Your health and safety is important to us. Due to COVID-19, some in-person programs and services may be offered online, have a new in-person schedule and requirements, or may be suspended. Please check our website or contact us for more information. Click here for our COVID-19 safety precautions and updates.


Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service provides one-on-one counseling with a therapist as well as support groups for those who want to connect with others sharing similar experiences. JFS serves people regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. 


We provide a safe and supportive environment with licensed therapists to assist adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families to improve their overall mental health and well-being. 

Jewish Family Service now offers our confidential and compassionate mental health services through telehealth platforms. Our highly skilled therapists offer video therapy and counseling, either on a sliding fee scale or through eligible insurance.

JFS accepts the following insurance coverage for counseling services: Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Humana, Aetna, United Healthcare and Magellan.

For more information about our sliding scale, please contact us at or (512) 250-1043.


Wellness with a Disability Group

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability. This group provides a safe, confidential, and supportive space for adult members of the Austin Jewish community who have a disability: mental, physical, emotional, or other. The group members discuss issues related to their own disabilities and broader disability concerns, and to offer support and ways to cope with aspects of life.​ ​While group is a place to find community, it is also a place to develop deeper connections with others, accept and receive support, increase interpersonal communication skills, build self-awareness, and increase sense of self.​ ​

Every Friday I Ongoing I Free of Charge I Online 

Mood & Mindfulness Group

Do you feel distracted? Hurried? Preoccupied? Join us to learn more about stress management. Practicing mindfulness early in the week is a great way to hold onto peace and relaxation from the weekend and get yourself calmly focused on the week ahead. 

Watch past videos and live videos on our Facebook page.

Teacher Support Group

A support group for teachers in the Austin and surrounding areas with a focus on Jewish values and practices. Being a teacher in these uncertain times is increasingly difficult and our hope is to provide therapeutic support. This group will be a confidential space to share feelings, ideas, coping strategies, and support one another.

One of the powerful things about being in a group is also the reminder that you are not alone in your feelings and experiences. Seeing and hearing one another can have a meaningful impact.

Date and time TBD I Ongoing I Free of Charge I Online

Here and Now: Mindfulness for Kids

Here and Now is a mindfulness practice for children, preschool-age through Elementary School. Mindfulness exercises help children learn to self-regulate emotions, focus on the present moment, and strengthen self-control. This practice offers a chance for children to strengthen those skills from home!

Lee, a therapist with Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service, invites you and your grown-up to join in.

Rachel VanScoyoc

Rachel VanScoyoc

JFS Office Manager

O (512) 250-1043