The Team at Intervention Works has over 30 years combined experience in treating both substance abuse and mental health. The owners have licensure as Marriage Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Certified Trauma Specialists, Certified Alcohol, and Drug Counselors. More importantly they are skilled at creating an environment that evokes change.
Cassia Bloom MFT, LPCC
Cassia began her behavioral health career in 2004 working as a mental health therapist and program supervisor in the public health sector in a dual diagnosis, non-profit program. Here she assisted clients from varied backgrounds and important programs, including; Prop 36, CalWorks, and the Full Service Partnership. After obtaining licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2008 Cassia began concurrently building a private practice.
After only 3 years Cassia had a full case load in her private practice and worked as a consultant for a substance abuse treatment center in Santa Cruz County. During this time Cassia began her training as an intervention specialist working with families struggling with addiction in their family and navigating their loved ones toward treatment. In addition, she gained licensure as an LPC in 2014.
After several years of running a successful counseling center, consulting with treatment centers and conducting intervention work Cassia decided it was time to manifest her life-long dream to create a dual diagnosis behavioral health treatment center in Santa Cruz County. At this time she met Shawn Smith, MFT, CADCII, who had a similar background and approach to treatment.
Shawn Smith MFT, CADCII
Shawn began his career in counseling in 2002 by volunteering at a local treatment center. After some time, and encouragement from the facilities full-time staff to seek a paid position and pursue counseling as a career, he returned to school and began to pursue credentialing to further his options in the field of addiction treatment. It wasn’t long after getting certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor that he was given the opportunity to be a team lead, and eventually into administration which provided many opportunities to experience the challenges faced by both management as well as by the clinicians who worked in these programs.
In 2006, Shawn took a position working in Santa Clara County’s public Health sector. There, in addition to his responsibilities as Clinical Supervisor, he worked with individuals, families, and groups in a number of different settings. These included a dual diagnosis facility, a facility serving as a secondary option to incarceration, a 90 bed all female residential unit, and finally was the director of the largest provider of outpatient services in Santa Clara County.
During this time Shawn worked extensively with Substance abuse and mental health and wanting to broaden his scope of practice Shawn continued to pursue education in an effort to obtain licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and LPC. His education complete, and wanting to stay closer to home, in 2012 with 10 years of experience working with adults and children ages 5-18 in both substance abuse and the mental health field Shawn returned to the treatment center at which his career began, this time as the Clinical Director. During his time in the position he met Cassia Bloom, MFT. Sharing a similar vision they started Coastal Turing Point.