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Are you seeking professional Christian counseling in the San Diego area that is compatible with your own Christian beliefs? If so, you have arrived at the right place. We offer Bible-based tools and resources to help you navigate any issue with which you might be struggling.

No matter what you need, whether help with marriage or other relationship issues, addiction counseling, a helping hand in dealing with depression, or a host of other concerns, San Diego Christian Counseling is here to come alongside you, help shoulder the burden, and show you the light at the end of the tunnel.

Joe Raphael

Dr. Joe Raphael, DrPH, MBA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LMFT-77740
(619) 332-4448

San Diego – Mon, Wed and Thu
Irvine – Tue, Fri and Sat

Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler, MA, LPCC, CSAT, AF-EMDR

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #6281
Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist
Attachment Focused EMDR Counselor
(619) 332-4448

San Diego, CA – Mon, Tue and Fri
Online Counseling – Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri

Sarah Okugawa, MA, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #LPCC-5073
(619) 332-4448

San Diego, CA – Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri

Joe Whitcomb, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LMFT-51093
(619) 332-4448

San Diego – Mon & Wed
Carlsbad – Tue, Thur, & Sat

Who we are

San Diego Christian Counseling is an affiliation of professional Christian counselors with many years of experience providing help and counsel to people of all ages and backgrounds as they work through a variety of issues.

The counselors at San Diego Christian Counseling provide care and guidance that align with your personal beliefs and values, making use of teaching from the Bible, Christian wisdom, and methods of psychology to bring about genuine healing and results that last.

How it works

Starting Christian counseling is easy. Simply browse our online counselor profiles to help match you with the perfect professional for your needs. You can either reach out to the counselor directly to schedule an appointment or contact our attentive office staff for further assistance. To make sure you get the best counselor for you, we offer a risk-free initial session.

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TESTIMONIALS

I highly recommend Dr Joe Raphael of the San Diego Christian Clinic for your psychological & health needs. I’ve known Joe Rafael for 25 years. He impressed me as his teacher and I followed Joe’s professional journey from that point onward. Joe is a stellar clinician dedicated to helping people to live physically and mentally healthy lives. He’s also very like able and shows integrity in all he does. As you can see, I recommend JoeRaphael highly. DrDeborah M Khoshaba, Director of Training and Development, the Hardiness Institute, Inc

Dr. Deborah Khoshaba

Chris has been my counselor for the last 4.5 years. I first went to him to help me as I going through a separation and then divorce. He really helped me to focus on my own issues and working on those. He uses many different techniques to help both himself and his clients understand the isues including giving specific books to read as well as deeper personality tests which help him be more effective. He is easy to talk to, follows up when he says he will and always has different great ideas to be tried. Even though he has moved to San Diego I will be keeping up my sessions with him due to how effective I have found him to be.

Dwayne C

Dr. Joe is the best. He is one of the smartest, kindest and most generous individuals I have ever met. He is knowledgeable in many areas. He listens without judging. He has literally saved my life. He has given me direction and the tools to help me make smart decisions and deal with my feelings, that can often get in the way of my success. I would recommend him to anyone!

Tracy Bright

I have been seeing Chris for nearly 3 years. Working with him has been really helpful, and I appreciate his ability to both hear me and be compassionate as well as challenge me and bring much needed grounding and truth to each session. I also really enjoyed how he balances scripture and theological truth with the brain science to our sessions.

Nate F

Dr Joe is a very smart healthcare Practicioner, liked by patients and staff alike. He is very personable and really makes a positive difference in his patients’s lives!

Lynn Goodloe

I’ve worked with Chris for 5 years and he has been a very trustworthy, present, professional and honest therapist. I feel very comfortable and safe sharing everything and anything with him. Therapy with Chris has helped me build self-confidence, learn how to sustainably live life sober, and has given me the opportunity of having an intelligent, compassionate, grounded and friendly adult figure in my life throughout my struggles. All I can say is that I got out what I put into it, when I was vulnerable and honest with him he was able to help point me in the right direction relative to my goals. I have enjoyed learning/growing/changing with Chris as my counselor very much.

GreenLenz

Dr. Joe is personable and though he holds many degrees and has years of experience as a mental health provider, he is relatable. He makes therapy something I look forward to versus something that needs to be done.

Alana Grace

Chris has a great way of blending deep insight, tools, readings, humor, faith and accountability. I found his approach to be both refreshing and helpful!

Jon B

Chris has taken a Jesus based, down to earth approach that really meet me where I was. This is not a one size fits all program, it was tailored to me. The work Chris had me do really made me take a part in my healing and he was/is always positive and celebrates the victories with me. Cannot recommend enough!

Justin N

I’ve really enjoyed having Chris as my counselor. He’s easy to talk to, yet also asks challenging questions that keep me thinking after the session, prompting me to be consciously aware of how I handle difficult situations and circumstances. Counseling isn’t easy, as often times it requires ME to do work that I’ve not wanted to (or even known I should) do, but with Chris’ guidance, I’ve found it to be very beneficial both in the short and long term. Highly recommend.

Summer W

Chris is a phenomenal counselor. Extremely smart while being very caring, a combination I’ve struggled to find from counselors in the past. I feel like working with Chris has not only led to knowledge/realizations about negative/positive patterns of behavior but also has helped me to be a more humble, others-centered person that can view myself as a valuable person worthy of recovering from my past hurts and mistakes. Cannot recommend him highly enough.

Shane D

Chris Chandler is an extremely gifted counselor. He’s highly knowledgeable and trained on helping those dealing with addition and relates amazingly well to men of all ages (including young men). I lead a ministry for men dealing with addiction and sexual issues and for those seeking professional care Chris is my primary referral.

Jeff Simunds

Chris is a compassionate yet tireless advocate for mental health especially when it comes to men dealing with shame, secrecy, and/or addictions of any type. In addition, his faith and Christian maturity struck me as genuine, honest, and inviting. I really feel as a man, Chris connects easily with other men allowing them to feel understood and encouraged towards healing.

Sam Louie

Chris Chandler is a colleague I deeply respect.. I have referred clients to groups run by Chris and have seen them flourish under his guidance. When you are looking for a referral or continuity of care, be sure to check his availability.

Jay Stringer

I collaborated with Chris Chandler, MA, LMHC, CSAT, AF-EMDR in the Seattle area trying to help a client who was deeply depressed and suicidal. As a result of his work with Chris, the client made a breakthrough and reported great improvement. Chris has worked to conduct cutting-edge research on sexual addiction, for which I am very grateful.

Staci S

I can’t even begin to say how incredible Chris Chandler is as a counselor. I worked with Chris for over 2 years and I know I wouldn’t be as far along in recovery if it wasn’t for him. The holistic insight that he has is incredible and I am so incredibly grateful. If you’re on the fence of whether to contact Chris, let me encourage you that it is the right call.

Jason R

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