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Cassia Bloom MFT LPC Lic MFC45342

Cassia Bloom, MFT, LPC

Executive Director
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.
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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.
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Charles Wilkens, LMFT

Charles Wilkins, MFT has been successfully treating teens, families, and couples for over 20 years in Santa Cruz County. He has trained dozens of therapists to effectively administer mental health and substance abuse treatment in school, community, and home settings. Charley holds an MA from San Francisco State University in Counseling/Psychology and a BA from Brown University in International Relations. Specialty areas with formal training and expertise: DBT and CBT-focused programs to treat depression and anxiety. Emotional literacy, especially anger management and learning to work effectively with fear, sadness, shame, and anger. Working through grief, loss, death, and dying. Trauma work, including recovery from sexual abuse, through processing and experiential methods. Motivational interviewing for substance abuse and a range of addictions. Working with self harm. Experience with, but not formally trained or specialties: Eating disorders. Management of phobias, psychotic episodes, panic attacks and rage. LGBTQ+ issues.
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Amy Marlo, LCSW

Amy Marlo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has worked as a therapist and a supervisor for more than 15 years. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. She has experience and training in grief, anxiety, trauma, and depression. She works with children, teens, and adults, understanding the importance of culture, biology, relationships, life experiences, and spirituality in forming our challenges and opportunities. She integrates a range of perspectives, including interpersonal neurobiology, play therapy, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Tricia Sigler, LMFT

Tricia Sigler is an Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor at Costal Turning Point (IOP/PHP Program) in Santa Cruz. She received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in 2014. Tricia has worked as a Registered Nurse for 16 years and as an Emergency department nurse, level one trauma center. She is trained in DBT, CBT, mindfulness, and client centered therapies practiced at the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Coastal Turning Point in Santa Cruz. She has 2 years of grief support experience at Hospice of Santa Cruz County. She has experience with teens and adults struggling with grief, anxiety, trauma, and depression and substance abuse.

Kayla Copeland, LPC Intern

Kayla has 20+ years of studying, practicing, and teaching yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. After many years of working within the field of yoga, international retreats, and leading teacher trainings she is excited to bring her passions to the therapeutic path. Kayla’s approach is grounded in Gestalt therapy and mindfulness; based on holism, she blends person-centered and somatic/body-centered modalities with her clients. She leads her sessions with hope and curiosity to empower her clients to grow into their best possible selves. Kayla believes that we all are hard wired for healing. Honoring everyone’s own unique journey, she brings warmth to every session and offers an especially safe container for deep healing to unfold. Kayla is an LPC intern and currently has openings in her schedule through Collaborative Counseling Center in Santa Cruz, CA and online.

Brooks Bukhari, LMFT

Hello, my name is Brooks Bukhari and I am a licensed mental health therapist (LMFT). I chose to become a therapist after learning from my own experiences, as well as the experiences of those around me. I’ve learned, however scary and painful things may be, life is so much more beautiful on the other side of personal growth, and, there is always a way to get to the other side. All of us have a capacity for change, and resiliency we can use to overcome whatever life throws at us; sometimes we just need a helping hand along the way. I feel very privileged to be that helping hand for others, I strive to create a safe, accepting space where others feel comfortable to show up just as they are.

My counseling style is relaxed and collaborative; I’m here to be an accepting presence offering support while working towards goals and bettering lives. YOU are the expert on yourself, and YOU get to decide what your life looks like! I believe in the healing power of developing a natural, organic therapeutic relationship. I’ve been told I’m encouraging, motivating, and one heck of a cheerleader, but I will also be honest with you, even (and especially) when it is uncomfortable (growth comes from getting out of our comfort zones, after all).

I have worked in the mental/behavioral health field since 2015 working with children, teens, and adults. I am experienced in utilizing trauma-informed techniques and approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused, and other humanistic/existential modules. I am an experienced Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing trained therapist (EMDR). I tend to tackle challenges from 2 sides; working in the here-and-now and developing tools and skills that can be used to manage/alleviate current struggles and symptoms and digging deeper to find the why behind the struggles. Lastly, I have a “wholeness” approach and will encourage you to get to know yourself better, mind, body and soul, to help in further developing balance and improving your overall wellness.

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