Family & Youth Institute LLC

Individual Counseling • Family, Youth & Adolescent Therapy • Marriage Therapy • Educational Consulting • Group Therapy • Career Counseling • Trauma

Overcome your life struggles with private counseling sessions at Family & Youth Institute, LLC. In business for 9 years, our center is an individual and family counseling agency with 10 licensed professionals specializing in working with adolescents, families who have loved ones caught up in the cycle of addiction, sexual abuse, adoption/foster care, marriage and family therapy, mental health, couples struggling with infertility, and a variety of groups. We have Christian counselors and a bi-lingual (Spanish) therapist on staff.

[03/31/20]   Therapists here at FYI are ready to help.

Ariel Batton, MA, LPC, is now scheduling clients She works with sliding scale, out-of-network insurance and private pay. She also accepts Aetna, BCBS and UHC insurances.

Her experience in mental health hospital, rehabilitation, and foster care settings has prepared her to work with a wide range of conditions. She is a certified EMDT Therapist.

Ariel has evening appointments available. Call 281-748-0233 to schedule an appointment.

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Family Counseling Center: Private. The Woodlands, TX

Our therapists are accepting new clients and working with TeleHealth. We are accepting BCBS, Aetna, UHC, and Cigna. We also have therapists who work with sliding scale clients.

You can read about our therapists at familyandyouthinstitute.com

Reach out if you are feeling overwhelmed. Call us at 281-748-0233 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

We have 11 therapists here for you.

familyandyouthinstitute.com Sign up for private and family counseling sessions at our center in The Woodlands, Texas.

[03/30/20]   COVID 19 has become a household word in just a few weeks. Therapists at Family and Youth Institute are here to help if you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, or just need to get a new perspective.

We are offering video counseling sessions. Most insurance companies are acting to make therapy affordable by extending video counseling coverage to all members and waiving copays. Ask us about alternative payment plans also.

You do not have to go through this alone. Reach out. Call 281-748-0233 to schedule an appointment.

Welcome to Teen Tuesday.
With much attention being placed on social media and seeking approval from peers, I want to remind teens, “You are perfectly created, and you are enough. Look within yourself and give yourself approval to be you.”

Welcome to Mom’s Monday. Being a mom is a beautiful blessing filled with many joys. There may come days when a mom feels overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. When those days come, remember you are not alone. Take a deep breath. You were given at your creation everything you need to do what you need to do. Reach out to your Higher Power, family, or friends. Take a breath and think of what is good and beautiful and what can be. Focus on solutions and not the problems.

It is Mom’s Monday. Choose Joy!

[09/17/18]   Therapists here at FYI are ready to help.

Ariel Batton, MA, LPC, is now scheduling clients with Texas Traditional Medicaid plans (TMHP). She, also, works with sliding scale, out-of-network, and private pay.
Her experience in mental health hospital, rehabilitation, and foster care settings has prepared her to work with a wide range of conditions.

Ariel has evening appointments available. Call 281-748-0233 to schedule an appointment.

Thanks to Denise Cipolla for sharing. I work frequently with those grieving loss, and these tips are aligned with what many tell me they need. Grief hurts. Friends can help.

Therapists here at FYI are ready to help.

Ariel Batton, MA, LPC, is now scheduling clients with Texas Traditional Medicaid plans (TMHP). She, also, works with sliding scale, out-of-network, and private pay.
Her experience in mental health hospital, rehabilitation, and foster care settings has prepared her to work with a wide range of conditions.

Ariel has evening appointments available. Call 281-748-0233 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you to The Mama Bear Effect for this post.

Your pain matters. ❤️

[08/02/18]   I am facilitating a Life Skills Training Group (Self Esteem, Decision Making, Stress Management, Communication, Assertiveness) with a Focus on Executive Function Skills (Planning, Impulse Control, Organization, Self Monitoring, Self Accommodation Skills).This group is appropriate for ADHD and ODD boys.

Boys - Grades 7-10 (12-16)
Open Group - Limited to 7
3:00 PM, Tuesdays

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We also have a co-ed open game group for the same age. This group is appropriate for higher functioning ASD teens and others who need help leaning to make and keep friends and interact appropriately with peers. It is facilitated by Amanda Norminton, LPC, LMFT

Boys and Girls - Grades 7-10 (12-16)
Open Group - Limited to 10
4:00 PM Mondays

Call Mary Ann Sartori for Information at 713-392-4584 or call Family & Youth Institute at 281-748-0233 to schedule.

Family Counseling Center: Private. The Woodlands, TX

Philip Harris, MS, LPC, LCDC with Family & Youth Institute LLC is now accepting Humana TriCare. We would appreciate being added to your referral lists.

Phil can be reached through our office at 281-748-0233.

Please visit us at familyandyouthinstitute.com

familyandyouthinstitute.com Sign up for private and family counseling sessions at our center in The Woodlands, Texas.

[05/15/18]   Bipolar Treatments and Therapies

Treatment helps many people—even those with the most severe forms of bipolar disorder—gain better control of their mood swings and other bipolar symptoms.

An effective treatment plan usually includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”).

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. Episodes of mania and depression typically come back over time. Between episodes, many people with bipolar disorder are free of mood changes, but some people may have lingering symptoms. Long-term, continuous treatment helps to control these symptoms.

Medications

Different types of medications can help control symptoms of bipolar disorder. An individual may need to try several different medications before finding ones that work best.

Medications generally used to treat bipolar disorder include:

Mood stabilizers
Atypical antipsychotics
Antidepressants
Anyone taking a medication should:

Talk with a doctor or a pharmacist to understand the risks and benefits of the medication

Report any concerns about side effects to a doctor right away. The doctor may need to change the dose or try a different medication.

Avoid stopping a medication without talking to a doctor first. Suddenly stopping a medication may lead to “rebound” or worsening of bipolar disorder symptoms. Other uncomfortable or potentially dangerous withdrawal effects are also possible.

[05/14/18]   What is a manic episode?

Signs of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder may include:

Episodes of out of control anger, including shouting, threatening, throwing objects, hitting people or objects. You may even think during an episode, “Why am I doing this.”

Doing things you later regret such as spending lots of money, engaging in reckless sexual activity, gambling excessively, or having arguments, shouting out of control at those you love.

Having a lot of energy and feeling as if you can accomplish any task.

Staying awake and not sleeping. Going non stop.

Finding it hard to stay focused

Thinking too fast or feeling as if your mind is racing.

Talking faster than usual — so fast that others have a hard time jumping in.

Appearing to be high even if you haven’t taken drugs.

Taking dangerous risks or getting into unsafe situations.

If you notice these in yourself or others, seek help.

[05/13/18]   More bipolar thoughts...

If you or a loved one recognizes signs of bipolar, seek medical help.

What are the signs of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder symptoms vary over time.
In an “up” swing, also known as a manic episode, you may feel extremely happy, energetic, or on edge and irritable. You may feel overly self-confident or even take dangerous risks.
In a “down” swing, you may feel depressed or hopeless. You may lose interest in the things you normally enjoy, find it hard to make decisions or remember things, and have very low energy.
Sometimes these mood swings may happen close together; sometimes there are periods between mood swings when you are not really "up" or "down," but feel more like your usual self.
You may have more down periods than up periods, or they may occur in about equal lengths of time.
Regardless of the pattern, if you are having severe changes in your mood, sleep, or energy levels, you may want to reach out for support.

health.usnews.com

Food and Mood: 6 Ways Your Diet Affects How You Feel

Anxiety has a way of showing up when we least expect it. I have become a huge believer that diet with balanced nutrients, water, exercise, sleep and avoidance of preservatives and fast food can be key to anxiety management. I am seeing more and more research on this.

Below is a link to one article

What you eat can lift or lower your spirits.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2011/08/31/food-and-mood-6-ways-your-diet-affects-how-you-feel

health.usnews.com What you eat can lift or lower your spirits.

[09/19/17]   It is a great day to have a great day! One day at a time, choose joy!

[09/06/17]   JOIN US FOR A NEW KID'S GROUP

MAKING A HAPPY KID
Play, Lead, and Socialize

Where: FYI LEARNING ZONE
(Located at Family & Youth Institute)
25511 Budde Road
Brownstone Office Condominiums
Suite 1002, Caroline Building
Spring, TX 77380

Date: Begins Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (*Note: Time Change)
Participants: Children Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Cost: $140 per 4-week session ($35 per session) if paid in advance
$40 per session if paid weekly

Through play, children learn to make friends, practice social skills, and be leaders. Group activities highlight 7 Habits of Happy Kids.

For more information or to schedule:
Call Mary Ann Sartori at 713-392-4584,
Glory Agada at 832-398-5600, or
FYI Scheduling Office at 281-748-0233

[09/06/17]   Join us for a new Kid's Group

Making a Happy Kid
Play, Lead and Socialize

Where FYI Learning Zone
25511 Budde Road
Brownstone Office Condominiums
Suite 1002, Caroline Building
Spring, TX 77380

Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: $35
Participants: Children Grades K-3rd Grade

Through play, children, K through 3rd Grade, learn to make friends, practice social skills, ad be leaders. Group activities highlight 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids and Social Skills.

Call Mary Ann Sartori at Family & Youth Institute at 713-392-4584 for information

[08/16/17]   New Group

Making a Happy Kid:
Play, Lead, and Socialize

Where:
FYI Learning Zone
25511 Budde Rd
Suite 1002, Caroline Bldg
Spring, TX 77380

When:
Every Thursday
4pm - 5:30pm

Through play, Children, K through 3rd Grade, learn to make friends, practice social skills, and be leaders. Group activities highlight 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids. Social Skills are reinforced. Facilitated by Glory Agada, LPC-Intern, Certified Special Education Teacher and Supervised by Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S

[08/16/17]   Back-to-School Group

Girls Play to Learn:
Social Skill & Friendship Group

Where:
FYI Learning Zone
25511 Budde Rd
Suite 1002, Caroline Bldg
Spring, TX 77380

When:
Every Tuesday
6:00 PM -7:00 PM

Girls, 6th Grade through High School learn social skills and the art of friendship using interactive play, art, crafts, and board games. Group process includes Check-in, Warm Up, Game Play, and Closing Activity. Open Group

Facilitated by Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S, Doctor of Educational Leadership

[08/16/17]   Group

Game Group:
Practice Social Skills through Play

Where:
FYI Learning Zone
25511 Budde Rd
Suite 1002, Caroline Building
Spring, TX 77380

When:
Every Monday
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boys, 6th grade through high school, meet together to practice social skills and meet friends while playing board games. Group process includes Check-in, Warm Up, Game Play, and Closing Activity. Open Group

Facilitated by Jennifer Burns, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Mary Ann Sartori, M.A., LPC-S

FOX59 News

Liking this

Kristin and Danny of Indianapolis created this adorable Valentine’s Day lip sync video, and it quickly went viral!

More about the couple here: http://via.fox59.com/vutyD

www.mindbodygreen.com

7 Underlying Truths A Psychologist Wants You To Know About Narcissistic Behavior

Something to think about.https://www.facebook.com/mindbodygreen/posts/10154417121209372

www.mindbodygreen.com They try to put people down so they feel better about themselves.

[01/01/17]   TODAY IS PAGE 1 OF 365

I love this image. Today begins a new book filled with blank pages. We can all choose to make it a great day, one day at a time.

This year is a book of clean blank pages on which I will write a record of my experiences and my growth...If I allow myself to be influenced negatively by what others say and do, it will make blots and smears on the pages of my year. This I will try to avoid at all costs.

Today's Reminder

I can live my life only one day at a time. Perhaps my confusion and despair are so great that I will have to take it one hour at a time, or one minute at a time, reminding myself constantly that I have authority over any life but my own.

...From One Day at a Time

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Excellent article on the teenager's developing brain!

http://ow.ly/uXV4305GmdP

[10/18/16]   Family and Youth Institute is a private counseling center. Check out our website at familyandyouthinstitute.com

sciencealert.com

To diagnose autism, we should be watching the eyes

This is a very interesting article about diagnosing autism. http://ow.ly/jNAt300goLA

sciencealert.com Two separate groups of researchers have uncovered similar techniques for figuring out whether children have autism that's quick, cheap, easy, and...

simplemost.com

This Video Shows You The Sensory Overload That A Child With Autism...

Can you watch this video til the end? http://ow.ly/10kOOS

simplemost.com UK’s National Autistic Society created this powerful video and posed this question to viewers: Can you make it to the end? The video aims to show...

amctheatres.com

Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theatres - In Partnership with the Autism...

http://ow.ly/YLQ7B

amctheatres.com In Partnership with the Autism Society, We Bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism on a Monthly Basis to Select Communities.

[02/19/16]   The latest guidelines recommend that ALL adults should be screened for depression! http://ow.ly/YuVCU

abc13.com

Mall Santa eases nerves of boy with autism by playing on the floor with him

I love this!! http://ow.ly/VwZRd

abc13.com This Santa knows how to get on any child's level, even if that means sitting on the ground.

autismspeaks.org

Experts discuss Sesame Street's new muppet with autism, Julia, on GMA

I can't wait to meet Julia! http://ow.ly/TJOwm

autismspeaks.org Sesame Workshop announced yesterday that a new neighbor will be part of the show: a muppet, named "Julia," who has autism. She is part of a new...

[10/14/15]   FOCUS QUESTIONS:
Answer the questions after you read the poem.
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Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not?
Its all up to you.

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"I destroy homes, tear families apart - take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold - the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
And if you need me, remember I'm easily found.

I live all around you, in schools and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door.
My power is awesome - try me you'll see.
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie.
You'll do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.

You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.
But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised.
I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from God, and separate from friends.
I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side.

You'll give up everything - your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you'll be alone.
I'll take and I'll take, till you have nothing more to give.
When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned this is no game.
If given the chance, I'll drive you insane.
I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind.
I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine.

The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed.
The voices you'll hear from inside your head.
The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see.
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart, that you are mine, and we shall not part.

You'll regret that you tried me, they always do.
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen.
Many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.
You could have said no, and just walked away.

If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I'll be your master; you will be my slave.
I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not?
Its all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell.

Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell."

Signed
DRUGS 😥

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25511 Budde Rd. Suite 401-402, Marimed Building
Spring, TX
77380

General information

Family & Youth Institute, LLC is devoted to helping people live the best life possible. Our therapists seek out creative solutions to address client needs. Because it is our mission to offer services to people form all walks of life, we provide a variety of payment options, including private pay, in network and out of network insurance, and sliding scale (Proof of income is required). Our student counseling interns also provide free counseling to qualified clients (limited appointments available).

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 12:00
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