AUSTIN -- The YWCA of Greater Austin is offering free therapy services in the wake of four recent bombings in the Austin area.

Beginning last week, YWCA's therapists and interns provided crisis support at East Austin College Prep and will continue to be available as needed. According to a press release issued by YWCA, staff members will remain available to offer free therapy services for staff, students, neighborhoods or families who feel the need for ongoing therapy to deal with loss or shock.

“The YWCA Greater Austin stands in unity with the teachers, staff, families of East Austin College Prep, and the community-at-large as we battle through the senseless death of a 17-year-old as a result of intentional violence,” stated Executive Director Ángela-Jo Touza-Medina.

The YWCA will be also be offering several free support groups for those who feel it would be helpful by joining discussion with others impacted by these events.

“Events like the recent bombings in our community often trigger fear and uncertainty. They can also re-traumatize individuals that have lived violent experiences in their past,” said YWCA Clinical Director Laura Gomez-Horton, LCSW.

These groups will be available on March 20 at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and on March 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Those looking for individual and/or family services are asked to call 512-326-1222 and selecting option 2. Evening and daytime appointments are available Monday through Saturday. English and Spanish services are available, as well as other languages as necessary.

The YWCA added that the topic of this March’s monthly dialogue on Issues of Racism and Discrimination scheduled for Friday at 12:30 p.m. has been changed to “A (divided) community unified for safety?”

Monthly dialogues are held at 2015 S IH-35, Ste. 110 in Austin, and are free and open to all people.

“YWCA Greater Austin is available to address community trauma and inequity as needed. This has been our role for 111 years. We are not new to this work, we are true to it,” said Touza-Medina.

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