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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Bereavement Care

Coastal Kids Home Care is grateful to welcome Papillon Center for Grief & Transition compassionate services for individuals experiencing loss and transition. 

Losing someone you love is devastating. You may feel overwhelmed and isolated. Friends and family offer support but may not know what to say, or may be experiencing their own grief. In our groups, you will meet others who are experiencing similar emotions and coping in a variety of ways, people who are working to grieve in a healthy, resilient way. Every grief experience is different, but you are not in this alone. 

Adult Drop-in Groups

Designed to meet each person at their unique place in their grief journey, groups include:

  • Early grief adult drop-in 

  • General grief adult drop-in 

  • Transition grief drop-in 

  • Child loss grief support 

  • Pregnancy and infant loss support 


All groups are currently being held online. Please contact Ruth Shapiro, LCSW for information on how to participate at or 800-214-5439.


Children’s Grief and Bereavement

Children’s grief is unique; it continues to change as kids and teens grow and develop.  It needs a voice at all stages so a bereaved child can fully integrate their loss. If your child is experiencing grief and needs immediate help please review the information above and contact our staff at 800-214-5439. Please check back in 2022 to learn more about Good Grief for Kids and Teens groups and activities. 

Madison Rose Memorial Library and Bookstore

As a sustainable community resource for the universal emotion of grief and loss, we offer books for children, youth, and adults that cover all types of loss. Select a book for yourself or a loved one or purchase a card or gift that be of comfort to someone experiencing grief.


Are you a long-time supporter of compassionate grief services in our community? Please consider continuing your support for these valuable services by donating to our Bereavement Care fund through Coastal Kids Home Care. You can be assured that all donations will support grief and bereavement care for children and adults.