School Mental Health Centers (SMHCs) are school-based therapy programs that operate in 17 campuses throughout Central Texas. A collaboration between Seton Healthcare Family, AISD Comprehensive Health Services, Austin Travis County Integral Care and Vida Clinic, SMHCs offer accessible, person-centered, culturally-inclusive, confidential, evidence-based mental health services and assessment to children and their families.

Each School Mental Health Center is staffed with at least one full-time licensed therapist. With parental consent, all students are welcome to utilize the services offered through the SMHCs. Therapy sessions or related support are conveniently held at the student’s school, and just like a therapist’s office in the community, SMHC services are billed to a student’s insurance. In the event that a child or family is uninsured, accommodations can be made. The school-based therapy program is open and accessible to all students. No family will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

Services Provided

SMHCs offer the following services:

  • Clinical assessment
  • Ongoing individual therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Access to psychiatry
  • Crisis support
  • Consultation and collaboration with school staff and community providers

Although therapists typically work during normal business hours, they do have some flexibility to accommodate parent schedules. SMHCs are open year-round, including the spring, summer and winter breaks.

Arranging for Services

If you’d like to coordinate mental health service or support for your son or daughter, you can talk with your child’s counselor, school nurse or administrator for a therapist referral. You will be provided with a SMHC intake application, which you’ll need to complete. You can also contact the SMHC therapist at your child’s school for more information.

SMHC Locations & Providers

Austin High School
Susan Thomas, LPC

Bedicheck Middle School
Sergio Barrios, LCSW*

Burnet Middle School
Stacey Metoyer, LPC

Dobie Middle School
Donna Trahan, LCSW

Eastside Memorial/International High School
Israel Espinoza, LPC*

Fulmore Middle School
Kelly Mathabela, LCSW

Garcia YMLA
Jeffery Healey, LPC*

Lanier High School
Che Trillo, LCSW*

LBJ/ LASA High School
Susan Palacios, LPC

Martin Middle School
Kathryn Austin, LPC*

McCallum High School
Karen McGarity, LPC, AT, BCAT

Reagan High School

Sadler Means YWLA
Susan Wondra, LPC

Travis High School

*Bilingual Therapist