Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. April’s clinician is Marlee Dorsey.
Marlee Dorsey was born in Minneapolis and as of April 2019, she has been at Acacia for one year and a month. Marlee takes her practice and her clients seriously, often pulling from her various work experiences and connections in the community to empathize and relate to her clients.
This diversity in my work experience has led me to an understanding that all people share the universal experience of fear, sadness, and worry—and that all people, no matter how impossible it seems, are capable of change.
What is your definition of happiness?
Marlee: Happiness is always hard to define. For me, I tend to think of happiness as a state of being rather than an emotional state that only lives within a moment. I think happiness requires three things: a sense of connection with the world, an honesty with ourselves and others, and radical acceptance of our full truth within the context of our connection with others. That’s just a long way of saying be real with yourself and others, accept yourself and others, know your place and find your people. Happiness is a practice more than anything else. It’s straightforward but it’s not easy to do.
If you were to start a creative project about mental health, what would your medium of expression be?
Marlee: If I had the creative skills, I would definitely use film as my medium of expression. I love movies and how they can convey direct and indirect messages to its audience in just a single moment.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Acacia?
Marlee: My favorite part of working at Acacia is the diversity in the clients I have the pleasure of serving. My clients have such diverse voices and perspectives and I learn so much from all of them.
If you could share one piece of advice for students looking to start therapy, what would it be?
Marlee: One piece of advice I have for students seeking therapy for the first time is to remember that you have the power to dictate what happens in therapy. I think many people come to therapy feeling as though we as professionals know what is best for you, but YOU are the expert on you.
Lastly, we asked another Acacia therapist, Maddie Coulter (Minneapolis) the question: What inspires you most about working with Marlee?
Marlee has such an open and accepting attitude towards clients and colleagues alike. She has this wonderful authentic presence she brings to the work that I see having a big impact on her clients. Also, Marlee has the most amazing sense of style! She always looks so put together and awesome, and has given plenty of fashion advice to the rest of us when we (repeatedly) ask her.
Stay tuned for more Acacia Clinician Spotlights! And check out Marlee’s bio on the Minneapolis page!
Authored (a little) by KorbyQuan Reed.