TCSI Facts

Just The Facts!

The mission of the Center for Success and Independence is to provide evidence-based therapies to address mental health and substance use disorders that disrupt the lives of teens and their families.


The Center for Success and Independence is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation serving youth, ages 12-17. 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 and Accreditations 

  • Health and Human Services Commission
  • Department of Family and Protective Services
  • 3- Year Accredidation from CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Residential Treatment Program

  • 44 bed, 24-hour care residential treatment facility
  • Average length of stay 30 to 90 days or more, depending on client needs
  • 20 hours of therapy per week including individual, group, and family therapy
  • Proven success rate for completion of the program
  • Evidence based Trauma Treatment
  • Trust Based Relational Intervention training for all staff members

What do we offer?

  • Evidence based 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 and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy program specifically for adolescents
  • Fully accredited school provided by Southwest Charter School on site so teens can continue their studies while working on their recovery
  • Family program, including family therapy, multifamily group and 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

 Intensive Outpatient Program

  • 12 week program
  • 9 hours of therapy each week including individual, group, and family therapy
  • Substance use education and process groups
  • Multifamily groups
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs