Carol Ann Maner, LCSW, CSAT, CMAT

Addiction Therapist

Clinical Director of Dialectical Services

Meet Carol Ann

"When I entered the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, I thought I knew so much about addiction – and yet the very same spiritual principles I gained in 25 years of recovery encouraged me to listen, and learn. The GCSW taught me a deep appreciation for clinical / Twelve Step integration because it teaches recovering people, both addicts and betrayed family members, how to trust again, slowly. Clinical work, enhanced by Twelve Step support, leads us to trust a tribe of supportive others, and over time, to trust our partners with affection. No matter how deeply, or how often we have been wounded, we can regrow our capacity to trust others the way a lizard regrows a tail."

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I love working individually with recovering addicts and betrayed family members, particularly those with hard to treat co-occurring disorders related to trauma or bio-temperament. Although I had been taught addicts are highly impulsive by nature (and many are!), I noticed a number of addicted clients who were rigidly perfectionistic and inflexible. Many were abstinent, but not at all “happy, joyous and free.” After seeing a presentation on an emerging evidence-based treatment, Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), I advocated for its use with my boss, Dr. Jake Porter. Two years later, we have had four cohorts go through the RO-DBT skills classes! It is a joy for me to see these clients laugh at their own foibles, connect with those they love — and just have fun!


B.A., University of Houston

M.L.I.S. in Library Science, University of Texas at Austin

M.S.W., University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work

Advanced Trainings

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals

Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Ltd

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