Primary Teen Counselor & Family Therapist
Compassionate, Talented, and Joyful Teen Counselor & Family Therapist
What Others Say About Working with Ercelia
"Ercelia is a kind and genuine person. She knows how to connect with the teens she is counseling. She helps them feel comfortable through her authenticity and genuine approach. She is a great clinical resource to the teens and parents in Katy and Houston."
-- Former Co-Worker
"I have had the privilege of working with Ercelia. I have enjoyed her energy and her kind personality. I was fortunate to get to shadow Ercelia and see how easily she could connect with the teens and parents she worked with. Ercelia' s great interpersonal communication and listening skills help her to build trust with the teens and parents she works with which helps her to better understand their needs and concerns. It was evident to me that she does care and wants to help them overcome their challenges and find solutions to move them towards their goals."
-- Former Co-Worker
Personal Background & History
I have great respect for those parents raising teens in today's world. I come from a single parent household where my mother was responsible for me and my siblings. I do not know how she did it, but I know she did the best she could with circumstances life handed her -- and I absolutely loved and admired her for it!
My mother's parenting became much more complicated as at the age of 12 years old, I lost two of my siblings. The loss of my siblings created a void in my heart that was filled with hurt, anger, sadness, confusion, and disappointment.
As a result of the hurt I felt as a teen, I became difficult to parent due to my behavior. As a teen, these emotions were huge, and I did not know how to manage the hurt and loss. Therapy was not a thought on my or my mother's mind. Had I been able to see a teen and family therapist, much of the hurt I felt and caused my family could have been avoided.
At the age of 19, things became much more complicated with the loss of both my parents. It had been 7 years since the loss of my siblings and the loss of my parents ripped the wound back open. The hurt and loss was profound.
I was fortunate to have people around me who were able to offer support and guidance. I had to fight my way through the complexities of those experiences. Now, looking back, I can see the strength of character these experiences created for me. Yet, had I and my family been able to meet with a teen therapist and family counselor, much of the pain and despair I endured could have been avoided.
I want to help the teens and families in the Katy and Houston area through their difficult journey's. You do not need to go at it alone. I have the personal and professional experience needed to guide you along your path.
Professional Background & History
Life is a journey that takes it's own twists and turns. As we venture down the path on this journey, we come across some amazing and beautiful experiences. Yet, this journey takes us all to some painful and complicated life struggles. No one is excluded from either experiences -- both the beautiful and the painful.
Sometimes, it's those not so fun experiences that can shape and develop who we are and our future selves. I chose to become a Professional Counselor with training in Psychology and Family Therapy to be a part of your journey. I can help you through those painful and complicated life struggles.
In teen counseling, I can help your teen gain the understanding, insight, and skills to overcome their difficulties. They only need to be temporary difficulties but sometimes we need to reach out for help so that they become temporary.
In family therapy, I can provide the support you may need as parents navigating this complicated journey. I can help open the lines of communication and deepen your understanding of one another and how to meet each other's needs in healing ways.
I specialize in working with teens who may be struggling with substance use, substance abuse, and/or dependency. I also specialize in helping teens through teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma therapy, PTSD treatment, and other life struggles. As one of the few therapists in the Katy and Houston area with education in family therapy, this is is a specialty that I bring to help your teen and your family.
If you are a teen reading this who may be struggling -- we can do this. If you are a parent, there is power in family therapy to help your teen and family find hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.
"Turn your CANT"S into CANS and your DREAMS into PLANS" -- Author Unknown
How I Got Here - Teen Therapy & Family Counseling
First Step in My Professional Counseling Journey: Youth Worker and Shift Lead
My journey into the world of professional teen therapy and family therapy started in much the same way many therapists who provide teen therapy and family counseling do -- as a Youth Worker and Shift Lead. I started my journey in a very unique program serving children and teens who experienced neglect and abuse. These children from the ages of 10 to 17 years old did not have a safe home and stayed in this program as their temporary home. Here, we provided teen counseling and family therapy (where appropriate) as well as other life skills to prepare them for their future.
Working day in and day out with these kids and teens who show up daily to therapy and courageously work to undo the impact of trauma was inspiring. These are kids and teens who had experienced terrible things at the hands of the adults who were supposed to keep them safe. Yet, they showed up day in and day out in therapy and fight to undo the effects of those experiences. For those of you who have had the privilege's of working with these teens, you know they have a warriors heart!
I went on to provide counseling and education to families in my home town. I provided parenting classes and support, anger management for teens, and teen counseling and family therapy. I went on to get my Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) license. As an LCDC, I began working with teens who struggled with substance use, abuse, and dependency. Often, teens who are using substances use as a means to avoid or escape difficulties in their lives.
Equipping Myself & Gearing Up: Master Degrees in Psychology, Professional Counseling, and Marriage Family Therapy
I went on to study psychology in my bachelor's program. I graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from LeTourneau University in Houston, Texas. LeTourneau University is a private Christian University that was listed as one of the best colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
After earning my Bachelor of Psychology, I went to graduate school at LeTourneau University. In graduate school, I earned a Master's in Psychology. With a Masters in Psychology under my belt, I decided to turn right around and enrolled in a dual masters program. I graduated with my second Master's degree in Professional Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy.
Guiding Others on Their Journey: Professional Experience in Teen Counseling & Family Therapy
With a Master degrees in Psychology, Professional Counseling, and Marriage & Family Therapy, I combined those degrees with my Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor license and worked as a Primary Therapist at a private, substance abuse program. Here, I provided individual, couples, and family therapy for those struggling with substance use, abuse, and/or dependency.
Teen depression, teen anxiety, teen trauma therapy or teen PTSD treatment are some of the difficulties teens wanted to escape through substance use. It's only natural to not want to feel hurt or pain -- our bodies and minds are hard wired to avoid it. Through substance help teens to avoid the hurt or pain, the consequences of using substances are severe. There is a better way.
As a LCDC, I was able to help them uncover the root causes of their substance use. Once the root causes were identified, I helped to address those root causes. As they worked through those difficulties, their motivation and ability to reduce or end their use increased.
Your Guide on Your Journey: Primary Teen Therapist & Family Counselor at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC
I now join Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC ready, through my education and experience, to help your teen and family. As a Primary Teen and Family Therapist and through teen counseling and family therapy, I can help your teen overcome the struggles that cause their hearts to hurt. With my experience and education in family therapy, I will help your family heal together and sustain the changes your teen makes.
I know how hard it can be to reach out and ask for help. I know as a parent myself, the hurt we feel when our kids hurt. I also know that as their parent, I'm the one who is supposed to make it better. Teen depression, teen anxiety, teen substance abuse and other struggles are complicated. I don't know about you but they didn't cover this and other struggles teens face today in the 'teen user manual' that came with my kids.
Don't wait, reach out today and let's talk. I assure you that you will find a compassionate, understanding teen therapy and family counseling specialist on the other end. Making the decision to take the first step in your journey can be the hardest decision to make. Let me help your teen and family find the happiness you deserve.
Draw on Our Expertise as Specialists in Teen Counseling & Family Therapy:
Serving Katy & Houston Texas
You do not have to go it alone! At Katy teen & Family Counseling, We have the personal and professional experience to help you navigate this journey. Our experience with providing teen therapy and family counseling dates back to 2003, We have made it our life's mission to help teens and families who are experiencing struggles. You can avoid the unnecessary heartache and pain and there is hope and healing within reach. 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 take the Pin Oak exit. Our caring teen and family specialists want to help. 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 that can come from the counseling process. Now is the time to course correct to help your teen transition successfully into adulthood. Hope, happiness, and connected family relationships are within reach.
Teen Counseling & Other Therapeutic Services Offered at Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC
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 Ercelia Smith, M.A., LPC, LCDC. Take the fist step in a journey of restoring hope, happiness, and connected family relationships.
Katy Teen & Family Counseling, PLLC