Our Mission

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

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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Kids + Teens + Adults Grief/Bereavement Support

Have you seen this flyer around? Looking for some more information on counseling for your child?

Then you are in the right spot!

Bereavement Care

Coastal Kids Home Care is grateful to welcome Papillon Center for Loss & 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 


Children’s + Teens 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. Good Grief for Kids and Teens groups and activities will offer a developmentally appropriate space to meet them where they are in their grief journey and help them connect to other kids who are also on that journey.


Madison Rose Memorial Library

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. Come pick out a book for yourself or a loved one, sit and read it with one of our staff members or take it with you and read at home. Visit our library at:

427 Pajaro Street

Salinas, CA 93901

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



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.