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Next Steps Counseling For Women

Welcome to Next Steps Counseling for Women, conveniently located in Newport Beach, California near the John Wayne airport.

Making a difference in thousands of lives since 1994 - one conversation at a time.

When coping seems intolerable, and your emotions are raw. Feeling stuck, scared to death. You’re a high level achiever, but feel you keep falling short. Fighting your inner critic – wondering if it is time to release an old dream to chase a new one. Or your dreams are slipping away. Life has thrown you a curve ball and you need new skills. Maybe it is stress management, boundary setting, or perfectionism. Whether it is the loss of a career, a relationship, death of a marriage, or any setback - you are capable of being far more powerful than any condition or obstacle.

Your story matters - and I can help. I offer you a safe, quiet space in which you can find the answers. Life is too short to postpone a changed life. Renewal, a fresh perspective, with new results is possible. We will explore new skills and tools for a fresh start – one conversation at a time.

Ava Kate Oleson_Counseling for Women


“Ava helped me get through the most difficult time of my life. I was stuck, with no apparent way out. My life looks so different now than it did before therapy with Ava. I am so grateful - she is a God send.”

— KIM H.

“Knowing how to get at the heart of the matter is one of the things that makes Ava such a gem. She helped me with a plan that highlighted all the work I’d put into my life. In the end, I was very satisfied and felt that I could move forward more easily.”


“Somehow, Ava manages to connect both as a compassionate confidante, and one who knows how to reframe my life with new meaning and purpose.” ”


Ava Kate Oleson, MS, DMin.

Ava has a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary's Graduate School of Psychology, and a Doctor of Leadership degree from Evangel University. Ava’s doctoral work focused on the psychological and characterological competencies that ensure long-term sustained impact for professional, goal oriented females in the 21st century.

Building on over twenty-five years in mental health and leadership development for women, Ava has helped Orange County women successfully understand and master the ways in which the many currents of their lives interact and affect their emotional health.

Her capacity to believe in people after they’ve given up on themselves bears life transforming fruit. Her communication skills naturally opened opportunities to teach, write, and speak on mental health issues at the local, national, and international level.

She serves as Associate Professor on the faculty at Vanguard University of Southern California, Evangel University, and Northwest University. She served as an MFT Intern at The Center for Family Therapy in Orange, CA. Ava is a member of The California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) and is a registered Marriage & Family Therapist Associate with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS.) She is a Certified Life Mastery Coach with executive level training, where she studied with Olympic Gold Medalists and trained by the best in the industry, including Dr. Kirsten Wells, founding member of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School.