Texas State University
University of North Texas
Education & Experience
Crystal has an extensive background of working with children, teens and parents since 2003 as a Certified Child Life Specialist. Crystal is a kid person through and through, and her love and respect for children inspired her to continue her education, completing her master’s degree in counseling in 2013 from the University of North Texas, with a specialty in play therapy. Crystal received her License in Professional Counseling (LPC) and her Registration in Play Therapy (RPT) in 2015, just before moving to Austin. In addition to her time at Austin Stone, Crystal serves as a program director at Wonders & Worries, a non-profit serving children impacted by a parent’s medical illness.
Crystal enjoys the ability to speak explicitly the love of Christ to her clients, no matter how young or old they are. She has found the gospel so comforting as she walks alongside those experiencing suffering. It is her joy to help her clients experience Jesus more fully and accurately as He provides the comfort and peace no other source provides this side of heaven.
Interests & Specialties
Crystal works with children with a variety of needs to include: illness, grief, trauma, attachment challenges, anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, eating disorders, depression, self-injury, selective mutism, parental divorce, autism spectrum disorder, etc. Crystal also works with children struggling with different developmental milestones and challenges to include: struggles in school, peer relationships, emotional regulation, puberty and curiosity regarding sexuality. In addition to her work with children, Crystal works with adult women, and specifically has a heart for singles.
Crystal has been trained in Child-Parent-Relationship-Therapy (CPRT), Theraplay, and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). She has also taken the Equipped to Counsel course, Austin Stone Development Program and the Writer’s Development Program through Austin Stone Community Church.
When Crystal is not working, she enjoys all things water-related, a hot yoga class or a good cup of coffee. She loves to travel, write and listen to 90’s music; she may also be found two-stepping or hosting a game night with her crew of friends whenever the opportunity presents itself.