Tony Carroll, LCSW - Psychotherapy & Counseling

Tony Carroll, LCSW - Psychotherapy & Counseling Tony Carroll, LCSW, has been in private practice in the Montrose area of Houston since 1983. He specializes in outpatient adult psychotherapy and counseling, and works with individuals, couples, and groups utilizing highly personalized treatment plans tailored to both the individual needs and the personality styles of the client.
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Although the practice originally catered to the needs of the GLBT community, it has evolved to equally serve the needs of people of all sexual orientations. Carroll earned a graduate degree in clinical social work, and has studied extensively with many of the most respected mental health figures in North America. He has been actively involved in the education and training of other mental health professionals for many years. He is honored to have been chosen by the readers of Outsmart Magazine "Best Mental Health Therapist" each year since 2002. He is active in many organizations and has held numerous board positions including positions on the National Federation of Clinical Social Workers, and served as the president of the Texas Clinical Society. His education and experience are broad with an emphasis on classical psychotherapy and the modern evolution of highly respected thought. He has studied wtih many of the respected mental health professionals in North America. This broad background allows Carroll to avoid the common pitfalls of a pathology based model instead focusing on strengths and growth directed toward achieving the client's goals and desires. Carroll's clients are frequently business and professional persons who, though doing well, want more from life than they are getting and are unwilling to settle for less. The most common disappointments of these clients are anxiety, depression, sexual and relationship problems, satisfaction, happiness, compulsive behaviors, insecurity, grief and loss, family and religious concerns, and a variety of issues related to sexuality. Carroll is especially gifted at joining wth these clients in their quest for greater happiness, success, and satisfaction.

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A number of people have asked us to send out our preferences for 11/3/15 election. Some of these choices were really difficult. We appreciate your confidence, and hope this will be helpful to some of you. This is an important election likely to turn on a few hundred votes, so your vote is especially important.

FYI: Early voting: 20% of voters under 50; 55% of voters over 65
Conservative districts about 20%; Progressive District C about 14%.

Please note that City Proposition 1 follows the city officials on the ballot. The first two groups of Propositions are State and County.
CITY OF HOUSTON:
Mayor: Chris Bell For Mayor https://bellformayor.com/
District C: Ellen Cohen
District F: Richard Nguyen
District I: Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I
District J: Mike Laster

At Large 1: Lane Lewis
At Large 2: Council Member David W. Robinson, Houston City Council...
At Large 3: Doug Peterson
At Large 4: Amanda Edwards
At Large 5: Phillipe Philippe Nassif
Controller: Chris Brown
City of Houston:
Proposition 1: YES! (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance gaining national attention) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/us/tactics-and-antagonists-draw-attention-to-houston-rights-vote.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
Proposition 2: YES
Proposition 3: YES
HCC Trustee District VIII: Eva Loredo
HISD Trustee District IV: Jolanda Jones
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: AGAINST
Proposition 4: FOR
Proposition 5: FOR
Proposition 6: AGAINST
Proposition 7: AGAINST
HARRIS COUNTY PROPOSITIONS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: FOR
Proposition 4: FOR
To see a sample ballot go to HarrisVotes.org

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A number of people have asked us to send out our preferences for 11/3/15 election. Some of these choices were really difficult. We appreciate your confidence, and hope this will be helpful to some of you. This is an important election likely to turn on a few hundred votes, so your vote is especially important.

FYI: Early voting: 20% of voters under 50; 55% of voters over 65
Conservative districts about 20%; Progressive District C about 14%.

Please note that City Proposition 1 follows the city officials on the ballot. The first two groups of Propositions are State and County.
CITY OF HOUSTON:
Mayor: Chris Bell For Mayor https://bellformayor.com/
District C: Ellen Cohen
District F: Richard Nguyen
District I: Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I
District J: Mike Laster

At Large 1: Lane Lewis
At Large 2: Council Member David W. Robinson, Houston City Council...
At Large 3: Doug Peterson
At Large 4: Amanda Edwards
At Large 5: Phillipe Philippe Nassif
Controller: Chris Brown
City of Houston:
Proposition 1: YES! (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance gaining national attention) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/us/tactics-and-antagonists-draw-attention-to-houston-rights-vote.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
Proposition 2: YES

HCC Trustee District VIII: Eva Loredo
HISD Trustee District IV: Jolanda Jones
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: AGAINST
Proposition 4: FOR
Proposition 5: FOR
Proposition 6: AGAINST
Proposition 7: AGAINST
HARRIS COUNTY PROPOSITIONS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: FOR
Proposition 4: FOR
To see a sample ballot go to HarrisVotes.org

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A number of people have asked us to send out our preferences for 11/3/15 election. Some of these choices were really difficult. We appreciate your confidence, and hope this will be helpful to some of you. This is an important election likely to turn on a few hundred votes, so your vote is especially important.

FYI: Early voting: 20% of voters under 50; 55% of voters over 65
Conservative districts about 20%; Progressive District C about 14%.

Please note that City Proposition 1 follows the city officials on the ballot. The first two groups of Propositions are State and County.
CITY OF HOUSTON:
Mayor: Chris Bell For Mayor https://bellformayor.com/
District C: Ellen Cohen
District F: Richard Nguyen
District I: Council Member Robert Gallegos, District I
District J: Mike Laster

At Large 1: Lane Lewis
At Large 2: Council Member David W. Robinson, Houston City Council...
At Large 3: Doug Peterson
At Large 4: Amanda Edwards
At Large 5: Phillipe Philippe Nassif
Controller: Chris Brown
City of Houston:
Proposition 1: YES! (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance gaining national attention) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/us/tactics-and-antagonists-draw-attention-to-houston-rights-vote.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
Proposition 2: YES
Proposition 3: YES
HCC Trustee District VIII: Eva Loredo
HISD Trustee District IV: Jolanda Jones
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: AGAINST
Proposition 4: FOR
Proposition 5: FOR
Proposition 6: AGAINST
Proposition 7: AGAINST
HARRIS COUNTY PROPOSITIONS:
Proposition 1: AGAINST
Proposition 2: FOR
Proposition 3: FOR
Proposition 4: FOR
To see a sample ballot go to HarrisVotes.org

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Improving Gay Relationships will repeat in September 2015. From the Spring weekend:

Most common comment: "I was so surprised that we all want mostly the same things: closeness, companionship, honesty, trust, love, someone to depend - and that we're more alike than different."
#1 "Critical first step to knowing yourself before beginning a relationship. Tony and the other men were amazing. They created a safe environment for everyone to share and grow from the experience."

#2 "This is a no BS, roll up your sleeves weekend. No self-help rather an honest look in the mirror to understand how our experiences and desires effect our relationship choices."

#3 "A truly eye-opening experience, listening to Tony and the experiences of the other min in the group, how similar our wants and needs are!"

#4 "Eye opening and very helpful in recognizing how similar we all are vs. how different."

#5 "Informitive and logically planned, with information that was logical and on target. Loved variety of men and the professional way it was presented. Laughter was appreciated."

#6 "Helped give me new perspectives of my own and others experiences in life and love with the goal of better understanding as a gayman. Very enlightening, and I recomment it highly."

#7. "Really showed me a better way of looking at a relationship, and new tools to understand me in the process."

#8 "Joyour exploration of yourself using various technics, family of origin, word association and lists. An adventure in discovering yourself so you are able to discovery others outside your own world."

#9. "The insight I gained this weekend was invaluable in the search for 'theone', as I had clearly been making the same mistakes over and over not knowing why. If someone finds themselves in bad relationships or not able to get in a relationship, this weekend will get them on the right track as it did me. Plus meeting a great group of new people is always a benefit."

#10. "It was very interesting and provocative, and gave me a lot to think about."

#11. "I saw various aspects of my early life through a different lens, added self-awareness. Promises to be life-altering."

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07/02/2015

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The changing picture of long-term commitment, incorporates the reality of two, whole persons who stay together because of the rewards of the relationship. It is no longer about obligation. In other words, people don't leave the place where they are happy, so if you want to stay together, stay happy, and keep the relationship fulfilling and satisfying.

06/15/2015

Greatly honored being selected while we were out of the country, to receive the Texas National Association of Social Workers:

"Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers selects a social worker for this award to celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments. In honoring the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, NASW recognized the best social work values and accomplishments demonstrated in the social worker’s lifetime.

A member in good standing who meets all the criteria for Social Worker of the Year, and:
•Demonstrates repeated outstanding achievements

•Has recognition beyond the social work profession

•Has made contributions of lasting impact

•Has outstanding creativity"

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05/24/2015
“I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people”

This seems particularly poignant on a weekend I spending working with a brilliant group of gay men committed to leading rich and meaningful lives.

I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people. I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the "homosexual agenda" and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the j…

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Houston Therapist Specializing in Mens Issues and Mens Therapy and Counseling Tony Carroll, LCSW

Memorial Day Weekend: A Houston Event for Single Gay Men
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In an age dominated by dense population centers and technological connectedness, sociologists tell us of American’s ever growing pain of loneliness, and their increasing desire and need for the fulfillment and contentment of strong primary relationships -- and gay men are no different.
Houston psychotherapist, Tony Carroll, LCSW, draws from the most respected work in mental health to formulate a workshop which addresses the relationship concerns most frequently expressed by single gay men.

• Fear of repeating past experiences
• Issues related to sex in relationships
• Attraction and compatibility
• Assessing relationship viability
• Finding, establishing, and maintaining suitable relationships
• Discovering and overcoming what has kept you single


Although the material is substantial, and the work deep, Tony is noted for presenting in a warm, light-hearted fashion making for a comfortable and enjoyable weekend that is deeply rewarding.

From former participants:
• I’m a better person, certainly happier, with a better understanding of what makes me tick. I found what was right in front of me all along: the guy I’m sharing a life with, the morning news, the laughing, the jokes, the life.

• It was a weekend both profound and enjoyable (which don’t always go hand-in-hand), and I’m grateful for all of it – particularly spending time working with you. It didn’t seem any different from not-working, but simply being with you. You are a remarkable man. I would very much enjoy any opportunity to spend time with you again. Beyond wisdom and perspective, you simply have a nourishing “presence.” That is rare and wonderful.

• I started in a place where I had everything, but I was not progressing. I left with clarity & tools, and the confidence to actually fix my life. It’s not rocket science; these are tools with a pristine logic to them. You might think you could have come up with them on your own, but, to be frank, you didn’t, or you wouldn’t have taken the time to read this.


• I would venture to say that Tony's workshops border on mandatory for those with a sincere desire to experience relationships that are fulfilling, loving and lasting. "Informative" and "revelatory" are guaranteed..."transformative" is not out of the question either.

• We attended separate weekends in early 1999, and later met at a social event that year. Your workshop helped each of us approach our new relationship with an understanding of what we each wanted and needed. It has been 16 happy years since then, and we are married.

• Developing from small children who are somehow 'different' into the adults we become, it is nearly inevitable that we will all face serious obstacles in how we relate to ourselves and to others as gay men - many such obstacles being largely invisible even to ourselves.

• I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet you and work with you, Tony. My life has changed in so many ways for the positive I could not count them.

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015, noon – 5 pm
Montrose area of Houston (address available after registration)
$195.00
To register:
www.HoustonTherapist.com
713.527.0000

Houston Therapist Tony Carroll Provides Therapy and Counseling for Men's Issues and Concerns in the areas of Anger, Depression, Commitment, and all areas of therapy for men.

Address

1006 Missouri St
Houston, TX
77006

General information

When you think about psychotherapy . . . you can think about the symptoms: depression, anxiety, co-dependence, compulsive behavior, bi-polar disorder, ADD, loneliness, addiction, and problems with relationship/marriage, sex, family, communication. Or you can think about the outcome: contentment, happiness, peace, vitality, satisfaction, success, love, fulfillment, security. We are happy to help with insurance reimbursements. If you would like to talk on the phone before scheduling an initial appointment, please call at 713.527.0000.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(713) 527-0000

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