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Empowered Family Services offers quality mental health care to children and teens while educating and supporting their caregivers. Empowered Family Services specializes in trauma services for children, teens, and families. 

We strive to create a world where all children receive the informed support, care, and services they need from their families and support systems. 

Our Mission

Our Mission 

Our mission is is to empower families in all walks of life through trauma by providing quality mental health services to children & teens, caregivers, and circles of support. 

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Our Vision

We strive to create a world where all children receive the informed support, care, and services they need from their families and support systems. 

Bethany Walker, LCSW

Director & Clinician

TX Social Work License #68319


Bethany Walker is a licensed clinical social worker, trauma therapist, and author. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked with Communities in Schools, Buckner Children & Family Services, Wellness Pointe and other organizations serving the East Texas area. Bethany is passionate about empowering children, families and their support systems. 


Bethany believes that the best method of therapy is a collaboration between the therapist and the client, with the client leading the way. Trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Bethany incorporates aspects of art therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy into her person-centered and relationship-centered model. Bethany specializes in working with parenting issues, foster care and adoption, and children and adults with trauma.


Bethany lives in Longview with her daughter and husband. When she isn’t at Empowered Family Services, she enjoys horror movies, forgetting to return books at the library, or a vanilla latte at Silver Grizzly.


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Meet the Team

Our Mission
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Marla Scott

Child & Family Therapist

TX LPC License #18535


Marla Scott has been a licensed professional counselor for over 20 years. She has worked for Heartlight Ministries with teens and their families, as well as with adults and groups at ETMC Behavioral Health. She has also worked with young children at Buckner Children and Family Services. Marla has a heart to help and an ear to listen to the unique story that each client brings to therapy. 


Marla believes that each person has dignity and the ability to be the very best. Sometimes that “best” becomes clouded with the harshness of the circumstances of life. Providing a safe place for truth and transparency allows for healing to take place. While Marla uses a variety of approaches, depending on the client, she favors the ability of the therapeutic relationship to do much good. She hopes when each person walks through the doors of Empowered Family Services, they will truly own the ability to be their very best self and be a living example to others of how to do so. 


Marla has been married since March 2003 to David Scott, who is her favorite person and best friend. They have eight children from ages 2-19. They stay very busy with family activities, church, taekwondo, and scouting. In her free time, Marla enjoys working out and reading. 


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Ariene Hardin

Client Care Coordinator

Ariene has been providing administrative services for the past 5 years.


Before moving to East Texas in 2015, Ariene attended Texas Lutheran University for her Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry and Liberty University for her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling: Marriage and Family. Ariene lives in Longview with her husband, and two kittens.

Ariene handles scheduling and client intakes and will often be your first point of contact with Empowered Family Services.


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