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Who Are Pastoral Counselors?

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According to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), pastoral counseling is a form of psychotherapy that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. The central theme in pastoral counseling is an awareness of the spiritual dimension in human wholeness. Crises and transitions are addressed in terms such as faith, meaning, purpose, and direction, as well as in psychotherapeutic terms.

The foundation of pastoral counseling goes back to the 1930s, when minister Norman Vincent Peale and psychiatrist Smiley Blanton integrated religion and psychotherapy for psychotherapeutic purposes. Other influential social scientists, such as Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, William James, and Karl Menninger, also shared this awareness of spirituality and psychotherapy. Over the years, pastoral counseling evolved from religious or spiritual counseling to pastoral psychotherapy, a practice that integrates theology and the behavioral sciences.

New Life Pastoral Counseling exists to extend the reach of local congregations as they seek to fulfill their historic mission of caring for the hearts and minds of their members and the individual person in the community. NLPC seeks to provide the highest quality pastoral counseling services at an affordable cost to all persons regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. We are led by the wisdom of Christian traditions as well as the insights of traditional behavioral science in our understanding of and therapeutic approach to the healing of persons and their relationships.

NLPS is not limited to just persons for whom their faith commitment is profound in shaping their lives, we also see persons who claim no faith orientation, as well as, interfaith couples (two parties belonging to two different religious beliefs). We encourage our clients to make use of their faith commitments as a resource for their own healing and growth.

Helping others is what I do. It's God's purpose for my life.

Dr. Angela Chester provides Christian counseling those in California.


Helping you deal withe the various stages and phases of life. Our therapies cover premarital counseling, relationship coaching & enrichment, dealing with illness, divorce prevention and more. 

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What is Pastoral Counseling?

Mission & Vision

We have a simple, but robust mission: to help people in need. We do that by focusing on Christian counseling in Long Beach. Individual and couples therapy in Long Beach including education and awareness classes, and various other resources.

We want to make a difference.

The building blocks of our practice.

Pastoral counselors are mental health professionals who have had extensive religious and/or theological training. Pastoral Counselors hold a bachelor's and a master's or doctoral degree in spiritual or biblical studies or a master's or doctoral degree in pastoral counseling.

Pastoral counselors also have a significant amount of clinical training. This includes supervised clinical experience.

Like other mental health professionals, pastoral counselors work with a variety of issues, depending on their training and background. They may specialize in marriage and family therapy, addiction, grief, and other issues, including serious mental illnesses. In addition to short- and long-term counseling, they may provide educational programs on preparing for marriage, adjusting to divorce, and coping with loss and grief.

Pastoral counselors may work as clinicians in:

  • Health clinics

  • State hospitals

  • Private and group practices

  • Congregation-based centers

  • Church or synagogue offices

  • Free-standing pastoral counseling centers

The Mission of New Life Pastoral Counseling

I have been incredibly fortunate in my life and I want to teach others that they can be also. It's my desire as a counselor, cancer survivor, entrepreneur, best selling author, wife and mother, to help my clients reach their fullest potential and purpose. I also understand that one need not stay derailed along the path of life. I believe everything is a life lesson and there's no such thing as a happenstance; you're on this page for a reason. 


With that desire in my heart, I started New Life Pastoral Counseling. We’re all looking to make a difference in our world and I believe that I can assist you with yours. The world is made up of important social connections and if you foster them positively, they’ll pay huge dividends - in love, care, understanding, and a better world.