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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What ages do you work with?

    We have six clinicians on staff who provide individual therapy to patients ages 7+.

  • 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 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) operates on a time-limited model. 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.
    • If your loved one is a child, please contact our direct line (206-861-3152) or email to set up an intake.
  • 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 7 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.
  • Child & Youth Counseling
    We specialize in services for children and youth, ages 7 to 17, who have been impacted by domestic violence or other trauma. Our goal is to help children and youth reclaim some control and be the expert in the own experience.
  • 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 at 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.

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