Young Adult and Family Center

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The Young Adult and Family Center provides mental health care to adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24, and their families. Founded in 2004, the center was one the first academically-based psychiatry programs in the nation dedicated to serving youth. Our goal is to improve the mental health of young people and their families in all communities, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable. We seek to make mental health care available to every young adult and family in need of services.

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Our Services

The Young Adult and Family Center offers comprehensive assessments as well as ongoing individual, group and family treatment for adolescents, young adults and their families. Current services include:

  • Adolescent Assessment Clinic — The Adolescent Assessment Clinic provides comprehensive assessments of adolescents and young adults. The staff includes two psychiatrists, a pediatrician, an educational psychologist and family therapists.
  • Bridge Clinic — The Bridge Clinic serves patients who were recently discharged from the hospital and are in need of outpatient treatment, or who are in treatment but require more intensive services. The Bridge Clinic also provides interim care to patients awaiting access to one of the other Young Adult and Family Center programs.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program — A cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group for adolescents who may be experiencing symptoms of sadness, irritability, stress and worry or anxiety. The CBT group consists of eight sessions that provide a foundation for learning and practicing CBT skills in a supportive group environment. Adolescents entering the group will be evaluated for baseline depressive and anxiety symptoms, as well as periodically during and at the end of their treatment to assess progress.
  • Consultation-Liaison with Pediatrics — The Young Adult and Family Center is embedded in adolescent and young adult primary care clinics at UCSF. Integrating psychiatry with primary care improves outreach and reduces the stigma of mental illness.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents — This program is targeted at high-risk adolescents with multiple problems. We specialize in identifying and treating depression and risky behaviors in adolescents, including self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, substance use, binging and purging, risky sexual behavior, physical fighting and other forms of risk-taking.
  • Eating Disorder Program — This comprehensive, evidence-based program provides outstanding care for individuals with eating disorders and their families. Our program is a collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine within Pediatrics, allowing us to address the full spectrum of eating disorders and their medical and psychological consequences.
  • Intensive Family Therapy Clinic — The Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) Clinic is designed to serve children, adolescents, young adults and their families, who are experiencing challenges that may interfere with school or work performance, life at home, health and safety, or community functioning. The goal of the clinic is to help families feel more connected and cohesive and better able to balance multiple and overwhelming stressors. IFT is a focused approach designed to reduce target symptoms, improve family communication and repair relationship injuries in the family. IFT believes in the power of the family to heal itself and the need to involve the entire family unit in the treatment process.

We are part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

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Getting Here

Young Adult and Family Center
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-7500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • Photo ID for patients age 18 and older, patients 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult who can provide ID and insurance information
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of any medications to which the patient is allergic
  • List of questions the patient or family may have
  • Results of recents tests or evaluations related to the patient's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

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Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Our Team

Sarah Crouch
Sarah Crouch, PsyD
Christine Garcia
Lori Lavinthal
Lori Lavinthal
Marriage and family therapist
Sheening Lin
Sheening Lin, PhD
Ashley Maliken
Ashley Maliken, PhD
Kim Norman
Kim Norman, MD
Wen Ong
Wen Ong, MFT
Marriage and family therapist
Auran  Piatigorsky
Esme Shaller
Esme Shaller, PhD
Natalie Todd
Natalie Todd, PsyD