Youth Services


Our treatment services for youth are both Court and San Mateo County Probation approved. Services are provided in a welcoming and stimulating learning environment that engages youth. Counseling services are developmentally appropriate and are individualized to the unique needs of youth. We address needs in multiple areas: substance use, mental health, school performance and connectedness, legal issues, and family and peer/social relationships. We are a 12 step model program and incorporate youth development practices that empower youth, build self-esteem, and produce successful outcomes.

Primary Treatment
Treatment services are all outpatient and include psycho educational groups and individual counseling sessions. Services are provided by our team of caring professionals who have been trained in youth development practices which are age appropriate and target specific developmental needs. Treatment goals are defined by the youth working together with a counselor and are specific to their personal needs. Our youth development and 12 step models incorporate evidence-based practices that research shows work.
Parent Educations groups are offered monthly, providing support and education for parents. Some of the topics include: substance abuse and dependence, recovery, and how to be supportive of their child in treatment while practicing self care. Therapy services help families restructure, develop healthy boundaries, and how to communicate in ways that are respectful and effective.

Continuing Care
This phase of treatment allows youth to continue to build support and to sustain ongoing recovery. We offer opportunities for youth to become involved in positive activities that build on their skill set and help to prepare them for young adulthood.

Anger Management
Youth Anger Management is a 12-16 week program designed specifically for youth. We use the Anderson & Anderson workbook, which has been proven to be effective and meets the requirements for Court-ordered anger management services. Youth are assessed for specific skill sets at intake and this provides an individualized guide while attending treatment.
Upon completion, youth will be able to identify their own feelings and will be able to communicate those feelings to others, they will have more understanding of how others are feeling and how to appropriately respond in a way that achieves more positive outcomes. Youth will be able to recognize signs of anger and stress; they will learn appropriate ways of expressing anger, be able to identify factors that contribute to stress, and will have developed coping skills to reduce stress. The workbook is theirs to take with them for future reference when they experience warning signs and before anger becomes a problem.