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 !
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.
Rachel Childers, L.P.C.- Associate
Greetings! My name is Rachel, and I am super excited to be joining The Bug and Bee as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate! I graduated with my B.A. from University of Phoenix and later expanded on my career to receive my M.S. in School Counseling and Special Populations with a certificate in Clinical Mental Health.
I have experience working with children as a School Counselor serving kids and adolescents from Pk-10th grade. I work closely with families in the development and success of their children. I am thrilled to continue working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families at The Bug and Bee. My mission as a therapist is to meet my clients where they are and provide them with the skills they need to meet their individualized goal.
This is my 9th year in education and my 6th year as a school counselor. Prior to Arlington ISD, I worked at International Leadership of Texas charter school for two years as a School Counselor and Grand Prairie ISD as a 2nd grade teacher. I have training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). My theoretical approach is Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I see every client as an individual and do not believe one size fits all. I enjoy supporting our youth and our families by encouraging them to feel empowered and confident. I provide my clients with the tools they need to be successful. They learn different self-regulation and coping strategies to help them manage and navigate through life challenges and big emotions such as grief, anger, depression, and anxiety.
I am also married to my loving husband coming up on 15 years and a proud and busy momma of four boys. My boys range in age from 1 year old to 13 years old. My family is my inspiration and a huge support in my journey of doing what I love.
I’m honored to be a part of The Bug and Bee family and look forward to working closely with your family. I believe when we partner together and keep the needs of our children in mind we can only move forward through any challenge or obstacle. Please know you and your children are not alone on this journey.
Melissa Jones, Graduate School Intern
My name is Melissa Jones. I am passionate about helping children and families discover or rediscover their most true selves. As we learn who we are, we begin to accept who we are. It is an honor to be by your side through the parenting journey.
Your child and I will spend time increasing their self-awareness and communication through sand trays, art, music, movement, discussion, and learning. I will provide your child with positive interactions that help them flourish in their daily experiences. I am here to support you in fine tuning the subtle balance of directing and guiding your child through childhood and adolescence.
My areas of specialty are behavior, trauma, foster care/adoption, ADHD, and autism. I welcome children and teens as well as parents who are seeking support with their children.
Tidbits about me:
- We live on a farm
- We raise, breed, and show cattle throughout the country
- We are a foster family
- I have dyslexia
- I love to laugh