Maria Guerrero began her career as a licensed professional counselor by traveling to counsel individuals through the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, ensuring even those without the means to reach aid received the care they needed.

She also worked with the Assertive Community Team caring for those with more severe illnesses. While this job was fulfilling, Guerrero said she had a desire to bring these services closer to her home in Cy-Fair.

“I’m so passionate about working with this community because this is my community,” she said.

Guerrero acquired office space and opened a private practice to help her community while staying close to home. Since opening in 2018, the business changed its name from Cypress Counseling & Psychotherapy to Cypress Counseling & Behavioral Center. With this name change came the addition of services such as ADHD testing and other learning assessments, personality assessments and immigration evaluations. Guerrero moved to Texas from Colombia in 2000 due to the political climate at the time and is passionate about helping others come to the U.S. and recover from their experiences in a safe space.

“Offering therapy services, being here for the community and now doing the immigration evaluation, I think that is one of my favorite parts,” she said. “We’re here—you don’t have to go to Houston to find a Spanish-speaking therapist that takes your insurance.”Guerrero said she provides this safe space by catering her services and rooms to her clients and their clinicians with a boutique design concept.

“I pay attention to everything from the lighting to the smells to the noises to Sarah [the receptionist] coming in or welcoming you by your name,” Guerrero said. “You’re coming in here to do hard work, but you’re not doing it alone.”

The clinicians at Cypress Counseling & Behavioral Center all decorate their rooms according to their own unique tastes, creating a comfortable environment for themselves and their clients.

Guerrero is expanding to a second location at 17832 Mound Road, Ste. A, Cypress, slated to open later this year to reach more local residents. She said some clients drive from as far as Katy and Pasadena. “That leads me to think our services are tailored to the client, and they don’t mind driving to come see me or one of our clinicians,” she said.Cypress Counseling &

Behavioral Center

12242 Queenston Blvd., Ste. C, Houston


Hours: Mon., Wed.-Thu. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.;

Tue. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.;

Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.

Services at Cypress Counseling & Behavioral Center

Individual counseling: for those dealing with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress or just looking to talk through experiences with someone

Couples counseling: for couples seeking to improve their communication and relationship through healthy conversations

Bilingual counselors: for those who wish to speak in their native language with multicultural clinicians

ADHD services: for adults who believe they have ADHD to be assessed through a clinical interview and testing followed by a discussion on what the results mean for them

Behavioral evaluations: individuals can undergo a clinical interview, screening and testing to address mental health concerns