Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. October’s clinician is Solomon Ndungu, LMFT.
Although once a Bostonian, and apparently a New England Patriots fan, Solomon was born and raised in Kenya. He made his way to Santa Barbara and joined the Acacia Isla Vista team just about a year ago and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What do you enjoy most about being a clinician?
Solomon: Being a witness to another human being’s life as they explore their strengths and overcome their challenges.
Why do you enjoy working with college communities?
Solomon: I am young and have always been young at heart which feels like I connect easily with folks in college.
I have always valued being influenced and inspired by others through their living authentic lives. It has given me the courage to do the same.
What other type of work do you do?
Solomon: I also work in software. Along the lines of data analysis.
What are the biggest similarities to therapy?
Solomon: The software program is in healthcare with a goal of improving outcomes which feels very similar to what we do in therapy: using the information shared to improve outlooks in people.
What are the biggest differences?
Solomon: I am often working on my computer while with the software company, while in therapy it is one on one with clients all the time.
Who was the most influential person in your life and why?
Solomon: I have always had many. No one person carried it all. Some of my friends because they were daring. My parents because they resourceful. My brothers and cousins because they did not suffer fools. My teachers because they saw more of whom I could be than I did. Some celebrities because they were unapologetically themselves. I have always valued being influenced and inspired by others through their living authentic lives. It has given me the courage to do the same.
Just for fun: If your therapy had a theme song, which would it be?
Solomon: I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. The song encourages everyone to enjoy this very short gift of life we have. To be daring, to take chances, to step out there and dance.
Although Solomon is a Patriots fan (this author is an Eagles fan), we’ll put our differences aside to unite as the Acacia team. His unique background and diverse sources of inspiration shape his methodological yet authentic approach to therapy. We’re so glad Solomon “dances” with Acacia!
Stay tuned for more Acacia Clinician Spotlights! And check out Solomon’s bio on the Isla Vista page!
Authored (a lot) by Solomon Ndungu and (a little) by Danielle Sharkey.