Working to Promote Emotional Well-being
COVID-19 Update: We are here for you
During this challenging time when many may be experiencing feelings of anxiousness, loneliness, or helplessness as we shelter in place, the AVCS staff and clinicians care, and are here for you. Telehealth counseling services are now available and enable AVCS to better support our clients and community. Studies have shown that telehealth can be as effective as in-person therapy, and it is definitely a safer method at this time. As well, those who have participated in telehealth have often found it more convenient and find they have to cancel their sessions less often. 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 Santa Clara county crisis line at (855) 278-4204 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
Who seeks counseling?
On a daily basis we talk to people who are hurting emotionally – whose lives have been disrupted by the overwhelming stress of dealing with everyday issues. They call because they are grieving over the death of a loved one, or the end of their marriage. They can’t understand why they are making the choices they do, but recognize that they are unhealthy and they need to learn new ways of coping. They’ve been a victim of abuse and are in need of healing emotionally. They are dealing with cancer or other life threatening illnesses. They are lonely, isolated, lacking in self-esteem, socially awkward, being bullied. They are parents dealing with stress over money concerns, children, aging parents and a changing relationship with their spouse. They are your neighbors, your friends, your siblings, your parents, you.
We are here. And we will help.
Clinic Counseling Services
AVCS provides affordable services to children, adolescents, individual, couples and families. Services are provided by our therapist associates and trainees, supervised by a licensed LMFT, LCSW or LPCC.
We provide a safe & supportive environment for victims of domestic violence. Therefore, we are unable to serve clients with a history of violence or assault. However, we can work to refer them to an appropriate resource for assistance.
AVCS is a Victim Witness Compensation Program provider, serving victims of and/or witnesses to a violent crime, who are seeking mental health counseling.
What to Expect
Our intake process is a 30 minute professional clinical interview and is conducted over the phone. During the initial call, the Intake Coordinator will assess your needs and describe the services we offer that can help. You will be asked for a brief history of the problem, how it’s currently impacting your life, and what you hope to gain from counseling. You may also be asked about any history or current use of self-medication with drugs or alcohol, formal mental health diagnoses or medical conditions impacting mental health, and prescription medications currently being used to treat your condition(s). Please be sure to include any information you feel will help us understand you better and may be relevant to your treatment.
If you and the Intake Coordinator agree that our services are appropriate a fee will be established according to our sliding scale and appointment possibilities will be discussed. Your assigned counselor will contact you to set up your first appointment date and provide you with his/her voicemail number.
If you provided an e-mail address the initial paperwork may be sent electronically for you to print and fill out before your first appointment. Otherwise, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out our agreement paperwork.
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6529 Crown Blvd., Suite D
San Jose, CA 95120