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Pre-treatment Guidance by CandleX | Mental Health

When you or your loved ones feel depressed or are dealing with severe anxiety, it’s challenging to navigate your options for self-care and treatment resources in Beijing. In an effort to further support our mental health community, CandleX initiated this new service in 2020, pre-treatment, one on one consultation sessions with a qualified professional. Working with the community since 2015, we have seen a tremendous need to provide more tailored guidance for people that are overwhelmed by where to start.


These one on one sessions will aim to provide sufficient information on the options available while making a plan for seeking mental health treatment. During the session, you will get sufficient information that take your preferences and unique history into consideration so they feel confident of your plan to seek treatments.

The consultation is offered through a video call or voice call via Voov (Tencent call). You come in with questions, and we provide you with the best knowledge we have.

Some basic questions include:

  • I am seeking counseling/therapy treatment, but I do not know where to begin.

  • This is my budget in terms of treatment, what options do I have?

  • I have heard many different perspectives on medication; I am unsure whether medication is a good idea, what do you think?

  • I ran out of medications, and I do not know where to get them in China. Can you help me?

  • There are many types of therapies, how do you know which ones would be appropriate for me?

  • If I go to a Chinese hospital, what would they do with my diagnosis, and would that affect my visa?

  • Besides treatments, what are the resources available here to alleviate my symptoms?

  • I have a close friend or a family member who is currently depressed, what can I do to support them?

  • I have international insurance to cover my bills, but I am not sure if it’d be covered if I go to XYZ place.



  • We are not psychiatrists, so we do not advice you on which medication but to provide you psychoeducation on meds.

  • This is not an exhaustive list. You can form your own questions

  • We are not experts on everything. It is possible that we do not have answers to some of your questions, or it is not ethical for us to answer some questions.


Fee and policy:

  • 30mins: 300rmb

  • 60mins: 500rmb

The fee is not refundable, but you can transfer your time to another person and inform us.

Who will you be speaking to:

Xiaojie Qin

Psychotherapist, and director of CandleX will be volunteering part of her time on this project. You will be speaking with her. please check out the following links and pages regarding her credentials and work in mental health.

Psychoeducation video channel:


1. You will fill out this form here (

2. Add our coordinator Summer on your WeChat for scheduling. 

3. One on one Guidance session

Language: We provide this service in English and Chinese.


In the meantime, we highly encourage you to check out these resources on our website. We developed them over the years to make sure everyone has the knowledge to deal with their mental conditions, and understand the services available in Beijing and in China.


CandleX’s Resources

Are you or a friend in crisis?

Educational Resources

Depression stories from our community members

A CandleX production on Depression

Psychosocial Support Events


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