Our Mission

Meeting the unique needs of medically fragile children in the comfort of their home.

Kids + Teens Counseling

Is counseling right for your child?

Today, more than ever, children are experiencing anxiety and other mental health issues that affect their daily lives. For parents, learning to address their child’s complex emotions and behaviors can be confusing. Coastal Kids Home Care is here to help. At Coastal Kids Home Care, our counseling team believes that mental health plays a critical role in the overall well-being of children. We coordinate closely with physicians, parents and children to develop individualized goals of care. Together we identify the type of therapy most appropriate for your child’s situation and work in partnership with you to respond to their needs.


What is our approach?

  • Each family will participate in a thorough intake which will determine their eligibility for services.
  • If counseling is recommended, a child will be assigned to a therapist with the appropriate background to address their needs.
  • Therapists will work to build rapport with the child, often this takes three to four meetings, while also working with the parent to create an at-home plan of care.
  • Therapeutic approaches may include: cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy or expressive arts therapies.

Who are our therapists?

  • Pediatric therapy staff includes licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists and associates. Bilingual therapy is available.
  • Therapists will meet with children in our therapy office. Under certain circumstances, therapists can also meet with your child at school, in the home, or via Telehealth.

Who are the children we serve?

  • Children ages 5 – 21 who have mild to moderate mental health needs that would benefit from one on one counseling.
  • Diagnoses may include: anxiety, depression, body image/self-esteem issues, gender identity issues, learning differences, social skills challenges, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, complex health issues or terminal illness and grief or bereavement.


  • Services are available to children with mild to moderate mental health needs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito County.
  • Parents who believe their child has a mild to moderate mental health need can self refer by calling Coastal Kids Home Care at 1-800-214-5439.
  • Coastal Kids Home Care accepts state and private medical insurance. Benefits available to each child may vary.

Call 1-800-214-5439 to learn more about how Counseling Services can make a difference in the life of your family.

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Scheduling Your First Appointment

Director of Palliative Care and Bereavement, Ruth Emerson, LCSW, is the first point of contact for all new families interested in coming to Coastal Kids Home Care. If you decide to move forward with services, she will help set up your first appointment, match you with the best available specialist for your child and guide you through the process. When you call or email, you will receive a response within 48 business hours.

Scheduling Your Returning Appointment

After your initial intake appointment, future, follow up or returning appointments can be scheduled directly with your clinician.



Although our therapists agree that in-person counseling is most effective, we understand there can be barriers to in-home counseling or in-office counseling.  In an attempt to care for everyone who need counseling, we offer Telehealth for certain circumstances.  We are happy to discuss these circumstances with you, please give us a call.


Cancellations / Rescheduling

We request a 24 hour cancellation and will reschedule your appointment.  Although there is no cancellation fee, two “no-shows” will result in loss of counseling spot.  There is a high demand for pediatric speciality counseling and we utilize the availability we have for those who work with our policies.  We understand that cancellations and reschedules happen, so as long at you are following the 24hr cancellation policy, services can continue uninterrupted.



Contact us today to schedule an appointment. A Coastal Kids’ staff member will listen to your concerns and match you with the best available specialist for your child. We are here to support you and your family with the option of virtual appointments.



?Phone: 800-214-5439


⚠️Crisis Resources for immediate help


Crisis Resources

  • Dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care
  • Santa Clara Crisis/Suicide Line: 855-278-4204
  • Crisis Text Line: 800-273-8255 or Text BAY to 741741 (Anyone can send a message! Kids, teens and adults.)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255