Meet The Team
12810 Heacock St., Ste 202-B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 247-6542, Ext 201
MAX J. KAYES
MA, LMFT CEO #MFC22998
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
MS, AMFT #108385
[Bilingual Spanish and English]
Alex Navarro is an Associate 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 has experience working with children in a variety of settings including play therapy and early intervention. Alex is experienced in helping people of all ages dealing with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, past trauma/abuse, addictions, and other mood related disorders.
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
MS, LMFT #106692
Andrea is a Registered Associate 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
MA MS, AMFT #91584
Kristi Sanford is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Ministry (faith based counseling) from California Baptist University. She is currently the head of training for new incoming trainees and associates. She is also working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Kristi is experienced in helping people with depression anxiety and other mood related disorders. She specializes in couple’s therapy believing that strengthening the marriage strengthens the family unit. She also specializes in treating those who have been physically/sexually abused, experienced trauma, grief and loss, and play therapy techniques.
951-247-6542 ext 259
MS, AMFT #IMF87071
(Bilingual-Fluent Spanish/English) Tonia is an Associate in Marriage & Family Therapist. She obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. Tonia has an extensive experience working with families, children, adolescents, and the elderly. She specializes in childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, Families reunification, parenting, Co-Parenting, individual struggling with identity and cultural conflicts and dual diagnosis. Her experiences include student counselor at Moreno Valley community college and other entities such as school districts, coaching youth, and teaching student with special needs. Tonia’s extensive experience also includes special training assisting adults living a frightening stage of life threatening, facing hospice process and loss. In addition to her college degree, Tonia has received special training in substance abuse and suicide prevention. Tonia brings knowledge of the Latino culture and integrates with her work with Spanish speaking clients. Clinical orientation is CBT, Systems and REBT.
951-247-6542 ext 260
MS, AMFT #IMF81865
Fres is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who obtained a B. S. in Social Work from La Sierra University and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a Professional Clinical Counselor concentration from California Baptist University. She has experience as an FFA social worker. She has worked for the County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department. Provided guidance in the classroom and conducted home visits providing the preschooler and family with strategies to implement at home in order to increase participation and learning outcomes. Conducted Parenting Classes for parents and caregivers at designated preschools. As a MFT Trainee co-led Anger Management, Domestic Violence and Co-Parenting classes. Interned at the Department of Behavioral Health under the guidance of the staff analyst, researching impact of legislation on organization and training to advise management on policies and procedures regarding personnel while actively participating in the promotion of Cultural Competency in Mental Health. Improving cultural competency continues to be a passionate pursuit for Fresvinda. (951) 247-6542 Ext 257
MS, AMFT #102387
Vivien-Leigh is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working under the supervision of Max Kayes, LMFT. Her present expertise and interests are with child play and art therapy to assist children with behavioral issues, treating those that have been sexually and physically abused, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Trauma), and adolescent issues. Her specialties involve behavioral modification as well as empowering those with disabilities to succeed in become their best possible self. Her beliefs are established in meeting the client where they are by creating a safe environment that allows for a healthy client to therapist relationship to be built that will prompt positive change and healing. She is a graduate from California Baptist University with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. (951) 247-6542 Ext 256
Barbara Bussey is a licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist with over 15 years of counseling experience. She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 1992. She is trained in EMDR. Her specialties include: Individuals and families suffering from trauma, dissociation, victims of sexual abuse, and depression.
951-247-6542, Ext 251
CHAELENE “RACHELLE” NAVARRO
MA, MS, AMFT
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 an Associate 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.