS
Hillary Thomas is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She obtained her M.S. in Professional Counseling at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. After moving back to her home state of California in 2019, Hillary joined New Hope Christian Counseling. Hillary specializes in working with children and adolescents and has unique training in supporting families regarding attachment and adoption. Additionally, Hillary has experience treating a variety of other needs including anxiety, ADHD, behavioral challenges, grief and loss, and life transitions. In addition to supporting children through therapy, Hillary provides parental coaching. It is Hillary’s passion to help children, adolescents and parents overcome barriers, improve relationships, and discover their strengths.
M.S., AMFT #87071
Tonia is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist. She obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She specializes in childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, reunification of families, parenting, co-parenting, identity and cultural difficulties, and dual diagnosis. She has served as a student counselor at Moreno Valley Community College and for various organizations such as school districts, mentored children, and educated special needs students. Tonia's considerable experience also includes specialized training in counseling individuals who are confronting a life-threatening stage, including the hospice process, grief, and loss. Tonia has additional training in substance addiction and suicide prevention in conjunction with her undergraduate degree. Tonia incorporates her understanding of Latino culture into her work with Spanish-speaking clients. CBT, Systems, and REBT are her multiple clinical orientations.
951-247-6542 ext 260
CHAELENE “RACHELLE” NAVARRO
M.A., M.S., LMFT #132461
Chaelene “Rachelle” Navarro earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and her Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry from California Baptist University (CBU). Rachelle currently serves others in a few capacities such as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and as an Adjunct Professor at CBU.
Rachelle’s professional endeavors began in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum. Rachelle has served on multiple teams to provide services to a range of persons including children and teens who have been afflicted by trauma, young adults wrestling with anxiety and depression, and older adults experiencing relational challenges. Rachelle’s passions include assisting those in martial distress as well as persons who are looking to integrate their Christian faith into daily living.
M.S., AMFT, APCC
Alexi Krygier is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. Alexi has professional experience working with children and youth, individuals, and couples therapy. Alexi has experience working with kids and teens from the Val Verde School District using a variety of methods such as conducting group therapy and play therapy and uses a Strength Based approach. Alexi has also conducted parenting classes for parents who are struggling with their children. Alexi has experience treating a variety of needs including special needs, ADHD, anger management, addiction, impulse control, anxiety, trauma, depression along with suicidal ideation and self-harm. Alexi is also able to integrate the client's spiritual needs into the sessions should the client request it.
951-247-6542 EXT 207
M.S., AMFT #121694, APCC #8534
Angelica Mena is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Angelica’s professional experience at the Riverside Rape Crisis Center and HELPline Suicide Hotline has given her a unique strength in trauma-informed counseling. She has facilitated wellness workshops for individuals who have been impacted by a traumatic event and has extensive training in suicide prevention. She provides therapeutic services to adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families for an array of issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, self-harm, depression, anxiety, relational problems, grief and loss, self-esteem, life transitions, academic and work-related stress, and spirituality concerns. She adheres to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of treatment and favors a holistic therapeutic approach. Angelica is passionate about helping others reclaim the light that is already within them to create a life worth living.
951-247-6542 EXT 259
M.S. AMFT APCC
Jeannine Lira is an Associate in Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate in Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of San Bernardino. Jeannine has experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and family therapy. Jeannine has experience treating a variety of needs including anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict, depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm. Jeannine is also able to integrate the client's spiritual needs into the sessions should the client request it.
951-247-6542 EXT 256
MFT, PCC TRAINEE
Ana is an MFT/PCC Trainee. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino, which helped her prepare for her career as a social worker with a local agency. Ana is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University, where she is refining her skills and passion for helping people. Ana is eager to work with all populations as she believes we are all complex humans dealing with unique situations that can’t be grouped into one single category. Ana is excited to work with people to help them gain new insights and perspectives of themselves and the world around them. She would love to help her clients build strong relationships with others, but most importantly, with themselves. Ana takes a person-centered approach and is familiar with attachment styles. She enjoys working with every population but she connects with children the most through play therapy.
MFT, PCC TRAINEE
Haydi Gerges is an MFT trainee who is currently getting her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Professional Clinical Counseling from California Baptist University. Haydi has experience working with children, adults, and adolescents in a variety of settings including early intervention. Haydi is experienced in helping people of all ages deal with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, past trauma/abuse, body dysmorphia, bipolar disorders, borderline personality disorder, and other mood-related disorders. Haydi has extensive experience working with cultural adjustments, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and co-dependency. Haydi has received special training in elder abuse and suicide prevention. Haydi brings knowledge of the Middle-Eastern culture and integrates it with her work with Middle Eastern clients. She also incorporates Christian faith-based practices into her treatment when it is appropriate for her clients.
951-247-6542 EXT 265
Amanda Hayden is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, MFT Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California- Orange County. Amanda has experience working with children, individuals, and couples therapy. Amanda has experience treating a variety of needs including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, behavioral concerns, ADHD, and past trauma.
951-247-6542 EXT 257
M.S., LMFT #106692
Andrea is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist. She obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. She is experienced in working with individuals, couples, and families. She has a background and knowledge in working with blended families. She is experienced with dealing with Childhood Trauma, Parenting and Reunification, Addiction, Dual-diagnosis, Co-dependency, Work related issues and Depression. She has experience leading groups for addiction, anger management and parenting.
(951)247-6542, Ext 207
M.A., AMFT 127567
Adela Aidoo is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She obtained her Master’s degree from Cambridge University. Taking care of others physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally is what she thrives for. She believes it is a blessing and privilege to be able to serve you. She works diligently to reach out to people in the community regardless of their ailments. Adela sets goals with her clients by running marathons with them all the way. She wants her clients to gain the tools to learn to be accountable, determined, and content by enduring mental challenges one step at a time. She is excited to have you work hard in therapy and then look back and say, “I did it!”
[Bilingual Spanish and English]
Naomi Velasco is a trainee working towards obtaining a Masters in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. Her goal is to eventually become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and work primarily with individuals struggling with depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Naomi has experience working alongside children with behavioral issues. She is interested in working with teens, adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation. Naomi is passionate about making others feel less alone and strides to provide a safe space for anyone to express themselves.
Christopher Godina earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Concordia University Irvine and is currently attending California Baptist University for Marriage and Family Therapy. Christopher is passionate about working with youth and the elderly who struggle with finding meaning and purpose in their lives. He believes everyone has a unique story to tell and plans on working alongside his clients in dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Christopher also plans on specializing in helping children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with video game addictions and related disorders in the future.