Hi there!

My name is Kate Jennings, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. I am a child & teen therapist, and I am honored to walk alongside your children in their journey to improved mental health. I’m also here to help support you on this roller coaster ride of parenting.
 

A Fort Worth Country Day School “Original,” I graduated from high school in 2004 after thirteen years with my best friends. I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in education. After jumping in the fountain and leaving the burnt orange tower behind, I moved back to my hometown of Fort Worth where I re-branded myself as a Longhorned Frog and went to graduate school at TCU for my Masters of Education in Counseling.

The day after I graduated from grad school I was hired at Cook Children’s where I spent the next eleven years gaining the bulk of my therapy experience. Most recently I had the pleasure of being the first clinical therapist to serve the Gastroenterology Clinic where I focused on the brain/gut relationship, and I helped patients learn about how their mental health and physical health are intertwined. It was in this role that I became passionate about helping children who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. My focus in GI was primarily on patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or “IBD,” but I have experience in helping children with other things such as chronic abdominal pain, Celiac disease, and anxious tummies.

I am momma to both a 4 year old going on 14, “Junebug,” and the happiest toddler on the block, Wyatt Bee, named after his great-grandfather, Carl Bee… and therein lies the name of my practice and social media blog, The Bug and Bee. Follow me on Instagram, @thebugandbee !

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Emily Heaton, M.Ed., L.P.C.- Associate
Hello there! My name is Emily, and I am thrilled to join The Bug and Bee as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate! Along with serving children, adolescents, and families at The Bug and Bee, I am also a Professional School Counselor serving grades K-5. Whether I am working with children in a school setting or individually, the heart of my counseling practice is the same: to build authentic, trusting relationships where you and your child feel connected, seen, heard, supported, and valued.

This is my 12th year in education and 8th year as a school counselor. Prior to Fort Worth ISD, I worked at Westlake Academy IBO World School for six years, followed by experience in educational consulting and community mental health counseling. I have received specialized training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Critical Incident Stress Management, Love and Logic, and Solution-Focused Therapy among many others. I love to support and empower children (as well as caregivers) with practical self-regulation, coping strategies, and management tools for navigating big feelings such as anxiety, anger, and grief. I also focus on building a growth mindset, resilience, and self-esteem as a foundation of mental health and wellness.

I graduated with a B.A. from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) and then attended the University of North Texas where I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling with a focus in both school counseling and community mental health during a three-year clinical program. Most importantly, I am a proud mama to two incredible little boys, Levi (7) and Jonah (5). 

I am so excited to join The Bug and Bee and look forward to getting to know your family! It truly does take a village, and I’m honored to walk alongside you as we learn and love our children well. Parenting is not always easy. Being a kid is not always easy. But we can do hard things together.

 
Emily Heaton
Emily Heaton