We all experience life’s challenges, but without the resources to cope, struggles can become catastrophic. That’s where StarVista can help. For more than 50 years we’ve been empowering people of every age and life stage in San Mateo County with innovative, proven programs that enable prevention, change, and perseverance. We help tens of thousands of people in our community each year through over 30 counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and outreach programs. We believe that everyone has the power to change their life.
Court-mandated education and counseling for adults convicted of domestic violence offenses, drug use or possession, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Participants learn about addiction, anger management, stress management, and communication, as well as the legal and social consequences of their actions.
Download a program flyer: Archway
Intensive outpatient treatment program focused on helping formerly incarcerated alcohol and drug offenders end the cycle of substance abuse and crime. Spearheaded by the Superior Court of San Mateo County, this countywide collaborative program was created in 1999 to make a difference in the lives of addicted offenders who had given up hope of changing their circumstances.
Linda Malone, MA
Download a program flyer: Bridges
CHILD AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (CFRC)
Clinical services for children and families in San Mateo County’s most vulnerable communities. StarVista places a therapist in a K-5 or K-8 school in the Pacifica, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Bruno, San Mateo Foster City, and East Palo Alto Ravenswood school districts. We collaborate closely with school administrators and educators to identify students who would benefit from therapeutic services.
Ana Paula Garay, M.A.
Download a program flyer: Child and Family Resource Center (CFRC)
CHILD AND PARENT SERVICES
StarVista’s Child and Parent Services (CAPS) is available to any family with a child 0-18. The focus of the program is reducing caregiver stress through a strength-based and short-term approach. Services are available in the family’s home or in their community.
Download a program flyer: Child and Parent Services (CAPS)
Breaking the cycle of addiction through education and counseling. We teach children of addicted parents about drug and alcohol dependency and help them learn healthy coping and safety skills, build their self-esteem, and realize they are not alone.
Merle Saber, MFT, LPCC
Download a program flyer: Children’s Place
Affordable counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, and families, covering relationship issues, behavioral concerns, depression/anxiety, life transitions, peer conflicts, homework stress, self-esteem, and more. Clients learn new coping strategies, change negative patterns, and improve parenting skills.
Nancy Fang, Psy.D.
(650) 591-1718 ext 119
INTAKE: (650) 355-8787
Download a program flyer: Counseling Center
Provides education and crisis intervention services for schools, 24-hour suicide crisis hotline, online teen support and chatroom, alcohol and drug helpline, and parent support hotline.
HOTLINE: (650) 579-0350
Download a program flyer: Crisis Center
Home visiting and case management service for families that have been reported to Child Protective Services and evaluated as low-risk. Case managers help link families to resource centers, in-home therapy, and other services in schools and the community.
Maria Young, MA, Registered Associate Family and Marriage Therapist
Download a program flyer: Differential Response
Helping offenders comply with local court, state system, and DMV mandates in Pacifica, South San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and San Bruno. Services include individual and group counseling and education, with daytime, evening, and weekend groups available through first offender and multiple offender programs.
Download a program flyer: DUI Services
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY TEAM
Community outreach, mental health consultation, and parent-child counseling services for pregnant mothers and families with young children, helping parents and care providers identify, understand, and effectively respond to the socialemotional needs of their children and students.
Cortney Richardson, MSW, LCSW
Download program flyer: Early Childhood Community Team
EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATION
Strengthens the social-emotional development and school readiness of our community’s high-risk children from birth to age five, and supports low-income families and caregivers by providing mental health consultation, early intervention services, direct clinical services, and support for parents and caregivers on-site at subsidized childcare centers.
Download a program flyer: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
FIRST CHANCE OUTPATIENT SERVICES
Substance abuse treatment program for non-violent, simple drug possession offenders that offers an alternative to incarceration, as dictated by California Proposition 36. Participants learn about anger management, domestic violence, mental health, and parenting, and receive case management, individual and group counseling, follow-up support and resource referrals.
FIRST CHANCE SOBERING STATION
This 24-hour program serves as an alternative to jail for persons arrested for driving under the influence or public intoxication. Services include housing during the period of inebriation, substance abuse assessment, referral services, and extended case management.
FOSTER YOUTH EDUCATION ENRICHMENT SERVICES
One-on-one, strength-based counseling, support, and enrichment services promote academic achievement for foster youth from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Melissa Guariglia, PsyD
Download a program flyer: Foster Youth Education Enrichment Services
GIRLS/ CAMP KEMP
Intensive court-mandated program provides assessment, counseling, and case management services for incarcerated girls aged 13-18. Our goals are to improve these young women’s psychological well-being, physical health, emotional stability, family/social interactions, occupational readiness, and intellectual growth.
Catarina Juan Simon, Psy.D.
Download a program flyer: GIRLS
HEALTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM-YOUTH (HAP-Y)
HAP-Y seeks to train youth aged 16-24 to become health ambassadors. Training covers common challenges in mental wellness, learning the signs and risks of suicide, suicide prevention, and how to access mental health services.
Healthy Homes strives to prevent child abuse and neglect, enhance the parent-child relationship, and reduce the impact of risk factors such as domestic violence, trauma, poverty, immigration, food insecurity, substance abuse, mental illness, and language barriers, among others. This program serves families with children ages 0-5.
The following program highlights are free of charge to families and available in English or Spanish:
Home based family partner support services, mental health services for children and their caregivers, parent support groups, and parent-child activity groups.
Karol J. Markowitz
Program Manager Clinical Services
Download a program flyer: Healthy Homes
Is a drug and alcohol recovery program that empowers youth to take responsibility and facilitate positive, lasting change for themselves and their families. Through case management and individual, group, and family counseling, participants learn about anger management, relationships, mental health, communicating with parents, and more.
Download a program flyer: Insights
Offers individual, group, and case management services for youth currently incarcerated at Hillcrest Detention Facility in San Mateo County, and aftercare case management services for youth that have been released on probation.
Catarina Juan Simon, Psy.D.
Download a program flyer: Institutions
The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project groups are provided to young people in our community that are working to overcome life challenges by improving on self-awareness, emotional well-being, and reducing substance use. The groups are FREE of charge. Age requirement: 15-25 (Groups are split based on the age of the participants.)
Alexi Arvanitidis, LMFT
Download a program flyer: The Mindfulness Project
NORTH COUNTY OUTREACH COLLABORATIVE
This partnership between StarVista, Healthright 360, Pacifica Resource Center, Daly City Partnership, and the Daly City Youth Center aims to give families residing in the north county access to valuable resources. We focus on providing community event outreach, assisting with insurance enrollment, educating families about psychology, and conducting family needs assessments.
Download a program flyer: North County Outreach Collaborative
SAN MATEO COUNTY PRIDE CENTER
Intensive support services for individuals and families in the LGBTQ+ community. The Center is a program of StarVista in partnership with Peninsula Family Service and Outlet of Adolescent Counseling Services, and in collaboration with San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
SCHOOL-BASED COUNSELING SERVICES
Mental health services for students in over 35 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout San Mateo County. Services include assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, family therapy, and consultation with parents, teachers, and other school staff. The goal of this program is to help students improve aspects of their lives that may enhance their school performance and increase learning engagement.
Hazel Benigno, PsyD
Download a program flyer: School-Based Counseling Services
STRENGTHEN OUR YOUTH (SOY)
Offers professional counseling, education, and prevention services to students and families in five schools throughout northern San Mateo County.
Ana Paula Garay, M.A.
Download a program flyer: Strengthen Our Youth (SOY)
Housing or rental assistance and comprehensive supportive case management services for qualified former foster care and probation youth aged 18-24. Youth participating in this program are required to work and/or go to school while learning independent living skills.
Download a program flyer: Transitional Housing Youth Services
WOMEN’S ENRICHMENT CENTER
Intensive day treatment program for women diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health issues. Clients attend five-hour classes five days a week, learning about addiction and mental health while managing housing, occupational, finance, parenting, medical, and dental issues.
Nancy Quiggle, PhD
Download a program flyer: Women’s Enrichment Center
YOUR HOUSE SOUTH
24-hour emergency and temporary housing for runaway and homeless youth. Youth participate in a structured program that includes individual, family, and group counseling, with the goal of reuniting them with their families.
Download a program flyer: Your House South
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Promotes and advocates healthy youth development in the community. High school students learn about health and wellness, leadership opportunities, and resiliency, and can train to become peer mentors.
Peter Ehrhorn, LMFT
Download a program flyer: Youth Development Initiative