Adolescent Counseling Services

About Adolescent Counseling Services

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) exists to support the well-being 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. In the 2014-2015 school year, ACS has served over 10,000 individuals with direct services and education. ounded 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.


Community Based Researcher

July 2018 - September 2018 Redwood City, CA
“This was my first ever research project. I enjoyed getting my feet wet in research. Initially I was apprehensive about working mostly with youth but I cam around to enjoy data collection, the interviewing processes, and field-note taking.”
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