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To make a positive difference in the lives of adolescents and their families by providing comprehensive, compassionate and quality treatment to youth with behavioral, emotional and addictive disorders that are interfering with personal, family and community life. Utilizing sound clinical treatment methods, our committed professional team prepares adolescents to reintegrate successfully into the community and to achieve their highest potential.


TCSI was founded in 1999 by Marylou Erbland, PhD, Robert Woods, MEd, and Karl Webster, EdS, to fill an unmet need not only in Houston but throughout Texas. Prior to opening The Center for Success and Independence, their private practice clients had to be referred out of state to receive intensive DBT, dual-diagnosis and other intensive treatments. This was not only a more difficult transition for the client, but it also meant that the family could not be involved in the family therapy sessions Dr. Erbland, Mr. Woods and Mr. Webster had found to be essential to long-term success and reintegration into home, school and the community. With the creation of TCSI, individual clients and their families along with area physicians, hospitals, schools and state agencies have a place to turn to for recovery and counsel.

Licenses, Affiliations & Contracts

  • Department of State Health Services
  • Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Children’s Protective Services
  • Juvenile Probation Departments
  • Insurance and Managed Care Companies


  • A non-profit 501(c)3 corporation serving boys and girls 12-17
  • 3-year accreditation from CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Proven success rate for clients who complete the program
  • Proven treatment methods utilized in both residential and outpatient programs
  • Specializing in treating adolescents with dual diagnoses unlike most programs which focus on either substance abuse or mental health treatment
  • A complete Dialectical Behavior Therapy program specifically for adolescents
  • Fully accredited school on site so teens can continue their studies while working on their recovery
  • Parent support group
  • Low staff-to-client ratio
  • Multifaceted treatment teams who are well-trained, experienced, dedicated, well-educated and who genuinely care including:
    • Therapists with Masters or PhD
    • Bilingual Therapists
    • Registered Nurses
    • Chemical Dependency Counselors
    • Consulting Psychiatrists
    • Case Managers
    • Trained Mental Health Technicians

Residential Treatment Program

  • 44 bed, 24-hour care residential treatment facility
  • Average length of stay 3-6 months, depending on client needs
  • 25 hours of therapy per week including individual, group, and family therapy
  • Proven success rate for completion of the program
  • Case managers provide services to the family from the date of admission and continue for up to 12 months after discharge

 Intensive Outpatient Program

  • 30 adolescent program
  • 12 week average program length
  • 10 hours of therapy each week including individual, group, and family therapy


Prescription Drugs: A Gateway to Teen Addiction

Jul 6, 2016

ShareWhere once marijuana was deemed to be “the gateway drug,” now another is taking its place: prescription drugs. Without doubt, the supply and use of prescription drugs has risen in the United States. For example, The Economist notes that, in less than a decade in the twenty-first century, the number of Americans using antidepressants soared…

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Trauma Informed Care – A Collaborative Approach

Jun 27, 2016

ShareWhat is Trauma Informed Care (TIC)? Trauma Informed Care seeks to incorporate existing, evidence-based knowledge of trauma into all aspects of treatment in order to offer sensitive care and minimize re-victimization. Trauma’s effects can be pervasive and touch on multiple domains in one’s life. The effects run deep and are often self-perpetuating—trauma leads to more trauma…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – What Is It?

Apr 6, 2016

ShareCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of mental health counseling or psychotherapy in which clients work with a counselor or therapist in a limited number of structured sessions in order to become more self-aware of one’s thoughts and feelings. [1] By becoming more aware of one’s negative thoughts, one is able to relate to…

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Therapy with the Hispanic population – Is it any different?

Oct 19, 2015

ShareNot all therapy is the same. Differences in culture, language, and background call for different therapeutic approaches.

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TCSI Events

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Wade Phillips Book Signing – June 20

Jun 5, 2017

Share Join Wade Phillips, the Ram’s new defensive coordinator, at a signing of his new book, Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life, benefitting the Center for Success and Independence. The signing will take place the evening of June 20th at the home of Bill Baldwin, 205 Bayland in Houston.  Like…

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TCSI in the News: PREP Program Helps Counter Sex Trafficking in Houston

Mar 15, 2017

ShareFebruary 15, 2017 Federal News   Recognizing the high incidence of human trafficking in Houston, two and a half years ago, a nonprofit organization, The Center for Success and Independence (TCSI), partnered with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD) on a program to counter the trafficking of adolescent girls and young women. Starting with…

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Bejeweled 2017 – A Tremendous Success

Feb 13, 2017

ShareThanks to our generous sponsors, donors, and planning committee, Bejeweled 2017 was a tremendous success, raising over $45,000 – and we aren’t finished counting. It was a wonderful night of dancing, shopping, and festivities!  We can now establish a treatment scholarship fund for teens who cannot afford treatment at the Center. Thank you! Pictures from…

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Tickets available now for Bejeweled 2017

Jan 6, 2017

ShareBejeweled 2017 tickets are now available for purchase. Last year you helped us raise enough funds to purchase the vans for the Center. Thank you! Let’s celebrate! Join us for this year’s Bejeweled gala on Saturday, February 11th. It will be an evening of music, dancing and local fare along with a silent and live…

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Save the Date: Bejeweled 2017 – February 11th

Nov 2, 2016

Share Join us for an evening of music and local fare along with a silent and live auction, all benefiting the teens at the Center for Success and Independence. Saturday, February 11, 2017 7 pm Winter Street Studios, Second Floor Gallery 2101 Winter Street Houston, TX 77007

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