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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!

Genuine & Supportive
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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.

Irvine 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.

Portialyn Buzzanga

Director | LCSW

Priya Patel

Office Manager

Allison Clay

Therapist | LMFT

Angelica Carman

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Behrouz Namdari

Psychiatrist| MD

Dr. Jerry Vu

Psychologist | PsyD

Dr. Anna Huang

Psychologist | PhD

Sandy Yokoyama

Therapist | LMFT

Curtis Coronado

Therapist | LMFT

Rebeca Manzanilla

Therapist | LMFT

Kai Chiu

Therapist | LMFT

Kalley Hartman

Therapist | LMFT

Alysha McCuistion

Therapist | LCSW

Mark Avalos

Therapist | LMFT

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 | SOCIAL WORKER

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☺).

priya patel | she/her/hers

Irvine office manager

ABOUT ME

I was born and raised in sunny southern california. Most of my work experience has been managing medical practices leading up to Acacia. What drew me to Acacia was the warmth of the team. I enjoy just being at the office and having such a great team to work with who truly care for their clients.

If given funds to start a business, what would it be?

I would invest it in unique real estate properties.

What is something you have always wanted to try but haven't gotten the chance to?

I have always wanted to try bungee jumping.

ALLISON CLAY|#LMFT50174

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety & Mood Disorders (Chronic and Acute), Decreasing Overall General Distress, Providing Social, Emotional & Academic Support for Students of All Ages, Parenting, Peer & Family Conflict, ADHD, Relationship Challenges

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

about me

A dynamic and qualified licensed clinician (LMFT MFC50174) with 21 years’ experience, expertise, and knowledge working with diverse clientele in the area of CBT and other solution-focused approaches to decrease and manage impairing symptoms of adjustment, anxiety and mood disorders.

My career and work history includes applying my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology to counseling and advising students in educational environments, supervising counseling interns while completing their degrees as well as counseling program development and administration.

As a therapist on a school campus, and in outpatient, I utilize my experience in Cognitive Behavioral and Behavioral therapies, Family systems, Parent Training as well as ADHD and Executive Functioning management and social skills training to assist mild, moderate and severe clients and students in meeting academic, social, emotional and mental health treatment goals. Additionally, my experience specializing in anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders, stress and crisis management, family therapy and solution-focused treatment have familiarized me with productive and positive short-term and long-term treatment outcomes.

As a Psychotherapist, I find it important to work together with my clients to support and assist them in meeting their counseling goals as well as helping them to explore and identify skills that will allow them to manage impairing symptoms and behaviors. I consider myself flexible, dedicated, friendly, adaptable and motivated toward problem-solving.

I am so excited to be a part of the Acacia family and look forward to hopefully working together soon!

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. Behrouz Namdari
HE/HIM/HIS|#A141707

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Psychosis

therapeutic orientation

Pharmacology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness

about me

My name is Dr. Behrouz Namdari and I am a psychiatrist. My goal is to help you achieve a sense of wellness and emotional stability with the use of medications and supportive therapy. With treatment you should expect that your life will be more joyful, your stress will be more manageable, you will be more engaged in your social and school/work life, and there will be a reduction in your suffering.

Engaging in mental health care can bring on anxiety and discomfort. I will guide you through the process and make sure you are comfortable with each step. I will partner with you on making decisions that work for your life goals and preference explaining the options which are medically appropriate. It is important to have a psychiatrist who is thoughtful about their recommendations and that you are fully aware of the risk and benefits of any decision. I am a conservate provider with a goal of having my clients achieve success with as little medication as possible.

I am originally from Los Angeles and went to UCLA for undergrad. I went off to Chicago for medical school at Chicago Medical School and did my residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina. I am dual board certified in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry.

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.

DR. ANNA HUANG|#PSY30781

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Spirituality & Faith Concerns, Grief & Loss, Racial Identity, Culture & Diversity Issues, Trauma, Coping Skills, Additional Languages: Mandarin

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment, Mindfulness

about me

I am a licensed psychologist and obtained my doctoral and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. Prior to graduate school, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern University (yay Chicago!).

Many of my clients begin therapy because they find themselves stuck in patterns and behaviors that are not satisfying to them. When you're stuck, it's easy to feel depressed, anxious, and alone. It would be my privilege to come alongside you in that difficult place. As we work together, you will be empowered to express yourself more freely, create more meaningful and fulfilling relationships, and discover how to get out of unhelpful patterns.

I practice using a psychodynamic theoretical background. This means that we will explore how childhood experiences and current relationships impact the way you think, feel, and behave. I’ll help you see patterns and make connections between your past and present so that you will be better informed to make wise decisions about your future. I’m not here to tell you what to do – instead, I want to walk alongside you through your ups and downs. In therapy, I will create an open, safe, exploratory space for you to feel known and cared for.

It is an honor to be invited into your life and witness your healing and growth. Therapy can benefit anyone - whether you are in deep distress or you want to grow in insight. I commend you for being brave and caring for yourself by entering the therapy process!

sandy yokoyama
she/her/hers| #LMFT97676

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Depression, Domestic Violence, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Anger Management, Substance Abuse, Life Transitions, Abuse & Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Person Centered, Strength Based, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Systems, Solution Focused

about me

Hello and welcome! I am grateful to be part of the Acacia team and to be part of your journey to wellness and healing. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space where you can say exactly what you feel— in total honesty—without worrying that you’ll be judged.

Everyone (and I mean everyone) can experience challenging situations that may feel like huge roadblocks in their lives, where professional support can be helpful. Seeking out therapy does not mean you are "crazy" or that something is wrong with you. In fact, your ability to consider therapy shows much courage and self-awareness to realize that you may need additional support to get through a difficult time.

I am a first-generation Chinese American who grew up in the Bay Area of San Jose, CA. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at UC Berkeley and then my M.S. in Counseling at CSU Long Beach. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to work in a variety of different settings with a diverse population of individuals, groups, and families. Being certified in Seeking Safety, I have experience working with clients recovering from trauma and substance abuse by emphasizing coping skills, grounding techniques, and education. My approach to therapy is integrative, which combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of each unique individual. In therapy, we’ll explore together the challenges you are facing and work towards healing and positive growth.

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!

REBECA MANZANILLA
she/her/hers|#LMFT115974

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQ+, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment, Culture & Diversity, Trauma, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Families, Couples, Coping Skills, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Spirituality & Faith.

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

about me

I have always had a passion for working with people and assisting them in becoming their authentic selves. The truth is, we all experience pain, loss, worry, anxiety, sadness, adjustment (to name a few). I believe that part of the journey to healing and empowerment includes connection and having a safe space for you to speak and share your story without fear of judgement!

I have experience working with a diverse population including: LGBTQ+, children, teens, couples, families and individuals. Much of my experience has been addressing: mental health, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural and lifestyle diversity.

I obtained my Bachelors in Sociology and then my Masters in Counseling Psychology. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have a certification in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Seeking Safety and ARISE (day to day coping skills).

As part of the Acacia team I hope to provide a safe space for you to be your authentic self without judgement and help you reach your personal goals. There is only one you, one life and only you can decide how you want to live it! I am excited to be on this journey with you and I would love to get to know you and assist you along that way!

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.

Kalley Hartman
she/her/hers|#LMFT116491

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQ+, Substance abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship issues

therapeutic orientation

CBT for stabilization, Gestalt therapy, & Client Centered Therapy

about me

Kalley has been working in the therapy field for 4 years and specializes in the LGBTQ+ population. Throughout her time as a therapist, Kalley has spent time working with adolescents in the drug and alcohol industry as well as college students during her practicum. When Kalley isn't working, she spends most of her time with her cats (self proclaimed crazy cat lady), going hiking or playing video games. Kalley identifies as queer and has a passion for working with LGBTQ+ as well as relationship issues. Kalley graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with her bachelors in Psychology and went on to earn her masters degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine.

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.

Mark Avalos
he/him/his|#LMFT115998

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQIA+, Stress-Reduction / Emotional Self-Regulation, Couples, Motivational Concerns, Self-Esteem, Assertive Communication, ASD, Behavioral Disorders, Anxiety & Panic Disorder, Depression, Substance-Use, Academic Management, Expressive Arts

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, Solutions-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy

about me

I’m a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 15 years in the mental heath field, specializing in humanistic, solutions-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy. With certifications in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy and addiction-based group therapy, I’ve worked with numerous demographics (including college students) on issues related to anxiety, depression, academic concerns, relationships, motivation, and self-esteem. From a personal perspective, I am an empathic and resourceful counselor, dedicated to fostering a motivational, safe, and inspirational environment with each of my clients. Since I began working in this field, one of my strongest assets has been my approachability as well as my ability to connect with even the most reserved individuals. All in all, I consider myself a positive resource for my clients, continually providing support, functional life-skills, compassion, and validation.

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.

COUPLES THERAPY

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

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

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

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.