Meet Our Staff

Heartfelt Christian Counseling staff are fully qualified Licensed Professional Counselors licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors, Austin Texas. Additionally one staff member is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor licensed by the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services.


Laura L. Hamman, ThM, MABC, LPC Supervisor

Laura HammanLife’s challenges can overwhelm: aging parents, injured and dying beloved ones, deep hurt’s caused by those you love, children, mates, and close friends.

I present a safe, comfortable atmosphere—a place where others confront hard places in their lives and deal with them guided by Godly, non-judgmental counsel. At Heartfelt Christian Counseling I combine my life experiences, my love of God, and my passion to help others.

I finished my season in Federal Civil Service as an Electrical Engineer and Program Manager with the FAA. Seems I had long been the person in the office who my co-workers sought out for their difficult life issues. The chair beside my desk seldom sat empty. Then God presented me an opportunity to change from a career to my heart’s desire in 2001 that led me away from Washington, D.C. to Dallas, Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary, and now Rowlett, Texas.

My experiences include working with children, teens, couples and individuals through drug addiction, divorce, child behavior issues, affairs, and aging parents and spouses. I have a specialization with grief, forgiveness, and understanding the biblical basis of the reconciliation process and its potential entrapments.

Our dedicated, interactive playroom is equipped to assist all ages to help process in a visual format.

My education includes a BSEE from San Diego State University, a Masters in Systems Management from University of Southern California, and a Masters in Theology and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. I obtained my Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) License on March 9, 2012 and my LPC-Supervisor license in March 2015. I created Heartfelt Christian Counseling, PLLC in 2012.


Julie E. Baines, MAPC, LPC, LCDC

Julie E. BainesMy goal in counseling is to work alongside my clients in their journey of healing, and learning to achieve their fullest potential in life. I strive to create a non-judgmental environment for my clients, and I equip them with valuable tools and coping skills that they can use on their own. Whether working with adolescents, teens, or adults, either as individuals or as couples, I use an eclectic approach to talk-therapy which addresses the relational, emotional, and or spiritual areas where my clients struggle.

Prior to joining Heartfelt Christian Counseling, I practiced at Nexus Recovery Center, Dallas, Texas. I continue to serve on the Nexus staff where I do individual and group counseling, assessments, and treatment plans on a variety of issues. These include childhood and adult trauma, addiction, domestic abuse, depression and anxiety, and destructive relationships. The in-patient program at Nexus uniquely focuses on women and teenage girls seeking sobriety, independence, and dignity.

I earned my Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling at Amberton University, Garland, Texas. In addition to my Licensed Professional Counselor credentials, I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Speech and Communications from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association.


Emily M. Efurd, MEd, LPC

Emily M. EfurdIt has long been my desire to give my clients the tools to work through life’s difficult times. It is my belief that using the principles that God set forth and the techniques found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be life changing. The ability to verbalize and communicate with others in a clear and compassionate manner can result in becoming a stronger and more resilient person, leading to peace and true happiness in later years.

I enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, couples, and individuals who are struggling with life’s difficult issues. I have 17 years experience working with men and women who are struggling with pornography and other types of sex addictions.

Empathy, passion and a genuine desire to help children and families learn to cope with their past and the path before them are what inspire me daily. I believe that my real life experiences enable me to bring a genuine approach to dealing with difficult situations.


Emily K. Mayhew, MEd, LPC, CSC

Emily MayhewI have over fifteen years combined experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a school counselor, an educator, and a fitness instructor. These experiences allow me to bring a unique perspective to the therapeutic process. My strong Biblical foundation and holistic approach to therapy address the needs of the whole client: body, mind, and spirit. Using the latest research on brain development, as well as training in mindfulness and relaxation techniques, I equip my clients with useful skills and tools for relational excellence in daily life.

My greatest professional joy is to help my clients find hope and long-term healing. I foster a non-judgmental environment when working with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings. When working with children, I use a wide range of techniques that include play, art, and music therapy. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with special needs children and teaching families coping skills tailored to their special needs child.

My pre-marriage counseling sessions help equip couples for a healthy marriage built on a foundation of respect, love, and self-sacrificial commitment. My passion is for helping struggling marriages, including those affected by sexual/ pornography addiction and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse.

I earned my Graduate Certificate of Counseling and a Master’s in Education School Counseling, from Dallas Baptist University. My Bachelor degree in Education with an Early Childhood emphasis was awarded at Northern Arizona University. I am a member of the Texas Counseling Association.