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COUNSELING & GROUPS

COVID-19 UPDATE

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.

OFFERING SUPPORT

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. 

ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELING

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 jfs@shalomaustin.org or (512) 250-1043.

SUPPORT & DISCUSSION GROUPS

Wellness with a Disability

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 

Wise Aging: Beginning Fall 2021

Facilitated by Fabianna Laby, PsyD. This group will meet twice a month for two hour-long sessions, starting in late October 2021 and ending in June 2022.

There is no set of instructions for getting older—for the shifts in our social and support networks, the feeling of invisibility, the angst of dealing with aging parents, the mixed signals of entering retirement, or the surprising turns in our relationships with ourselves, our partners, friends, and colleagues. On the other hand, those of us currently in this stage can count ourselves as part of an extraordinary, history-making generation—pioneers in understanding and making the most of this “third chapter” of life. Many of us will be blessed with unprecedented healthy years ahead, full of potential for learning and growth.

The Wise Aging program is designed to give Jewish adults 55 and older spiritual resources while opening up conversations about what it means not just to get older but to age wisely. Together we will create space in our hearts and new understandings about life so we can live with spirit, resilience, and joy.

Register by emailing jfs@shalomaustin.org. Registration cost of $250 will include all sessions and a copy of the book Wise Aging. (Scholarships are available if the price of this group is a barrier.)

Free sample sessions, choose one that works for you, and the date and time of the group will be determined after the sample sessions:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 – 6:30-8:30 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 – 3-5 PM

*Until Austin COVID levels decrease significantly, this group will be meeting virtually. In person protocols will be shared, when the group decides it is ready to meet in person.

Mood & Mindfulness 

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.

Rachel VanScoyoc

Rachel VanScoyoc

JFS Office Manager

O (512) 250-1043
jfs@shalomaustin.org

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