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

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


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

 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


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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Stay Tuned for Bejeweled 2023!

Jul 10, 2020

We hope that soon, we will once again be able to gather for an enjoyable evening with friends, music, dancing, shopping and great food and wine in support of the kids at the Center. Stay tuned for details on our next Bejeweled Gala! All net funds raised from ticket sales, auctions and sponsorships directly fund…

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#National Prevention Week

May 11, 2020

It’s Mental Health #National Prevention Week from May 10 to May 16, 2020. The Center is committed to helping teens with mental health and addiction disorders. We do this by first seeking to understand the underlying reason for a teen’s behavior using evidence-based therapies for both the teen and their families. Learn how the Center…

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Center COVID-19 Update

Apr 20, 2020

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and adjusting to the stay-at-home request from our government officials. We at the Center have continued to care for the youth entrusted to our care without interruption. Many people have asked us how the Center is operating through the COVID-19 crisis so we wanted to provide…

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The Center’s Response to COVID-19

Mar 28, 2020

We hope you and your loved ones are well. The Center remains open and our dedicated staff continues to care for all our clients during this difficult time. The administrative team at The Center is monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and we are operating with an abundance of caution to protect the teens in…

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Dr. Erbland named inductee into Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame

Oct 26, 2019

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes outstanding women who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women and improved the quality of life for future generations of Houstonians. Dr. Marylou Erbland will be honored for her career serving the youth and families of the Houston area and beyond including her recent work…

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