Until further notice, all appointments are conducted via video. Contact your location's admin team for more information.



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

Acacia Davis offers individual therapy, group, and psychiatry 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.

Looking to recommend a friend, colleague, or family member? Everyone in California can access our services!

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
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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.
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
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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?

Davis Providers

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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Clinical Director

Kevin Cavazos

Therapist | LCSW
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Blanca Mendoza

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Daniel Lumbres

Psychologist | PsyD
Mousumi Mukerji

Mousumi Mukerji

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP

Dr. Pilar Gonzalez-Doupe

Psychologist | PhD
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Susie Rafferty-Glad

Therapist | LCSW

Dr. Sharon Muha

Psychologist | PsyD
Stefanie Cremin

Stefanie Cremin

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Tatiana Mefford

Psychiatrist | MD
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Dr. Ashley Murphy

Psychologist | PsyD
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Kailyn Danielson

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Anjali Connors

Psychologist | PsyD
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Dr. Ashli Ellis

Psychologist | PsyD
Amy Thompson, NP

Amy Thomson

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Dr. Limor Watson

Psychologist | PsyD
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Dr. Stephanie Smolinski

Psychologist | PsyD
Melissa Regan, LMFT

Melissa Regan

Therapist | LMFT

Davis Team

Each Acacia office is supported by a team of amazing staff members who will help you on your mental health journey. From scheduling your first appointment to navigating your questions about billing, insurance, and client rights, the admin team is here to ensure you get the care you need.

Click on a team member to learn more about who they are. Contact our office to discuss options.


Jackeline Vasquez

Office Manager
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Hayley Beth Heramia

Administrative Specialist
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Tevin Honrada

Administrative Specialist

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!

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, UCSHIP, Aetna, MHN, Cigna, 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.

Payments using our online service are for completed or ongoing sessions.
Contact your office front desk if you have additional payments you would like to make.



Anxiety, Coping Skills, Communication Skills, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Childhood & Adult PTSD, Depression, Disassociation, Grief & Loss , LGBTQIA+, Life Transition, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem & Identity, Stress Management, Substance & Addiction

therapeutic orientation

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

about me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a keen intuition, a deep sensitivity, and empathy that is ever present. Over my years of practice, 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 that your personal story hold great wisdom and the key to your healing. Therefore, it is my goal to create that sacred space for the many dimensions of you to emerge and be seen, valued, and validated. During our time together, you will have access to the truth of your story and to find gratitude in the obstacles you’re facing to overcome the emotions, behaviors, and cognitions that are causing you distress.

Bringing deep awareness, compassion and commitment to those with whom I work, my approach to therapy is creative, accepting, and collaborative. I draw on ancient wisdom and modern practices to bring lasting transformation to people's lives. Your sessions with me will holistically explore all of the levels of Self while gaining new skills to cope with what you need to address.

Utilizing a Heart Centered, Holistic, and Psychosynthesis approach, I will guide you to step into yourself and confront, acknowledge, and accept all aspects of you and/or the situations you are experiencing. Within this safe place, we will find the tools, interventions, and consciousness that will help you move forward with your current symptoms, life challenges, and perspective issues. Our collaboration will unfold many truths that are tied into our body’s and mind’s inner wisdom. I offer a therapeutic companionship and a vessel for healing, to answer to the call towards Wholeness. This kind of work will help us achieve a greater sense of focus, autonomy, healthy detachment, healing, and rapid insight in different matters. Overall, I am committed to your process of healing and regeneration of self by fostering safety within you. I look forward to working with you soon.



Academic or Career Challenges, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Child/Adolescent, Communication Skills, Coping Skills, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Parenting, Personality, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma and PTSD, and Women's Issues
Additional Languages: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Person-Centered, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, Strategic, Strength-Based, Trauma-informed.

about me

Hi! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). My approach to therapy is to foster a collaborative environment, as you are the expert in your life! :) I provide a safe environment to explore your goals and practical/useful strategies to support you in reaching them. I understand that therapy can be challenging and I do my best to offer a warm and fun space to challenge yourself to sit in the discomfort and process it using mindfulness and grounding strategies as well humor and when appropriate. One of my core values is to instill cultural sensitivity into my practice by understanding a client's background ethnicity and belief system. I’ve been fortunate in being able to assist clients with a wide range of needs including processing complex trauma using trauma-informed techniques, supporting clients in adjusting and coping with major life changes, addressing self-image and self-esteem, and working with clients and significant others to improve personal relationships.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Ethnic studies as well as a Masters of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University, Sacramento. I have worked in the Sacramento area gaining experience and expertise working in non-profit community mental health with children, families, transitional aged youth, couples, and individual adults which then lead me to the Acacia team.

One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes describes my approach to therapy and life very well: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -- Maya Angelou

Let's get to work helping you learn to not merely survive each day but to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style!

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


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 2018. 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!



Medication management, Stress, Trauma and PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Women's Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Child or Adolescent, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Substance Use, Spirituality

Additional Languages: Bengali, French, some Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Psychodynamic

about me

I am deeply honored to be part of the Acacia Davis team.

I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. Prior to pursuing a second career in psychiatry, I worked for over twenty years as a certified nurse-midwife and maternity care nurse. I have particular interest, experience, and training in women’s mental health--especially during pregnancy and postpartum. I have provided psychiatric care to children, teens, and adults in both community mental health and private practice settings. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/stress-related disorders, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. I strongly regard my patients as partners in their own health care. Treatments are not dictated to you by me but are rather shared decisions made by you and me together. I take a holistic, compassion-focused, attachment-based, and recovery-oriented view towards mental health, keeping in mind that many factors play a role in maintaining our mental well-being, including relationships, diet, sleep, exercise, stress-management, and spirituality-- in addition to medication if necessary. Furthermore, I am a lifelong meditator and a practitioner of mindfulness (Vipassana) and concentration (Shamatha) meditation for 11 years. I gather useful insights into the human mind through my involvement in and understanding of Eastern contemplative practices and translate them into Western mental health treatment. The modern sciences of neurobiology and compassion also inform my practice.

As a trauma survivor myself, I strive to create as many opportunities to experience joy, awe and wonder as possible. My hobbies and personal interests reflect this by including yoga and meditation, art, travel, anthropology, cosmology, painting, beading, and hiking. I write this as we are deep in the COVID-19 pandemic. Even during this incredibly difficult time I have found fertile ground for positive emotions, by practicing gratitude, self-compassion, and “taking in the good”.

I completed my nursing and midwifery training at Yale University in 1995, and trained in psychiatry and mental health through the nurse practitioner program at UCSF in 2018.



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.



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 . . .



Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Wellness Counseling, Spirituality, Acculturative Stress, Trauma, Grief, Stress Reduction, Weight Loss

therapeutic orientation

Jungian, Psychodynamic, Integrative, Expressive Arts, Solution Focused Brief, Wellness Counseling, Transcultural, Person-Centered, Humanistic, Strength-Based

about me

Welcome! My name is Dr. Sharon Muha. I am a Clinical Psychologist that is licensed in the state of California. I have been providing mental health services since 2007.

My approach to therapy is collaborative, integrative and holistic with the specific concerns and needs of each client guiding the work we do together. I provide a safe and judgment free environment that welcomes clients of all beliefs, identities and cultures.

I have extensive experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns and have assisted clients with life transitions and lifestyle changes. In addition to providing both long-term and brief therapy services, I have experience as an adjunct professor, a primary supervisor for doctoral students, a mental health consultant and as a director of mental health services. I have worked in a variety of settings which include 6 years of college counseling; Fresno City College, Reedley College and Sacramento State University, community clinics and private practice.

My specialty is Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic therapy including the clinical use of dreams and expressive arts. For clients interested in brief therapy, I utilize CBT, Brief Psychodynamic, Brief Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing and Wellness Counseling interventions.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University in 2003. I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU in Fresno. I have a passion for physical fitness and obtained my Certified Personal Trainer certificate in 2013 from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In addition to my CPT certification, I have a Specialization in Fitness Nutrition and Weight loss. I received a Wellness Counseling certificate from Cornell University in 2020.

During my free time, I enjoy being in nature, traveling, reading, distance running, spending time with family and friends, and being creative. I also have a passion for learning about the various cultures, mythologies and religions of the world.



Anxiety, Depression, Coping Skills, Anger Management, Family Conflict, LGBTQIA+, Life Transitions, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming.

therapeutic orientation

CBT, ACT, Family Systems, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based, Trauma-Focused.

about me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received my masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. I take a collaborative, strength-based approach to helping individuals decide what they want out of their counseling journey, whether it be learning specific skills to improve functioning, gaining clearer insight to emotions, or processing past and current experiences. I am here to support you in your goals with authenticity, compassion, humor, and and genuine desire to understand where you've been, where you're going, and how our work can support you in reaching your full potential.

In my free time, I enjoy taking my dog on outdoor adventures, snuggling my cat, practicing yoga, and reading fantasy novels.

she/her/hers | A141707


Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Autism Spectrum, PTSD, Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic

about me

I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. As your doctor, my role is to provide compassionate, evidence-based treatment. I prescribe medications when appropriate, attempting to use the lowest possible doses and the least number of medications to produce effective results. My mission is to understand you as a unique person and work collaboratively to ensure a truly integrated approach to your well-being.

I am originally from the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley for college. I completed medical training at UC Irvine, worked as a resident in San Mateo County, and completed child psychiatry training at Stanford University.



Depression, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Trauma, Suicidal Ideation, LGBTQIA+, First Generation College Students, Disability, Substance Abuse (including individual and family substance abuse), Multicultural & Intergenerational Family Concerns, Identity Development, Self-Compassion, Grief & Loss.

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care, Feminist, Multicultural and Social Justice Frameworks, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Strength-Based, Mindfulness, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

about me

Welcome! My name is Dr. Ashley Murphy, and I am a licensed psychologist. I grew up in Vallejo, California, and completed my undergraduate education at UC Davis (Go Aggies)! I completed my doctoral education and training in the Bay Area at Alliant International University. I am honored to be part of the Acacia Davis team, and the opportunity to return to my alma mater community and serve a town and student body that I care deeply for.

I have partnered with university students from a broad range of backgrounds and presenting needs, which has included providing therapeutic services in campus counseling centers and working in the UC Davis residence halls. My professional training and background also includes working with adults in chemical dependency treatment, and working with children and families in community mental health settings.

Navigating higher education can be an incredibly challenging and transformative period in life, while simultaneously managing the additional experiences you may be having in the personal, community, and other domains of life. I am dedicated to assisting you in navigating the challenges of this period and finding meaningful and fulfilling experiences during your time at UC Davis; in addition, helping you to address any other concerns you may be carrying on your mind/heart/body, increasing understanding and compassion for yourself, recognizing your strengths, building practices for continued healing and growth, and more.

My approach to therapy is grounded in humility and respect for each person’s unique lived experiences, multiple and intersecting identities, and the systemic and socio-cultural factors impacting one’s well-being. I bring warmth and authenticity to therapeutic relationships, and an integrative approach that adapts to your individual needs and goals. Therapy can look different for everyone; so, I look forward to meeting you where you are at, and co-creating a space together that I hope can feel supportive, collaborative, affirming of who you are, and a space in which your needs can be explored and addressed.

Outside of work, I am often eating and hibernating (Taurus life!), spending time with my loved ones and two doggies, being outdoors and gardening, and doing anything related to music – dancing, karaoke, and rock concerts! I have also returned to my hometown where I participate in volunteering and community organizing. This is deeply meaningful to me, and is something that many organizers, clinicians, and others have said for years: on the importance of health providers participating in community and systemic change, to address some of the systemic, root issues that harm people’s mental health and wellness.

I look forward to connecting soon, and am so glad to see you showing up for yourself and your mental health via therapy and in other ways. You deserve wellness, and I am glad you are here!



Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD, Depression, Life Transitions, Stress, Self-esteem, Relationship Issues, Women's Issues, Family Conflict, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Peer Relationships, School Issues, Sexual Abuse, Sleep or Insomnia, Domestic Violence

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Humanistic, Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Trauma Focused, Attachment-based, Relational, Compassion Focused, Culturally Sensitive, Mindfulness, Existential, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Narrative, Family Systems, Dialectical (DBT), Somatic

about me

Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the Acacia team and to have the opportunity to work with the Davis community. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and throughout my career, I have had the incredible privilege to work with a diverse array of children, adolescents, and adults. I grew up in this area, but I have lived and worked throughout California in a variety of settings including intensive outpatient and non-profit organizations.

Seeking out support can be tough, and I am grateful to be able to share the space and time to sort through life’s challenges with my clients. I believe deeply in the trust and connection that therapy can create, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space to explore emotions, reactions, and difficulties. My priority is to be open and authentic and to use our work in therapy to empower you to recognize and celebrate your own strengths. Together we can work to navigate and process difficult experiences, transitions, and emotions. We all need an emotionally safe space, and my job is to nurture that space so that self-reflection, understanding, identity building, and the lasting change that you want to work towards can evolve. I believe that therapy works best when it comes from a place of compassion, understanding, and a little bit of humor and fun.

When I am not in a therapy office (or in front of a telehealth screen!), I love hiking with friends, listening to old records, and dancing like a goof in the kitchen while I cook. I am so looking forward to listening to your story and working together to envision and empower a future of strength, connection, and hope.

SHE/HeR/HERS | #PsyD16017


Women’s Issues, Spirituality, Parenting, Self Esteem, Life Transitions, Career Counseling, Stress, Relationship, LIfe Coaching, LGBTQIA+, Anxiety

therapeutic orientation

Relational, strength based, somatic, psychodynamic,, interpersonal, mindfulness, family systems

about me

Dr. Anjali Connors started her career as an academic counselor at UCSB. She found that many of the students came to her to talk about their personal life, rather than academics, and that inspired her to pursue her doctorate in psychology. She has been licensed since 1998 and has had many different jobs in her career, but her favorite has always been working with college students. She loves the academic environment and helping students navigate the waters of their academic careers. She has worked at Orange Coast College, Whittier College and Sacramento state in addition to many years in private practice.

Yoga is also a huge part of Anjali’s life and this informs her work with clients. She took her first yoga teacher training in 2009 and has been teaching since that time. She traveled to India in 2014 and has been back 8 times to study with her main teacher. It was in India that she learned how powerful the tools of mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, mantra and kirya are for healing the mind, body and spirit.

In her work with clients, she focuses on the whole person, rather than a label or diagnosis. She aims to create an environment of safety, as she believes that greatest change happens in an environment of compassion and support.

In her work with clients, Dr. Connors pulls from years of experience as well as CBT, psychodynamic, gestalt and systems theories. She also holds a somatic perspective (helping clients to be present in the body to better understand themselves). She may teach the yogic practices of mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and mantra if appropriate. These practices are powerful in healing the nervous system and stuck patterning - thereby making it easier for clients to be present with themselves.

She believes anything is possible for you and her greatest joy is to see her clients thrive! If you feel called to work with her, please reach out.



Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Life Transitions, Inappropriate Sexualized Behaviors, Maladaptive Behaviors, Self-Identity Exploration, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict

therapeutic orientation

Client-Centered, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

about me

Hello! I am Dr. Ashli Ellis, a licensed clinical psychologist here at Acacia Counseling and Wellness. My main goal as a psychologist is to provide a safe, empathic and collaborative environment for my clients to feel comfortable exploring their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I emphasize developing a shared understanding of how a client’s past, experiences, unconscious, and beliefs affect 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 seeking to get out of therapy.

My experience has primarily been with children, families and adults who have experienced trauma, including physical and emotional trauma, environmental trauma, sexual trauma, relational trauma and intergenerational trauma. I also have experience working with clients dealing with issues such as: posttraumatic stress disorder, anger management, inappropriate sexualized behaviors, life transitions, family dynamic issues, abusive relationships, behavioral issues, substance use, and anxiety and mood disorders.

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



Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Medication Management

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused

about me

Hello and welcome to Acacia.

I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in adult medicine and psychiatry, trained at the University of California, San Francisco. As an advanced practiced nurse, I provide mental health care services, including biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and prescribe medication. I began working in community mental health in 1997 in San Francisco with a diverse population, moving on in 2007 to practicing community psychiatry in the Bay Area.

Utilizing a holistic approach we will develop a plan that integrates medication & supports from non pharmaceutical interventions such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene, exercise, spiritual practice, social support and psychotherapy.

My goal is more than the abatement of symptoms with evidence-based treatment but to promote healing, growth, and recovery. I listen with a sincere interest in understanding your experience and concerns. For me this way of providing care is an honor.



Coping Skills, Depression, Grief, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Racial Identity, Self-Esteem, Sports Performance, Stress Management, Women's Issues

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Multicultural, Feminist, Mindfulness-Based, Narrative, Person-Centered, Strength-based

about me

Welcome! I am Dr. Limor Watson. I am originally from Southern California. I attended graduate programs in the Bay Area where I obtained my Masters and Doctorate degrees that specifically emphasized multicultural and feminist perspectives. I developed a culturally-competent and goal-oriented professional identity. I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience counseling diverse populations in settings including community clinics, alternative high schools and the California state prison system. I place great value in developing rapport and building trust with clients and creating a safe space to assist you in achieving your personal and academic goals.

My theoretical approach is holistic as I view mental and emotional issues as they intersect with socio-cultural factors and backgrounds. I believe in tailoring to the needs of each client, mainly using a strength-based approach. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to determine the best course of treatment.

Personally, I enjoy challenging myself with physical activities such as running, cross fit and powerlifting. I also draw and love to read.



Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Grief & Loss, Spirituality/Religious Identity, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Disability, Life Transitions/Adjustment Issues, Peer Relationships, Athletes, Trauma, Childhood Emotional Neglect, Nutrition and Mental Health

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Person-Centered, Humanistic, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello! I’m glad that you have found your way here. Whether you’ve been in therapy before or this is your very first time, it takes courage to consider taking this step and I would be honored to walk alongside you on this journey.

My name is Dr. Stephanie Smolinski and I am a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping young adults increase their overall well-being. While completing my graduate studies at Fuller School of Psychology and Pepperdine University, I had a wide-range of clinical training experiences with clients of all ages and backgrounds. It wasn’t until starting my internship at a university counseling center that I felt I had come “home,” though. The life-changing experience of entering my own therapy during college led me into the field of psychology and I consider it a privilege that I now have the opportunity to assist individuals during this pivotal time period. Prior to joining Acacia, I served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training at the Student Counseling Center at Whittier College, one of the most diverse, liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and also worked with students at Otis College of Art and Design.

I believe that the healing power of therapy is found in relationships and that connection with others is the fundamental human motivation. As a result, I seek to create a safe, secure and compassionate environment where we can work collaboratively toward your goals. While I have expertise in psychology, you are the expert on you and together we can discover patterns or “narratives” that might be keeping you stuck, identify coping skills that work for you, and move toward the story you are wanting to live.

Born and raised in the Midwest, I never tire of the beautiful California weather or seeing the sites that I grew up watching on television shows. When I’m not in the therapy chair, I like to stay active by biking, running, or gardening, but also enjoy getting lost in a good book or movie as well as any opportunities to exercise my creativity or love of trivia.

Melissa Regan
she/her/hers | #LMFT128703


Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Stress, Family Conflict, and Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Expressive Arts, Family Systems, Person-Centered, mindfulness.

about me

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my MA in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage family therapy and art therapy from Phillips Graduate University and a BA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Acacia team, I worked as a therapist in eating disorder treatment (both residential and outpatient). I have experience working with individuals, children, adolescents and families from diverse backgrounds.

My therapeutic approach incorporates elements of Art Therapy, DBT, CBT, person-centered, mindfulness, and family systems therapy. My approach is empathetic, compassionate, creative, and nonjudgmental as to create honest and trusting relationships with clients and to create a safe place for clients to express themselves. In my free time I love traveling, reading, going to the beach, watching TV, exploring new coffee places, and spending time with my dog. I am very excited to be part of the amazing Acacia team!

jackeline vasquez | she/her.hers

Davis Office Manager


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.




Hi! My name is Hayley and I'm an Administrative Assistant at the Acacia Davis office. Although I'm originally from LA, I recently graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Communication. Along with my passion for mental health advocacy in college communities, I was really drawn to Acacia's strong emphasis on inclusivity and diversity. Through Acacia, I'm most excited about serving the Davis community that I've grown to know and love over my time in undergrad.

In my free time, you can find me hanging out with friends, playing Bananagrams, baking, and being outdoors!

What advice would you give your younger self?

Try everything you're curious about at least once, and then stick to what you actually enjoy doing – not necessarily what you're good at.

What movie or book is always your go-to?

I love watching Ratatouille! It's such a fun movie that I never get tired of it. It also inspired me to cook the actual ratatouille dish, which became one of my favorite recipes to make.

Tevin Honrada | They/Them/Theirs, He/Him/His

Administrative Assistant


Hi all! My name is Rodney but most people call me by my middle name “Tevin”. I am one of the Administrative Assistants at Acacia Davis. I am a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and a minor in South/Southeast Asian Studies. I am extremely community oriented and an advocate for multicultural sensitivity within the mental health field; as a result, Acacia seemed to align perfectly with my values!

In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball with my friends, watching a Netflix show with my mom and sister, and journaling/writing poetry.

How would you describe your childhood best friend?

My childhood best friend (who is still my best friend) is one of the most kind-hearted people I know. She is one of my biggest advocates and supporters in everything I do. And the best part is that she is over a foot taller than me! So, we are the best of both worlds.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Three items I would take to a deserted island are a bag of apples because I eat at least one a day (plus I could plant the seeds to grow more), a “comfy”/sweater blanket to keep me warm while maintaining comfort, and my dog Peanut so he could fend off any other animals that may be there/keep each other company (of course, I’d share my apples!).


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.

Until further notice, all appointments are via video. Contact your office to discuss this further.

All Acacia offices offer video therapy appointments*. Existing clients can discuss with their provider to switch appointments to video as a one-off or ongoing.
*Video service may not be covered by your insurance plan, it's important to know before finalizing your appointment.


Video therapy, also known as telehealth or teletherapy, allows you to connect with a therapist without having to travel anywhere.

Similar to services you receive in person, video therapy 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.


Acacia Reach is our video therapy services that allows everyone access to video services, even when there is no physical Acacia location nearby. Check out the link below to learn more!

Postdoctoral training program

Acacia offers a one-year training program (starting in February 2021) for Postdoctoral Registered Psychological Assistants interested in working with college and graduate student populations.

Postdoctoral Registered Psychological Assistant applications are being accepted now (click link below to apply!):

Practicum training focuses on a number of components:

+ In-depth training in diagnostic assessment and individual outpatient therapy, with group and couples therapy based on referrals.
+ Postdoctoral trainees are provided with weekly clinical supervision, group case consultation and didactic training.
+ This is a full-time, 1 year post-doctoral position structured such to meet all requirements for the 1500 hours of postdoctoral Supervised Professional
+ Experience (SPE) necessary for licensure in California. Note that it is the postdoctoral candidate's responsibility to determine whether this placement will meet the requirements for licensure in other states, as some states require more than 1500 hours of SPE and may have additional regulations regarding these hours.
+ Intensive focus on multiculturalism and the development of cultural humility.
+ Training in a variety of empirically-supported theoretical orientations, interventions, and ways of conceptualizing clients.
+ Acacia is made up of a diverse variety of mental health clinicians with specialized training in several areas of expertise and from different backgrounds, and our therapists are actively involved in the training process with practicum students.


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.


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.