About New Life

Who we are

We are your one-stop-shop for holistic health. Specializes in spiritual wellness, pastoral counseling, and naturopathic modalities.  If you don’t know which treatment you need, we’ll take the time to study your habits and determine the therapy best suited for your body’s condition. 


We have locations in Hampton, Virginia and Long Beach, California. Upon arrival, the receptionist will greet you with a smile. You're welcome to ​relax in the lounge were we've provided coffee, tea, and cold beverages for you to enjoy.   Visits are by appointment only and can be scheduled online or call and schedule at (757) 637-0164 or (562) 209-2083.

Holistic care is Whole Person Care

Dr. Angela Butts Chester looks at the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - to help each person come to the best conclusion about life, living, happiness, and purpose. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission of New Life Pastoral Counseling and Center for Wellbeing

 New Life Pastoral Counseling  exists to extend the reach of local congregations as they seek to fulfill their historic mission of caring for the hearts and minds of their members and the individual person in the community. 

New Life Pastoral Counseling seeks to provide the highest quality pastoral counseling services at an affordable cost to all persons regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. We are led by the wisdom of Christian traditions as well as the insights of traditional behavioral science in our understanding of and therapeutic approach to the healing of persons and their relationships. 

New Life Pastoral Counseling is not limited to just persons for whom their faith commitment is profound in shaping their lives, we also see persons who claim no faith orientation, as well as, interfaith couples (two parties belonging to two different religious beliefs). We encourage our clients to make use of their faith commitments as a resource for their own healing and growth. 

Our curriculum is based in psychology, herbal health, nutrition, intuitive listening, holistic practices, habit change and healthy lifestyle design.  

What is Pastoral Counseling?

 According to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), pastoral counseling is a form of psychotherapy that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. The central theme in pastoral counseling is an awareness of the spiritual dimension in human wholeness. Crises and transitions are addressed in terms such as faith, meaning, purpose, and direction, as well as in psychotherapeutic terms.

The foundation of pastoral counseling goes back to the 1930s when minister Norman Vincent Peale and psychiatrist Smiley Blanton integrated religion and psychotherapy for psychotherapeutic purposes. Other influential social scientists, such as Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, William James, and Karl Menninger, also shared this awareness of spirituality and psychotherapy. Over the years, pastoral counseling evolved from religious or spiritual counseling to pastoral psychotherapy, a practice that integrates theology and the behavioral sciences. 

Who Are Pastoral Counselors?

Pastoral counselors are mental health professionals who have had extensive religious and/or theological training. Pastoral Counselors hold a bachelor's and a master's or doctoral degree in spiritual or biblical studies or a master's or doctoral degree in pastoral counseling. Pastoral counselors also have a significant amount of clinical training. This includes supervised clinical experience.

Like other mental health professionals, pastoral counselors work with a variety of issues, depending on their training and background. They may specialize in marriage and family therapy, addiction, grief, and other issues, including serious mental illnesses. In addition to short- and long-term counseling, they may provide educational programs on preparing for marriage, adjusting to divorce, and coping with loss and grief.

Pastoral counselors may work in:

  • Health clinics
  • State hospitals
  • Private and group practices
  • Congregation-based centers
  • Church or synagogue offices
  • Free-standing pastoral counseling centers

Dr. Angela Butts Chester

Dr. Angela Butts Chester is a Pastoral Counselor in private practice in Long Beach CA and Hampton, VA.  A professional speaker, cancer survivor, and author, she has built a career spanning more than 20 years and thousands of people counseled. Dr. Chester has also served as an associate pastor and has built a reputation as a thought leader on issues related to motivation and Christian empowerment.  

A native Virginian, she is the granddaughter of the late Atty. Williams Davis Butts (the same mentioned in the novel Hidden Figures) who practiced civil law in Newport News.  She is the Co-Leader of the Young Adult (18-25) Group at Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church.    

Frequently quoted by The Long Beach Leader, Madame Noire, The LA Times and other publications, in addition to holding numerous public speaking engagements throughout the year, Dr. Chester currently serves on the advisory boards of National InterFaith Council and is a member of the International Society for Mental Health, the Global Christian Professional Women’s Association (GCPWA), and the International Women’s Leadership Association. Dr. Chester holds degrees in Pastoral Counseling (Psychology) and Divinity. 

She is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Before You Tie the Knot – A Premarital Counseling Workbook for the D.I.Y Couple.  She is the podcast host of  I Do Radio on BlogTalkRadio , Modern Living with Dr. Angela on iHeartRadio, and Daily Spark with Dr. Angela on WDJY 99.1 FM Atlanta. 

Dr. Chester’s amazing success is found in her core message:  God has given us a hope, and a future; to live our lives in abundance and love. It is her genuine aspiration that others be filled with confidence, encouragement, and the knowing that God has a purpose for their lives.

Client Testimonials

 "My appointment with Dr. Angela was great! She is a wonderful Counselor and is understanding and upfront and honest. I always leave feeling better about myself and encouraged to live a positive life style and to love myself! I always look forward to my sessions with Dr. Angela."    Justine  

 "I was very satisfied with Dr. Angela she's the best."  Jocelyn 

"Nothing compares to the money I spend with Dr. Angela (and I buy shoes​ or anything else I want). Overcome. Discover. Discard.  It's the best money I've spent on me."     Tina 

"Thank you for the help with my anger. I work better with my co-workers now."    Moises