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.
Cassia began her behavioral health career in 2004
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.
The concept behind Coastal Turning Point was originated by Cassia and Shawn who collectively have over two decades in the substance abuse and mental health industry. After realizing they shared many of the same philosophical points of view regarding effective versus ineffective treatment, they began to develop the treatment model behind Coastal Turning Point. Their goal was to create a behavioral health treatment center for teens and adults that meets the differing needs of the community with an individualized approach, utilizing various evidence based treatments through skilled and compassionate therapists. This unique treatment offers more than just simple drug and alcohol counseling combined with 12 – step support. We work to reach the underlying causes of addiction issues. We achieve this with small group sizes, integrated care through our contracted Addiction Medicine Physician, individualized treatment, and varied treatment options. Additionally we offer several unique evidence based services including EMDR, and Biofeedback.