DAVIS

Davis

530.206.9996
Monday - Friday | 8AM-7PM
Saturday | 8AM-6PM

Acacia Davis offers individual, group, and psychiatric services. Located within walking or scootering distance from UC Davis, near HoneyD. Come into the office to experience a little slice of modern design featuring a lively environment and a friendly staff.

Respectful & Helpful
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Acacia has been very respectful and helpful in supporting me through my first year of college. The staff is very friendly and are always ready to help you if you have any questions. They're serious about helping people reach their mental health goals, and have compassionate and effective therapists to prove it!
A Gem
A Gem
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Acacia has been a saving grace in the various storms called Life. My experience has been nothing shy of AMAZING. The moment I open the door and walk in each week, I feel like I'm leaving the hustle and bustle of the world and stepping into a happy and brave space where healing happens. The environment is clean. The staff is wonderful. The Therapist I work with practices with so much care. The overall company meets its clients with Grace and Love. It is truly a gem.
Quality of care
Quality of care
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I have really enjoyed my experience here. Front desk is always nice, waiting room and therapists are friendly and welcoming. I appreciate the quality of care provided!
Best Care Possible
Best Care Possible
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I've been through various counseling services, including the UC Davis CAPS and a community therapist, but Acacia Counseling & Wellness is by far the best experience I had, and honestly I am worried that once I move out of Davis, if I will ever have such a great experience ever again. The facilities are clean and well-decorated, the office admin are incredible (they are all great, but special shoutout to Jonathan, who I work with the most) are all very responsive and extremely invested in getting you the best care possible. I had to switch therapists within Acacia, and it was a super easy and seamless process, showing that the overall quality of care is incredibly high. I feel like all of my needs are met and I'm extremely grateful that this exists. With mental health issues, it is often extremely taxing to deal with all of the admin work, but Acacia takes care of it for you and is really helpful, so I really appreciate them!
Best Care Possible
Best Care Possible
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I've been through various counseling services, including the UC Davis CAPS and a community therapist, but Acacia Counseling & Wellness is by far the best experience I had, and honestly I am worried that once I move out of Davis, if I will ever have such a great experience ever again. The facilities are clean and well-decorated, the office admin are incredible (they are all great, but special shoutout to Jonathan, who I work with the most) are all very responsive and extremely invested in getting you the best care possible. I had to switch therapists within Acacia, and it was a super easy and seamless process, showing that the overall quality of care is incredibly high. I feel like all of my needs are met and I'm extremely grateful that this exists. With mental health issues, it is often extremely taxing to deal with all of the admin work, but Acacia takes care of it for you and is really helpful, so I really appreciate them!
Comfortable
Comfortable
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The staff and counselors at acacia have been excellent and have really helped me feel comfortable and confident in making this decision to seek mental health services.
Insurance
Insurance
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My therapist is extremely effective, my anxiety is getting noticeably better week to week, and they take the UCD insurance. What more can I ask for?
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Davis Team

Acacia providers have experience working with diverse clients in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, attention difficulties, eating/body image concerns, identity exploration, trauma, and substance use issues.

Click on a provider to learn more about who they are and their individual specialties.

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Director

Jackeline Vasquez

Office Manager

Skye Innerarity

Therapist | LMFT

Kevin Cavazos

Therapist | LCSW

Erica Castro

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP

Blanca Mendoza

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Allison Meins

Psychologist | PsyD

Teri Spiritosanto

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Ashli Ellis

Psychologist| PsyD

Arielle Hames

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Jennie Singer

Psychologist | PhD

Pilar Gonzazlez-Doupe

Therapist| LMFT

Dr. Daniel Lumbres

Psychologist| PsyD

Susie Rafferty-Glad

Therapist | LCSW

Marie Battaglia

Therapist | MA

Lizette ortiz

Therapist | LMFT

Brent Veney

Therapist | ASW

Jon Alexander

Therapist | ASW

Heather Brown

Therapist | ASW

Susy Quinto

Therapist | PsyD Student

Dan Thu Nguyen

Therapist | PsyD Student

Davis Services

All of our Acacia offices offer individual therapy, couple’s therapy, group therapy, and wellness events. Below are services offered specifically in Davis!

Davis Rates

At the time of session, you can pay with credit card, cash, or paypal although a credit/debit card is required to be on file.

*We accept Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, MHN, and Optum insurances. Pricing of services will vary by plan and will be discussed prior to your first session. 

Please note, you are required to provide us with notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in late cancellation or missed appointment fee charge. Coordinate additional billing inquires with your Office Manager prior to your sessions.

Paypal payments are sent to counseling@acaciacw.com

jackeline vasquez | she/her.hers

Davis Office Manager

ABOUT ME

I'm from Washington State. I was born and raised there, and even went to school there. I got a degree in psychology alongside getting married and having a daughter. My little family and I moved out here to California for awesome opportunities and to escape the Winter. I came to Acacia because it looked fresh, exciting, and ripe with good vibes.

I get most excited about the part of work where I solve someone's problem. I like to make people's experience a breeze, especially when I know the inner-workings of the problem were more complex than it looked.

What are three things people don't know about you?

I draw manga and watch anime

I'm a mom of a 5 year old

I have logged countless hours into The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

if you had a superpower, what would it be?

If I had a superpower, it would be splitting my body into many, all controlled by one consciousness. It would make administrative work a breeze, and additionally one of me could stay home and eat chips all day.

SKYE INNERARITY|#LMFT104388

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Addiction, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Depressive Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Impulse Control Disorders, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Transgender/Gender Identity Issues

therapeutic orientation

Solution Focused, Strategic, Strength-Based, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Humanistic, Depth Psychology, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral

about me

Utilizing a genuinely warm, humorous, and direct approach, I will gently challenge you and invite you to step out of your current comfort zone and step into authentic, mindful living. As we explore symptoms, we will: hold space for difficult thoughts and feelings, highlight underlying patterns of thinking and behaving that may no longer serve you, and imagine new ways of being and doing. As you begin to process and learn how to gently hold your experiences, you will feel more empowered and prepared to maneuver and navigate life again.

Together, we will collaboratively develop and implement a customized treatment plan to meet your brief, or longer term, needs. I incorporate a Solution Focused approach, Strategic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Depth Psychology, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and other current evidence based Cognitive Behavioral practices. In addition to talk-therapy, I utilize experiential techniques and value-driven behavioral techniques to encourage clients to practice and integrate the skills cultivated during our sessions together into their everyday lives.

As a local Indigenous (Northern Sierra Miwok) woman who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Studies, and Ecopsychology, I understand and greatly appreciate the unique individual and collective contexts and narratives that each of us embody and enact. I believe that it essential to explore and appreciate these contexts and narratives, as they are often the foundation for who/where we come from, and they contribute to our understanding of who/where we presently are and influence who/where we will be in the future. Overall, I am committed to fostering an open and safe environment to support you and honor your experiences as you continue upon your lifelong journey of self-love and growth. I look forward to working with you soon.

KEVIN CAVAZOS|#LCSW 91675

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

​Anxiety, Childhood & Adult PTSD, Depression, Grief & Loss, Life Transition, Self Esteem & Identity, Substance & Addiction

therapeutic orientation

Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Oriented, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Seeking Safety, Solution Focused, Somatic Archeology, & Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

about me

I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker with a keen intuition, a deep sensitivity, and empathy that is ever-present. Over my 8 years of providing clinical services to a wide range of clients with different backgrounds, I have come to understand that therapy is a sacred process that you, as the client, will engage in and that you bring a unique set of experiences, strengths, and wisdom that will help you along this process. Therefore, it is an honor to collaborate with you as you go through this journey of change and transformation. I hope that you are open to explore what has been holding you back and to excavate what no longer suits you to manifest what you want out of your life.

I am a graduate from California State University, Sacramento and received my masters in clinical social work in 2012. Since then, I have practiced therapy in a variety of settings; including out-patient clinics, schools, hospitals, task-forces, and on national committees and boards. My experience has been focused on working with all age ranges that present with challenges in personal/familial environments, academic environments, with emotional regulation, with acute/chronic/complex traumas, grief and loss, and involvement with the justice system. I’ve also worked with a wide variety of diagnoses that require personalized forms of treatment and care.

My clinical orientation is an integration of a holistic, collaborative, culturally competent and client-centered approaches grounded in psychosynthesis; which focuses on the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. My hope is that you learn practical, useful, and unconventional tools that will lead to your holism. By using these orientations and pulling elements from various Evidenced Based Practices; I will walk along side of you as you manifest what you want from you life and see things in a new light.

I look forward in meeting you and commend you on your courage for taking this step.

ERICA CASTRO|#95007274

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Mood Disorders, Addictions, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder

therapeutic orientation

CBT

about me

I am excited for the opportunity to be serving the UC Davis community as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner! I completed my Nurse Practitioner training at UCSF where I learned both the art and science of nursing in a fast-paced, multicultural environment. I then did a PMHNP residency program at the San Francisco VA Health Care System and gained experience in emergency room, general outpatient, PTSD, opioid/substance treatment and immediate access clinics. I moved to the Sacramento area last year and have been working with transitional aged youth in a community mental health setting. I have a special interest in trauma treatment, the integration of spirituality with mental health and supporting college-aged people with navigating the challenges and opportunities of this unique season of life.

I view the client-clinician relationships as a collaboration to support you in developing the most meaningful life possible. I strive to to learn about your life, values, strengths and goals so that we can develop a plan that will best meet your needs. I view medications as a helpful support for many people when part of a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan that includes therapy, wellness, social support and we can decide together if medication is right for you. I look forward to meeting you and taking part in your journey!

BLANCA MENDOZA|#LMFT105828

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Life Stage Transitions, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Couples Therapy, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Communication Skills, Academic & Career Challenges, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Personality Disorders, Stress Management, Additional language: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Solution Focused, Strategic, Family Systems Approach, Strength-Based, Humanistic, Depth Psychology, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

about me

Hello, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience and expertise in working in non-profit community mental health. My experience has allowed me to hone my therapeutic skills working with children, families, transitional aged youth, couples, and individual adults providing Strategic, solution-focused, psychotherapy in Spanish and English. I also have a strong foundation in incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques to my practice. I’ve been fortunate in being able to assist members in a wide range of needs including assisting clients in processing complex trauma using trauma-informed techniques, supporting clients in adjusting and coping with major life changes, and working with clients and significant others to improve personal relationships. I believe in fostering a collaborative environment and giving practical, useful strategies to support you in reaching your goals for self-improvement.

DR. ALLISON MEINS|#PSY31061

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Trauma, Loss, Grief, Mourning, Creation of Meaning, Life Transitions, Identity Development, Acculturation/Cultural Identity Development, Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Work-life balance

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Strength-Based, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness

about me

My name is Dr. Allie Meins. As a proud product of the East Bay in California, I grew up in a community that taught me to appreciate and accept people of all identities, beliefs, and cultures. In addition to living in California, I have also lived in Spain, where my Spanish-language skills were honed and my worldview was further expanded.

With regard to my work in the therapy room, I aim to provide an experience that allows for maximal exploration of your values and beliefs. I am understanding of the obstacles that life can throw your direction and I am dedicated to working with you to increase your overall sense of well being. I will collaboratively create a space that is at once welcoming and also challenges you to push the limits of your comfort zone on the journey of learning about your relationship with yourself and others. I am passionate about helping you find solutions and adaptations for dealing with life’s transitions and challenges and have experience working with a variety of diagnoses, and life & relationship issues. I address my clients’ needs based on their individual personalities, which allows me to provide therapy that is specific to each person.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. I have worked in community mental health doing individual outpatient therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as provided both individual and family therapy at a crisis residential treatment center for adolescents. Both my educational and prior work experiences have led me to join the team at Acacia Counseling and Wellness. I am proud and excited to be part of a team that is providing care for the members of the Davis community. I am dedicated to building my clients up and providing them with the tools they need to find mental clarity in order to be the best version of themselves.

TERI SPIRITOSANTO|#LMFT53631

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

​Childhood & Adult Physical/Sexual Trauma, Abusive Relationships, Dissociative Disorders, Traumatic Events, Grief & Loss, Crisis in Spiritual/Cultural Identity, Children of Divorce, Blended Families & Life Transitions/Choices, Couples Therapy

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative or Psychodynamic Approach

about me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience and expertise in working with both childhood and adult physical and sexual trauma, abusive relationships, dissociative disorders, traumatic events, grief and loss, crisis in spiritual or cultural identity, children of divorce, blended families and life transitions and choices that include working with clients who are gender non-conforming. I utilize a form of reality therapy that focuses first on building a healthy rapport and trust with my clients followed by identifying client strengths. Once this therapeutic foundation is established, I work collaboratively with the client to develop problem-solving skills and emotional awareness that aim to increase client insight and help them achieve their treatment goals. Often it is necessary to explore with the client past experiences or learned behavior that may be impacting their use of effective coping skills, so I will introduce interventions that apply cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative or a psychodynamic approach.

I am a graduate of UC Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in combined Social Sciences. I completed my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary in Sacramento. I have worked in the legal, education, business and government fields providing me with a diverse professional background that has built additional compassion and empathy in my work with clients.

On a personal note, I am an animal lover, enjoy the outdoors, love to travel, and spend time with friends and family.

DR. ASHLI ELLIS|#PSY31120

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trauma, Emotional & Physical abuse, sexual abuse, Inappropriate Sexualized behaviors, Anger management, Behavioral issues, Intimate partner abuse/abusive relationships, Life transitions, Self-identity exploration, Family conflict, Foster care & adoption, Group therapy

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Attachment, Cognitive-Behavioral

about me

I am Dr. Ashli Ellis, a licensed clinical psychologist here at Acacia Counseling and Wellness. My main goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and empathic environment for my clients to feel comfortable exploring their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I emphasize developing an understanding of how the past has affected the present, as well as creating change and growth to progress into the future. It is important to me to develop a strong alliance with my clients based on their goals and what it is they are hoping to get from therapy. This allows me to best understand how my clients will achieve their goals and how I can help them do so.

Over the course of about 6 years, I have worked with a diverse population of children, families, and adults who have experienced trauma, including physical and emotional trauma, environmental trauma, sexual trauma, and relational trauma. I also have experience working with clients dealing with issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder, anger management, inappropriate sexual behaviors, life transitions, family dynamic issues, abusive relationships, behavioral issues, substance use, and anxiety and mood disorders.

Personally, I enjoy biking, hiking, crafting and reading. I also enjoy watching football and spending time with friends and family.

ARIELLE HAMES|#LMFT107356

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Domestic Violence

therapeutic orientation

Integrated approach, Family Systems, Mindfulness, CBT, Client-Centered

about me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specialize in working with individuals ages 12-26. Throughout my career, I have worked with college students, adolescents, and teens struggling with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to domestic violence and ADHD and assisted them in identifying and reaching their goals. I am also a certified yoga instructor and am passionate about blending my experiences teaching and practicing yoga to help my clients develop mindfulness skills.

As your therapist, we will work together to identify and set tangible goals. I utilize an integrated approach to help meet the individual needs of each of my clients. In therapy with me you can expect that I will be empathetic, direct, and incorporate humor when appropriate. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is paramount when it comes to creating lasting changes. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you reach your goals!

Dr. JENNIE SINGER|#PSY16980

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Life transitions, parenting, substance abuse/addiction, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, health issues, LGBTQ issues, grief & loss, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, relationship issues, couples therapy, group therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, anger & stress management, life choices & making meaning

therapeutic orientation

I believe that we learn and grow within positive relationships. I use a variety of clinical approaches, such as cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, systems, & existential frameworks.

about me

I have worked as a clinical psychologist for the past 24 years, with experience in individual therapy, group therapy, couples’ therapy, parenting support, and academic assessments. I have always enjoyed working with college students, and I have experience working with students at the University of San Diego’s college counseling center as well as teaching and working with undergraduate and graduate students at Sacramento State University since 2005.

Sometimes life becomes very difficult and painful, and you might not know what to do or how to move forward. My general clinical focus is both humanistic and existential, and I can help you find your core self, recognize your main life goals, solidify your values, and help you to obtain your aspirations. I use a variety of clinical tools, such as cognitive behavioral strategies, perspective and priority evaluation, and resource development, so that I can help you identify the best plan for your situation. If you are having problems with addiction, anxiety, depression, identity, life changes, or relationship problems, talking with someone who can understand and guide you can help you become your best self.

I have lived in the Davis area for the past 20 years, and I have extensive knowledge of accessible resources. I can also help you to access university accommodations if you are having difficulty with your coursework or with learning. I believe that we all have the capacity to increase our happiness and life satisfaction, and I would like to help you reach your potential.

Dr. PILAR GONZALEZ-DOUPE|#PSY29780

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Grief & Loss, Family & Couple's Relationships, Parenting Issues, Workplace Stress, Life & Career Transitions, Relationship Violence, Wellness, Identity, & Self-Esteem Growth, Additional languages: French & Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Integrated Approach: Family Systems, Solution-Oriented, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Feminist, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotion-Focused, Gestalt

about me

Hello! I am a licensed psychologist in California, with specialized training in family systems therapy, dynamics of relationship violence and workplace stress. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families, as well as groups.

I speak French and Spanish. I was born in Chile, and grew up in French-speaking Canada. I pursued my undergraduate and graduate studies in the United States, living in the various states of California, Massachusetts, Indiana and Wisconsin. I trained as a family therapist in my Masters program and as a community psychologist in my doctoral program, completing my pre-doc at the university counseling center at UW-Madison.

In 2000, I moved to London to gather data for my dissertation, and stayed a further 12 years, working as a middle-manager supporting multi-disciplinary teams of social workers, psychologists, and nurses in hospital settings and community settings. I also ran therapy groups for young children dealing with relationship trauma, and supported counselors working in high-stress jobs. My interest in workplace stress led to my pursuing a M.Sc. in Executive Coaching, which I completed in 2011 from Ashridge Business School in Hertfordshire, England. Until 2012, I held a small coaching practice, working with professionals in business, law, medicine and the voluntary sector.

In 2012, I moved to Davis, California with my young family, to be closer to extended family on the West Coast. From 2015-2017, I completed a post-doc internship at the Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) on the UC Davis campus, offering support to staff, faculty and graduate students. In all, I have 14 years of experience supporting clients in educational, community and business institutions.

My counseling philosophy is that change is always possible and you, as the client, get to set the pace. My style emphasizes asking questions, listening for metaphors, using literary and video resources, using visualization and in-vivo exercises, both in-session and between-sessions. I consider building trust in the therapeutic relationship to be integral to offering meaningful support, challenge and perspective. Sometimes, trust and rapport is built quickly, sometimes it takes time. It is important that you feel comfortable to be yourself, at your own pace.

I look forward to meeting you and starting our conversation.

dr. daniel lumbres
he/him/his| #PSY31435

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Coming out, Transitioning, Same-sex & opposite-sex couples therapy, Asian mental health, Multiculturalism, Relationships & Breakups, Self-Esteem & Self-Image, Social Media & Online Networking

therapeutic orientation

Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Existential

about me

Welcome! My name is Dr. Daniel Lumbres. I’m originally from the center of California and earned my doctorate from CSPP Fresno in 2017. I’ve worked in a variety of places—from an elementary school to an inpatient facility—but found my passion in working with children, teenagers, and young adults. Hence what led me here to Acacia.

To be transparent: therapy is hard. Who knew simply talking about your problems made them more difficult to face? Working on your mental health may force you to uncover and confront parts of yourself you didn’t know existed. However, we’ll get through it together. I specialize in relationships—both with yourself and with others. I like to use our relationship in therapy as a healing tool to ultimately get you to your goal. Along the way, we’ll look for your innate tools, be mindful of the unique factors of your life, and utilize creative therapy techniques to challenge the status quo. I’ve also extensively studied the area of LGBTQ+ mental health and specialize in working with the unique challenges of the population.

Thank yourself for at least checking the website out and considering coming in. The first step is always the hardest. Conquer that and you can handle anything!

SUSIE RAFFERY-GLAD|#LCSW69347

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Couples Therapy, Dating & Sexual Issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Asperger's & High Functioning Autism, Social Anxiety, Compulsive Overeating, Internet & Behavioral Addictions, Identity Issues, Codependency, Foster & Adoption Issues, Substance Use/Abuse, Life Transitions, Life Coaching, Career & Employment Issues

therapeutic orientation

Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Enneagram, Life Coaching

about me

Hello! I am jazzed to be on the Acacia team... this is my ultimate dream job! I grew up on the East Coast in Pittsburgh, Pa. At age 12, I made two significant decisions about my future - to become a psychotherapist, and to settle in California. In my late 20's I completed my MSW degree, and my life/career journeys took me to live and practice psychotherapy in Philadelphia, Tucson, and Seattle, then finally Northern California in 1999. My own first personal therapy experience was at age 23, and it was life transforming. I wish I had the benefits of therapy while in college, it was an exciting yet tumultuous time, so much to figure out . . .

I am a passionate psychotherapist who works collaboratively, respectfully and joyfully with my clients to help achieve their goals. Over these decades I gained excellent education/training/experience in transforming the lives of individuals with diverse issues and ages, from varying socioeconomic/cultural/ethnic groups. I believe many answers are inside of us, that we need help discovering and trusting our inner voice. At other times we need a professional to teach us new ways, when some of the old ones no longer serve us. I am big on manifestation, helping my clients get clear on their hopes and dreams, and implementing a plan to create the life they desire. I have studied and incorporated the works of some of the wisest and most innovative psychotherapy theoreticians/practitioners over the years, and weave these concepts and tools into my therapy. I thrive on helping others to heal, and to incorporate lasting changes, so they may move on to enjoy the life they deserve.

The therapeutic relationship is a special one, as individual as each therapist and client. I bring myself into the room, setting the tone for a safe and authentic relationship, where nothing is off limits to discuss. And you bring you . . . My clients find me skillful, gentle, intuitive, wise, fun, pragmatic, tenacious, creative, empathic, and solution oriented. Therapy is a welcome respite from the craziness of our busy lives, a place to learn self care, to relax, reflect, replenish and regroup. Your time is valuable and limited. I am committed to using yours efficiently and effectively.

I am so excited to meet you, let's get started . . .

MARIE BATTAGLIA|UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

​Transition & Adjustment, Trauma, Disordered Eating, Loss & Grief, Depression, Anxiety, Career & Academic Issues, Relationship Challenges, Self Esteem & Identity, Illness

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, Interpersonal, Adlerian/Individual Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

about me

Hi! Thank you for taking what can be a really difficult step - getting the help you deserve. Originally from Toronto, I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and have lived in California since graduation. I spent the last 5 years working with college students and have since garnered a deep appreciation for the challenges and triumphs that come with this stage of life, regardless of a person’s age.

As an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, my clinical approach is collaborative, supportive, and when appropriate, challenging. I want to work with you to understand what is important to you, what your strengths are, and what you are struggling with to then identify ways to help you reach your goals. I believe that adversity does not have to define a person and my hope is to help you build the skills to cope with whatever comes your way; so you can be successful in and out of the counseling room. I believe in my clients and I believe in the therapeutic process, it may not be “easy” but it is worth it and so are you.

LIZETTE ORITZ
she/her/hers| #LMFT50482

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Crisis, Attachment, PTSD, Grief/Loss, Life transitions, Self Esteem, Severe mental health, Dual Diagnosis, Immigration, Additional language: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Solution Focused, Strength Based, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Family Systems, Attachment, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, Humanistic, Emotion Focused

about me

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work collaboratively with you in a way that feels supportive and offers a highly personalized approach that is tailored to you. For over a decade, I have worked in the non profit and community mental health systems working with children, adolescents, adults and families in distress and crisis. I have worked in different capacities in my field as a Clinician, Assessor, School Counselor and County Supervisor. I am also a part time lecturer in the graduate program at Saint Mary’s College. With years of experience working in different sectors and capacities, I have training, education, and experience required to effectively treat various presenting issues.

I use a strength based approach and work closely with clients to create an individualized plan that works towards wellness in a motivating and meaningful way. I combine several therapeutic evidenced based techniques and approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems and Attachment Based Therapy to help support clients towards their overall wellness goals.

BRENT VENEY|UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy

about me

I was born and raised in Waldorf, MD and settled in California after being stationed in Monterey. I have dedicated much of my life dedicated to the service of people. Prior to military service, I was a personal trainer for over 10 years. Helping people achieve goals, realize potential and secure a better future has always been my central focus. I intend to use my unique personality, experiences, deep skill set, and client centered approach in guiding you to your desired outcome.

I completed my undergraduate studies with a cultural concentration and am currently a Master of Social Work intern with the University of Southern California. Understanding diversity of many forms in combination with newly gained skills such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, aid me in serving those from many walks of life.

My approach to therapeutic service is client-centered, culturally aware, and trauma-informed. I maintain a mindfulness that each person brings a different set of experiences and challenges, but every person is of equal importance. From the moment we meet to the end of our time together, it is my goal to ensure the highest level of comfort, compassion, and sincerity possible while implementing Evidence-Based Practices to ensure your success.

Thank you for allowing me to travel with you on the road to change.

During my internship at Acacia Counseling and Wellness I will be under the supervision of Kevin Cavazos, LCSW.

JON ALEXANDER|UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Substance Use, PTSD

therapeutic orientation

Motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), & problem-solving therapy

about me

I am from New York and moved to Davis in 2015. As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I served as a translator and gained a fascination with languages and behavior. I achieved my Bachelors of Psychology and Linguistics in 2018 and felt I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, which led me to pursue my Masters in Social Work.

Currently, I intern with the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck school of Social Work, where I have been gaining valuable skills in motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and problem-solving therapy. Every individual has unique strengths and challenges, and my burgeoning skills allow me to help you tap into those strengths to meet your challenges with confidence and a sense of renewed vigor.

My personal experiences have provided me insight into diverse issues such as depression, substance use, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I believe that the challenges I have faced in my life provide me with valuable insight and perspective when helping others to heal.

I bring a client-centered approach to the therapy process. I am culturally and individually sensitive to each person’ needs, and our sessions will be custom-tailored to your desires and goals. My own goal is to empower you with effective mechanisms and tools to fulfill your personal potential as decided by you, the client.

I am under the direct supervision of Kevin Cavazos, LCSW.

HEATHER BROWN|UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Stress management, Self-Esteem & Self-Efficacy, Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

about me

I am a native of California but spent several years living on the east coast while completing my undergraduate studies. I became interested in clinical work after working in education and seeing firsthand how trauma and stress impact individuals throughout their lifespan. This led me to want to be a resource for people who need help but may not know how to ask for it. My primary experience has been in working with children and young adults but welcome individuals of all ages, as well as all backgrounds and cultures.

I believe in the importance of taking into consideration one’s experiences, environment, and systemic factors when conducting therapeutic work, and therefore operate through a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and strive to empower my clients to be their own advocates and agents of change. Everyone is the expert of his or her own story and my role is to help you gain the tools and skills that will improve your quality of life and lead to a more holistic sense of well-being.

SUSY QUINTO | UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Identity, Relationships, Self-Worth, Life Transition, School & Career Issues, Health Issues, Trauma, Developmental Disabilities

therapeutic orientation

​ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy

about me

All my life, I have been attracted to tending to people’s feelings and consoling them in a comforting, healthy way. I find joy in people wanting to be vulnerable with and confide in me the difficulties they are facing in life which drives my genuine desire to rightfully make them feel like they are important and cared for.

Having lived in Elk Grove my entire life, I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento in 2017. Since then, I have embarked on a remarkable journey to earning my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Northstate University. As a part of this journey, I am excited to work here at Acacia as a practicum student. I also have experience volunteering as a counselor for a crisis line where I help empower youth to discover their own course of action through collaboration and nurturance.

A crucial part of my identity widely encompasses my passion to nurture individuals’ emotional health. In collaboration with you, I would like to help identify healthy ways to resolve challenges you are facing. I am interested in who you are, where your concerns lie, and what your goals are. Together, we can work on those goals. I believe this process is a collaborative one, where I am learning just as much from you as you may be from me.

DAN THU NGUYEN|UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Life Stage Transitions, Identity Development, Academic & Career Transitions, Culture Identity Development/Acculturation, Stress Management, Coping Skills, Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem Growth, Work-Life Support, Health & Wellness, Interpersonal Relationship Dynamics (Family, Couples, Peers), Parenting Support

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory, Strength-Based, Narrative, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology

about me

Hello and welcome to our family of care at Acacia. My name is Dan Thu. As a child, my family and I came to California as refugees. We had the opportunity and fortune to rebuild our lives and pursue our hopes here. This journey allowed me to walk many paths amongst many varied individuals, risk, face obstacles, learn from failures and triumphs, and rise further to go forth. This sometimes messy, challenging, yet beautiful process of growth, personal development, and discovery fascinates and inspires me.

You are not alone on your journey. I see you. I believe in you and your needs. I believe that our collaboration, support, and work together as your psychologist, may be a time to uncover, recover, invoke, and empower your truths, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I come to you with varied life experiences and training that provides me an amalgamation of resources, knowledge, and perspectives that are at your service as we journey towards where and who you are meant to be.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling, Acacia individual therapy is a collaborative process between you and your therapist, aiming to understand problems, facilitate change, and improve quality of life.

A staple of every Acacia office, we believe that individual therapy is an incredibly effective process of healing through self-exploration, skills training, and other various forms of change. Ask your therapist how they view the change process. Remember, not every therapist is a good fit and it is important for you to find an Acacia therapist who you feel connects best to your specific needs. If you don't get a good fit, don't fret. You can ask for a change and we will accommodate you!

The therapeutic process can range in length from a few sessions to several years and is appropriate for goals ranging from focused on solving immediate problems to facilitating self-growth and discovery.

Sessions generally last 50 minutes and provide a safe, caring, and confidential space where you can deeply explore the challenges in your lives and, with the help of the therapist, find effective responses and solutions. The process of therapy is largely determined by your individual needs and the nature of each problem but will likely involve exploration of emotions, beliefs, behaviors, internal conflicts, relationships, and both current and past experiences.

Individual therapy can be effective in helping you better understand, manage and express your emotions, learn to deal effectively with stress and anxiety, improve relationships, heal from past traumas, change behaviors that are counterproductive to your goals and values, gain confidence and self-esteem, work through difficult family dynamics, and many other situations. Individual therapy has been shown to be highly effective for many mental health conditions.

GROUP THERAPY

One of the secret gems of your personal change process could be group therapy. Group therapy is a highly effective and unique form of treatment and is appropriate for many of the same problems as individual therapy. It is well established as an effective treatment for many mental health issues including depression, anxiety, social skills/relationship building, and more!

Groups generally consist of 6-8 people, last 60-75 minutes and are led by a therapist who works to create a safe, collaborative, and confidential environment amongst group members. Groups are effective in helping individuals acquire better-coping skills, find support in their day-to-day difficulties, overcome anxieties about social interactions, explore past traumas, heal from internal feelings of shame and guilt, and modify problematic behaviors. Group members often report feeling relieved that others are going through similar problems and they often enjoy the experience practicing a new identity. For example, do you have problems asserting your needs? Group can be a great space for you to start practicing!

As groups inherently involve the interaction of members, groups are especially effective in helping individuals build, repair, and maintain more effective, supportive relationships with others. At Acacia, we believe in the power of group therapy and have significant experience in effectively running a range of different groups. Finally, in our groups, you can be assured that we will take precautions in not placing you in a group with someone who you might know on a personal level.

COUPLES THERAPY

Would you like to explore relationship dynamics and change problematic cycles to improve interactions with others? If so, couples therapy might be just the thing for you! At Acacia, we allow you to decide how you would like to define 'couple'. It does not always have to be romantic in nature and it can be defined in multiple ways (parent-child, roommate-roommate, partner-partner).

In couples therapy, we will help you work through communication issues, loss of connection and intimacy, financial issues, affairs and betrayals, family issues, and more. Acacia therapists will work hard to understand each of you and we will not take sides. Rather, we will explore patterns and try to find healthy alternatives and positive change.

We also understand how life stressors and relationship issues can sometimes make sex a challenge. Sex therapy is used to help couples or individuals reach greater sexual/emotional intimacy and create a satisfactory sex life. Our therapists will work hard to understand your sexual drives, limitations, desires, traumas and more to help you find your sexual peace of mind.

PSYCHIATRY

At Acacia, we believe that psychiatry services and medication management are often an essential part of your treatment. As such, our psychiatrists focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral issues through psychotherapy and medication. Acacia psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of mental health. We will help you understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical issues. Your genetics and family history are evaluated along with medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to develop treatment plans suitable to your needs.

Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners use a variety of treatments – including various forms of psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and other treatments. Medication treatments may include the following:

Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.

Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.

Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.

Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.

Stimulants – used to treat ADHD.

Please be sure to speak with your psychiatrist regarding any of your concerns regarding medication use. Acacia psychiatrists and nurse practitioners will always listen to your needs and will be there to help you throughout the process!