CST provides FREE mental health and social services to refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered torture and trauma before fleeing their countries. With free mental health treatment from licensed professionals, survivors can overcome the devastating effects of torture and trauma to live healthy, productive lives. CST’s free counseling and social services programs help survivors heal from the impact of torture and trauma so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

Mission Statement: The Center for Survivors of Torture exists to facilitate healing, ease transition into new beginnings, and foster hope in survivors of torture, by providing specialized services addressing their comprehensive psychological, medical, and social needs; generating legal referrals; providing training opportunities for state-of-the-art professional service delivery; and collecting outcome measurements.
Vision Statement: As an accomplished first-responder to addressing the mental health needs of survivors of torture, and as a committed cohort of experts dedicated to survivors’ longer-term psychological care, the Center for Survivors of Torture will have an earned reputation as a collaborative partner in Texas and Oklahoma communities, specifically, and South Central U.S., generally.
Values: Integrity, Compassion, Making a difference

CST is able to provide services in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. To make a referral for any location, please call (512)358-4612
Dallas Office:
4102 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Austin Office:
9415 Burnet Road Suite 201
Austin, TX 78758
San Antonio Satellite Office:
Our Lady of the Lake University at Community Counseling Service
Holy Cross Center Family Health Pavilion
590 N. General McMullen, Suite 3
San Antonio, Texas 78228

Affiliations and Funding

What are CST’s Accreditations and Affiliations?

  • Accredited by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Treatment (IRCT) since 1997
  • Founding member, National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP).
  • Ad hoc Mental Health Committee of the Texas Consortium of Refugee Program (T-CORP)
  • Member, Physicians for Human Rights
  • How is CST Funded?

  • Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • LINK Foundation
  • Meadows Foundation
  • Junior League of Austin
  • Shield-Ayres Foundation
  • Hammill Foundation
  • Rees-Jones Foundation
  • Frucella Foundation
  • KCL Foundation
  • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
  • Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS)
  • Individual Donors

  • Hear how CST made a difference to Suresh


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