Layla Scott

Adjunct Instructor

Layla Scott

Department of Counseling


Ph.D., Texas Wesleyan University


SMU - East Campus
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206


Dr. Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S) and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  Her interest in the helping profession developed while obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in Family Life and Community Services with a secondary major in American Ethnic Studies.  She subsequently developed a passion for systems theory studying the field of Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.  Dr. Scott relocated to Texas for the next chapter of her professional and academic career.  She developed the clinical programming of the domestic violence shelter at The Salvation Army in Dallas where she provided therapeutic services to the homeless, survivors of intimate partner violence, and women exiting the sex industry.

Dr. Scott received her PhD from Texas Wesleyan University, where the focus of her dissertation research was on the use of narrative practices in group modality with women formerly involved in street-level prostitution.  As a doctoral fellow of the Minority Fellowship Program of AAMFT, she also studied the educational and programmatic needs of men who solicit sex workers. 

Her clinical experience includes working with vulnerable/underserved populations and complex relational interactions.  Her specialties include trauma, addiction recovery, depression and anxiety disorders, women’s issues, and distressed couples. She has served clients in a variety of settings including community agencies, shelters, residential treatment facilities, churches, and private practice.  Dr. Scott currently practices and provides supervision at her office located in Frisco, Texas.