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Counseling Services

YWCA NENY’s counseling program offers individual and group domestic violence counseling in a confidential setting. We offer support and empowerment groups integrated within the community as well as at our main campus each week.

We also offer economic empowerment counseling, promoting financial independence and self-sufficiency while in a counseling like-private setting. These counselors have specialized training in career readiness, credit counseling, continuing education, workforce development and community resources available to gain income or experience in a desired field. Additionally, YWCA NENY has a professional clothing closet onsite to help you look your best!

Beginning in Fall of 2019, YWCA NENY will be offering counseling for children (with or without a non-offending parent) who have been affected by domestic violence. This violence prevention program aims to prevent child abuse and stop the generational cycle of violence, allowing participants to work with a licensed counselor and participate in a mentorship program.

Please contact our Intake Counselor at 518-374-3394 ext 142 to schedule an appointment or inquire about further information.

Flexible hours available.


Domestic Violence Support Groups

Groups are available for victims (16 years and older) who are abused or have been abused. There is no fee for the groups. Open sessions are held at the YWCA NorthEastern NY. Support groups are also held at our Domestic Violence shelter and at various Community Service agencies such as Bethesda House.

Call 518-374-3394 ext 142 for further information about groups, including current days and times for the open group.


Incarcerated Women’s Program

Provides education and referral to incarcerated women about issues related to domestic violence and other issues of women’s empowerment. The program works with women to increase their knowledge of and access to community resources.


Drug Court Women’s Program

Provides a 10-week Women’s Empowerment group that includes information and education about dynamics of domestic violence, self-esteem, parenting with an abusive partner, self-care, as well as a component from our YES program focusing on financial management and job readiness. Meets weekly with women referred by Drug Court staff.


Women’s Group

YWCA staff co-facilitate the Women’s Group at Bethesda House along the Bethesda Staff and staff from the Planned Parenthood Sexual Assault Support Services program. This group meets on Thursdays from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Bethesda House and covers a wide variety of issues including self-esteem, communication, problem solving, goal setting, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other issues of importance to women.