Helping children and families meet their highest potential since 1963



Oakes Children’s Center delivers a variety of mental health services at 20 public elementary, middle, and high school sites in San Francisco. Qualified therapists meet with students on-site for individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and consultation support for educational staff. The goal of this program is to serve children with mental health issues during the day in their schools in order to improve their access to and participation in the school environment. For more information on our partnership program, please contact our Partnership Director, Stacy Elliot, LMFT, at 


Our clinicians provide mental health services, including individual, group, and family therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments, to youth and families within the community. We strive to create collaborative therapeutic relationships whether engaging in therapy or completing an assessment. We frequently see patients and their families at our clinic in Bernal Heights. However, we also provide at-school and community-based therapeutic services through our mobile outreach program. If you are interested in outpatient therapeutic services, please contact our Director of Clinical and Training Programs, Dr Holly Oswald, PsyD, at


Oakes Children’s Center is proud to provide clinical training to developing Clinical Psychologists. Our program includes an APA-accredited doctoral internship program (#002272), advanced practicum placements, and post-doctoral clinical positions.

Trainees and interns learn to provide high-quality, depth-oriented, evidenced-based treatment through varied perspectives. We believe that diversity enriches and deepens our work with youth and their families. Actively cultivating a quality of attention supports and defines our approach to therapeutic work in a community-based mental health setting.  For more information on our Clinical Training Program and for application deadlines, please see links above.  


Oakes has temporarily suspended our CEEP (Counseling Enriched Education Program) School services for school year 2019-2020. We are working internally and with outside consultants to create a re-structured, high-quality and evidenced-based school program that will focus on supporting students in their goal to reintegrate into public school. Our program will be sensitive to multiple levels of developmental needs and will continue to be rooted in a trauma-informed approach. 

Oakes is Open and Online!

All of Oakes Children's Center's mental health services are school-based. Because of San Francisco school closures due to Covid19, Oakes' has adapted, and Oakes' Mental Health Therapists are continuing to serve all our children online. All existing and new clients will be able to receive support through confidential and individualized sessions. If you have any questions, or would like more information about our services, please reach us at the numbers below.

Re-Defining Therapy

As Oakes strives to reach each of our more than 250 clients over internet and online with laptops, desktop computers, and mobile devices, providing support and having individualized conversations with each child. Online counseling and therapy come with some challenges, of course, but also with some break through possibilities. Our innovative therapists are discovering and employing educated ways and insightful techniques of relating to each client and supporting them and their families in these challenging times.

Caregiver Support Group: Join us!

Oakes has been hosting a Wise Caregiver Group, with a Child & Youth Play Therapy Group for your children, on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 at Oakes. Caregiver Support will re-open for all of our Oakes clients and their families soon. The group will include sharing and information, and includes dinner for all families. Come tap into your caregiver wisdom, because all families have wisdom to spare, even if they don't know it yet! 


For information and details, please click our Caregiver and Family Support flyer here


Oakes Children’s Center (OCC) has been providing specialized mental health services to youth and families for over 60 years. Our mission is to provide affordable quality mental health services to all members of our community, including at-risk and underserved youth and families. Oakes has helped thousands of children, adolescents, and families meet the challenges they face at home, at school, and in the community.

Help Oakes Serve our Students and their Families

Please donate to our programs: For details, see our link above.


Oakes Children’s Center is dedicated to providing education and mental health services to youth with emotional and/or developmental challenges and to their families, particularly in underserved communities.


tel: 415-641-8000


1550 Treat Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

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