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 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
[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 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.
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
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 his Hillary’s passion to help children, adolescents and parents overcome barriers, improve relationships, and discover their strengths.
(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
CHAELENE “RACHELLE” NAVARRO
M.A., M.S., 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.
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
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
M.S., AMFT, APCC
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
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 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
Annelise Oakes is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Hope International University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Life Pacific University. Her passion and goal is to help individuals and couples grow and find healing and wholeness mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Annelise has experience working with children, teens, adults and couples dealing with a variety of needs including: anxiety, depression, church hurt, trauma, grief and loss, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, marital distress, and various relationship needs. She is also interested in working with individuals who have experienced compassion fatigue and/or ministry burnout, as well as other needs relating to spiritual health. Annelise strives to create a safe space for everyone to be able to share their lives. She wants to walk alongside her clients and let them know that they are not alone. Annelise uses both Christian based counseling interventions (should the client request it), as well as clinical interventions.
951-247-6542 EXT 261