Pro Bono Counseling

For All Ages

For YMCA of Austin Members of All Ages

YMCA of Austin’s Pro-Bono Counseling Program is dedicated to helping individuals, couples and families find their way through mental health, family, and social issues. Since 2009, hundreds of individuals, couples and parents have taken advantage of the counseling program. We offer two free sessions per Y member, and then paid sessions are available on an income-based sliding fee scale. Counseling sessions are offered by tele-health as well as in-person sessions. In-person sessions are only offered at the Townlake YMCA at this time.

About Our Counselors

Our licensed counselors have a range of backgrounds and expertise to meet your individual needs. Whether you seek individual, couple, family, or trauma counseling, YMCA of Austin’s pro bono counselors offer sincere, committed and patient support. Expect to enter a collaborative conversation focused on healing and help.

Elizabeth O’Brien

LPC-S – Individual Counseling

My practice is based on the person-centered model of the late psychotherapist Carl Rogers, who espoused the Humanistic philosophy of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for the client. I meet clients where they are and join them in their self-exploration and in embracing personal responsibility. I also do some life-coaching for appropriate clients. 

Sees individuals only.

Shannon R. Aycock


Shannon and her family are longtime members and supporters of the YMCA. As a new Mom nearly 13 years ago, Shannon began bringing her little ones to the Y for socialization and her own mental and physical well-being. Today, Shannon brings her experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate along with many years honing her practice in the “art and joy” of living and parenting mindfully.

Personal Office:
8133 Mesa Drive, #104
Austin, Texas 78759

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Kristina Yarbrough

LMFT – Individual, Family and Child Counseling

Kristina Yarbrough is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT) in Austin. She has over a decade of experience providing counseling services to individuals, families, children and communities, in the United States and in Mexico. Kristina is collaborative and solution-focused. Please contact Kristina for individual, family, and/or child therapy, or for more information on Family and Community Workshops. Kristina is fluent Spanish, and is happy to provide counseling services to Spanish-speakers.

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