Katie Jo joined the SCS team in August of 2020 as a Licensed Professional Counselor Applicant under the LPC supervision of Karen Knowlton. Her playful and easy-going personality makes her a joy to have at work. She believes we are here to be servants of Christ first and that serving others is our highest calling. Katie Jo’s guiding philosophy is simple – “I believe we genuinely love people and that encourages change”. Katie Jo enjoys counseling adults of all ages, couples, and families but has a special passion for young adults/families and the college student population. She also has a heart for women and a knack for connecting with individuals who may have a different belief system than hers.
Katie Jo was born in Galveston, raised in East Texas (Marshall and Texarkana), and resides in Aransas Pass. She has a love for learning and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M Texarkana in 2009. She has also received a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M Texarkana in 2012 while maintaining membership in National Honor Society. Katie Jo is currently working towards a Doctorate of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Texas A&M Commerce and has also been accepted as a National Honor Society member at the doctoral level.
Katie Jo has many prestigious accomplishments to date. Among those, she has served in the U.S. Air Force, she played an integral role in creating and implementing a non-profit for food insecure students, and she has managed a fortune 500 company. Katie Jo has served at the college level for over 8 years, including faculty advisor, adjunct professor, and testing coordinator. Katie Jo was also recently inducted into The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement (SCLA). She believes that the value of work consists of serving others and reaching accomplishments. Katie Jo continues to excel in this as a counselor at Serenity Counseling Services. She gets great satisfaction out of helping her fellow team members as well as her clients.
Katie Jo is married to her husband Cody and she loves that they share a love for fishing together. The two of them have busy work schedules, but consistently make time for their fishing getaways and fun dates. Cody and Katie Jo also enjoy volunteering together at their church, Grace Point in Portland, where she is a small group leader. In addition to fishing and volunteering, Katie Jo’s other love is for her two fur girl babies…Charley and Lullabelle. They bring much joy to her life! Katie Jo also enjoys fashion and shopping. She likes to shop for shoes, clothes, and home décor.
While Katie Jo is not a Beeville native and does not know much about Beeville or even the surrounding areas, she believes that she can use this to her advantage in connecting with her clients. As with every team member at Serenity Counseling Services, she takes counselor ethics and the confidentiality part of her profession very seriously. She believes being an “outsider” helps her clients feel at ease as well.
Katie Jo is excited to be a part of the SCS team because of the Christian work environment and because she feels it is where God is calling her to be. She loves to joke around with her team and help out in any way she can. Katie Jo’s favorite scripture is Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”