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Our vision is to help those who are seeking emotional and spiritual growth.  We know the responsibility to hurting people is great; therefore, each member of our staff is professionally trained and has extensive experience in a variety of specialty areas.

Staff by Location

CovinaCosta MesaHemetMoreno ValleyMurrieta
*Jeenie Gordon*Jack Felton       *Barbara Bussey     *Max Kayes*Max Kayes     
*Penny Copeland      *Barbara Bussey
*Brian Eck*Laura McKay
*La Jean Griffin*Daureen Sanford
*Max Kayes
*Daureen Sanford
*Marylee Nambu
*Prisca Woo

Max J. Kayes, MA, LMFT  CEO

Max Kayes is a licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist with over 29 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.

Barbara Bussey, MA, LMFT

Barbara J. Bussey, MA, MFT 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.

Penny Copeland, MS, LMFT

Penny received her Masters of Science in Counseling Marriage Family Therapy from the University of LaVerne and has been in the field since 1989.  She holds a Teaching and Pupil Personnel Credential with ten years local school district experience which adds to the insights she offers teachers, students and families.  Areas of special knowledge are ADD/ADHD, anxiety, child therapy, depression, marital/premarital counseling and women's issues. She has presented workshops to churches and civic groups on anger management, the grieving process, incest survival, lay counseling, self-esteem and solution-focused brief therapy.  Her outreach covers children, adolescents, young adults, couples, families and seniors.

Brian E. Eck, Ph.D.

Dr. Eck works with couples, families and individuals. He has directed a treatment program for clients with major mental illnesses and their family. Dr. Eck has been a practicing psychologist for 16 years. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola. He currently chairs the Psychology Department at Azusa Pacific University and has published and given presentations on the integration of our Christian faith and psychology. He has also served on the International Board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Dr. Eck can present seminars or workshops on the foundations for a healthy marriage, effective parenting, the challenges of living with a mentally ill relative, and mental and spiritual health.

Jack Felton, MA, LMFT

Jack has been in practice for over 25 years as a pastor and therapist. He is currently the clinical director as Newport Coast Recovery, a residential setting for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. His experience ranges from having developed several in-patient addiction programs for drug &alcohol addiction, eating disorders, to sitting on Patrick Carnes’ advisory board for sexual addiction at a Southern California in-patient facility. Jack had been the director for a residential treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction back in the early 90’s. He is most noted though, for his work on religious abuse and addiction and is the author of the best selling “Toxic Faith”. However, if you were to talk to Jack, he would tell you his most exciting work is right now. He sits in an advisory board capacity to Dr. Daniel Amen, the worlds leading expert on Spect Scan Imaging (a nuclear medical approach to brain function). Jack is well suited in supervising the integration of this cutting edge technology into marriage family and child counseling.

Jeenie Gordon, MS, MA, LMFT

Jeenie Gordon is a licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist with over 20 years of counseling experience in private practice. She is the Clinical Director for New Hope Christian Counseling Center in Covina. Former high school counselor of over 8,000 teens. Therapist in prison (juvenile) and psychiatric hospital. She is the author of 5 books "There's Hope after Divorce", "Those Turbulent Teen Years," "Hope For You--Taking Charge of Your Life." She speaks nationally for churches, schools, conventions, keynote retreat speaking (40+ topics available). Jeenie sits on the Vanguard University Alumni Board and is the on the leadership team for the Christian Association For Psychological Studies. She specializes in treating individuals, teens, couples and families on a variety of issues.

LaJean Griffin, Psy.D.

LaJean has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. She received her doctorate in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of Laverne and received her Masters degree from Azusa Pacific University in Marriage & Family Therapy. Dr. Griffin is a licensed psychologist. She has spoken on depression in the elderly and has experience working with children and families, couples, and adults with mental health issues.

Eunice Kim, LCSW

Eunice is a license clinical social worker, with her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania.   She was born in Korea and immigrated to the US at the age of 13.  She also has worked at the County of Los Angeles Children and Family Services since 1984.   She works with children, adolescents, adults and families.  She specializes in treatment of depression and anxiety related to relationships, singleness, identity, carreer and work issues as well as church related conflicts.


Daureen Sanford, MA, LMFT

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.

Prisca Woo, , MA, LMFT

Prisca has been a pastor's wife, serving for 36 years in Asian American churches in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. In addition to English, she is fluent in Korean. Together with her husband she has counseled many couples throughout their years of ministry. Prisca is a regular speaker at women's retreats. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She specializes in marital and premarital counseling, treatment of co-dependency, depression, issues of singleness, counseling pastors and their families.

Laura McKay, MS, MFT Intern

Laura was an administrator, counselor and educator for over 15 years before joining New Hope.  She worked effectively with multicultural and Special Needs populations and their families.  She is also a certified Education Advocate.  Her present expertise and special interest are with family reunification, adjustment to foster care setting, child play and art therapy, treating those that have been sexually and physically abused, teen grief and loss, ADHD and Autism related educational and relational issues.

Marylee Nambu, MA, MFT Intern

Marylee is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern working under the supervision of Jeenie Gordon, LMFT. She specializes in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Trauma), Addiction, Inter-racial Marital Issues, Parenting and Adolescent Issues.  Marylee has 20 years of experience working with children and adults i the classroom and in ministry.  She believes in gentle care in a safe environment and takes time to cultivate a strong client-therapist relationship.  She Is a graduate from Phillips Graduate Institute with an M.A. in clinical psychology.