Counseling & Addiction Services

Counseling & Addiction Services focuses on recovery and healing for people with mental health concerns, physical or social stressors, addiction, and past or current trauma. Through individual and/or group therapy, counselors help to address mental health symptoms, build skills around managing emotions and develop pathways toward resiliency. We assist members of the Jewish community, as well as people in the general community impacted by trauma, poverty and disability.

In light of social distancing precautions due to COVID-19, we have fully transitioned our Counseling Services lines to secure and confidential Zoom accounts so that we can continue to offer remote support and telehealth services for all clients.

Contact us at or (206)-861-3152.


Meet Kelsey Schulman, Mental Health Clinician & Intake Specialist

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Meet the Clinical Team

If our team determines that our services are the best fit for your needs, you will be matched with a therapist based on a variety of factors, including scheduling, openings, skillset, and personality.

  • Shanti Krigel, Addictions Specialist & Mental Health Counselor

    It is my great pleasure to serve as both a therapist and the Addictions Specialist at JFS! I have been a practicing mental health counselor, chemical dependency counselor and dance/ movement therapist for more than 18 years and hold LMHC, CDP and R-DMT licenses.

    I am passionate about helping clients navigate through a wide variety of challenges including trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, domestic violence and addiction. With deep compassion and non-judgmental listening, I hold space for healing and growth to occur. Utilizing EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and other practices, I help my clients find the freedom to live life more fully.

    It is vitally important to me to create an affirming space that includes people of all religions, races, ethnicities, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. It is my honor to stand by your side through this healing journey!

    Shanti Krigel, LMHC, CDP, R-DMT
  • Aliyah Vinikoor, Mental Health Counselor

    I grew up deeply embedded in Seattle’s Jewish community. After many years in New York where I received my MSW and LICSW, I returned in 2015 and began working at JFS shortly thereafter. My social work has been focused on serving survivors—at a teen anti-violence center, homeless shelters and in teen and adult psychotherapy clinics.

    I believe that therapy presents an opportunity to deepen our understanding of patterns and behaviors—and ultimately cultivate more authentic, genuine relationships. I work with individuals to successfully meet life’s challenges, navigate transitions and develop practices to grow into our best selves. From a place of collaboration and warmth, I assist clients to uncover the strengths, clarity and resources needed for lasting change. Some of the approaches I use include: Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, EMDR, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Relational Therapy.

    I customize therapy for each person and provide an affirming environment for clients of all religious, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientations. I especially love working with Jewish clients, teens and young adults, trauma survivors and folks finding themselves at a personal crossroads.

    Aliyah Vinikoor, MSW, LICSW
  • Danica Bornstein, Lead Mental Health Counselor

    I began working with survivors of trauma in 1994 and completed my MSW in 1998. Since then, I’ve worked for many years as a domestic violence advocate, therapist, and somatic practitioner.

    Although I work with clients on many different goals, I have the most experience with and am the most passionate about healing from trauma—including sexual violence, other forms of interpersonal harm, and institutional and historical trauma such as racism and anti-Semitism. I have worked inside both Jewish and LGBTQIA+ communities, and often work with trans and non-binary folks.

    Therapy is a very particular kind of relationship that holds your healing and growth at its heart. In my own practice, I bring a variety of methods with me including: EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy and somatic approaches. I tend to be straightforward, intuitive and (as appropriate) humorous. I grew up in Brooklyn and although I’ve mostly lost my accent, I think it still shows! Supporting people to heal, build resilience and deepen their connections with others is an honor and a joy.

    Danica Bornstein, LICSW
  • Kelsey Schulman, Mental Health Clinician / Clinical Intake Specialist

    I am delighted to serve as the Intake Specialist and a Mental Health Counselor on the team. I received my MSW from University of Washington in 2018 specializing in mental health and have worked in a variety of community mental health and non-profit settings since 2014. I use an eclectic approach that integrates modalities such as DBT, CBT, ACT, Somatics, and Mindfulness to address the various challenges that clients face throughout their lifespan. I am most passionate about working with young adults and the LGBTQIA community, specifically with queer and trans folks.

    I believe that therapy is a co-created space where healing takes place. I use a clinical approach that is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered to support you in building the life you wish to live. I approach each client with warmth and positive regard as we work together to challenge patterns that are no longer serving you. Through an anti-racist lens, I offer a space to explore life’s up’s and downs through building on each person’s inherent resilience’s and resources to create lasting change. I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationships issues, ADHD, and trauma. I am experienced in working with people from a diverse religious, ethnic, racial, socioeconomic backgrounds and clients from all sexual orientations and gender identities.

    Kelsey Schulman, MSW, LICSW-A

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I pick my therapist?

    If our team determines that our services are the best fit for your needs, you will be matched with a therapist based on a variety of factors, including scheduling, openings, skillset, and personality.

  • What ages do you work with?

    We have five clinicians on staff who provide individual therapy to patients ages 13+.

  • What insurance do you take? How does the sliding scale work?
    • We accept the following insurance: Regence, Kaiser Permanente PPO, Premera, Lifewise, First Choice PPO, and Molina (Medicaid).
    • Sliding scale rates are calculated based on your gross annual income and household size, and ranges from $36-$120 an hour. You can make payments with cash, credit card or check.
    • We do our best to work with each family and client who would benefit from our services so cost is not a barrier.
  • What should I expect from a typical counseling session at JFS?

    Because of COVID-19, our 50-minute weekly counseling sessions are occurring online through a confidential and remote telehealth platform. Our counselors are available Monday through Friday. We look forward to providing in-person counseling services at our Capitol Hill office again, once it is deemed safe to do so.

  • I’m interested. How do I get started? 

    Thanks for your interest! The first step is our intake process, where our Intake Specialist will go over some initial questions with you. There are two ways to start the counseling intake process:

    • Filling out our online form.
    • Calling and leaving a message at (206) 861-3152.

    To leave a voicemail message:

    Call the intake line directly at (206) 861-3152, and include the following information: name, phone number, email address, age of prospective client, preferred method of contact, relationship to prospective client, preferred day/time for counseling, and if it is safe to leave a message. After you get in touch with us, our Intake Specialist will follow up with you directly within two business days to schedule an intake phone call. Please note that if you are calling about counseling for a person age 13+, our Intake Specialist will need to speak separately with that person during the intake process.

  • What services are included with treatment at JFS?

    You and your therapist will decide on the tools and techniques most appropriate to meet your needs. All of our services come from building a trusting relationship with the client, including but not limited to: Addiction, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Psychodynamic, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

  • What is the duration of treatment at JFS?

    Our counseling program (currently online only) typically operates on a time-limited model, with once-weekly sessions. If you have any questions about duration, you may discuss this with the Intake Specialist during the intake process.

  • Are you open on weekends?

    We are not open on weekends. We offer our services Monday through Friday, with later appointments available on occasion.

  • How do I connect a friend or family member to JFS counseling?

    We’re so glad you’re helping a loved one connect to us! This looks different depending on who you’d like to help connect with us:

    • If your loved one is an adult, you can give them our direct line (206-861-3152) or email so they can reach out to us directly.
    • If your loved one is a teen or young adult ages 13+, you can support them by discussing counseling with them and calling or emailing on their behalf. Teens are also always welcome to contact us themselves if they feel comfortable! Please do note that we cannot enroll a teen in therapy without their consent, and we do require a private intake session with your teen prior to enrolling them in therapy.
  • Can I see a therapist for a same-day/walk-in appointment?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer same-day or walk-in appointments since we have an intake process that we must adhere to. Once you get in touch with us through one of the methods above, we will do our best to see you as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Do you work with people in crisis/emergency situations?

    Unfortunately, Jewish Family Service is not equipped to respond to crisis situations. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact Crisis Connections at (206) 461-3222. If it is an emergency, please contact 9-1-1, or go to your nearest emergency room.


More Information

  • Addiction Services

    Addiction services at JFS are designed specifically to increase awareness, expand understanding and offer a culturally sensitive therapeutic response to addiction within the Jewish community. Services include:

    • Navigation support to help people find inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment.
    • Additional support for those currently undergoing intensive outpatient treatment.
    • Sobriety maintenance.
    • Harm reduction that focuses on safety, support and motivational interviewing to help people still engaging in behaviors think through their experiences and goals on a path to change.
    • Exploration of underlying issues, like trauma, that may be driving behaviors.
    • Family support counseling that includes education and tools to be effective when a loved one is struggling with addiction.
  • Individual Counseling

    We provide up to six months of individual counseling for people age 13 and older. We will partner with you to create a tailored treatment plan, carefully identifying and addressing your goals.

    Our counselors, including an addiction specialist, have training in a variety of therapeutic methods, such as Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). You and your therapist will decide on the tools and techniques most appropriate to meet your needs.

  • Group Counseling
    Peers often learn as much, or even more, from each other as they do from professionals. This concept of community learning and social support is central to our philosophy. We offer groups focused on building skills around stress-reduction, trauma-coping, mindfulness and interpersonal connection.
  • Paying for Counseling

    We offer sliding-scale rates for self-pay clients and are in-network with the following insurance providers:

    • Regence
    • Kaiser Permanente PPO (formerly Group Health PPO)
    • Premera
    • Lifewise
    • First Choice PPO
    • Molina (Medicaid)
  • Community Outreach
    Invite us to come speak with your school, organization or company about topics surrounding mental health. Our goal is to help expand community awareness and compassion about addiction, domestic violence and mental health concerns. We offer a personalized approach to education and therapeutic support through partnering with communities (both Jewish and beyond) on tailored groups, workshops and trainings (all virtual for the moment due to COVID-19).

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