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



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

Acacia Irvine offers individual, group, psychiatry and wellness activities. Located within walking distance from UC Irvine, just over the bridge in the University Center, above Chipotle and near Yoga Shakti. Come into the office to experience a little slice of modern design featuring a vibrant lobby and relaxing vibes throughout.

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

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Acacia is an absolutely amazing place to go for college students. The staff and counselors are all very welcoming, genuine, and supportive. The counseling services deliver specialized care and create a kind environment.
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Super kind and understanding people all around.

Irvine 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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Portialyn Buzzanga

Director | LCSW
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Andrea Lochtefeld

Assistant Director | LCSW

Angelica Carman

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Jerry Vu

Psychologist | PsyD

Lyleanna Nguyen

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Kai Chiu

Therapist | LMFT
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Alysha McCuistion

Therapist | LCSW
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Dr. Staci Graham

Psychologist | PsyD
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Stephanie Magana

Therapist | LMFT
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Diane Ackroyd

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Dr. Anissa York

Psychologist | PsyD
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Autumn McKamie

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Lawrence Chen

Psychologist | PhD
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Cheyenne Roberts

Therapist | LCSW
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Dr. Iamee Kling

Psychologist | PsyD
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Jenn Clear

Triage Therapist | LCSW

Irvine 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.

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Kailey Waring

Office Manager
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Odalys Gonzalez De Jesus

Administrative Specialist
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Brinthy Moore

Administrative Specialist
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Karen Tax

Administrative Specialist

Irvine Services

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

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




therapeutic orientation


about me

Greetings and welcome to Acacia Counseling and Wellness—Irvine! I am thrilled to be a part of the Acacia family and to serve the students of UCI and the surrounding community.

Transitioning to university life, whether it be undergrad or graduate school, can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience but it can also come with many challenges and obstacles that may be difficult to face in this new space. My goal is to create an environment where students can present “where they are”, develop, embrace, and understand their identities, establish security in themselves, and develop the skills to successfully navigate and enjoy their time as they pursue their academic and social goals.

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life and in a myriad of settings. I have built my career in a variety of roles within the mental health realm, mostly in leadership, operations, community work, and direct practice. I started as a community social worker/therapist providing crisis stabilization services before working my way into the acute care world as an inpatient mental health social worker. I then developed an interest in leadership and have managed teams in both acute care and freestanding hospitals working with individuals across the lifespan, opportunities that allowed me to oftentimes work with college students experiencing difficulties transitioning into adulthood, adjusting to the demands of rigorous academic programs, and feeling overwhelmed with reframed definitions of success. I believe my journey thus far has led me to Acacia and I am honored and happy to be here.

I am dedicated to cultivating a supportive, stimulating, and inclusive environment that will allow students and the Acacia Irvine team to reach their full potential and be the best they can be. I look forward to getting to know all of you and working collaboratively to help the students served be well, do well, live well.

When I am not busy trying to be a blend of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, and Olivia Pope from Scandal, I am otherwise busy chasing my two toddlers and supporting my husband’s desire to be cast as Batman (he’ll take Wolverine as well). I am fairly new to SoCal so I enjoy exploring the region, attempting to craft, uninterrupted naps, college basketball, and traveling although I do not recommend international travel (or even cross-country flights) with toddlers…just don’t do it (totally kidding…kind of☺).

andrea lochtefeld


Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Eating & Body Image, Substance Use, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, LGBTQIA+, Multiculturalism, Women's Issues

therapeutic orientation

Collaborative, Self-reflection, Existential & Relational oriented, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Meditation

about me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with 10 years experience providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and families. I am experienced supporting a range of mental health related issues, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma from a perspective inclusive of multiculturalism, sex positivity and LGBTQIA+ identities.

I value building strong partnerships with clients to promote insight into the uniqueness of their mental health, illuminate how they create meaning out of their experiences and strive to live intentionally. Through non-judgemental self reflection in sessions, I enjoy helping clients gain insight into their struggles, strengths and motivation for change in order to better navigate stressors, relationships and life transitions. In team leadership, I strive to help foster an authentic, inclusive and collaborative environment encouraging mental health providers and staff to tap into creativity and enthusiasm for their work.

I began my career working with survivors of sexual abuse, assault and intimate partner violence, and am passionate about helping clients understand and recover from trauma. I conducted skills groups as part of an adolescent and adult intensive outpatient program and grief and loss groups with older adults living in retirement communities. I am also experienced working with clients recovering from substance use, eating disorders and body image struggles. I appreciate you reading this over, and look forward to meeting you if you decide to move forward with therapy!



Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Attachment issues, Trauma, Emotion Dysregulation, Stress-related issues

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Satir Methods

about me

Aloha! E Komo Mai (come and belong) here at Acacia Counseling and Wellness. Have you craved more of your authentic self? Have you been having a difficult time reaching deep down to understand the root of the frustrations or burdens of life lately? Greatness and courage come from within. I, Angie, want to help you find that voice. Come and find the beauty and strength that lies within you. I believe that you are yearning for purpose. You are uniquely made, and I find it no coincidence that you have stumbled on this website today.

I earned my MA in Marriage Family Therapy in 2016, completing EMDR Basic Training (Level 1), as well as completed certification in work with trauma and cognitive behavioral therapy. My focus in treatment is more experientially based, drawing from Satir methods as well as early childhood attachment. My work is also focused on finding the connection between mind and body. My experiences include working with women making their way through transitional living, substance abuse, and homelessness. I have also counseled children and adolescents with behavioral challenges, as well as worked with children on the autism spectrum. I am PCIT (parent-child interaction therapy) certified, therefore I have experience working with children from 0-5 years old. I have worked with issues such as anxiety and depression, relationship issues, life transitions and trauma. I find that there are so many topics of discussion in one’s life, but most of all I want to hear your story."



Anxiety & Panic, Mood Disorders, Asian/Asian American Mental Health, Adjustment Problems, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Career Issues, College Transition, Relationship Concerns, Culture of Origin & Identity Concerns

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Family Systems, Client-Centered

about me

Greetings! I’m happy to be a part of the Acacia Counseling and Wellness team. I’m a licensed clinical psychologist and work with adolescents and adults with issues such as anxiety, stress management, depression, relationship issues, upsetting events and help people get past stuck points in their lives. I have extensive experience providing school-based counseling, family therapy, and psychoeducational assessments.

I deliver cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments in a warm and supportive environment. My methods are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client and entails ongoing collaborative effort to identify and overcome challenges that are preventing them from living a happier, fulfilled life.

Lyleanna Nguyen


Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Sleep or Insomnia

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Compassion Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered

about me

Hello there! My name is Lyleanna (pronounced "Lily-anna") Nguyen and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am so excited to be part of the Acacia Team and to possibly be working with you!

College is an exciting time full of new experiences, but we know it can also be intimidating and overwhelming with so much going on. It is my goal to work with you to navigate and explore your way through this time using the methods of supportive and informed care. I will be assisting you with medication management geared towards improving your quality of life. I intend to work closely with you using open and honest communication so that we can collaboratively grow towards your mental health goals. I hope to be someone that you trust and feel comfortable coming to for help during the good and bad times throughout your wellness journey.

Having been born and raised in sunny Southern California, I decided to embark on a different experience and completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. I moved back to California shortly after and have worked both in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Registered Nurse with my focus being in mental health. I went on to complete graduate school at Azusa Pacific University.

Though I developed a love/hate relationship with snowy winters, I was able to experience the beauty of nature transitioning through the four seasons (my favorite season is fall!). I am completely biased to the great food choices we have out here on the West Coast (our tacos and pho are just superior in my opinion!). I enjoy my fair share of lazy days as much as I enjoy taking my two pups on outdoor adventures where they can explore the world with their little noses.

Kai Chiu


LGBTQIA+ issues, Multicultural counseling, couples, Asian American Community issues

therapeutic orientation

Eclectic Mix of CBT, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Solution focused, EMDR

about me

I was born and raised in Southern California I come from a large Taiwanese American family where second and third cousins were considered close. Like many children who come from immigrant families, I struggled with how to live with the western rules and customs I experienced in the world with the traditions of my parents’ eastern upbringing. I saw how this process was very difficult and caused a lot of pain and arguments between parents and their children. I was fortunate in that I had parents who were more willing hear me complain and question the rules and customs we followed. Having the open ears of my parents led to a deeper understanding and strengthened my relationship with them. Seeing how much help it was for me I wanted to learn how to help other families to communicate with each other which is when as a young middle schooler I decided I wanted to be a therapist!

I enrolled at UCI for my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behaviors and then got my Masters at Cal State Long Beach in Counseling as a Marriage and Family therapist. Through my educational journey and personal life events, I learned a lot about myself and have continually applied these life lessons to my work as a therapist.

Alysha McCuistion


Mood Disorders, Trauma and Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, Coping Skills, Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Attachment, Solution-Focused, Integrative, Person-Centered, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello! Are you looking for a safe place, free of judgement, where you can work towards personal growth and wellness? Maybe you have been through the process of therapy before or this is your first experience. Either way, making the choice to seek out support can come with mixed emotions, though taking this brave step can be empowering and ultimately life-changing.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of experience working with adults, children and families in outpatient and school-based settings. My ongoing work teaching and supervising bachelor and graduate students has given me an understanding of the unique challenges that college students are experiencing and the importance of support to navigate through this stage of life. I am trained in a variety of evidence-based practices including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy to provide you with the most effective treatment interventions.

One of the things I truly value has been the opportunity to work with individuals from different backgrounds and with different experiences. I consider it a privilege to be allowed into your world to help support you through your process of change and personal growth. Throughout our work together you will find that you can have more satisfying relationships, improve your ability to cope with life’s stressors and heal from your traumatic experiences.

I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work.

In my free time I enjoy traveling, baking, relaxing with a good book on the beach and attending comedy shows.

I look forward to meeting you.



Anxiety; child/adolescent, Coping skills, Depression, Emotional disturbance, Racial identity, Relationship issues, Self-esteem, Stress

therapeutic orientation

CBT, Psychodynamic, Emotionally focused, Gestalt, Play therapy

about me

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my bio! My name is Dr. Graham (or Dr. G, Dr. Staci -- whatever you prefer) and I am a licensed psychologist. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of La Verne in 2008 before diving right into graduate school later that year months after graduation. I received my doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Orange County, which was a program accredited by the American Psychological Association.

While much of my clinical experience has been working with children and adolescents, I also have ample experience working with adults in early and middle adulthood. Theoretically, I tend to work from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral backgrounds, although the treatment plans and interventions I use with my clients are unique to the person with whom I am working. I specialize in, and particularly enjoy, anxiety and mood disorders (including depression) and have helped clients with adjustment, disruptive, and trauma disorders as well. Additionally, I am passionate about acknowledging and incorporating multicultural identity in treatment, and I believe it is one avenue to help reduce stigma in order to provide more access for diverse groups to mental health services.

I believe one of the most vital aspects of effective therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. As such, I make it a point to build strong rapport with those I see and connect with them on a human level. I convey to my clients that I genuinely care about them and their day to day lives because I do; I derive joy out of being a therapist and helping my clients to overcome their obstacles. Helping people is a value I’ve held since I was a child and I look forward to helping you gain insight and find balance in your life.

Stephanie Magana
SHE/HER/Hers | #LMFT116470


Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Adolescent/Teen Issues, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Grief and Loss, Spirituality

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Christian Counseling

about me

Hi there! I'm Stephanie! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that is committed to working with you in a collaborative process to explore any obstacle you are facing in life. Together we will challenge old patterns and beliefs, find new ways of thinking and living, and build the confidence to be who you are while learning how to handle the world around you.

I achieved my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2016 and have been working with young adults and college students ever since. I feel so privileged to be a part of each individual's journey towards health and freedom. In my free time, you can find me playing board games with my husband, spoiling my dog Olive, or playing Animal Crossing.

I can't wait to meet you!

SHe/her/hers | #NPF95016167


Addictions and trauma; Depression and spirituality; Stress and coping skills; Relationship issues and grief

therapeutic orientation

CBT, Eclectic, Compassion focused; Jungian; Trauma focused

about me

My journey has been one of finding balance between my work and fun. I love connecting with people both professionally and personally. I will always share what I have learned in my personal growth that helps me to stay grounded and raise my consciousness such as my yoga and meditation practice, healthy eating, hiking, biking and spiritual practice. Exploring new activities was a big part of my life in NYC and I learned acting and ballet briefly while enjoying all the culture of that city. Now, I want to find a quieter side of my inner world by being close to the ocean, deserts and mountains.



Anxiety, Depression, Abuse & Trauma, Family Conflict, College/Graduate School Transition, Peer & Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Identity Concerns, Mindfulness Practice, Coping Skills

therapeutic orientation

Relational-Cultural, Trauma-Informed Care, Mindfulness, Somatic, Attachment-Based, Clinical Supervision

about me

Hello there and welcome! I am so glad you are in search of the support that we can all benefit from in this life. My name’s Dr. York (you can call me Anissa) and I‘m a Licensed Psychologist and Southern Californian native. As a former first-generation college student, I have a passion for working with university students to address the challenges this unique experience brings; whether it’s transitions to a new environment, identity development, cultural explorations, academic challenges, social and/or family relationships, or finding the path of living life in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling.

I have worked at multiple university counseling centers across the country, and have found my passion in working with and supporting college and graduate school students. In our work together, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages collaboration, introspection, exploration of various identities (i.e., gender, familial role, ethnicity/race, country of origin, sexual orientation, etc.) on the relationship with oneself and others. I encourage awareness of the impact of stressors within your environment, while fostering empowerment and change. I can also teach you tools on how to manage tough emotions, which is where mindfulness practice can come in or a different approach based on your needs and interests. And if this is your first time in therapy, I am here for you! I specialize in working with those who are new to this work, and strive to create a trusting space with you where you can experience growth and change.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with loved ones, including my two bunnies. I also enjoy experiencing the outdoors, yoga, live music, beach cruising, comedy improv, animal sanctuaries, and vegan cooking. I’m looking forward to meeting with you should you decide we might be a good fit together!

Autumn fannin
SHe/her/hers| #124088


Adolescents, Coping Skills, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Relationships

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, CBT, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Strength-Based, Culturally Sensitive

about me

I completed my undergraduate education at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In May of 2014, I obtained my Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Humboldt State University. I have worked with various populations including children, teens, couples, adults, and families in treatment and outpatient settings. Additionally, I typically approach therapy from multiple therapeutic orientations, primarily person-centered/humanistic, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, solution-focused, and strengths-based techniques.

I believe therapy is very much about the human experience and learning to develop healthy supportive relationships to foster outside of therapy. Outside of work, I enjoy watching thriller/action/mystery movies with my husband, spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing video games, being mindful on nature walks, working out, reading suspense books, walking my dog, and sharing my interest in zombies! Furthermore, I believe that therapy provides an opportunity to have a vulnerable experience within a supportive framework and create a healthy self-view.

HE/HIM/HIS | #PSY18649


Grief, Life Transitions, Parenting, Sleep and Insomnia, Sports Performance, Spirituality, Trauma and PTSD
Additional Languages: Putonghua (Mandarin) and Cantonese

therapeutic orientation

Attachment-Focused, Trauma-Informed, Psychodynamic, EMDR, DBT, ACT, Somatic, Strength-Based, Mindfulness

about me

Welcome! I am Lawrence, and some clients prefer calling me Dr. Lawrence.

After graduating from High School in California, college, and graduate schools in New York and Boston, I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. Subsequently, I practiced psychology in California and Asia. It was fun speaking at conferences and teaching graduate-level courses in U.S., Europe, and Asia. I learned a lot from clients who grew up in different countries, diverse cultures, and family backgrounds.

As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, I train and provide consultation to Trauma Therapists in U.S. and Asia. I am also a Board Certified Experts in Traumatic Stress, Board Certified Bereavement Trauma, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. I enjoy my work and welcome each day as a gift. Hiking in nature, reading, watching movies, listening to and making music, swimming, biking, and horseback riding are some of my favorite activities. You may also find me spending quality time with family and friends having desserts around town. Besides English, I speak fluent Putonghua (Mandarin) and Cantonese. Oh, I forgot... also speak “Cat-o-nese” to my twin cats, Butter & Scotch.

Cheyenne S. Roberts
She/Her/Hers | #LCSW94237


Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Coping Skills

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving, Crisis Intervention, Inner Child Work

about me

Hello there! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who is passionate about giving back and serving others. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space for clients where they feel reassured that their voices are heard. I am committed to helping my clients feel empowered on their journey towards self-fulfillment.

I was born and raised in Southern California. I received my B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I went on to receive my master’s degree in Social Work, with a Health Concentration from the University of Southern California (USC).

For most of my professional career, I worked in Hospital Social Work, providing both inpatient and outpatient services. I mainly provided Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving skills and community resource linkage. It has been rewarding to receive the opportunity to serve families from various cultural backgrounds, other than my own. Even as a professional, I find it important for me to listen and consider my clients’ own unique experiences living in today’s society.

Recently, I transitioned into providing individual therapy services to populations that include birth to end of life. I developed an interest working with college students specifically, because I saw a lot of myself in my clients and felt that I could relate to many of their experiences.

In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, listening to music, spending time with my loved ones (including my cat that I adopted from a shelter), and eating sweets. I also love my air fryer!



Problems with challenging life transitions, interpersonal/relationship issues, self-esteem, and stress/coping skills.

therapeutic orientation

Attachment based, client-centered (person-centered), compassion focused, existential, family systems, HUMANISTIC, integrative, insight-oriented (psychodynamic), narrative, positive psychology, strengths-based and wholistic.

about me

Iamee Kling is a licensed psychologist who holds a Doctorate in Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine California. She received a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Forensics from California State University, Long Beach. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as an instructional support assistant for a community psychology course and also was a research assistant where she functioned as a project manager for domestic violence research. In addition, she helped facilitate classes to inmates at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. After graduating from CSULB, she was accepted directly to the doctoral program at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Southern California where she received a Master of Art degree in Clinical Psychology along the way. During her graduate studies, she was a teaching assistant for Family and Couples Therapy as well as Psychopharmacology. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on studying stress-management and self-care practices of those attending higher learning institutions.

Dr. Kling practices from a client-centered, insight-oriented, wholistic, humanistic approach to help individuals with their story of healing and transformation. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”— David Richo. We often feel overpowered by the pain and suffering that life throws our way. In order to learn from it we first need to be able to listen. She aims to create a safe space to explore painful emotions and help you take back the reins of your journey. We are all works in progress and the beautiful thing is that we are allowed to be. You will discover that you are not alone in your hardship and she will be there with you as you build a sense of empowerment. Her therapeutic style is one of genuine connection, acceptance, and compassion.

Iamee Kling is passionate about helping those struggling through this journey we call life. She has experience in treating anxiety, depression, stress, grief/loss, chronic pain, self-esteem, and problems related to challenging life transitions. She has worked with people of all ages and walks of life in several settings including, college campuses, community mental health, and private practice. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults.



Trauma and PTSD, sexual assault, self-esteem, eating disorders, grief and loss, substance use, relationship conflicts, suicidal ideation, self-harm, depression, anxiety

therapeutic orientation

Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused, Attachment Theory, Christian counseling

about me

Hello and welcome! I’m Jenn and I am so excited that you have decided to explore and learn about the various providers that Acacia has to offer. It is our desire that you feel empowered to choose a provider that best fits your individual needs. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker born and raised in sunny southern, California. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University. As a therapist, I strive to create a comfortable, collaborative and supportive presence and environment for my clients. It is my utmost priority to make you feel safe to discuss challenging topics and have hard conversations. My hope is that you can learn and grow to develop awareness, insight and understanding so that you can become a healthier version of yourself.

I come with a diverse background having experience working with children and families in community mental health settings as well as working in the medical social work field serving children and adults in palliative care and hospice settings. I have worked with individuals that come with an array of different challenges varying from trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, self-esteem, eating disorders, grief and loss, substance use, relationship conflicts, suicidal ideation, self-harm, depression, anxiety and beyond. I utilize evidenced-based treatments to provide the most individualized and compassionate care for each client. I feel blessed and honored to work alongside you in your healing journey. Let’s get started!

I would describe myself as an energetic, down-to-earth, warm and an encouraging person. When I am not working, I enjoy spending my time doing all of the sports and outdoorsy things such as hiking, camping, weight lifting and playing soccer. My self-care looks like spending quality time with good friends, journaling, going for walks and listening to various podcasts.

Kailey Waring | She/her/hers



Hi! My name is Kailey and I am the Office Manager at the Acacia Irvine location! I was born and raised in Southern California and recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara. I am honored to be able to serve the UC Irvine and surrounding community, as my academic and work experience leading up to this position has been focused on advocating and destigmatizing mental health in the college student community.

One of these experiences included participating in the Mental Health Advocacy internship at the Acacia Isla Vista location during my senior year at UC Santa Barbara. This amazing opportunity is what guided me towards becoming an Admin Assistant at our Irvine location, which lead to my promotion as Office Manager. I love working with such a warm and supportive team and getting to know our clients. We can't wait to meet you! In the meantime until we meet, you can usually find me practicing yoga at Corepower and checking out new coffee shops (COVID permitting)!

If you could explore a city’s hidden gems and secrets, what city would it be and why?

If I could explore any city's hidden gems and secrets it would be Dublin, Ireland. Out of all the countries/cities that I have traveled to, Dublin, Ireland is my favorite and I would love to investigate Dublin's many treasures further!

What’s something you did in your childhood that you wish you still had time for?

Something I did in my childhood that I wish I still had time for are Disney movie marathons!

Odalys Gonzalez De Jesus | she/her/hers

Administrative Assistant


Hello! My name is Odalys and I am an Administrative Assistant at the Irvine office. I grew up in Santa Barbara, and moved to Irvine for school in 2017. After graduating from UC Irvine in 2020 with a B.A in Psychology and Social Behavior and a B.A. in Criminology, I decided to stay in the area. I am delighted to be joining the Acacia team and be apart of a community that values passion and advocacy for mental health!

Outside of work I enjoy going for walks, going to the movies and spending time with my family!

What’s a lesson someone taught you growing up that you still live by or think about?

Growing up both of my grandparents instilled in me the importance of doing things with love, passion and intent, regardless of how small the action may be. This is something I am always trying to remind myself of and live by.

What is your favorite piece of clothing you own and why?

All of my mom's old clothes from the 1990's and early 2000's, her style was so fun and trendy!

Brinthy Moorthy | She/Her/Hers

Administrative Assistant


Hey there! My name is Brinthy and I am an Administrative Assistant at Acacia's Irvine branch! I first started at Acacia as a Mental Health Advocate during my time as a student at UC Irvine. I absolutely loved the program and everyone that worked there, so when I was told about the open Admin Assistant position, I immediately applied! I am so lucky to get to work at such a warm and welcoming place where everyone treats you like family. In my free time, I love just hanging out with my friends and family and trying out new food!

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would likely tell my younger self to stop overthinking everything and start taking advantage of all the amazing opportunities there are in life! I think it is incredibly important to fully explore all of your passions and interests in life and I wish I had had that mindset when I was younger as well.

Do you collect anything?

I love collecting CD copies of all my favorite albums! I love playing CDs in my car when I'm alone and driving up to Sacramento to visit my family, so having a collection of all my favorite albums is the best!

KAREN TAX | She/Her/Hers

Administrative Assistant


Hi, my name is Karen Tax and I am an Administrative Assistant for Acacia! I was born and raised in Southern California and currently attending University of California, Irvine. I am majoring in clinical psychology and have a massive passion for human behavior and ending the negative stigma of seeking therapy. I started working for Acacia since January of 2022 and haven't looked back. I am privileged to be working for Acacia, and honored to be helping my surrounding communities overcome their battles.

What movie or book impacted you significantly? Why?

The movie that really impacted me was Beautiful Mind. I first watched it in my high school Psychology course, and after watching the main character suffer with their schizophrenia, yet overcoming their battles along the way, it made me want to study clinical psychology in hopes that one day I get to help those that need the aid.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

That's easy, I would eat chicken everyday! I already eat chicken daily and cannot get enough of it! Personally, it's much yummier than red meat.

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!


Come relax and study in our pod room. Intended to offer you a quiet getaway, you can reserve to study before an exam. There is enough room for two people in the room if you need to bring along a study buddy.

Check in with the front desk to reserve the room.


Come relax and meditate in our Mind Spa. Intended to offer you a quiet getaway, you can reserve to study or just rest before or after your session. There is aroma therapy, books on practicing mindfulness, and comfy sitting.

Check in with the front desk to reserve the room.