The Wellness Center was established based upon a collective concern for lack of accessible and affordable services available in our community. Through creative partnerships and collaborative relationships with engaged community members, we aim to make social and emotional wellness available to all, at no cost, and with no barriers to access. Scroll down to learn more.
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Wellness Center has locations at all Clubhouse sites. Our team of professional clinicians and interns focus on the whole child with intention and emphasis on strong relationships by building respect and trust, focusing on prevention, and helping youth learn new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
The Wellness Center provides programming and support services that promote healthy, social, and emotional intelligence to all Santa-Monica Malibu Unified School District children and their families at no cost. We believe all people have equal value and will engage and thrive in a community where they feel safe, respected, and have a sense of belonging.
We are serving:
- SMMUSD children & families
- SMMUSD faculty & staff
- Labor Workforce
- Community at Large
Teen Center/Main Branch
30215 Morning View Drive
Malibu, CA 90265
Incoming TK – 12th Grade
Phone: 310-457-6801 ext 74141
*We share a physical address & phone system with Malibu High School, please follow phone prompt and enter extension listed.
Hours of Operation
Saturdays: By Appointment Only
Programs Available at the Wellness Center
Seminars + Workshops
Counseling Services +
Targeted Support Groups
Our Referral Process
All counseling and support services are free to any SMMUSD child, their family, and the community at large. Students are often referred to the Wellness Center for support when their principal, academic teacher or BGCM personnel feels additional social and emotional support is needed. Anyone can request services by filling out a referral form via our website or by contacting Wellness Staff directly. Once a referral is made, the student’s parent or guardian will be contacted and counselor placement will be made within 24-48 hours.
Wellness Advisory Council
Our Wellness Advisory Council is a local group of experts, comprised of individuals who work in the field of mental health and psychology. Through a shared invested interest in caring for and addressing the needs of Malibu’s youth, families, and the community at large, driven by dedication to every individual & family to ensure access to high quality services.
Kathryn is a bestselling self-help author who directed Agape’s Crisis Support Team for six years.
Kathryn has been featured in Psychology Today and The New York Times as well as other media. Kathryn is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She is based in Malibu and is married with four boys. Kathryn serves on the Board of Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) where she has been President and has been a member of the Malibu Leadership Council.
Shelley P. Cox
Shelley received her Masters degree from Chicago School of Psychology.
Her studies are based in Human Development with an emphasis in working with special populations. Her graduate work is in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood psychology and health. Her focus of work has been in working with parents of children who have or may be at risk for a developmental difference or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She founded Step by Step Early Childhood Development Program (DBA Step by Step Programs & Services) in 1998 to provide comprehensive services for children with and without developmental delays and differences to maximize potential in all areas of development. Shelly has been a Malibu resident for over 30 years and her children attended the Malibu schools.
Katie Dahm, MA
Katie graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree and got her Masters from California Lutheran University in school counseling.
She is currently High School Counselor at Malibu High School and has been since 2004. She helps students develop academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. She is also a mother of four children and a SUPER sweet dog.
Kasey has worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) as Program Director, and later, Executive Director, for nearly 15 years.
As Executive Director, Earnest’s responsibilities include overseeing Clubhouses, which provide various services to students at local elementary schools and a Teen Center at the high school. A Wellness Center was added to the Teen Center a few years ago. BGCM provides “free mental health and wellness services through a formal contract with the school district to all Malibu public school children and their families”. Last year, Earnest, with BGCM, took over the much-anticipated Malibu Chili Cook-Off. The 37th Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Country Fair was a success, bringing a fresh take on the yearly event. Many people, including a handful of Malibu City Council members, a school board member, and even a state senator, submitted nominations for Earnest on account of her regular work as Executive Director and later, of her coming to the aid of Malibu residents during and after the Woolsey Fire. She set up the Malibu Emergency Relief Fund in less than a week to provide disaster relief; so far, the organization has awarded more than $1 million to local individuals, families and workers.
Dr. Kathleen Eldridge, MA, PhD
Dr. Eldridge has been a Malibu resident since 2004 and a Malibu public school parent since 2011. She is a licensed clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
She earned a BA in Psychology at UCSB and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. She specializes in teaching graduate courses in couple and family therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and mindfulness/acceptance processes. Dr. Eldridge’s scholarly work focuses on couple therapy, relationship communication and education, faith and spirituality, and culture. She has worked in multiple clinical settings with diverse populations comprised of children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families. She is passionate about partnerships between Pepperdine and the Malibu community and excited about serving on the Advisory Council for the Wellness Center.
Randi Goodman, LMFT#52964, MA, MS
Randi is a licensed therapist and was an educator for over 25 years, Randi has taught in the public schools in New York and trained teachers in all areas of Early Childhood Development.
Her creativity and passion led her to the Children’s Museum of Long Island, where she developed an early childhood play space and parenting resource center. She moved to California over 15 years ago and she has been in private practice, and specialized in children and families. She enjoys working as the Director of the Wellness Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and appreciates the overall process of growing programs, supervising interns, and collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club as a support to students and families.
Colin Keller, LMFT, MA
A Los Angeles native, Colin Keller received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, specializing in conflict-related trauma. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Prior to Engage Therapy he worked in a community-based mental health program in Los Angeles providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and assessment and crisis intervention. After 15 years working in business development, Colin left the corporate world to become a psychotherapist and follow his “compass of the heart”. Along this journey, he has trained extensively in mindfulness-based therapies, substance abuse treatment, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and is Level 1 certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to treat PTSD and other types of trauma. Combining evidence-based practices with an interpersonal and client-centered approach, Colin strives to remain as authentic as possible, while helping empower others to find their own purpose and meaning.
Shuli Lotan, LCSW
Shuli Lotan is the Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling for the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in schools as a therapist and program coordinator for over 20 years.
Providing direct counseling services to students and families as well as managing programs and supervising school social work interns. She coordinates the services that are provided at district schools by the various community-based mental health programs including the Wellness Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, and works collaboratively with school and agency leadership to try to increase access to supportive counseling for district students. Shuli can help connect families to services in the community as well as on campus, and is grateful for the wonderful partnership between the Malibu schools and the Boys & Girls Club Malibu Wellness Center.
Jennifer Morgan, MA
Jennifer is an occupational therapist and founder of Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), a pediatric therapy practice based in Malibu.
Jennifer and her team of therapists work with local Malibu children and families on a variety of skills ranging from fine motor skills, coordination, speech and language, attention, sensory processing, and much more. They provide professional, personalized, services at their sensory gym in Point Dume, local homes, and private schools. Jennifer received her M.A. from USC, and has been practicing in the Malibu community for ten years. Jennifer and her team are passionate about their work, and this is reflected in everything they do at most.
Michelle Smit, LMFT#39167
Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the West Los Angeles area.
She has been in private practice for 16 years. Prior to working in private practice, she worked with children in the foster care system, providing counseling and working with foster families. Her private practice focuses on couples, young adults, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Michelle is a parent of two teenage children, a son at Malibu Middle School and a daughter at Malibu High School.
Number of Kids Impacted Annually
Hours of Care Before & After School Weekly
YOUTH SERVED ANNUALLY THROUGH SOCIAL + EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to people of all walks and abilities, regardless of sex, ethnicity, or age. Applicants and employees are expressly protected from discrimination motivated by inherent traits of their person such as race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation (perceived or actual), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, and disability. In today’s world, the right to equal opportunity is an evolving definition that can vary from local, state and federal laws.