Robert Woods, Founder and CEO, Center for Success and Independence

Robert Woods, MEd

CEO and Executive Director

Robert Woods has 20 years of experience in the mental health field including specialties in child and adolescent psychotherapy; parenting of attention deficit hyperactivity disordered (ADHD) children and behavior problem children; as well as treatment of individuals with substance abuse problems. His private practice and very diverse clientele provides a broad perspective which is beneficial to both individual patients and in his role as Executive Director. Mr. Woods received his graduate degree in Counseling from Texas Southern University, and his undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Grambling State University. He is also well known for the three years he played with the Houston Oilers. Playing football, including his four years in the NFL, taught Robert Woods that teamwork and a great coaching staff leads to success on and off the field.

Marylou Erbland, PhD, Founder & Clinical Director, Center for Success and Independence

Marylou Erbland, PhD

Co-Founder and
Executive Clinical Director

Marylou Erbland, PhD, Clinical Director is an intensively trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) psychotherapist specializing in clinical neuropsychology, including testing and cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. Erbland has worked extensively with children and adolescents, as well with their families, who are struggling with oppositional defiant and conduct disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. She has also developed a program of group therapy and education for attention deficit disordered students and their parents. A licensed psychologist with 25 years of private practice experience, Dr. Erbland is a graduate of Akron University in Akron, Ohio, where she received her PhD in psychology, as well as two Masters Degrees in Special Education and School Psychology. Her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Marylou gets a sense of peace and enjoyment in touring art galleries, events and openings, especially for local and regional artists. Supporting historic homes and their neighborhoods through local organizations and events is also one of her passions.

Marc Elliott

Marc Elliott, LPC, LCCA

Chief Operations Officer & Psychotherapist

Marc Elliott serves as the Chief Operations Officer and as a psychotherapist for Center for Success and Independence. He is a Licensed Child Care Administrator and has worked in adolescent residential treatment since beginning his professional career in 2005. With valuable administrative and clinical experience, Marc joined the TCSI team in January 2011 to further the goals and purpose of The Center for Success and Independence. Marc earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Mississippi in 2001 and moved to Texas to attend graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University. Marc became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2010. He enjoys working with adolescents and their families with a variety of difficulties and backgrounds.

MJ Gernale

MJ Gernale, MBA, MSA

Chief Financial Officer & Human Resources

MJ Gernale serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources for Center for Success & Independence, Inc. MJ joined the team in August 2015. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profits and community health centers. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting, Master’s of Science in Accounting, and a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resources. MJ is responsible for all functions of the accounting and billing department.


Alvaro Guevara, LPC

Director of Clinical Services & Psychotherapist

Alvaro Guevara serves as the Director of Clinical Services and a psychotherapist at The Center for Success and Independence. Alvaro earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 2007 and attended graduate school at Houston Baptist University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and joined The Center for Success and Independence in November 2014. Alvaro began his career in 2008 providing direct care services with clients in the community mental health system. His clinical interests center around personality disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Radical Openness Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT). He views therapy as a collaborative experience where there is an opportunity for growth for all parties involved. He enjoys helping clients to identify and develop tools to meet their own personal goals.

What our clients say

For the better, forever

The Center changed our lives for the better, forever. It was a team effort – and nothing short of a miracle. The hard work from the dedicated team of counselors at TCSI -- along with the hard work that my daughter and I did, sometimes reluctantly, but continuously -- has paid off in every aspect of our lives. We’ll remain forever grateful.

~ Parent of a 15 year old girl at time of treatment

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