Clinical ManagerTexas“We offer clients an opportunity to renew an identity and to reconnect with family and their support system. It’s just as much about the families as it is about the client.”
Tony Gonzales is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and a clinical manager with Phoenix House Texas. Tony has been working with at-risk youth and families for twenty years.
Tony has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of North Texas and earned his Master of Arts in counseling from Amberton University in 2004. Tony has a range of experience helping troubled kids, from running group counseling at a teen shelter to working with Communities in Schools, a program that addresses truancy and other behavioral problems for students in low-performing schools.
Tony has also worked in mental health treatment at the Providence Service Corporation, where he oversaw a county contract to provide community-based, intensive home treatment to reduce recidivism for juvenile offenders. Over the years Tony learned that there is often a connection between a child’s substance abuse, legal troubles, and family dynamic. With that in mind, Tony focused on gaining experience in multi-systemic and family functional therapy, as well as in community-based treatment for adolescents in the juvenile justice system.
While earning his license, Tony put in counseling hours at a substance abuse treatment center and a dual diagnosis psychiatric facility before joining Phoenix House in 2012. As a member of our team, Tony has been able to apply his vast experience and clinical training to the field of substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment.
As clinical manager, Tony supervises interns and oversees their training as they learn how to build client relationships while understanding the problems a client may be experiencing in the home. Tony reinforces the need to learn from each client, so that staff can take those interactions and apply what they learned to other family, individual, or group therapy sessions.
Tony believes that to help a teen client, we must also help that teen’s family—which is why Phoenix House works to improve the family environment to ensure that teens experience an easy re-entry after treatment. “We offer clients an opportunity to renew or reclaim an identity and to reconnect with their family and support system,” Tony says. “It’s just as much about the families as it is about the client.”