Crystal Cox is the founder and owner of Serenity Counseling Services. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. Crystal helps children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with past trauma and abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and self-harming, PTSD, self-esteem, life transitions, boundaries, family conflict, stress and feeling overwhelmed, parenting, bullying, and more. She also provides couples counseling and works with individuals to strengthen their relationships and connections with others. Crystal works with children as young as 3, elderly individuals, and everyone in between. She is a member of the Association of Play Therapy and The American Association of Christian Counselors.
Crystal graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2007 under the Dean’s Honor Roll with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 2014 she received a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society. Prior to beginning her journey in Counseling, Crystal taught Pre-K for one year and High School for 5 years.
Crystal completed counseling internship hours working in outpatient care at Lone Star Behavioral Health Hospital near Houston. She used sand tray therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, group therapy, and individual therapy for adults. In addition, she worked with children and interned as a play therapist in The Woodlands, TX.
After completing graduate internships, Crystal joined the STCH Ministries team and worked in the Stockdale and Victoria Family Counseling offices. Her greatest joy was being able to incorporate her faith into her work while gaining incredible experience under top-notch leadership. She gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents and teens, as well as individuals of all ages dealing with grief and trauma.
After 3 years of working in ministry, Crystal resigned from South Texas Children’s Home Ministries in order to join her husband in owning and operating their Veterinary practice in Taft, TX. At this time, Crystal also opened Serenity Counseling Services in Beeville, serving her community on a part-time basis. After opening the doors of SCS in 2017, she continued to partner with local ministries, providing an array of counseling services. Of these, Crystal particularly enjoys working with New Life Refuge Ministries, where she provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to teenage girls who have been sex trafficked.
Crystal’s goal as a professional counselor is to build warm, open, and genuine relationships with clients so that they may feel Christ’s love through their counseling relationship. Her treatment approach is unique for each client; however, she tends to use Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused techniques to empower and teach clients to help themselves and reach their goals. She provides trauma informed care and has been trained in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), and Natural Lifemanship.
Crystal was born and raised in Buda, TX. She is married to her wonderful husband and college sweetheart, Steven. They have two children, Caden age 9, and Carlee age 5. The Cox’s are members of First Baptist Church in Beeville. Crystal has served on the nursery committee, as well as Vice-President and President of the First Baptist Church School PTF. Steven is passionate about his work as a mixed animal Veterinarian. He also actively supports his community through his veterinary work and serves as a member of the FBC School Board. They enjoy playing 42 dominoes, listening to live country music, spending time with family and friends, cheering on their children in the many activities they are involved in, Aggie football, and serving in their community. The Cox Family has a love for the Lord and a strong desire to serve and love His people. Their guiding philosophy is “Count your Blessings, and in ALL things find Joy”. One of Crystal’s favorite verses is James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”