Primary Teen Counselor & Family Therapist
A Seasoned, Skilled, Bi-lingual Specialist in Teen Counseling & Family Therapy
What Others Say About Working with Emiliano
"I have had the pleasure of working with Emiliano for the past six years in a role that engages us directly with a broad spectrum of youth. I can personally attest to his capabilities and positive affect on our community. His approach is rooted in engagement, open communication, honesty, and solid psychological foundations."
-- Shane Davis
“Emiliano has a strong passion for working with children and teens. He strives to create sustainable programming and services that will enhance the lives of the community in which he serves.”
-- Lakeisha Gatling, PhD, LCSW
"Emiliano has displayed a very strong knowledge base of mental health conditions and a deep compassion for his clients. When he would speak about them in clinical meetings, you would think he is speaking about a family member. He appears hopeful, sincere, and interested in their growth and recovery. Likewise, he has really good therapeutic rapport with his clients."
-- Jen Kljajic, LCSW, Director of Therapy, Lucid Lane
Personal, Educational, & Professional Background
Katy Teen & Family Counseling is a fit for me as we share the same values. It's important to me that the teens I see in teen counseling and family therapy get to know me. It's difficult to establish a relationship of trust otherwise. Below is a bit about my personal life, my education, and my professional journey. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to use the skill, knowledge, and experience to help others through tough times in their lives. I am looking forward to helping your teen and family.
A Little Bit About Me
My name is Emiliano and I am a bilingual, Spanish and English, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in clinical social work since 2008 and I am devoted and dedicated to improving the lives of teens and families. My wife and I reside in Houston, Texas raising our four active children.
I also have a passion for helping to improve the communities that we are in. My support for teens and families is not only at the teen counseling and family therapy level. I want to improve the communities that surround us to help our families thrive. One way I have found to give back is in the scouting program. I enjoy volunteering and am an active part of my children’s Scouting experiences. Scouting has been a large part of my life. The values and character building that scouting promotes match my personal values as an individual, husband, father, and your therapist. Helping other cub and boy scouts learn the scouting values will help them contribute in a meaningful way throughout their lives in helping their communities.
I approach teen therapy and family counseling with the belief that people are experts on their own lives. My role is to help your teen and family find balance. I help by identifying challenging areas and help your teen and family improve and overcome. Helping to increase coping skills and improve personal relationships is at the heart of my counseling practice.
I have studied Crisis Intervention, Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am very much a client centered therapist. I approach therapy like a partnership. I may steer and guide as I see clinical opportunities to do so and I draw on the teen and family as experts in their lives. If you have the motivation and the drive, I have the experience and expertise to help.
My path to becoming a teen and family therapist started with graduating from University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor's Degree. My degree was in Spanish and Catholic Studies, with minors in Philosophy and Theology. I have always been fascinated by psychology and was looking for a way where I could combine my Bachelor’s degree education with a higher education in the helping profession. I chose to study Clinical Social Work and in 2008, I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master's Degree in Social Work and Political Advocacy.
As I work to help others, I know how important it is to look at the system that a person is in -- a teen within a family system for example. I know through teen counseling, I can help teens through their struggles. To maintain those long-term changes, a part of their teen therapy journey will include family therapy. As I help the family learn the skills and tools the teen knows AND how to implement those, the teen's chances at long term change are greater.
Family therapy is an essential part of the teen sustaining the changes they have made during teen counseling. Whether for teen depression, teen anxiety, ADHD/ADD, substance abuse, trauma therapy, PTSD treatment, school problem, having the family play an active part of the teen counseling is important.
Since earning my Master's Degree, I have been engaged in helping teens and families through teen counseling and family therapy. I have also sought to help the larger system by providing supervision for up and coming therapists and teaching as a field instructor for Texas Southern University and the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work.
I have worked with high-risk teens and their families. I provided teen counseling, family therapy, and crisis services during a very vulnerable time in their life. There are times when teens and families need support and I have been fortunate to be able to provide this therapeutic support through teen counseling and family therapy.
While providing teen counseling and family therapy, I also developed a social emotional learning and anti-bullying program. I saw firsthand the devastating impact bullying can have on a teen's sense of self. I also provided training in this program to help schools and other organizations with the goal of increasing awareness around teen mental health. In conjunction with the anti-bullying program, I facilitated a leadership institute for teens. Here they learned leadership skills which helped develop their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth.
While providing teen therapy and family counseling, I also worked as an Adjunct Social Work Professor at Texas Southern University (go Tigers!). I taught Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior Through the Social Environment, and Social Work Policy.
Due to the success I have had in teen therapy and family counseling, I was tasked to lead a team of therapists at a Behavioral Health Program serving children, teens, families, and adults. In addition to providing teen therapy and family counseling, I oversee the therapy services provided by the other therapists.
As a seasoned therapist, it is important to me that I give back and share the skill and knowledge I gained over the years with others. To do this, I also supervise therapist interns in the therapy they provide to others. Therapists who are seeking full licensure are required to have supervision as they work toward full licensure. I enjoy knowing that I am able to use my knowledge and expertise to help other therapists be wildly effective. As they work with the teens, families, or adults they work with, they can do so confidently and equipped with counseling approaches that work.
Draw on Our Expertise at Katy Teen & Family Counseling:
Serving Katy &Houston Texas
At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we know that struggling with emotional or behavioral challenges does not have to be the story of your teen years. Families can heal the wounds that have fractured relationships. I have the experience and specialize in helping teens and families heal. There are answers. There is hope. The first step in any journey can be the most difficult. Let me walk with your family through this journey and help you reach your destination. Begin counseling today and start the process of healing hearts and strengthening relationships. Teen counseling and family therapy can help.
Our office is conveniently located just off of I-10 and 99. For those living in Katy, Texas its only a few minutes away. For those living in the Houston area, it's a couple minute drive once you exit 99 South from I-10. To start your counseling journey, you can follow these three simple steps:
1. Contact Katy Teen & Family Counseling
2. Meet with one of our teen counseling and family therapy experts
3. Start the healing journey with a seasoned and experienced guide to help your teen and family restore hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.
Teen Counseling & Therapeutic Services Offered at Katy Teen & Family Counseling
At Katy Teen & Family Counseling, we provide other therapeutic and counseling services in addition to teen counseling and family therapy. Below are some of those counseling services in addition to other therapeutic approaches in treating a variety or struggles :
Teen Therapy for Self-harm
Teen Therapy for Self-esteem and Self-worth
Teen Anger Management Treatment
Call or email Katy Teen & Family Counseling today to schedule an appointment with Emiliano Herrera III, LCSW-S. Let this be the moment that you begin your teen and family's journey towards hope, happiness, & connected family relationships.