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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.

Sarah McKnight, LMFT

Welcome! May I walk beside you as you continue to uncover, untangle, embody and enliven your life’s purpose? I seek to be witness and ally to your own personal life’s journey. C.G. Jung states, “Every advance; even the smallest, along the path of conscious realization adds that much to the world”. I have expertise working in and creating dual-diagnosis (mental health/addiction recovery) out-patient programs on the Central Coast, as well as in private practice with individuals, couples and families. I am proficient in myriad therapy modalities: behavioral therapy, client-centered, depth psychology, dream work, expressive arts, as well as many others. My doctoral work was focused on Jungian Analytical Psychology. I have been fortunate to work with varied and diverse age groups and communities. I look forward to helping you recognize and claim the change you seek.

Holly Spencer, LMFT

Holly is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has been practicing therapy for 5 years, with her roots in helping children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and self harm. “People don’t give children enough credit for their innate wisdom. My goal, as a therapist, is to help kids and teens become more attuned and aware of their inner strength and find ways to use it in an appropriate and healthy way.

At Collaborative Counseling, Holly works with children, teens, adults, couples, families, and groups. Regardless of age, race, sex, or income, I’ve found that despite the ‘issues’ my clients come in with, their feelings are all the same. We have all experienced fear, doubt, sadness, shame, and stress–and that is what brings us together. It is through that togetherness that we can find the courage, support, and strength to change.

Eileen Retzloff, LCSW

Eileen received a BA in psychology from Guilford College in North Carolina in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, with a concentration in high-risk youth, from the University of Denver in 2009. Eileen has worked in a clinical setting for over 7 years and has experience working with adults and adolescents, families, victims of trauma, transitional age youth, LGBT communities, youth and adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses, as well as with homeless and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

My main model of practice incorporates aspects of mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy and strengths based therapy as well as somatic approaches to healing. Working within these frameworks, I have been able to support diverse clients struggling with major life transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety and relationship issues find healing.

I know that asking for help can be difficult especially when you are at your most vulnerable state. I find that taking that step can be the hardest part, but the most rewarding in the end. Let me help you find the best you.

My approach with my clients’ is to create a safe and comfortable environment to share what is troubling them without fear of judgement. I have deep empathy for those who are challenged by their current life choices and have a desire to make changes to better themselves. I work to help my clients’ gain insight into their behaviors and develop alternatives ways of coping that feel more honest and productive. I find that when clients’ can access their strengths and other aspects of themselves that are rooted in their family, culture and community, that they are more able to facilitate healing.

Jennifer Buer, LMFT

Obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Health & Wellness in 2015 with emphasis in wellness coaching, holistic nutrition and stress management. She completed a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006 and became a licensed therapist in 2011. In 2002 Jen obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addictive Disorders. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families for over 10 years. Jen has experience working with specific populations such as families struggling with addiction, blended families, military and clients with dual diagnoses.

My goal is to help clients discover clarity and happiness in their life. It is my priority to create a warm, safe, and nurturing environment in order to facilitate a deeper and non-judgmental therapeutic experience. To facilitate this process, as a therapist, I accept and never judge what is discussed. Compassion and understanding are the principles guiding my practice. Since every person is unique, I strive to match the client’s specific needs as an individual, creating goals together that can best support the client’s growth and happiness.

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