Working to Promote Emotional Well-Being


Working to Promote Emotional Well-Being

Almaden Valley Counseling Service-Providing Access to Affordable Mental Healthcare to Everyone

Almaden Valley Counseling Service (AVCS) envisions a community where everyone has access to affordable mental health counseling. AVCS is a community-based non-profit counseling agency committed to meeting the mental health concerns of all ages with an emphasis on youth. AVCS offers a full range of counseling services which support and promote personal growth, positive family relationships and emotional well-being.

Chartered in 1980, Almaden Valley Counseling Service has been serving the mental health needs of the Santa Clara County community for over 40 years.

Coping with Winter Illnesses: We are here for you

As of November 1st, 2023, Santa Clara County has mandated the use of facemasks in patient care areas of healthcare facilities during the winter respiratory virus period.  .Although COVID-19 and RSV are ongoing concerns, our world has discovered ways to continue most of our previous activities.  Here at AVCS we  offer in-person services, both in Counseling on Campus and in our outpatient clinic.  We have incorporated CDC guidelines so that our clients can come into our clinic as safely as possible.  As well, we still offer our counseling services via telehealth, since some of our clients have expressed that preference.

The Covid19 pandemic has created some long-lasting effects within our community.  Many people still continue experiencing feelings of depression, anxiousness, loneliness, or helplessness.  The need for our services has increased over the years, and you are not alone if you or a loved one are experiencing emotional suffering. The AVCS staff and clinicians care and are here for you. Please give us a call to learn how we can help. We offer affordable services.

AVCS is not equipped to respond to medical emergencies or severe mental health crises. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you have a mental health crisis, please call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

AVCS has meant a great deal to our family and continues to have an impact on us. As a young family we used your services and now our grown daughter and her children have been in for counseling. It is clear that you truly want families to be their best. – Former Client

Our mission is to provide access to affordable mental health counseling to everyone.

Our Programs


Counseling Services

Short and long-term counseling for children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, and families. Fees are based on a sliding scale and are determined by income.


Counselors on Campus

Counselors conduct outreach and intervention on school campuses, providing regularly scheduled and emergency services to 40 South San Jose schools.


Cooperative Parenting And Divorce Classes

How to Parent as a Team when you are No Longer a Couple! See “Co-Parenting & Divorce” for the latest information.


Parenting Classes

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes are offered quarterly. See “Parenting Classes” for the latest information.


Associate/Trainee Training Program

Almaden Valley Counseling Service provides employment for associates and trainees completing or having completed master’s level clinical counseling programs. Supervision is conducted by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. 20 or more hours per week are required.

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