Meet Alelia Watson of LiaSon Counseling Services in Third Ward and Rice Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alelia Watson.

Alelia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a child, I loved to talk, and often times, I got in trouble in school for talking too much. When I initially went to college at Sam Houston State University, I majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology. I aspired to be the female Johnny Cochran. During my last semester of college, I interned at a domestic violence shelter (Montgomery County Women’s Center) where I had the pleasure of working directly with domestic violence victims. During this time, I was still searching for employment within my field, but due to my age and lack of experience, I accepted a position to work at the shelter full-time. That was when I figured out just how passionate I was about helping women and others. I decided to return to school to pursue my Masters in Counseling Education with a specialty in marriage and family. After a few bumps in the road, I graduated with my masters and began my career as a counselor. I enjoyed learning more about the field through my employment opportunities, diverse internships, and relationships I built. I began to focus internally on the type of therapist I wanted to be. In October 2015, I started my business, LiaSon Counseling Services.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has not been easy, but I am definitely blessed. Among many obstacles, I would say my greatest one is being a single mother. However, I am very thankful for the support of my family and friends who have helped along the way. Also, being a young black woman in the mental health field, I have experienced people discounting my abilities and education. The obstacles of being a business owner handling billing, marketing and other administrative tasks. Even till this day dealing with the adjustment to COVID-19 and increased use of telemedicine. I believe many of the obstacles I have faced have contributed to making me the resilient person I am today.

Please tell us about your business.
I am a licensed professional counselor located in Houston. My business, LiaSon Counseling Services, provides services to address your mental health concerns. We provide therapy in a confidential, unbiased environment. We address a range of issues from marriage and family therapy. My specialties include depression management, communication, women’s issues, work life balance, self-esteem improvement, anger, and stress management. I am passionate about assisting individuals with obtaining their personal goals. I aim to develop a trusting relationship with each client and provide a safe environment where they can feel heard and respected. My therapeutic approach focuses on problem-solving and healthy choice selection. I believe the struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Everyone has the ability to learn and develop skills to handle life problems.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe that mental health is becoming more normalized and accepted. Therefore, I believe there will be an increase in the field. As people become more knowledgeable about the services and how to access them. May is Mental Health Awareness month and there will be a lot more conversation around the topic.


  • FREE 10 minute consultation
  • $125 for a 50 minute counseling session

Contact Info: