Our mission is to offer compassionate Christian care to our clients, help them work through their presenting issues, and find solutions to life's challenges by providing them with support and encouragement that is both bliblically-based and results-oriented. Chino Hills Counseling's providers aim to offer compassionate Christian care; counseling that incorporates the spiritual dimension, Biblical truths, and a seeking of God's will in an individual's life. This Faith-based integration is upon request from clients who seek to create, build, or repair their faith as it is woven through their life and it's experiences.
Secular counseling, that is, counseling that does not incorporate the spiritual dimension, is also available at Chino Hills Counseling. With a desire to help clients overcome personal struggles, find meaning and joy within their lives, and increase their mental and emotional health, Chino Hills Counseling aims to provide services to any and all individuals who seek it.
Chino Hills Counseling was first opened in 2004 by Lori Lira, a Licensed Marriage and Family and Registered Play Therapist. Nearly five (5) years later, the office of Chino Hills Counseling was moved to the neighboring city of Chino, CA. In August of 2011, the organization was purchased by Dr. Kari Halko-Weekes, a dual licensed Psychologist and Marriage Family Therapist as well as the owner and Executive Director of Claremont Counseling and Support Center. Dr. Halko-Weekes would work in the years to follow, to unite both Claremont and Chino Hills Counseling to provide the highest quality of psychological and counseling services, while still maintaining the foundation that Lori laid.
From 2010 to 2015, Chino Hills Counseling worked along side Stay Designated, Inc., a California registered 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization with a focus on drunk driving education, prevention, substance abuse, addiction, and recovery. In October of 2015, the counseling services division of Stay Designated was dissolved and were absorbed and continued by Dr. Halko-Weekes and her staff.
Aside from providing the highest quality of professional and psychological counseling services to clients, over the years, both Claremont and Chino Hills Counseling have acted as a training facility for well over a dozen of pre-licensed Marraige Family Therapists, post-doc Psy.D graduates and Psychological Assistants, providing training and supervision prior to licensure. Continual training is a focal point of Chino Hills Counseling, ensuring that all therapists remain on the forefront of today's issues as well as therapetuic approaches, techniques, and interventions. Dr. Kari Halko-Weekes has also supervised several groups of trainees in their Master's of Arts program at Azusa Pacific University over the past five (5) years.
Dr. Halko-Weekes is an active direct therapist that focuses on the short-term, brief and result-oriented treatment. She facilitates emotional completion of current and past wounds aimed at removing barriers, and advocating movement forward. Dr. Weekes also works in conjunction with the other therapists in the office as needed to meet specific client needs.
Statement of Faith
For our statement of faith please click on the following link, Our Statement of Faith