Counseling and Referral Center

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Mental Health Services

The YWCA Greater Austin offers quality and affordable trauma informed counseling and support services for individuals, couples, families and groups in English and Spanish (and other languages as needed) to address concerns and live healthier lives.

  • Groups (on and off site)
  • Family & play therapy programs
  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling

For more information or to schedule a counseling appointment please call: 512.326.1222.

Individuals interested in accessing counseling services are also welcome to come in without an appointment to complete a brief (15-30 minute) intake pre-counseling intake. Service during the Walk-In Hours is on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-In times are:

  • Tuesdays 11am-2pm
  • Thursdays from 1pm-4pm.
We connected with the YWCA through an online advertisement. We were trying to figure out whether to divorce or keep working on our marriage. Through therapy, we rediscovered how to tap into our compassion and love for one another during difficult conversations. Our communication improved and we got more comfortable being vulnerable with each other. This will help us be better parents too.
Roger and Elizabeth

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Therapy is a safe, confidential process where you and your therapist work together to examine a concern and begin to take steps to improve your life.

Therapy 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 therapy, 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. Our therapists 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

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 YWCRC takes the theoretical perspective embraced by Relational Cultural theory, an especially useful approach with women and one that is sensitive to cultural differences as well.

The approach originated from the idea that women’s psychological development is different from what prevailed in clinical thinking in the mid-1970s, where most conclusions about development were based on men’s experience. A group of women at the Stone Center at Wellesley College studied, worked, and concluded that women’s sense of self develops in and through their relationships, and that women’s health is related to elements of mutual empathy and mutual empowerment in their relationships. This approach encompasses the impact of culture and socialization, often in dominance and subordination practices, as vital and critical to understanding each client. YW counselors are trained in the basics of this perspective and encouraged to study further.

The YWCA has been an enthusiastic partner with the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute in the dissemination in Austin of this very promising approach to dealing with trauma. Several counselors have been fully trained in this approach, and all counselors are provided with basic grounding techniques to help clients who experience PTSD manage intense activation. We have discovered that at least 75% of our clients have experienced some form of trauma, and this approach has been very helpful for clients in settling their nervous systems from extreme anxiety.

YWCA Greater Austin’s free counseling, therapeutic groups for Women Veterans and WoVeN peer support groups.

The therapeutic processing group provides a safe environment for women veterans to meet and share their experiences in the military and how and if those experiences affect them today.

WoVeN is a nationwide network of peer support groups specifically for women. WoVeN connects women Veterans of all eras and service branches and empowers them with information, education, and resources to improve their quality of life. By building strong connections among women Veterans, WoVeN groups are designed to enhance wellness, relationships, and career satisfaction.

This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’  Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.