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 or Clinical Director, Angie Branham, Ph.D., 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 Outpatient Services, Holly Oswald, Ph.D., at or Clinical Director, Angie Branham, Ph.D., at


Oakes Children’s Center Oakes Children’s Center is proud to provide clinical training to developing clinical psychologists. The program includes an APA-accredited (on contingency) 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 grounded in a relational psychoanalytic approach, although our staff and trainees bring varied perspectives to this practice drawing from contemporary Jungian, social justice, feminist, and family systems traditions. We believe that this diversity enriches and deepens our work with youth and their families. It allows us to attend to the multiplicity of meanings that emerge and coexist within and between people, in therapy and in families. Actively cultivating this quality of attention supports and defines our approach to therapeutic work within a community mental health setting.  For more information on our clinical training program and deadlines for application, please see our link above.  



We have temporarily suspended our CEEP services for the 2019-2020 school year. We are working internally and with outside consultants to create a new, 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.

Gaming Group

Oakes is starting a new Therapeutic Gaming Group, a weekly opportunity for adolescents to come together to explore and express themselves through table-top roleplay gaming, as well as to improve social skills and build connections with likeminded peers. This is a

particularly good group for online gamers. In this space, group members can interact in a world of their creation. Please see our Flyer for more information here.

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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