YWCA Greater Austin

YW Counseling & Referral Center | YWCRC


Counseling is a safe, confidential process where you and your counselor work together to examine a concern and begin to take steps to improve your life. Counseling involves processing thoughts and feelings, identifying and defining concerns, developing coping strategies, and setting specific goals, in the context of talk and/or play therapy.

With the help of counseling, individuals acquire the support they need to access personal power, begin to understand their feelings and take steps to address complexities that may be challenging personal development.

Most recently, some YWCA counselors have begun to incorporate the Somatic Experience approach in counseling, a body-based approach that has shown excellent promise for genuine trauma healing.

The YWCA offers counseling for individuals, couples, and families.  

Our counselors can assist you with challenges surrounding:

· anxiety

· depression

· trauma

· violence

· attachment

· family dynamics

· grief and loss

· sexuality

· immigration

· Pre/post-natal mental health

·gender identity/expression


· intimate relationships


Services Provided

The YWCA Greater Austin offers quality and affordable counseling and support services for individuals, couples, families and groups in English and Spanish to address concerns and live healthier lives.

· Groups (on and off site)

· Family & play therapy programs

· Individual counseling

· Couples counseling


If you have questions about our services or for an intake to secure an appointment, please call (512) 326-1222.

· Sliding scale based on household income is available for people who qualify

· Free counseling for women veterans

· Free counseling for child care teachers and parents of select child care centers

· Bilingual English/Spanish services available


Intake: During the intake you will be asked for general information about you (ex. Address, phone, etc.), as well as more in-depth information about the reason(s) you are seeking services. Everything you share is confidential and in accordance with HIPPA regulations.

For couple and family counseling: In addition to the primary female participant, other adults in the relationship/family will be asked to call for an intake in an effort to get their perspective of the reason(s) they are seeking services.

For groups: To participate in one of the on-site groups, please call to register. You will be asked some general questions about you and your interest in the selected group.

Intake will take 15-30 minutes and we recommend you are in a confidential space when you call.


Our standard fees range from $35 to $100 per hour, based on a sliding scale that includes family income and household dependents. For clients who qualify, our subsidized fees range from $10 to $75 per hour, based on a sliding scale that requires documentation of family income, household dependents, residence and identity. For women veterans, people receiving compensation from Crime Victim's Services, and selected day care centers staff and parents, all counseling services are FREE.


Counseling Hours 

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


For more information:

Call 512-326-1222


Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller