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


Is Exposure Therapy Alone Enough to Treat Anxiety?

Oct 17, 2017

The Advisory Board recently reported that “The American College Health Association found the rate of undergraduates reporting ‘overwhelming anxiety’ increased from 50 percent in 2011 to 62 percent in 2016.” Each year the Center for Success and Independence successfully treats many teens with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. At the core of the Center’s…

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Prescription Drugs: A Gateway to Teen Addiction

Jul 6, 2016

Where 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

What 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

Cognitive 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

Not all therapy is the same. Differences in culture, language, and background call for different therapeutic approaches.

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CARF Accredited

Center for Success and Independence Earns 3-Year CARF Accreditation

May 7, 2018

Center for Success and Independence earned another 3-year accreditation, the longest accreditation term awarded by CARF International, the Commission of Accreditation of Residential Facilities. TCSI continues to use the CARF accreditation standards as a guide for its ongoing development and continued improvement of its business operations and service delivery processes. TCSI has focused on implementation…

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A Record-Breaking Bejeweled

Feb 27, 2018

Thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests of Bejeweled 2018, we raised over $75,000 towards our treatment scholarship fund. We will now be able to provide hundreds of additional hours of treatment to teens in need. Many thanks also to our partners including: Winter Street Studios, our fabulous venue Jim Benton of…

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Bejeweled Tickets Now Available

Jan 3, 2018

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Join us for Bejeweled 2018 on Saturday, February 10. Tickets are now on sale. Join us at Winter Street Studios for Mardi Gras fare, music, dancing, shopping and more, all to benefit the teens at the Center for Success and Independence. Proceeds will be used for treatment scholarships for teens…

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Deacons of Deadwood award grant to TCSI

Deacons of Deadwood Award TCSI $22,500 Grant

Dec 5, 2017

The Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club, a Houston-based motorcycle club founded to raise funds for children’s charities, awarded the Center for Success and Independence a generous grant of $22,500. The distinctive sound of over 25 Harley-Davidson motorcycles resonated as they rolled into the Center’s front parking lot. Center staff, clients, and their parents greeted the…

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Bejeweled 2018 – February 10, 2018

Oct 17, 2017

Join us for Bejeweled 2018, TCSI’s annual gala, on Saturday, February 10, 2018! The Mardi Gras-themed festivities include music, dancing, shopping, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and libations. Tickets are $100. All proceeds benefit the Center for Success and Independence Scholarship Fund, helping teens and their families who are financially unable to afford much needed treatment. All…

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