A Faith Integrated Counseling Center

About Us

2015 Group

We are a professional, faith-integrated Counseling Center located in Capital Paradise in the Shunyi District of Beijing.  We provide professional counseling, certified coaching and adoption support services.  Our staff has the experience and passion to walk you through challenges such as depression; anxiety; eating issues; stress and burnout; grief and trauma.  Our passion is to provide support and counsel for marriages and families that need strengthening or healing.  For families considering adoption, we offer pre-adoption meetings and information workshops, as well as adoption home studies and post placement services.

We want to empower you to take your next step - whether that is finding your life purpose, growing in your parenting skills, exploring career options, or finding spiritual direction.

Meet Our Team

TammyTammy Watkins

Executive Director

 Tammy Watkins holds an MA in Social Work and is a board certified Master Level Life Purpose Coach, and board certified Advanced Christian Life Coach.  She works with Children’s Hope International as an agency-licensed and Hague Accredited Adoption Social Worker with expat families and single women living in Asia interested in pursuing adoption while living abroad. She also works with those families in need of post-adoption support services for government required reports, as well as attachment and transition issues related to adoption.  As an adoptive mother, Tammy understands the challenges of international adoption and the cycles of attachment for adoptive families.

She has been teaching and mentoring women and teens for more than 20 years, with a focus on encouraging them to discover their purpose, while learning about their own strengths and gifts, and how they can re-frame their lives and refocus their hearts to passionately pursue their dreams in whatever stage of life. Her passion is seeing women come alive as they discover their own purpose and passions, identify obstacles that may be blocking growth, and explore ways to live their life to the fullest, regardless of circumstances. 

RachelRachel Heffield

Clinical Director

 Rachel Heffield holds an MA in Counseling and has completed coursework for a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Rachel has been walking with women through life's challenges with compassion and biblically founded counsel for over 15 years. She has been licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision credential in Ohio (USA) for the past nine years.

She began her journey working with women in university residence life. She loves helping people resolve barriers and hurts in their life, understand their unique identity, and find freedom and strength to live fully. Her professional experience includes work with eating disorders, depression and mood issues, healing from abuse, resolving relational conflict, anxiety and burnout. Rachel blends professional expertise with understanding of spiritual formation and biblical foundations. She has spent the past 6 years getting to know the unique culture, joys, and stresses of living as a foreigner in Beijing. It is her desire to help people live well here, fulfill their purpose, and leave stronger than when they came.

EricaErica Spears

Licensed Master's Social Worker - Clinical

Erica Spears has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois (USA) and a LMSW (Licensed Master's Social Worker - Clinical) from the state of Michigan. After graduating in 1993, she worked at the Minirth-Meier New Life Clinic. Erica and her husband have been married for over 22 years and have 2 teenagers.

Since moving to China in 2003, she has become familiar with the issues of cultural adjustment and fatigue for expatriates. Her passion is counseling expat women and couples that are experiencing culture adjustment, depression, anxiety, burn out, or relationship conflicts. Erica is also a facilitator for the Prepare and Enrich pre-marriage/marriage assessment.

HaleyHayley Felton

Counselor (Level 2 Member of the Australian Counseling Association)

 Hayley Felten holds a Masters in Counseling from Monash University, Australia, with specific training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, awarded in 2011. She brings to her counseling over 20 years of experience in Christian ministry in Hong Kong and China. She is originally from England, and is married to an American. They have two girls, aged 12 and 5. Hayley understands the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture and raising children in a multi-cultural environment. She is fluent in Mandarin.

Hayley has been a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner since 2009 and enjoys helping clients discover their personality type and understand how they differ from others. Warm and empathetic, Hayley compassionately helps those struggling with emotional, mental or spiritual pain to find wholeness and freedom through faith-integrated counseling. She has counseled individuals suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety, social phobia, depression, sexual abuse, sexual identity confusion and marital conflict.  

Tarryn Wright

Tarryn Wright

Counselor

Tarryn has a Masters in Counseling from the University of Notre Dame (Australia) and experience in counseling in a number of areas with both children and adults in a variety of settings. She has experience working with children, teens and adults across a number of areas.  Her previous work involved working with recent immigrants and her own international experiences give her a good understanding of the stressors of these changes. She has also previously delivered children’s programs aimed at developing resilience, facilitate parenting workshops and training for lay pastors in counseling skills. She is married with two young children.

Her focus is helping people find their own inner strengths and resources whilst giving them new tools to excel in life. She has helped people address grief and loss issues, cultural adjustment, marriage and relationship issues. She has worked with children on anxiety, social and emotional issues. She uses a range of techniques to help clients get the most out of the therapeutic experience.

LuciaLucia Hu

Counselor

Lucia Hu has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University (USA), is currently a Canadian Certified Counselor and working towards licensure in California (USA) as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has been mentoring women for over 10 years and providing counseling since 2012.  She is married, has a 4-year-old son with another child on the way, and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Lucia has experience with women struggling with cultural adjustment and family conflicts, church and workplace issues, and eating disorders.  Lucia has also provided marital and premarital counseling and is a facilitator for the Prepare and Enrich marriage assessment.