Counseling

Vashon Youth and Family Services Behavioral Health is a comprehensive program providing a wide array of services to King County residents.  The goal of our counseling program is to increase stability and coping skills for individuals, families, youth and children. We address emotional challenges, behavioral problems, anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts and threats, school problems, peer difficulties, trauma recovery, family conflict, self-esteem issues, abuse issues and other behavioral health issues.

Counseling techniques vary according to client needs and abilities.  Only approaches recognized by the larger mental health community (e.g. American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Society of Addiction Medicine, etc.)  or approaches that are evidence-based will be used. Your treatment may include psychoeducation, case management services, group therapy, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, play therapy, art therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and medication monitoring.

All staff providing direct services are registered, certified, or licensed with the State of Washington.  Counseling can be provided at the agency, schools, client homes, or other agreed on locations.  Referrals, crisis intervention and advocacy with other service systems are provided as needed. Counseling fees may be covered by private insurance, Medicaid, or sliding scale payments.

For a long time, the only thing I had to look forward to was a weekly appointment with my counselor at VYFS. Today I got a job offer. I’ve been out of work for a year and a half., and I couldn’t have done it without you and your services.
— VYFS Client

Meet Our Behavioral Health Staff