Lighthouse Counseling

Respectful and collaborative therapy services informed by science and using evidence-based practices for individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds and across the lifespan.

Featured Services

Individual Therapy

Adults | Teens | Children

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth
  • Recovery Support
  • …and much more
Couples and Families

We can assist with a variety of concerns to help you achieve greater closeness and bring your best self to the table with your loved ones

Groups

Coming soon!

Meet Our Team

Clinton Sandoval

Clinton Sandoval, LCSW

Clinical Director of Outpatient Services

Clinton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about connecting with people in the community he lives in and sharing tools that are evidence based to support lasting change for patients. Clinton’s approach accounts for a patient’s humanity, identity, biology, spirituality, and resiliency. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work, Clinton learned social work practice in community health clinics, veterans affairs, community housing, mental health, and hospice for the past 15 years.

Jessica Nichols

Jessica Nichols, LMFT

Clinical Director of Inpatient Services

Jessica Nichols is a lifelong Santa Cruz County resident who has dedicated her career to working in the field of Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Jessica has worked in various programs and treatment modalities throughout the County and has provided program management and oversight at many levels to local non-profit organizations. Jessica earned her Masters in Counseling in 2012 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2015. She believes in the ability of all people to make positive changes in their lives – one day at a time and one step at a time – using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach.

Amber Thuston, APCC

Amber Thuston, APCC

Behavioral Health Therapist

Amber possesses a natural empathic response to others and utilizes this innate trait to build upon the therapeutic relationships with her clients. Building a strong therapeutic alliance with clients is imperative to her work, and Amber feels it is important to establish a sense of trust and safety while helping clients navigate through trauma and other life stressors. Amber believes that everyone possesses the ability to self-heal and she feels honored to have the opportunity to support clients on their journeys in life. Amber graduated from Capella University with a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She employs CBT, existential and mindfulness techniques to facilitate change. Amber has almost completed her clinical hours and plans to obtain licensure and continue to grow as a clinician

Vanessa Magee, ASW

Vanessa Magee, ASW

Behavioral Health Therapist

Vanessa started as the Project Unite Care Coordinator at Janus in October 2020. She works directly with Dominican Hospital to support those with complex medical conditions and co-occurring disorders in reaching their treatment goals. In doing so, they are often admitted directly into residential treatment, outpatient groups, or therapy services from their hospital stay. This ensures they are served at a critical time in their lives. She understands the courage it takes to engage in treatment and is dedicated to supporting clients with their unique physical and mental health needs. Vanessa received her MSW from CSU Monterey Bay and previously worked extensively in geriatric care management before coming to Janus.

Dean Khambatta, LMFT

Dean Khambatta, LMFT

Behavioral Health Therapist

Dean values connection, authenticity, collaboration, social justice, and anti-racism and strives to give his clients a safe place to be themselves and achieve their goals. Dean’s approach to therapy is person-centered, gender-affirming, strength based, and trauma informed. He firmly believes that clients are the experts of their own experiences and his role is to guide and support them through the therapeutic process. Dean partners with his clients to find an approach that best meets their needs, often including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. Dean earned his Master of Counseling from Palo Alto University and has recently passed his boards to be fully licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Dean is a strong advocate for his clients and feels that it is a privilege to be a part of their journey.

Angela Vincent

Angela Vincent, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Behavioral Health Intern

For over a decade, Angela has served others through her work as a high school teacher, nature connection mentor for youth, and wilderness rites of passage guide for adults. Angela’s work as a Behavioral Health Intern at Janus will be one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a LMFT, a career that aligns with her dedication to living a path of service embedded in personal transformation and self actualization. Angela believes that we all belong, we all need each other, and that we are in this together, and she is thrilled to join the family of dedicated and loving individuals at Janus of Santa Cruz. When she isn’t in school or working, Angela can be found exploring the wilderness within and without with her magnificent dog Circe and partner Tad.

Lighthouse Team is supervised by: 

Jessica Nichols, LMFT BBS # 85023

 Clinton Sandoval, LCSW BBS# 78675

Holly Hughes, LCSW BBS# 22877

Melissa Russiano, LCSW BBS# 99971

Steps away from the beach, Lighthouse Counseling is located on the campus of Janus of Santa Cruz where compassionate licensed and pre-licensed therapists are available to provide therapy to you and your family.  We help those who are looking to heal from a variety of challenges, including, but not limited to, substance use issues, trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief, stress, relationship issues, as well as circumstances linked to poverty and marginalization.  We serve clients with diverse backgrounds and across the lifespan (children, teens, adults, and older adults), as well as couples and families.

Some of our specialties include psychotherapy/talk therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Substance Use and Trauma-Focused Therapies (Seeking Safety, 12-Step Recovery, ACA), Somatics, and Mindfulness.

Audience/Who is Eligible: Our supportive administrative team works with you to provide direct payment, utilize your private insurance, or Beacon Health Strategies (CCAH Medi-Cal).

Program Contacts: Contact our Client Services team for more information 831-462-1060 or clientservices@janussc.org