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Adolescent Counseling Services

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Adolescent Counseling Services

Provides on-campus counseling, information and referral for youth and their families.


Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) exists to support the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. ACS” network of skilled family therapists and professionally-led support groups are resources that youth and their families can rely on time and again for help with life’s challenges, be they big or small. Founded in 1975, ACS currently implements four core programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo County communities: the On-Campus Counseling Program, providing bilingual on-site individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, mental health education, and support at no cost to students/families attending nine middle and high schools; the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program, a State-certified outpatient facility providing treatment to teens and families struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse, as well as community prevention education; the Community Counseling Program, providing outpatient mental health assessment, treatment and education for teens and their families in the general community and at local Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula; and Outlet, serving Bay Area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) teens and supportive allies with support group counseling, leadership training, and education in both Spanish and English. ACS provides Silicon Valley youth with direct and timely access to – often life-saving – professional mental health services, support, and treatment. Over the past 40 years, the agency has served hundreds of thousands of children and their family members, primarily exceeding all measurable objectives. Youth in our programs ended their use of drugs and alcohol, increased their grades, decreased their feelings of stress, depression and isolation, and increased their psycho-social functioning.


Public Transit:

VTA stops within 1 block of outpatient adolescent substance abuse program.
643 Bair Island Road, Suite 301, Redwood City, CA 94063 37.4969033 -122.2251628 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Wheelchair


Adolescent Counseling Services

Service Description:

Adolescent Counseling Services empowers youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities.


No fee for on-campus counseling program. Some private insurance accepted for Substance Abuse Treatment Program (described separately). Both out-patient programs have a sliding scale based on ability to pay and fees are set with individucal clients/families during the assessment. We do not turn anyone away for the inability to pay.


At-risk youth age 12-18 and their families


Age 12-18

How to Apply:

Apply by phone

Service Wait Estimate:

No wait for on-campus and substance abuse programs and after-school counseling program.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County