Youth Counseling & Support Childhood & Adolescent Wellness

While so much has changed for individuals and families in such a short amount of time, caring for the emotional well-being of local families and teens, ages 12-17, remains our top priority — so we are offering flexible, therapeutic teletherapy for youth and their families.

We have a dedicated team of licensed and pre-licensed clinicians, including marriage and family therapists, social workers, and clinical counselors, that are ready to help. We also have a team of clinicians trained in Disaster Mental Health who are on hand to support the community in times of disaster. We strive to meet every youth where they are to create treatment plans based on an individual’s strengths and needs.

Counseling services are accessible across San Diego County and are available in Spanish.

What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy is the online delivery of therapeutic services in a live video-conferencing format. Teletherapy has been around for many years and is an alternative format for a therapist and client to work together. It can be as effective as in-person therapy, and sometimes has advantages over traditional face-to-face sessions. The sessions are confidential and comply with HIPAA requirements to protect your personal health information.

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Counseling Services For Families & Young Individuals

image of YFS Counseling GuideWhether you are seeking counseling services to overcome a challenge, repair relationships or improve your personal or familial well-being, our trained mental health specialists are here to assist you.

School-Based Counseling

Our school-based counseling programs are a collaborative effort between YFS, communities, schools, and families to ensure our youth’s success.

These programs include the Healthy Start Building Bridges Program at Roosevelt Middle School, Sherman Academy, and Ocean Beach Elementary as well as the TIDES Program at select schools in central San Diego.

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Behavior Consultation

Through phone-based support, we offer families with young children a listening and empathic ear to problem-solve challenges, support in coping with the current stressors, and guidance in understanding your children.

Youth Resiliency Center

We aim to provide an innovative combination of therapeutic support and individualized coaching to youth in foster care/out of home placements who have experienced physical, sexual, financial or emotional harm.

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Oz Intensive Treatment

We have adapted our CARF-accredited Oz San Diego Residential Treatment model to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Oz San Diego provides individualized, strengths-based therapy using a model that simultaneously supports teens and their families.

Families participate in guided family therapy sessions, and teens meet with their therapist individually in teletherapy sessions to encourage growth and healing for the whole family unit.

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The YMCA's Youth and Family Services department offers many different types of counseling services in both English and Spanish, and we are now offering many of these services through teletherapy sessions online. Contact us today, and our friendly staff will help you find the support you're looking for.

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