Accredited Counseling & Intervention Services, Inc.

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Accredited Counseling and Intervention Services was founded with the awareness that an effective addiction treatment plan is essential to create real change.

1190 Park Ave Unit B, San Jose, CA, 95126 We are conveniently located in Santa Clara County at 1190 Park Ave Unit B, San Jose, CA, 95126. Our entrance and parking are discreet, found at the rear of the building away from the street view; as shown here in the photograph. ACIS staff accompany clients and their families during fragile and crucial times while offering direct support as well as vast resources. Our diversely experienced team of accredited counselors are available for consultations, and in-depth personalized assessments. We have spent years vetting the best treatment centers in the country to empower our clients to make informed and intelligent decisions on how to best begin a journey to health, well-being, and recovery in their lives.


  • Consultation --- to determine what's the first step, based on needs, wants, and what is feasible.
    • Assess the situation, define the scope of the problem, and devise an effective plan of action.
  • Intervention --- when the struggling loved-one is currently not willing to accept treatment.
    • Education, Preparation, and Empowerment.
  • Referrals --- to treatment programs in your area or across the country.
    • Out of some 7,000 treatment programs, identify a small selection that are accredited, high quality, accommodate needs, and budget.
  • Counseling --- individual, couples, and families; adolescent and adult.
    • Alcohol and/or Drug abuse, Abstinence or Harm Reduction, Behavioral Issues, Career and Life Coaching, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Relapse, Co-occurring Mental Health disorders, Coping Skills, Family Conflict, Gambling, Addiction-Free Pain Management, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Spirituality, Trauma - PTSD, and Wellness.
  • Group Counseling --- up to 8 clients in a 60 to 90 minute supportive session.
    • Group is a therapy format that approaches issues of personal growth through the use of interpersonal interaction – to interact with others to identify and understand our maladaptive patterns and how to change them.
  • Recovery Coaching
    • Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from psychotherapy. Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles. Coaching is also a partnership between coach and client. The partnership's foundation is one of trust, confidentiality, creativity, integrity, wisdom and professionalism. The relationship is deep, rich, collaborative, compassionate and validating. Professional coaches are trained to help individuals define goals most important to them, and be accountable to those goals. A Recovery Coach helps facilitate the action steps that are necessary to remain sober and live life, as well as support the addict/alcoholic in challenges that come up in everyday activities.

Addiction is a family disease, so every addict and their family deserve recovery, healing, and to restore family relationships. ACIS invites the addicted person and their families to embrace hope, possibilities, a lifestyle of recovery, and an opportunity to restore relational discord. Our goal is to educate and provide treatment through a continuum of care for the entire family. Our commitment is to doing whatever it takes to restore your family by providing uniquely tailored recovery solutions. We enjoy an 90% intervention success rate and most of our business is by referral. Success is measured for those clients who follow through on their treatment plan, and achieve a year of sobriety.

Treatment for addiction doesn't need to be approached alone, we would be happy to stand by your side. Simply call Accredited Counseling and Intervention Services.


ACIS strives to provide quality care for all its clients. There are groups of clients whose particular circumstances can contribute to their struggle with addiction, and an understanding of these circumstances is needed, for example:

  • Women - Although both men and women succumb to addiction at roughly the same rate, women face specific challenges for themselves and their loved-ones. Cultural differences can create a perception that, for example, alcohol abuse is acceptable and expected for men, but inadmissible for women. In such situations, women may attempt to hide their struggle with substance abuse until exposed, for example, by a DUI citation. Women are also deeply impacted by a loved-one's struggle with addiction; either a spouse, parent, child, or grandchild. Trying to keep the family functioning in the presence of addiction, they may find themselves inadvertently enabling the addiction. They may be the first to notice that a child's behavior, or mood has suddenly changed without explanation. It is important for a counselor to appreciate the challenges of addiction facing women, either for themselves or a loved-one.
  • LGBT - Like other minorities facing discrimination, people have resorted to substance abuse in order to relieve the pain and injury of prejudice and imposed self-hatred. While times are changing in this regard, and people are becoming aware of the sponsors of prejudice, and that they don't need to subscribe to their beliefs, there is still much work to be done to embrace diversity, and to celebrate our differences rather than fear them. Furthermore, LGBT people often don't have support structures in place to assist them should they veer off into the despair of substance abuse. A counselor must be sensitive to particular circumstances surrounding the struggle with addiction within this community.
  • Minorities - Similarly to the LGBT community, many minorities are vulnerable to the harsh effects of prejudice and discrimination, and the pain and negative self-perception that it can bring along.  Here too, substance abuse can be an attempt to dull the pain of not "fitting in". While it is impossible for one counselor to be knowledgeable about all cultures, he or she must be willing to learn about clients' backgrounds in order to better appreciate their struggles with addiction.
  • Veterans - People subjected to the theater of war are often scarred by their exposure and experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) thereafter. Substance abuse can be an attempt to self-medicate PTSD in order to alleviate the pain of constantly reliving awful memories. A counselor must be aware of ongoing research on PTSD to ensure the best treatment for those drawn into addiction because of it.
  • Elderly - There are over 2.5 million older adults with an alcohol or drug problem in the United States. Alcohol and drug abuse can be mistaken for the signs of aging. Alcohol and drug use can reduce the pain of loneliness. Clinical research shows that the elderly respond equally well to treatment. An interventionist must be familiar with issues of addiction surrounding the elderly to identify the symptoms of addiction and sheppard the loved-one into treatment and recovery.
  • Scott Henrywestwood
  • Kalin Ternian


Scott Henrywestwood, MA, LAADC, CADC-II, NCAC-II, SAPOver the last 51 years of my life, I have gone from an athlete, a college graduate, a loyal friend, a surgical nurse, an executive healthcare administrator, to an alcoholic and addict with serious challenges. Since then, I've sought treatment, changed my life around, went back to school, became a substance abuse counselor, a clinical supervisor, an interventionist, a business owner, and a husband. But, above all I am a recovering alcoholic and addict celebrating long term sobriety, and years of service work -- formal and informal. I'm a substance and process addiction counselor with vast and varied experience helping others to find recovery through a variety of treatment options, challenges, and past failures. I am an interventionist. It's my passion for and belief in the recovery process that led me to help individuals and families get treatment for their addictions and mental health disorders. When a person and/or family realizes they've had enough, then the recovery process can begin.

For me, it's been a journey across the treatment landscape, which has changed for the better over the years. I sought education, certification, and clinical work in order to ensure that the breadth of my training would complement the depth of my experience. From working one-to-one with alcoholics or addicts, to leading group sessions in inpatient/residential and outpatient programs, to monitoring someone through detox, from helping those with eating disorders - gambling - sex addiction, dual diagnosis cases to cutters, I've had the privilege of being present for countless miracles as well as the lessons of tragic failure.

I enter homes where families are in crisis from alcohol, drug, and/or process addiction. I lead them in a sometimes desperate effort to reclaim a struggling loved-one. They don't know me, but they need me. I want you to get to know me, I want to earn your trust, and I want to help you.


Scott holds a masters of arts in healthcare administration from Stanford University, a bachelors of science in nursing from San Jose State University. Scott achieved his project management certification from U.C. Santa Cruz. And, Scott is proudest of achieving his substance abuse studies certification from U.C. Berkeley.

Scott holds a valid LAADC Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), which is recognized and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Scott holds a valid NCAC-II National Certified Addiction Counselor Level II credential through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP). In addition, Scott's credentials are certified through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. Scott is a qualified US Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional.

Scott also holds the following specialized certification:

  • Intervention Specialist (IS) through CCAPP, and Gateway Intervention Professional (GIP) through Gateway Corp.
  • Women's Treatment Specialist Endorsed (WTS-E) through CCAPP.
  • Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (CRPS) through Gorski-CENAPS Relapse Prevention Certification School.
  • Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist (CAPMS) through Gorski-CENAPS APM Certification School.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) through U.C. Santa Cruz.


Kalin Ternian, CADC-II, NCAC-I, SAP

I love being a substance abuse counselor and interventionist. I am passionate about helping people overcome their dependency to alcohol and drugs, along with process addictions. I use therapeutic tools to help clients see that they are stronger than any drug and that life is so much more without being dependent on a substance. I never ask a client to do something that I have not done myself. It's extremely rewarding to watch clients grow and gain their lives back, and to help them mature in different ways, such as their thoughts, emotions, and actions.

My goal is to help you to achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors. I join and help you along the way as we share the obstacles and successes together. I am honored and feel humbled to be able to walk with you on your recovery journey.

I have been given a second chance, and I offer that to you. I want you to know that there is always hope, so do not give up. I am thankful that my family did not give up on me when I got sober over 10 years ago.


Kalin holds an associate of arts from San Jose City College. Kalin is proudest of achieving her substance abuse studies certification from SJCC.

Kalin holds a valid CADC-II Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), which is recognized and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Kalin holds a valid NCAC-I National Certified Addiction Counselor Level I credential through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP). In addition, Kalin's credentials are certified through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.


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    • 1190 Park Ave Unit B, San Jose, CA, 95126

  • Phone & Fax

    • 888-427-8689

  • Hours

    • We provide services between 9:30 AM and 9:00 PM Monday to Friday by appointment only. Secured Tele-Health Video and Phone sessions are available. Occasionally weekend appointments can be accommodated.

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