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Two Locations to Serve:

Santa Cruz
147 S. River St. Ste. 234A
Santa Cruz, CA. 95066

Scotts Valley
6001 Butler Ln. Ste. 206
Scotts Valley, CA. 95066

Hours of Operation: Daily 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Weekend Appointments Available

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About Us

Cassia Bloom, MFT, LPC

Executive Director

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Compassionate and professional psychotherapist, Cassia Bloom provides individualized treatments for clients. Believing every person has the strength inside for change and healing, her role is to help people identify personal styles that will bring clarity to issues and keys to future progress. Dually Licensed by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences to practice marriage, family therapy and professional clinical counseling, Cassia holds a M.A. from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Psychology.

Cassia utilizes theoretical approaches including; existential/humanistic, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, Cassia has advanced training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), used to treat post-traumatic stress, painful memories, and phobias.

As a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Cassia focus for more than 11 years has been helping people struggling with anxiety, post traumatic stress, substance abuse, self-esteem, depression, relationship issues, and much more.Working with groups and community-based organizations, such as the Women’s Crisis Center, and public health programs at the County of Santa Clara, she has helped improve the lives of hundreds of people.

Shawn Smith, CADCII, MFT, LPC

Clinical Director

Shawn began his career working in the Santa Clara County public health sector working with individuals, families and groups using CBT, Solution Focused, and Existential/humanistic approaches to assist in the reduction or elimination of life distress associated with family challenges, mental health and addiction issues.

Wanting to broaden his scope of practice Shawn returned to school to continue his education in pursuit of licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Since then, he has had the opportunity to continue working with children, adolescents, adults and families addressing a wide range of issues such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Conduct Disorder, Parenting, Co-parent counseling, Marital problems, Criminal Behavior, adult and adolescent Bi-polar Disorder, Special Education, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and the effects of trauma, neglect, and abuse.

Shawn has worked in both the public and private sector and he is comfortable working with families and individuals, adults and adolescents. He believes in matching the therapeutic approach to the individual who presents for therapy so that they get the most out of their time together. He is influenced by CBT, humanistic/ existential and Solution Focused approaches most commonly.

Vickie Sanderson, LMFT, Ph.D.

Located in Santa Cruz over 20 years, Dr. Sanderson has addressed a wide variety of mental health symptoms with a particular focus in complex trauma in the past 5 years. Dr. Sanderson is able to address mental health challenges through a variety of interventions that include EMDR, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play therapy, CBT, and more. Intervention styles are chosen through a collaborative effort between therapist and client. Sessions with Dr. Sanderson will focus on a holistic healing process that includes mind, body, and spirit.


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