Meet Our Staff

Heartfelt Christian Counseling staff are fully qualified Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselor Interns 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.

I understand the unique issues faced by military families. I served on active duty for four years with the US Navy as an aviation electronics technician. My husband and I served together during his 27-year US Navy enlisted and officer career in naval aviation.

Our dedicated, interactive play area 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 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.

Courtney D. Jaeckle, MAPC, LPC Intern (#79798)

Supervisor: Laura L. Hamman, ThM, MABC, LPC-S (#65581)

Courtney D. JaeckleLife can challenge and overwhelm. I have a passion for sharing God’s love and teaching others about being restored through His healing powers. I will guide you while we walk together through this season of your life, help you identify areas you want to change, and assist you to define and reach those goals that move you toward a renewed, whole life.

Prior to joining the staff at Heartfelt Christian Counseling, I worked for the Dallas County Department of Child Protective Services. There, I was tasked to care for children in abusive homes. I created a safe environment for the children, while teaching family members relational skills that they could use to rebuild trust between each other.

My experience includes counseling groups and individual children, teens, and adults suffering with abuse and trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, anger, co-dependency, and self-harm. I offer two, teen-focused group sessions entitled, “Bully Proofing Yourself” and “Finding Your Self-Worth in Christ.” For adults, I offer the thirteen-week program, “Grief Share,” a grief recovery support group.

I earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. I also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of North Texas.

I am a member of the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas and an advocate for Multiple Sclerosis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Bernadette M. Holyoke, CMHC, LPC Intern, NCC (#79848)

Supervisor: Laura L. Hamman, ThM, MABC, LPC-S (#65581)

Bernadette M. Holyoke“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” resonates as my personal motto. My goal in counseling is to provide a safe environment for individuals to share their life struggles. I desire to provide a calming environment without judgment, teaching the skills of mindfulness and coping to promote positive mental and spiritual growth.

In addition to my private practice at Heartfelt Christian Counseling, I work with youth and their families at CK Behavioral Health to foster positive mental development; modeling and implementing behavioral skills. Prior to moving to Texas, I worked at a community mental health clinic in North Carolina providing group therapy in anger management, creative coping, seeking safety, and dialectic behavioral therapy.

When working with both children and adults, I apply person-centered therapy by showing unconditional positive regard and empathy. My passion for counseling is most evident when working with childhood and adult trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder.

I earned my master’s degree at Montreat College in North Carolina in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My bachelor’s degree was earned at Black Hills State University in South Dakota while my husband was serving his active-duty enlistment in the United States Air Force. I, too, honorably served our country in the US Air Force. I am a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Chi Sigma Iota—National Counseling Honor Society, the American Counseling Association, and the Texas Counseling Association.

I call Northplace Church home—volunteering with the youth.