On Monday, April 15th, Acacia Isla Vista hosted our annual “Careers in Mental Health Night” in collaboration with UCSB’s Career Services. The night consisted of four interactive workshops that focused on mental health stigma, career pathways, graduate school, and opportunities to get involved. The event was facilitated by the Acacia Isla Vista’s Mental Health Advocate (MHA) Interns who hosted two passion projects throughout the night. Our MHA interns presented an informative, interactive booth on destigmatizing mental health where attendees participated in a Spin-the-Wheel activity to learn facts and statistics of mental health issues.​

Participants were also asked to share on post-it notes “What Mental Health Means to Me.” This activity, like all the workshops hosted throughout the night, built community and engaged attendees in meaningful conversations on mental health. After a warm introduction by our director Dr. Robbyn, the office became overflowed with eager students ready to learn from our therapist panel. Acacia team members and professionals in the community shared their personal journeys of becoming a mental health professional. These authentic conversations between our therapists and students were both insightful and inspiring. Following the panel, our MHA interns hosted a discussion on “Mental Health in Minority Communities” to address the necessary role of diversity in the field of psychology.​​​​​​​​​​

Concluding the night, we hosted an “Art Therapy Night” fundraiser where students could de-stress and learn the benefits of art therapy through a peaceful Bob Ross painting activity. All proceeds went to the ROOTS Fund, which enables low-income students the ability to afford mental health services.

Thank you to the Acacia Isla Vista team, UCSB Career Services, and the MHA interns that made this event possible for the community. Because of everyone’s hard work and dedication we were able to host an impressive turnout of 50 UCSB students! We look forward to hosting this event next year and are excited to see Isla Vista’s passion for mental health continue to grow.

On Friday, March 1st, Acacia La Jolla was officially open for all the community to see, just two months after opening in January. La Jolla follows the Acacia Westwood (Los Angeles) which opened in September of 2018. The Open House was held on location at the Campus @ La Jolla, near Rock Bottom Brewery, just a stone’s toss or to be more on trend – a scooter ride away – from the UCSD campus.

We brought together our staff, veterans and newbies including JoJo Lee, Dr. Leah Tappero, and Bethany Dunn, as we introduced UCSD providers, coordinators, Deans, and other community members into the new space. Overall, approximately 60 friends and guests of Acacia La Jolla joined us for a night of food, socializing, and celebrating another office opening, under the supervision of Director Soraiya Khamisa and Office Manager Delara Taie.

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by, shared in the fun, and give us a place to call home in the La Jolla community. We are excited to continue to grow here!

Acacia Isla Vista’s Mental Health Advocate (MHA) Interns organized a Valentine’s Day carnation fundraiser that took place on Pardall in Isla Vista just outside of UC Santa Barbara’s campus. Proceeds went to ROOTS, which enables low income students the ability to afford therapy. The fundraising project was spearheaded by MHA interns Maggie Yao and Molly Delzio. 

Prior to the event 127 carnations pre-sold through our Acacia IV Facebook page; Acacia staff and MHA interns were overwhelmed by the community’s willingness to help the ROOTS cause.  Additionally, Delzio was humbled by the responses she got while selling carnations. According to Delizo, many of the customers were incredibly honored to be contributing to the ROOTS cause and were thrilled ROOTS was being implemented in their community. Although it was an overcast and drizzly day, the carnations completely sold out in just one hour! This made it the most successful IV ROOTS fundraiser to date. 

On Friday, December 7th, Acacia Westwood was officially welcomed to the community with an Open House event at our brand new building in Westwood Village. We brought together our staff, providers, therapists from UCLA, providers in the Westwood area, and Acacia team members from other offices for a night of socializing, eating, and celebrating the growth our not-so-small-anymore business.

Thank you to Pinches Tacos, a local restaurant in Westwood Village, for providing us with such a delicious taco bar. And a HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by our event — we’re so happy to be in Westwood and can’t wait to become a bigger part of this community!

The Minneapolis office of Acacia Counseling and Wellness hosted an open house on September 27th from 5-7pm. It an amazing opportunity for prospective clients and therapists who refer people to Acacia to see the office and participate in wellness activities.

Our therapists let people through the deep breathing and mindfulness exercise of making lavender scented satchels. We also had a tea steeping activity where our therapist Marlee had people read affirmations as they made their tea. Our therapists had fun giving people food and leading them through mindfulness practices by having them focus on the feel, taste, and smell as they were eating. Overall, everyone here at Acacia loved meeting people from our community and giving them a taste of what it means to be a client here.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to come and visit us!