Northwest Christian Counseling, LLC

Dealing with life's challenges in positive, healthy, and God-honoring ways

Chris S. Andersen, MA LPC

Chris is the founder of Northwest Christian Counseling, which opened its doors in April 2007.  Prior to that, he counseled for more than six years at Phoenix Christian Counseling Associates, where he was also a founding member; and one year at the Family Life Counseling and Education Center, an affiliate of Family Life Ministries. Chris attends Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV), where he has been a member since 1996 and has consistently served in CCV's teaching and counseling programs.  Chris has been married since 1999; has 2 children; and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

Chris earned his Master's Degree from Ottawa University in 1999, and has been licensed with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) since 2000.  He currently holds his Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification, is a Board-approved Clinical Supervisor, is a reviewed and approved counselor for Focus on the Family's Christian Counselors Network, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).  In addition to his counseling practice, Chris works part-time for the AZ Dept. of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC), where he has specialized in victim advocacy work since 2002.  Chris also has previous experience in teaching, coaching, and training.

Some of Chris's counseling specialties include (but are not limited to): men's issues; sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behavior (including pornography, masturbation, lustful thinking/fantasizing, and other sexual issues); recovery from affairs/infidelity; communication and conflict resolution; marital conflict; premarital counseling (including being certified to administer the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marital enrichment programs); adolescent and teen issues; depression and anxiety; and more.  Chris also enjoys counseling pastors and ministry leaders and their families, and is sensitive to the challenges that ministry presents. Chris utilizes empirically-based interventions and modalities (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to assist clients in overcoming challenges, resolving issues, and accomplishing their goals.  Chris has years of experience integrating Biblical principles and Christian-based spiritual disciplines into the treatment of mental health issues.

Pamela Rebel, MA LAC

As your therapist, one of my primary goals is to build a relationship of trust with you. In listening to your needs and hearing your story, I seek to build a caring alliance in order to empower you with the tools needed to feel better emotionally, improve your relationships, and discover and utilize your strengths. Upon renewing hope and experiencing healing you will move toward becoming the person God ultimately created you to be.

As a master's-level, Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, my educational background includes a Master's degree in Professional Counseling and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Christian Counseling from Ottawa University. I also completed a Graduate Diploma in Christian Counseling theology from Phoenix Seminary.

Before joining Northwest Christian Counseling in 2012, I completed a one-year internship at the Scottsdale Bible Church Professional Counseling Center and at the Calvary Addiction Recovery inpatient residential program for drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions.

Although I have experience and enjoy helping clients with a variety of issues, I specialize in depression, anxiety, couple's counseling, biblical counseling, and issues unique to women.

For couple's counseling, I utilize interventions based on the Gottman Method, an empirically-based treatment designed for couples. I also utilize methods from Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as other couple and family models. I am a certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator. Prepare and Enrich is often used in premarital counseling, but can also be very helpful to use with committed couples. This online assessment tool and workbook is shown to improve the quality of the relationship for couples. You can read more about it at

For depression, anxiety, and trauma, I utilize an eclectic approach based on my client's needs and personality. My training is in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, 12 Step Models, and a variety of trauma interventions.

On a personal note, I have been married since 1994 to my wonderful husband Mike. We enjoy the outdoors, traveling, sporting events and concerts. Before moving to Phoenix in 1996, I spent my teenage and college years in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I also spent my childhood years in both northern and southern California, so feel blessed to have experienced a variety of different environments and communities within the U.S.

Before earning my master's degree and becoming a therapist, I worked in the postsecondary educational system in a variety of roles. As a young adult, I also worked as co-director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center ministry in the inner city, which helped inspire me to become a counselor.

I strive to stay current and update my knowledge in the areas of theology and psychology by attending trainings, conferences, and in my own personal reading. I am committed to providing excellent, ethical care, and I offer evening and Saturday hours, as well as a sliding fee scale in order to meet my client's needs. I look forward to working with you!

Julia Folden, MAPC LAC

Julia has been working with NWCC since 2014.  She has been married for over 20 years and is an active member of Horizons Community Church. Her primary goal as a counselor is to help hurting individuals, couples, and families find and feel God’s Hope and Healing.

Julia completed her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Christian Counseling at Ottawa University in 2012.  She went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Christian Counseling from Phoenix Seminary in 2014.  Julia has been a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) with the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) since 2013.

In addition to her part-time counseling experience, Julia has an MBA and over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, including: executive coaching, employment/career development; employee relations; training; conflict resolution; strategic planning; team-building; and employee consultation within all levels of an organization. 

Julia completed an internship at Scottsdale Bible Church's Counseling Center, where she counseled women dealing with a variety of life issues, including marital/relational, anxiety, grief, depression, trauma and abuse, and spiritual issues.  She also completed an internship at Calvary Addiction Recovery Center, working in the inpatient and outpatient residential program with drug and alcohol addictions, as well as other co-occurring mental health disorders.

Julia works with a variety of client issues including trauma and abuse; depression and anxiety; grief and loss; couple counseling; career and life coaching, and spiritual issues.  She also provides counseling to individuals who are recovering from addiction and/or for the families or friends who have been impacted by a loved one with an addiction. 

Julia has previously co-facilitated Mending the Soul healing groups and is certified to use the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marriage enrichment assessments.

Julia is only available at NWCC on Tuesday nights, and has appointment times available between 4:00pm and 6:45pm. 

NWCC is always accepting resume's for part-time counselor positions!  

NWCC is always accepting resume's from therapists who are interested in part-time positions.  We are usually seeking therapists that are experienced in marriage/family counseling, adolescent/teen issues, and men's and women's issues.  Clinical Supervision by an LPC and AZBBHE-approved Clinical Supervisor can be provided.  If you are a licensed counselor in AZ and interested in working part-time with NWCC, please forward a letter of interest along with your resume and availability to [email protected]  If positions are currently not available, we may hold your resume for future consideration.