Therapists

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Laura Brown, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Laura Brown, LMSW is a psychotherapist in the residential treatment program at The Center for Success and Independence. She provides individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and their families. She received her Master’s in Social work with a specialization in Health/Behavioral Health from the University Of Houston Graduate College Of Social Work and has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Dance from Rollins College of Art & Science. Prior to working at the Center, Laura worked in Foster Care/Adoption as a clinician and Program Coordinator for DePelchin Children’s Center, where she created and implemented their Therapeutic Foster Care program. Laura was also previously an intern counselor at the Montgomery County Women’s Center, where she provided individual and group therapy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Laura believes in meeting a client where they are and working with the strengths present in the client and their environment to enact change. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and dogs as well as reading, starting new artistic projects for her family or home, and running.

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Stephanie Blackburn

Psychotherapist

Lorena Alvarez, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Lorena Alvarez serves as a bilingual psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program at the Center for Success and Independence. Lorena earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended graduate school at University of Houston. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Her primary clinical interest centers on bridging the gap for minorities in mental health care.

Elizabeth Santamaria, Psychotherapist

Elizabeth Befort, LCSW

Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Program

Psychotherapist

Elizabeth Befort, LCSW serves as a bilingual psychotherapist with the Intensive Outpatient Program at TCSI. She provides individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and their families. Elizabeth is experienced in providing services to adolescents and families from various backgrounds. She received her bachelor’s in Child Development from Texas Women’s University and continued her studies at the University of Houston receiving her Masters in Social Work. Elizabeth has been foundationally trained in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused CBT. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys attending festivals, watching plays and musicals, and spending time with her family.

Mikaela Cloyd, LPC-Intern

Mikaela Cloyd, LPC-Intern

Admissions Coordinator

Mikaela Cloyd serves as the Intake Coordinator for the Residential Treatment Program at the Center for Success and Independence. Mikaela earned her Master’s in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Midwestern State University and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. During graduate school, she gained experience working with adolescents and adults in the university Psychology Clinic, North Texas State Hospital, and an LGBTQ+ counseling center. In her free time, Mikaela enjoys spending time with her dogs and family.

Tyler Hodges

Tyler Hodges, LMFT-A

Psychotherapist

Tyler Hodges serves as a psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program, where he facilitates individual, group, and family therapy. Tyler completed his M.A. in Family Therapy at the University of Houston- Clear Lake and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of North Alabama. While obtaining his Masters, Tyler interned with CCISD working with teens in crisis. He helped youth and families after Hurricane Harvey in his district and assisted these families in getting housing, food, and clothes. Through his training he has come to enjoy the intricacies of working with youth and their families. In this time he also found passion in working with minority groups such as the LGBTQ+ Community. Tyler helps facilitate change through the use of Structural Family Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and has begun integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into his work. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends, and reading a good book.

Anne King, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Anne King, LMSW is a psychotherapist with the Intensive Outpatient Program at the Center for Success and Independence. She provides individual, family, and group therapy to adolescents and their families. Annie received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College in 2007 with a major in International Studies. Annie completed the Master of Social Work program at the University of Houston in 2018. While working toward her Master’s degree, Annie completed an internship with the adolescent program at The Council on Recovery. During this time, Annie was able to foster her passion for and commitment to working with families who are impacted by mental health and substance use issues. The bulk of Annie’s clinical work has been with clients for whom trauma, difficult family of origin systems, and problems in interpersonal relationships are part of their stories. Annie believes that holding space for teens and their families to do the courageous work of healing is a professional privilege and she approaches each client with an integrative, person-centered therapeutic lens.

Jessica Ortiz, Psychotherapist

Jessica Ruiz, LPC

Clinic Coordinator
Psychotherapist

Jessica Ortiz serves as a bilingual admissions coordinator and psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program at The Center for Success and Independence. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor; earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Women and Gender studies and a Masters in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Jessica began her career working at the universities community counseling center, the juvenile justice center, and a battered women and children’s shelter. Additionally, she has received training in DBT, EMDR, and TBRI. She develop her counseling skills through hands on experience counseling and facilitating for individuals, couples, families and groups. Working with diverse populations provided her the opportunity to refine her theoretical knowledge developing personalized approaches for each client. During her free time she enjoys reading, playing sports, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Katie Smiley

Katie Smiley, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Katie Smiley serves as a psychotherapist that provides individual, group, and family therapy to adolescents and their families. Katie is also a member of the EMDR team. She joined the TCSI team as a graduate intern and after graduating joined the team full time in the Trauma Victim Treatment Program. Katie now serves as a psychotherapist in the residential treatment program. Her clinical interests include EMDR, DBT, CBT, trauma work, and substance abuse. She received her bachelor’s degree (BSW) from Baylor University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. In her free time Katie enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Gloria Spampinato, LMFT-A

Gloria Spampinato, LMFT-A

Psychotherapist

Gloria Spampinato is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Associate (LMFT-A), who serves as a psychotherapist for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Gloria is experienced in providing services to adolescents and families from different backgrounds. She is trained in individual, group and family therapy. Gloria completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Houston – Downtown, and continued her education at Our Lady of the Lake University – The Woodlands with a Master’s of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. While obtaining her Masters, Gloria interned with Montgomery County Juvenile Probation working with teens exhibiting high risk behaviors. Gloria also provided individual and family therapy at the Houston Galveston Institute. She helps facilitate change through the use of Collaborative Therapy, Solution Focused, Narrative, and has begun integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into her work. Gloria enjoys quality time with her family and friends, Latin dancing, and playing with her dog, Rocco.

Jocelyne Ibarra

Jocelyne Ibarra, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Jocelyne Ibarra, LMSW serves as a bilingual psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program, where she facilitates individual, group, and family therapy. Jocelyne completed her Social Work Bachelors at the University Of Houston- Clear Lake and obtained her Social Work Masters at the University of Houston Main in 2020. While completing her masters she completed an internship at the center later getting hired as a psychotherapist. Previously during her bachelors she interned at The Teen Health Center in Galveston, were she discovered her passion for the clinical aspect of social work and assisting clients with mental health needs. Jocelyne enjoys spending time with family, trying out foods from different countries, and going out to engage in many activities with friends.

Jessica Taylor

Psychotherapist

Jessica Taylor serves as a psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program.

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Brittany Young

Psychotherapist

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GIFT & STEM Program Therapists

Barbara Carroll, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Barbara Carroll's clinical focus is strength-based, attachment-focused and trauma-informed. Barbara received her Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Houston-Downtown in 2015, and her Master of Social Work from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2016. At Michigan, Barbara’s educational program focused on interpersonal clinical practice with children and adolescents. She has received additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing, and Trust Based Relational Intervention. Barbara has worked with youth in multiple adverse situations, including youth experiencing homelessness, in foster care, involved in human trafficking, and in the juvenile justice system. In her spare time Barbara enjoys live music, superhero movies and bicycling.

Ashley Davis, MA, LMFT

Program Director & Psychotherapist

Taylor Williams

Psychotherapist

Guillermina Walas-Mateo

Psychotherapist