Aloura Alcantar, LMSW
Aloura Alcantar, 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. Her clinical focus includes trauma informed care, with a strengths based perspective. In addition to this focus, Aloura actively strives to teach teenagers and their families’ skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with the goal of improving communication and decreasing levels of distress for the family unit. Improving the lives of teenagers and their families has been a passion for Aloura that began in 2012 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth in the state of California. As a California native, Aloura received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California. Upon graduation she chose to move to Texas to continue her studies at the University of Houston where she earned a Masters in Social Work. Aloura is fulfilled and grateful for the opportunity to help teens involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as other teens in need of mental health and/or substance use treatment. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog, traveling, and baking sweet treats for friends and family.
Lorena Alvarez, LMSW
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 Befort, LCSW
Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Program
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 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.
Alvaro Guevara, LPC
Clinical Team Leader
Alvaro Guevara serves as a bilingual psychotherapist with the Intensive Outpatient Program 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 – Intern 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 and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (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.
Tyler Hodges, LMFT-A
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
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.
Sarah Reid, LMSW
Sarah Reid serves as a psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program where she provides individual, family, and group therapy. Sarah earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and completed an internship with The Menninger Clinic’s Adolescent Treatment Program, an inpatient psychiatric unit. It was there she discovered her passion for working with teens and their families. Sarah’s clinical interests include trauma, attachment, and family systems. She is trained in TBRI and uses a relational approach to connect with clients and open the door to strengthening and rebuilding family connections. She also enjoys helping teens and families improve their communication and emotional experiences by coaching them in DBT skills and theories. In her free time, Sarah enjoys making art, traveling, and hanging out with her family, including her three dogs, Marcy, Rosie and Luna
Jessica Ruiz, LPC
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.
Rebecca Scheer, LMSW
Rebecca Scheer serves as a psychotherapist with the Residential Treatment Program, where she facilitates individual, group, and family therapy. Rebecca received her M.S.W. at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and began as a therapist at TCSI soon after. She obtained a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Reed College in Portland, OR. Rebecca interned at the DBT Center of Houston where she worked with clients under the supervision of a certified DBT therapist and attended trainings on DBT in practice. She is interested in offering evidence-based treatment in the areas of addiction, trauma, work with LGBTQ populations, group work, and treatment resistant populations. She has grown to love looking at the world dialectically and hopes to continue providing teens and families tools to improve interactions and to work through distress. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music and chess, and spending time with family and friends.
Katie Smiley, LMSW
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 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.
GIFT Program Therapists
Barbara Carroll, LMSW
Barbara Carroll is a psychotherapist in the GIFT program, working with adolescent girls who are in Harris County Juvenile Probation custody. Her 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.
Kasey Polk, MA, LPC-I
Kasey Polk serves as a psychotherapist with the Trauma Victim Treatment Program and GIFT Program of Center for Success and Independence, providing services to youth involved with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. Polk earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Southwestern University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern who joined the Center for Success and Independence team in April 2019. While obtaining her graduate degree, she interned with the Innovative Alternatives counseling agency providing victim assistance services to individuals who experienced trauma related to crimes. As such, Polk has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, childhood physical abuse and neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence. Polk provides individual, family and group therapy to residents using a trauma-informed care perspective. Her clinical interests include complex trauma, anxiety and externalizing behaviors in childhood and adolescence. In her daily practice, Polk primarily uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other trauma-informed therapies.
Katherine E. Regalado, MA, LCDC, LPC
Katherine Regalado is a bilingual therapist who earned her Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Houston Baptist University. She earned her Bachelors degree at Baylor University in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. Katherine did this all while being an active member in the community.
Katherine has been with TCSI since May 2017. She is EMDR-Trained, and completing TF-CBT certification to help our trauma survivors. She also worked on these certifications to complement her cognitive-based, mindfulness meditation therapeutic approach.
In her free time, Katherine enjoys cooking new dishes, working out at the gym, or exploring a new running trail, and spending time with loved ones.