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


All youth are emotionally healthy, empowered with the tools and knowledge to face life’s challenges.


Diversity, integrity, respect, and highest professional standard.

Who We Serve

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.

In the 2014-2015 school year, ACS has served over 10,000 individuals with direct services and education.


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.