The Balm of Gilead Christian Counseling Center

20422 Beach Blvd. Suite 235
Huntington Beach, California, US

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Practice Specialties

  • Abandonment Difficulties
  • Abortion Recovery
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Church Conflict
  • Counseling for Pastors and Wives
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Pornography Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Support Groups
  • Teen Christian Counseling
  • Trauma and or PTSD
  • Women's Issues and Concerns


The Balm of Gilead is a Christian Counseling and Resource Center founded to bring healing and hope to God's broken and hurting people. We offer biblical counseling, education, workshops, and discipleship for those struggling with common everyday problems and life issues that hinder the ability to live abundant, healthy lives and engage in mutually satisfying relationships. We get to the root of the issues that cause so much conflict and pain. That's because healing only comes when we deal with the matters of the heart.

Why I Became a Professional Christian Therapist

The Balm of Gilead was founded to bring healing and hope to those struggling with everyday life issues that hinder the ability to engage in healthy relationships and walk in the fullness of God. We have had the privilege of working with hundreds of people whose lives have been radically changed by the healing power of God. We are dedicated to ministering to God's hurting children and have a burden and a passion to see the Living God of the universe break the chains of bondage and set the captives free one heart at a time through counseling and other resources and services.

Cecilia Trent - Founder's Heart for Counseling Women

When I got saved, the Lord radically transformed my life and put eternity in my heart. Sadly, the abundant life that Jesus came to give seemed to elude me in my Christian walk. I let people, places, and things define and control me. Instead of running the Christian race with endurance as the Bible instructs, I seemed to limp along the way, unable to experience the fullness of God's love and grace. It took the deepest valley of my life to get me to a place of utter and complete surrender in the midst of the pain and anguish. In that sweet place of brokenness, I encountered my Jesus. He wiped my tears away, comforted me, and poured His love and grace on a heart yearning for the security and acceptance of a father's love. Today, the Lord has given me a passion to help His wounded children be healed and set free, walk in victory, and live abundant lives anchored in their identity as beloved children of the living God in accordance with the truths that can only be found in the infallible Word of God. This is the calling and purpose He has placed on my life, and I can't imagine doing anything else.

Client Payment Information

  • Client rates are on a sliding scale

Therapists on Staff

Sarah Armstrong
Brooke Ballard
Terese Benzie
Niki Chiles
Cecilia Trent
Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah is a Board Certified Christian Counselor (BCCC), a Certified Christian Co-dependence Specialist (CCS), holds two certifications as a Christian Addictions Counselor (CDAAC) (CDAS), and is a State Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC).
Brooke Ballard

Brooke Ballard

Brooke is a Board Certified Christian Counselor (BCBC).
Certified Christian Women's Life Coach (CCWLC).
She specializes in counseling teens and young adult women.
Terese Benzie

Terese Benzie

Terese is a Board Certified Biblical Counselor (BCBC)
Certified Christian Women’s Life Coach (CCWLC), Certified Co-dependence Specialist (CCS), and a Certified Drug and Addictions Specialist (CDAS). She is also a Class Group Leader.
Niki Chiles

Niki Chiles

Niki is a Board Certified Christian Counselor Associate.
Certified Co-dependence Specialist (CCS), Certified Drug & Alcohol Specialist (CDAS). Certified Christian Women’s Life Coach (CCWLC). She is also trained in marriage recovery after sexual betrayal.
Cecilia Trent

Cecilia Trent

Cecilia is the Director of Counseling, Education and Resource Services here at the Balm of Gilead. She is also a Board Certified Christian Counselor (BCCC),
Certified Marriage and Family Specialist (CMFS), State Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC), and Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS). She holds a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling (M.Div.),

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