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.

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 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.


Laura Naughton

Director | LCSW

Jackeline Vasquez

Office Manager

Kevin Cavazos

Therapist | LCSW
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Blanca Mendoza

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Heather John

Psychiatrist | MD
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Dr. Allison Meins

Psychologist | PsyD

Dr. Daniel Lumbres

Psychologist | PsyD

Dr. Pilar Gonzalez-Doupe

Psychologist | PhD
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Susie Rafferty-Glad

Therapist | LCSW

Tory Ross

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Sharon Muha

Psychologist | PsyD
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Mousumi Mukerji

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
Stefanie Cremin

Stefanie Cremin

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Ashley Murphy

Psychologist | PsyD

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, 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.

Laura Naughton


Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mood Disorders, Self-Esteem & Self-Worth

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma Informed Care, Harm Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Group Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

about me

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" -Leonard Cohen

I am so grateful to be a part of the Acacia Counseling and Wellness Team! I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of California with experience working in diverse settings including university campuses, non-profit agencies, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. I am authentic and relational in the work that I do, focusing on forging strong connections and creating a safe environment for individuals to process and explore their thoughts, feelings and experiences. I take a non-judgmental stance with a focus on reducing shame, aligning with values and increasing self-worth and self-esteem. I work to ensure that individuals feel supported and empowered while holding safe space for self- reflection, self-awareness, validation, and self-determination.

In conjunction with my work as a clinician, I am intent on providing compassionate, value driven and strengths based leadership. My leadership style and goals involve creating a safe, supportive and collaborative environment where personal and professional growth, self- reflection, self-awareness, fun, connection, and consultation are prioritized in the name of providing comprehensive clinical services to clients. I aim to integrate my values of authenticity, curiosity, transparency, accountability, and collaboration with the work I do.

As a clinician and a director I collaborate with the individuals and groups I work with in the hopes of creating partnerships that will lead to lasting change. I also enjoy being in nature, hiking, practicing yoga, eating tacos, traveling, playing with my dog, camping, and taking adventures with my family and friends!

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.



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!



Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Mood issues

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral

about me

As a psychiatrist, my role at Acacia is to consider with you how to optimize your mental health, and whether medications might be a good fit for your treatment. I am trained as a psychotherapist, and psychotherapeutically-informed approaches will be integral to your visits with me.

I grew up in Texas, majored in Human Biology at Stanford (where I discovered that "y'all" is underutilized in California), and completed a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale. My medical degree is from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, with an internal medicine internship at Northwestern, and psychiatry residency at UCLA. After over a decade in California, I now live in the Northeast (East Coast v. West Coast? Both/and).



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.

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!



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 . . .



I specialize in working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, work/school related or transition issues. Couples, Premarital & Marriage Therapy, Grief & Bereavement Therapy, as well as faith based needs & perspectives.

therapeutic orientation

Person Centered orientation as well as incorporate Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with a strength based approach.

about me

For over 20+ years, I have worked with individuals struggling with a number of issues ranging from depression, to anxiety or stress related issues to self-esteem or self-confidence issues, utilizing approaches that focuses on strengths over weaknesses. I love to incorporate Cognitive Behavioral therapy in sessions, as this helps identify thinking patterns that may need to be changed, adjusted or addressed to help maximize a person's potential in life. I believe that my practical and on hands experiences over the years has helped me develop a deeper empathy, awareness and insight into how to help individuals maneuver through the various trials or struggles they are faced with. I am also a mother, wife, and life-long learner, who is always discovering new ways of connecting or understanding people, so that I can more effective in helping them reach their ultimate goals in life.



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.



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

“Each of you is perfect the way you are ... and you can use a little improvement.”

― Shunryu Suzuki

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, 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 science of neurobiology also informs my practice, and indeed the similarities between the two systems are often striking.

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, making jewelry, 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, deep awareness of the present moment, 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



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.



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).

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 yourself and your mental health via therapy and in other ways. You deserve wellness, and I am glad you are here!


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.