Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. June’s clinician is Skye Innerarity, LMFT.
Skye Innerarity is a clinician in the Acacia Davis location, originally from Elk Grove, California, and at this time is going on five months at Acacia. Skye joins the growing Davis team just in time for a new office expansion this summer and has made quite the impact so far, connecting with both the team and clients – offering a relatable and charming approach to others and the work.
Coming from a long line of strong and courageous Indigenous women, I have grown up with their stories of resilience and survivance, drawing on their collective strength in times of need throughout my life.
What do you enjoy most about your work at Acacia?
Skye: I thoroughly enjoy getting to know folks, hearing their stories of laughter, growth, pain, and resilience- gently holding and taking in all of the sweet moments and difficult moments, alike. Sharing such an intentional space with clients, to bear witness to and stand with them to support them in leading meaningful and fulfilling lives is at the core of our ability to connect and be of service to something greater than ourselves.
When did you know you wanted to be a therapist?
Skye:While I was in high school I witnessed my father successfully pursue his graduate degree, obtain licensure, and tackle the arduous (yet incredibly rewarding) task of starting up his own private practice. I watched him incorporate his strengths and aspects of his personality into his private practice, strategically building it piece by piece. As I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to work in the mental health field, seeing it as an opportunity to pursue a career where I could show up in a genuine and authentic way while utilizing my strengths and values to approach the work at hand. Over the years, I have carefully cultivated and grown my practice, utilizing humor/playfulness and compassion to communicate with others in a transparent and respectfully direct manner. I can say, with all honestly, that I cannot imagine myself in any other line of work.
Who was the most influential person in your life so far and why?
Skye:Coming from a long line of strong and courageous Indigenous women, I have grown up with their stories of resilience and survivance, drawing on their collective strength in times of need throughout my life. That being said, perhaps the most influential person in my life recently has been my grandfather, who truly embodied unconditional positive regard for those around him with his unofficial words of advice and support: “Always stay humble and kind”.
What are your interests outside of working with clients?
Skye: Outside of working with clients, I strive to stay culturally connected – whether it is continuing a long and rich matrilineal line of traditional basket-weaving, learning and practicing more of my traditional language (Northern Sierra Miwok), or spending time outdoors enjoying the land.
What’s your favorite thing about Acacia?
Skye: My favorite thing about Acacia is how warmly I have been welcomed and embraced by colleagues and clients. I really look forward to continuing to grow in my practice and as an individual in this supportive environment!
Skye’s perspective offers the Davis team and her clients connection and community, something we all strive to build at Acacia. Her authenticity shines and cannot be missed. We asked Daren Casagrande, Director of the Davis office, the question: What about Skye says “Acacia”?
Daren: I feel like Skye is an excellent reflection of Acacia values and company culture […] she is gifted at connecting with people, understanding them, making them feel comfortable, and liberally sharing the joy and wisdom that she has. She pushes the status quo, yet is capable of doing it in a way that is more disarming than confrontational (which I think is a very difficult skill). She is also very richly involved in and proudly shares her family’s Native American heritage and culture. This comes out organically in conversation and in her personality, but also includes specific efforts she makes to raise awareness about the Native American experience (e.g. her dissertation and other forms of activism). I think these experiences (among others) have heavily shaped her authenticity, maturity, and particular ability to care well for clients that are from marginalized communities as well as clients in general. I’m really happy to have her as part of the Acacia team. I think she does incredible work with clients, but also really represents what Acacia is really about: giving a voice to the voiceless, to be a safe place for the oppressed, to destigmatize the effects that has on their mental health, and to empower people to determine and confidently proclaim who they are and want to be in relationship to the world.
Stay tuned for more Acacia Clinician Spotlights! And check out Skye’s bio on the Davis page!
Authored (a lot) by Skye Innerarity and (a little) by KorbyQuan Reed.