Dr. Joe Raphael, DrPH, MBA, LMFT


Dr. Joe Raphael, DrPH, MBA, LMFT


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

With God’s help, we will work together to better understand and resolve the current challenges in your life to give you hope for a more fulfilling and meaningful future in Christ. Some common concerns that my clients share include dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, emotional eating, weight concerns, chronic illness, and more. Whether you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to partnering with you to achieve your goals.


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

I offer a highly personalized, faith-based approach combined with specialized training tailored to meet your individual needs. My unique blend of training includes an MBA, a doctorate in Clinical Preventative Care, and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. With more than 15 years of counseling experience, my ultimate passion is to help you regain your voice and maintain your health. Together we’ll work to get to the root of your concerns, then empower you with the right tools to attain the personal growth you desire.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal is to educate, equip, and empower you with the tools and resources you need in order to uncover your true potential and lead a life worth celebrating. I want you to reach a point where you know exactly how to overcome the struggles you face and achieve the goals you desire for your life. My hope is for you to gain a deeper sense of purpose as you turn the page to the next chapter and move forward with confidence to face whatever life brings.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I offer one-on-one, couples, and family sessions, and work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief to parenting support, couples counseling, and beyond. In session you’ll enjoy a safe, supportive space where you can feel comfortable and free to be yourself. I’m committed to providing a trustworthy environment so you can receive the maximum benefits from your treatment. If you decide that my counseling style or approach is not the best fit for you, I will gladly guide you toward a better option for your individual needs.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

As a Christian practitioner, my goal is to help you grow by focusing on treating the whole person: body, mind, spirit, and relationships. I realize that not everyone comes seeking Christian counseling, and I will not impose any certain set beliefs on you. I would, however, love to follow your lead as we explore how you connect to God, and how and why faith connects your purpose and values.


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. 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!


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!


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.


Focus Areas


  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Bariatric Assessment
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Executive Coaching
  • Family Counseling
  • Health / Lifestyle Change
  • Individual Counseling
  • Professional Development
  • Personal Development
  • Trauma
  • Weight Loss

Sarah Okugawa


Sarah Okugawa, MA, LPCC


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

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor offering Christ-centered therapy to adults, couples, children, teens, and families. Whether you’re dealing with relationship challenges with your spouse or child, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, or other concerns, Christian counseling can help. As an individual made in the image of God, you have a significant purpose and calling – yet it’s so easy for the troubles and cares of this world to blur our vision. It would be my honor to journey with you as you discover the hope and joy found in living for Christ.



San Diego – Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri
Online Counseling

Focus Areas


  • Anxiety
  • Counseling for Children
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Individual counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Play Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Women’s Issues

I count it a great privilege work with children, teens, individuals, couples, and families by offering a variety of treatment methods including play therapy for children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care, depending on your situation and needs. My desire is for you to take positive steps forward in your personal life and in your walk with the Lord as you seek to learn new tools and techniques to overcome the difficulties you face. Together we will work to establish and implement a plan for your growth based on the goals you share with me in session.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal as a counselor is to help others move out of whatever is keeping them “stuck.” Many times, we need a third party to help us see things in a different light and process different events. I want others to live a happy and healthy life for Jesus, to know they have a purpose on this earth, and to find their calling in this world.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I offer a warm, inviting space where you can feel at ease. With empathy and sincere care, I will meet you where you are and listen to your concerns to determine the best treatment method for your situation. I provide a non-judgmental atmosphere centered in godly principles where you will find guidance to overcome the challenges you face and hope for the future.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

My Christian faith is at the center of who I am as an individual. It provides me with a lens through which I see the world and others around me. Christian counseling allows individuals to share their opinions, feelings, and circumstances with someone who is like minded. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of this world that has forsaken many Christian principles. By meeting with a Christian counselor, clients can enjoy the benefits of receiving guidance and direction from someone who puts God at the center of their life.