5700 W. Grace Street
Suite 108
Richmond, VA 23226
804-335-4343

Joel Elston, CCP, CHC
Certified Life, Health, Success, Addictions & Addictions Recovery Coach

As a Director of treatment centers for the past 18 years, Joel Elston has vast experience counseling and providing support and advocacy for patients dealing with gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, impulse control disorder, trauma problems, and other related issues.



Education & Certification


International Institute of Coaching Studies:

  • Certified Life Coach
  • Certified Addictions Coach
  • Certified Addictions Recovery Coach
  • Certified Success Coach
  • Certified in Nutrition for Health Promotion, University of California
  • Certified in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle, Vanderbilt University
  • Life Coach Practitioner, Certified Coaches Federation
  • Certified in Plant Based Nutrition, Cornell University
  • Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, CCGC
  • Positive Psychology Training

But Joel has more than just several years' training and experience in helping clients deal with life, health and addiction recovery issues, he's been there himself. He tells his story in the upcoming book, "The Bench":

"Several years ago life seemed to be over, I lost everything. I seriously considered putting a permanent end to the pain. I was sitting on “the bench” on Anna Maria Island and made a decision that I would stop being a victim of life and turn things around. It took a lot of energy and a lot of faith, and when it seemed too hard to continue, I prayed for the strength to keep going. God answered my prayers and allowed me enough energy to get through the difficult days. Eventually, I became stronger, and even more grateful."