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

Irvine

Irvine

949.502.0736
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.

Our Irvine location is accepting appointments via video for all California residents!
Start video therapy or psychiatry now!

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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.

Portialyn Buzzanga

Portialyn Buzzanga

Director | LCSW
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Andrea Lochtefeld

Assistant Director | LCSW
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Angelica Carman

Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Jerry Vu

Psychologist | PsyD
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Lyleanna Nguyen

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Curtis Coronado

Therapist | LMFT
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Kai Chiu

Therapist | LMFT
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Alysha McCuistion

Therapist | LCSW
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Jeff Burdick

Therapist | LCSW
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Diane Ackroyd

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Dr. Staci Graham

Psychologist | PsyD
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Stephanie Magana

Therapist | LMFT
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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

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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Hayley Beth Heramia

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!

Irvine 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.

PORTIALYN BUZZANGA
#LCSW95795

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

COMING SOON

therapeutic orientation

COMING SOON

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
she/her/hers|#LCSW75881

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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 supportive of marginalized identities and sex positivity.

Our mental health is influenced by many factors, including culture and socioeconomics, our attachment style and relationships, our bodies' stress responses and our thinking patterns and behaviors. 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, clients gain insight into their struggles, strengths and motivation for change in order to better navigate stressors, relationships and life transitions. 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 managing substance use, eating disorders and body image struggles. I appreciate you reading this over, and look forward to meeting if you decide to move forward with therapy!

ANGELICA CARMAN|#LMFT112225

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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."

DR. JERRY VU|#PSY26973

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP-BC95015250

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

curtis coronado
#LMFT114603

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing, LGBT, Couples, Families, Homeless Veterans, Anxiety, Depression

therapeutic orientation

Emotionally Focused Therapy

about me

Hi! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have extensive training and experience in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and working with relationships. Using this modality, I’m effective at helping people with their family and relationship challenges. In conjunction with EFT, I may use other modalities when appropriate to treat mental health symptoms. If you’re struggling with your life goals, questioning your substance use, relationships, anxiety, or feeling “good enough,” I can help. Together we can get to the root of your challenges and create a healthier positive experience for you! I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). I have worked with college students in different avenues including athletics as a football coach, as a Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) counselor, and as a Psychology Instructor focused on Personal Growth and Human Sexuality.

My passion for working with college students and a strong desire to help people reach their personal, academic, and career goals, is what drives me to do this work. I take a collaborative and transparent approach with the hope that you can be open and honest with me, so I can give you the support that you need. My experience with diverse populations and clients of different backgrounds, gives me confidence in my ability to adjust, as needed, based on your unique needs, culture, and belief system. Populations I have worked with include people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, adolescents, deaf and hard-of-hearing, LBGT, couples, families, and homeless veterans. I emphasize having a strong therapeutic alliance between you and I, so together we can work to explore and create change for you. While I haven’t met you yet, I’m very excited about the possibility of working with you!

Kai Chiu
she/her/hers|#LMFT117113

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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
she/her/hers|#LCSW26810

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood Disorders, Trauma & Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief & 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 use a variety of evidence-based practices including Seeking Safety, 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.

JEFF BURDICK
HE/HIM/HIS | #LCSW88685

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Bipolar Disorder, Coping Skills, Divorce, Family Conflict, Grief, Life Coaching, Men's Issues, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, Sports Performance, Stress

therapeutic orientation

Attachment Based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family Systems, Interpersonal and Social Rhythms Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Strength Based

about me

Hello! Several years ago I left a career in business to pursue my passion of empowering others to address challenges and reach their goals. Personally, I have used therapy since college to improve the quality of my life. If you are new to therapy, it’s important to know that you are in charge of the process and can share what you want and when. You also get to decide if you feel comfortable with a therapist. Therapy works best when you are completely at ease with the person you are working with. I’m excited about potentially being that therapist for you.

In my free time, I love hiking, anything outdoors, yoga, reading, nature shows, creating Spotify playlists, movies, documentaries, and The Office. I also enjoy spending time with my daughters, family and friends, and traveling. Fun fact about me is that I once road-tripped across the country for 5 months and worked in Europe for a year. Thank you for reading!

DIANE M. ACKROYD
SHe/her/hers | #NPF95016167

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

DR. STACI GRAHAM
SHE/HER/HERS | #PSY30771

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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!

DR. ANISSA YORK
SHE/HER/HERS | #PSY31755

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

DR. LAWRENCE CHEN
HE/HIM/HIS | #PSY18649

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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!

Kailey Waring | She/her/hers

IRVINE OFFICE MANAGER

ABOUT ME

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!

HALEY BETH HERAMIA | SHE/HER/HERS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

ABOUT ME

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.

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

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

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!

STUDY POD

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.

MIND SPA

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.