Hope Counseling Center
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Staff



Jennifer Miller Schatz, M.S., MFT

Jennifer Miller Schatz is the Director of Hope Counseling Center.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over seven years experience working in the mental health profession and over fifteen years experience working with adolescents, children, and families.  Raised in Santa Barbara, Jennifer attended Westmont College.  She has also lived in San Francisco, Costa Rica, and Pasadena, where she received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. 

Jennifer enjoys working with adolescents, adults, children, and families.  She has experience working with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, acting out behaviors, grief, relationship issues, abuse and self-esteem issues.  She provides culturally sensitive treatment using cognitive-behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy.  Treatment is always client-centered and client-driven. 

Before becoming a MFT, Jennifer worked for a variety of not-for-profit organizations serving children and families, including The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Young Life.  Since becoming a therapist, she has worked extensively with adolescents through school-based and probation-based counseling.  She has had the privilege of working with teens struggling with issues such as depression, abuse, academic problems, probation involvement, anxiety, pregnancy, teen parenting, self-harming behaviors, self-esteem problems, acting out behaviors, relationship difficulties, gang involvement, and substance use.

When not practicing as a therapist, Jennifer enjoys reading, practicing her Spanish, traveling the world, and dancing-singing-laughing with her daughter.

Jennifer is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

If you would like more information about Jennifer's counseling services,

you may call her at 805-681-7384 x3# or e-mail her at jschatz@hopecounseling.org.




Catherine House, M.F.T. 

Catherine has 22 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children.  She recently ran an ongoing group for women working on abuse issues.  She found it helpful for her clients to work together changing their roles as victims to becoming strong women, able to set clear boundaries and make good decisions. She has also run two groups for teens working on problems with parents and peers.  In addition, Catherine ran a men's group for three years for men working on resolving issues with parents, siblings, spouses and work.
Catherine specifically enjoys working with young people who are depressed.  She belives the root of depression is sadness and anger and works with the client to get to the root of the problem in order to work through those feelings.  She accomplishes this through various exercises, which have been amazingly helpful for many individuals.
Another speciality of Catherine's is working with children.  She attends every seminar she can to help her grow in this area.  Her office is filled with toys and games.  She also uses art to help children work through their feelings.
Catherine also knows the great satisfaction of resolving issues between mothers and daughters.  She uses her own healing experience and encourages daughters to do an oral history with their mothers, and finds the healing results from this exercise to be limitless.
Catherine's life experiences, including marriage for 55 years, raising five children, enjoying her ten grandchildren, having a business of her own, returning to school after raising her children, along with her education and clinical experience, all contribute to her helping couples with marriage problems, helping families with their struggles, and helping individuals of all ages who are desiring to make changes in their lives.
If you would like more information about Catherine's counseling services,
you may call her at 805-681-7384 x4# or e-mail her at Catherine@hopecounseling.org.


Jennifer Parsons, M.S., M.F.T.

Jennifer Parsons is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working in the mental health profession for 26 years.
She works with people who are anxious, depressed, struggling with relationship issues, separation issues, OCD, abuse issues, grief and acting out behaviors. Jennifer works with all ages, from children to older adults using play therapy, cognitive therapy, short-term solution focused therapy and supportive therapy. She enjoys working with couples to resolve relationship problems. She worked at Cottage Hospital for thirteen years with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and dissociation.  Jennifer enjoys the variety of working with children, teens, adults, couples and families.
Married for 46 years, she has three grown children and three grandchildren.  Her hobbies are reading, singing, hiking and being with friends.  She belongs to Christ the King Episcopal Church and works through the church on reconciliation and mediation issues. 
Jennifer is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Santa Barbara Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists.
If you would like more information about Jennifer's counseling services,
you may call her at 805-681-7384 x2# or e-mail her at Jennifer@hopecounseling.org.


Steven A. Rogers, MA, MAT, Ph.D.

Steve Rogers is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the mental health profession for over ten years. He provides psychotherapy for individuals struggling with emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and anger, as well as relational difficulties and trauma. He works with adults, adolescents, and couples using psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as the principles of supportive therapy and short-term solution focused therapy.
Steve completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology from the UCLA Department of Neurology and Semel Institute for Neuroscience. He has provided individual psychotherapy in private practice for several years, conducted individual and group therapy in day treatment centers for individuals with severe mental illness (i.e., schizophrenia and bipolar disorders), and worked at two Veterans Affairs Systems, where he gained experience treating trauma, addictions, women's issues, and mood-related difficulties.
Steve also provides neuropsychological assessments and psychological evaluations. This includes testing for individuals with psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as dementia, epilepsy, and learning disorders, as well as psychodiagnostic and personality assessment.
In addition to working at Hope, Steve also serves as a full-time assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in therapy, abnormal psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and personality. He has published over 25 journal articles in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, written over 10 book chapters on therapy and spirituality, annually presents at the American Psychological Association and International Neuropsychology conventions, and published a coauthored book entitled, “The Estrogen-Depression Connection: The Hidden Link Between Hormones and Women’s Depression.”
Steve has been married to his wife, Christina, for 15 years, with whom he has a four-year-old son. When not teaching or conducting psychotherapy, he enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and fishing.
If you would like more information about Steve's therapy and testing services, 
you may call him at 805-681-7384 x6# or e-mail him at steve@hopecounseling.org.
Rachel Cantrell, M.S., MFT 
Rachel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who attended Westmont College and received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary. Rachel primarily uses a psychodynamic and family systems approach in her work with her clients. However, she also incorporates many other techniques where it best suits her clients’ needs. Rachel’s primary objective is to create a safe place for her clients to explore and reach the healing that they are seeking. With compassion and insight, she meets each person in their particular area of need and helps them in their personal process of healing.   Rachel addresses a broad range of emotional and psychological issues with her clients and helps them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. 
Rachel is a therapist especially skilled in the treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. She has much experience working at several levels of care, including inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. Her areas of interest also include trauma, addiction, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and relationship issues. Rachel enjoys working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys being outdoors, reading, traveling, hiking, running, biking, and having coffee with friends.
You may visit my personal website at www.rachelcantrellmft.com