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Dr. Vanessa Gross, MD, MA, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #AMFT-126046

Employed by A Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Corp
Supervised by Dr. Joe Raphael, DrPH, MBA, LMFT

As your therapist, I will listen to your story and work with you to craft an individualized approach to therapy based on your situation and circumstances. I have experience helping clients dealing with a variety of issues by using a number of different therapeutic approaches catered to each need. If you’re struggling to overcome the challenges you face, I invite you to consider Christian counseling as part of your healing and recovery journey. By relying on the Holy Spirit for direction, it’s possible to be set free from the aspects of your life that are hindering your growth and experience lasting joy and peace.

Irvine (Online) – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri

I offer professional Christian counseling for children, teens, adult individuals, couples, families, and groups. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, or other difficult emotions or painful life events, my goal is to establish a treatment plan to meet your needs and walk with you through the healing process. In my practice, I incorporate a number of therapeutic approaches based on each client’s situation in order to facilitate the most effective treatment for your needs. With God’s help and direction, lasting hope and recovery are possible. I look forward to watching Him work in your life through Christian counseling.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goals as a Christian counselor include helping my clients find strength in their faith and ultimately increase the peace they feel in their daily lives. Each individual is different, and I aim to meet each client where they are to establish a treatment plan that will meet their unique needs. I am humbled that God chooses to use me in my line of work to break chains and help lead clients to freedom from anxiety, depression, and other concerns that may be weighing them down.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I offer a welcoming, compassionate space where clients can feel safe, heard, and at ease, as if talking with a close friend. I enjoy the process of getting to know my clients, and I work to build trust from the moment I first meet with them. Clients can expect an individualized approach based on their own unique needs and preferences. In my practice, I seek to weave in different interventions and a direct approach including a balance of “seriousness” with levity to challenge my clients towards growth.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

One significant benefit of Christian-based counseling is that it is open to being led by the Holy Spirit, especially by incorporating prayer, which brings divine wisdom as well as strength that cannot be found in solely human efforts. As it says in the Bible, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Mathew 18:20). Being able to experience God’s presence in healing as well as His guidance is extremely powerful.


When working with Vanessa, she has an engaging presence, makes you feel heard and I was able to grasp my feelings as she made a positive experience for me and was very helpful.


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Vanessa has a valuable skill, more than just listening, she hears you and will clarify to understand what it feels like to walk in your shoes! Vanessa brings a calming peace to the space and creates a lovely environment to share and feel heard by a welcoming human who is genuinely interested in your well being. Vanessa is focused on your needs and bringing the healing to fruition. Godspeed.

M. Ferraro

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Focus Areas

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Coaching
  • Counseling for Children
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Couples Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Infidelity and Affairs
  • Marriage Counseling
  • OCD
  • Online Counseling
  • Personal Development
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Professional Development
  • Psychiatric Care Services
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sex and Porn Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spiritual Development
  • Trauma


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