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



Monday - Thursday | 8AM-8PM
Friday | 8AM-6PM
Saturday | 9AM-11AM

Acacia Minneapolis offers individual, group, psychiatry, and wellness services. Located within walking, busing, or train riding distance from UMN, entrance is on St. Mary’s Ave, near State Farm. Come into the office to experience a little slice of modern design featuring a plant wall and the occasional cute puppy.

Our Minneapolis location is accepting appointments via video for all Minnesota residents!
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Different Perspective
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Acacia Counseling has been wonderful to me the last 2 years! Their front desk staff are always friendly and helpful - no matter my question. They work with my student insurance so I don't have to stress about knowing how much I owe. My therapist, Ross, has been absolutely fantastic! He helps me look at myself from a different perspective and provide insight when I need it, but listens when I need to process things myself. He provides tips and help I can use to decrease my anxiety outside of therapy. He is also able to accommodate my busy grad student life! I have grown so much by going to Acacia Counseling!!
Wonderful Place
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Acacia has been a wonderful place for me to go and work on my mental health and personal wellbeing. They offer a wide range of services and you can find people who specialize more in your area of need. The atmosphere is so calm and the employees (and service dog) are very kind and understanding. You can find out exactly how much is covered by insurance and how much you would pay each appointment before you have your first appointment. This place is amazing!
Highly Recommend
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I love going to Acacia, the atmosphere is awesome and everyone is so friendly. I love that they’re lgbt+ friendly! I followed my therapist from a previous location and I can say that although it’s a farther drive I would highly recommend this place! Plus they have an therapy/emotional support dog which I think is awesome. I feel very comfortable going here and appreciate the staff <3
Top Notch
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I have been going here for awhile and this place is great! All the staff I have met so far from the front desk to the counselors, top notch. Great staff, great atmosphere, therapy dogs!( <3 ) What more can you ask for? I highly recommend Acacia!
BEST Therapist
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Very friendly and welcome atmosphere and Camille is hands down the BEST therapist I’ve ever had.
Welcoming and Friendly
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I love this place and space! They're always playing great music, it's enjoyable and restful to spend time here, the decor is wonderful, the front desk staff is always welcoming and friendly, and of course the counseling is excellent. Really happy I found my way here, you will be too!
Easy To Navigate
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They make it really easy to navigate the confusing world of scheduling appointments and dealing with insurance companies. My favorite thing about Acacia is being able to schedule appointments and such over text. As someone who gets stressed about calling companies, it’s amazing.

Minneapolis 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.


Dr. Haran Kingstan

Director | PsyD
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Grace Johnston

Office Manager

Dr. Amy Moran

Training Director | PsyD

Camille Carlson

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Kelli Howard

Psychologist | PhD

Andrea Deuring

Therapist | MA

Keenan Cashen-Smart

Therapist | MA

Dr. Liza Meredith

Psychologist | PhD

Calvin Hauer

Therapist | LMFT

Kristin Ammerman

Therapist | LPCC

Paul Blaske

Therapist | LPCC

Abby Hansen

Therapist | LPCC

Alex Stanger

Therapist | MA
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Dr. Kate Esterline

Psychologist | PhD
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Nicole Cardarella

Therapist | LPCC

Kate Goodman

Therapist | LICSW, LADC
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Damaris Axelson

Therapist | LPCC, LADC

Tricia Schulte

Therapist | LICSW
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Ann Schroeder

Therapist | LGSW
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Caroline Stark

Therapist | LICSW
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Katie O'Dowd

Therapist | MA
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Marcelline Gangl

Therapist | LPCC
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Greg Marsh

Therapist | MA
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Cheryl Dornfeld

Therapist | MA

Minneapolis Services

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

Minneapolis 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, HealthPartners, Cigna, Aetna, Medica/United Healthcare/Optum, PreferredOne, and UCare insurances. Pricing of services will vary by plan and will be discussed prior to your first session. 

Please note, you are required to provide us with notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in late cancellation or missed appointment fee charge. Coordinate additional billing inquires with your Office Manager prior to your sessions.

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



Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Group Therapy, Psychodiagnostics, Mood Disorders, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Substance Abuse, Identity Concerns, Gender Issues

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Psychodynamic, Feminist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Insight-Focused 

about me

My experience as a therapist has taught me that sometimes it can be beneficial for clients for us to get to know how we relate to each other together in therapy.  I am an open book so always feel free to ask, but for now, my philosophy on therapeutic change:  

Although therapy should be tailored for each person seeking it, some things are consistent in all of the work I do with clients: together, we focus on the past and the present to see how we can make space for the kind of future you deserve to have.  Our past experiences inevitably shape the way we live today.  Our childhood, environment and important relationships help to create a filter for how we learn to interact and see our world.  Gaining a better understanding of how our experiences influence the way we feel, think, and act helps us to make the best decisions to achieve our goals.  Sometimes it can even be helpful in figuring out what our goals are!  But most importantly, it empowers us to take control over the way we want to respond to whatever life throws our way.   

Oftentimes, people come to therapy because of what is happening in the present.  They want advice, support, challenging, or a new perspective to see how they can overcome whatever difficulty they are facing at the time.  A major theme of my work as a psychologist is to empower people to create their own change, and oftentimes that means finding new ways to perceive, respond, or behave that can be difficult at first.  Most people know that anything worth having is worth fighting for, and this is absolutely true when it comes to happiness.    I believe that human beings are inherently relational.  To me, this essentially means that we are born to thrive from connection to others and wouldn’t be who we are if not for the people that have come in and sometimes out of our lives.  Examining these relationships can be a huge part of therapy, whether it’s with our parents, our partners, or with ourselves.  Therapy is a place to heal from the past, strengthen the present, and be our true selves in our relationships.  It’s a place to learn to love ourselves through getting to know them better.  I would be honored to be a person who makes life’s journey a little bit better.


Office Manager


Hi! My name is Grace Johnston, and I'm the Office Manager in Minneapolis. I went to school at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and graduated with a degree in English Literature (I'm definitely a book nerd- ask me for suggestions!). I came to Acacia after finding my passion in the administrative mental health field, and wanting to move back to my home state of Minnesota! Acacia's passion for inclusivity and diversity is what attracted me to the organization, and I'm so happy to work for a company that values the things that truly matter. In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband, Ragdoll kitty named George, embroider, read, and binge watch shows on Netflix, Hulu, and whatever other streaming networks that companies can come up with.

What song would you say best sums you up?

Let 'Em Say by Lizzo and Caroline Smith.

What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I even have a tattoo on my shoulder that says "ardently" written in Jane Austen's handwriting!

dr. amy moran | SHe/Her/Hers
training director | #LP6437


Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth, Mind-Body Interventions for Mental Health, Mindfulness-based Intervention and Groups, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

therapeutic orientation

Integrative-Experiential, Humanistic-Existential, East-West Integration

about me

Hello! Thanks for checking out my bio to see if what I do and how I work might be a good fit for you. I am a trauma therapist specializing in mind-body interventions for mental health. Trauma is a common human experience that impacts people from a variety of different backgrounds and across a broad range of human experiences.

I view mental health through a trauma lens and hold an unwavering belief that we all have the capacity to heal and grow after experiencing adversity. These beliefs, coupled with a profound respect for diversity and embracing differences of all kinds, are important elements of my value system and inform how I work as a therapist.

If you choose to work with me, you will find that my focus is on helping you discover growth, resilience, and strength after surviving difficult, painful, and traumatic experiences. We will do this primarily through verbal, emotional, and somatic processing and experiential learning that respects your agency and honors your pace.

I employ a variety of trauma-focused, informed, and responsive interventions that include identifying your specific needs for safely and effectively processing trauma experiences. I use compassion-focused, acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions, and mind-body practices in my therapy work. Polyvagal Theory and its corresponding concept of the Window of Tolerance helps me to assess your progress as you move through your healing process.

I am also a Trauma-Informed Yoga instructor certified through the Yoga Alliance in Hot and Vinyasa Yoga with additional training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Kundalini Yoga. I am trained in Reiki through the Minnesota Reiki Center for Healing and Training.

I am a practicing meditator in the Vipassana (Mindfulness) tradition and teach mind-body practices and their associated philosophies as vehicles for enhancing self-acceptance, self-awareness, and self-compassion.

My hope is that you will connect with greater purpose, meaning, and compassion in your life as a result of working with me.

Camille Carlson


Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma, Women’s Issues, Relationship Concerns, Parent/Child/Family Concerns, Identity Issues and Formation, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Life Transitions, Values Clarification.

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral, Emotions Focused, Feminist, Narrative.

about me

As a therapist I feel honored and privileged to be a part of each individual’s journey toward healing and growth. I take seriously my role in this snapshot of your life and aim to work collaboratively to identify and actualize the goals you’ve set for yourself. It is my belief that the cornerstone of effective therapy is connection. From connection stems trust, understanding, feeling seen and heard, and ultimately growth.

My approach to therapy involves understanding who you are and what you’re looking for. While therapy is often focused on the areas in your life that aren’t going as you’d hoped, I aim to also identify what is going well, what is effective, and where your strengths lie. From these strengths we can build, grow, and change in directions you are more comfortable with. I have frequently found that those who are lost or in the most pain are uncertain about their identity and values. The therapy room can be a space to explore who you are, what you value, what direction you seek to go, and to clarify personal goals. I exercise radical genuineness with my clients and allow them to see me, know me, and connect with me in our work together.

I have experience in working with adults at every life stage, adolescents, and children. I have also worked extensively with couples and families of every formation. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and run the Skills for Resilience, Regulation, and Relationships group at Acacia.

When I am not in the therapy room I enjoy connecting with nature through hiking, biking, and all Minnesota lakes related activities. I spend my evenings reading, painting, and spending time with friends, family, my husband, and our dog, Clark.

I look forward to getting to know you!



Family & Interpersonal Concerns, Addiction & Recovery, Sexual Health & Romantic Relationships, Sexual Assault & Trauma, Career & Academic Counseling, Mood & Emotions, Athletic & Creative Performance, Spirituality, Life Transitions, Group Counseling.

therapeutic orientation

Interpersonal, Humanistic, Family Systems, Trauma-informed.

about me

Welcome! I'm Kelli, a licensed psychologist here at Acacia. Though I enjoy working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, I chose Acacia specifically for the opportunity to work with students. Helpings students navigate the growth of college and graduate school- figuring out who they have been, and who they want to be - has been my work for the last fifteen years.

My counseling approach starts with my belief that all people have the dignity and potential to create change and live healthy, meaningful lives. Sometimes stress or mental health concerns interfere, or our typical ways of coping and communicating no longer work. I view counseling as a nonjudgmental space to explore these concerns, to learn about yourself and how you relate to others, and to expand your skills and resources for living a satisfying life. 

In addition to working at Acacia, I teach and conduct research at the University of Minnesota in the areas of higher education, student development, and mental health. I also have specialized training in concerns common for college students, such as sexual assault, substance use, and career and identity exploration. 

Outside of work, I enjoy tennis and college football, dinner parties, weekly Trivia Mafia outings, learning new places and things, and all four seasons of Minnesota. 

My warmest wishes to you,  Kelli



Anxiety and panic, social anxiety, chronic pain/illness, intersection of medical and mental health concerns, embodied self-awareness, grief, cultural/ethnic issues, depression, existential issues, gender & sexuality issues, international students, LGBTQIA+, life transitions, mood disorders

therapeutic orientation

Embodied self-awareness, psychodynamic, insight-oriented, cognitive, and behavioral

about me

Humans are deeply integrated beings, and I’m skeptical that there is a clearly defined separation between mind and body. I see therapy as an opportunity to explore your individual personality, strengths, interests, family history, physical health, and existential orientation to find ways to create changes that are unique and workable for you.

Ideally, our emotions, beliefs, and behaviors should draw us closer to one another and give us a sense of meaning and purpose. When our lives are balanced we feel connected, supported, calm, generous, and safe. Overwhelming emotions, unhelpful beliefs, and hurtful behaviors can leave us isolated, defensive, anxious, angry, and feeling like we are constantly under threat. The good news is that humans are adaptable, changeable, and self-reflective. We have the power to try new things and change for the better. I work with clients to identify causes of distress and then build an awareness of the factors that feed into the problem. As we learn to recognize and name the things that cause distress, we can learn to intervene sooner so that pain does not control our lives. I look forward to working with you!

under supervision


Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Relationships, Self Esteem, Identity, Stress, Grief, Trauma, Learning Disabilities, Multicultural, Adolescents & Emerging Adults.

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Feminist.

about me

Hey there! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better and I appreciate you taking these first, courageous steps towards seeking support.

I have a long held passion for community mental health and have worked in human services most of my life. More recently, I graduated with my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Minnesota and have now been working with Acacia for several years, an experience which has deepened my interest in the mental health of college students and the period of young adulthood. My approach to therapy utilizes a person- centered and narrative philosophy, believing in the dignity of all individuals and acknowledging that you are in the process of writing your own story. I also believe in the importance of adapting to the needs of each client and drawing on a range of other therapeutic techniques. My practice draws upon teachings from multicultural, feminist, DBT, mindfulness, and developmental styles. More simply, life can be really hard sometimes and I hope I can help to make it just a little bit easier with support, tools, and maybe a little bit of humor.

I have spent all of my life in Minnesota, although I love to travel. Outside of the office I have an especially strong passion for board games and video games, dogs, hiking, and photography. Anything that takes me to new places or leads to new ways of having fun.

Dr. Liza Meredith


Insomnia, Academic Concerns, Career Concerns, Relationship & Family Concerns, Sexuality, Physical Health,Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Existential & Identity Concerns, Pregnancy & Infertility

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Humanistic, Person Centered, Feminist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello there! My name is Liza, and I'm glad you are considering coming to therapy. It's not easy to invest the time, money, and emotional energy into talking with someone about your concerns, but I am hopeful that you will find it beneficial to do so.

I graduated with a Counseling Psychology PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 2016, and became a licensed psychologist in 2018. For three years of my graduate training, I worked with undergraduate and graduate students at college counseling centers. I love working with students and understand that undergraduate and graduate school is not an easy time of life. Besides working at Acacia, I teach Psychology courses and do research at the University of Minnesota. If you currently or previously had me as a professor or mentor, please opt for a different counselor.

If you choose to work with me, you can expect that I will be warm, enthusiastic, and genuine. My previous clients have described me as easy to talk to, a good listener, and thoughtful. While I take my work seriously, I also see the value of humor and lightheartedness even in the face of pain and suffering. I have been trained in a variety of evidence based models (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), but what I care about most is developing a trusting and strong relationship with you. When we first meet, I will discuss with you what your preferences and expectations are for counseling. I will attempt to tailor my approach based upon your wishes and goals.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, cheering on theGophers, listening to Podcasts and audiobooks, and playing board games. I have a young daughter so I am also learning the ropes of parenting, and managing different life roles. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. And I hope you find a counselor who is an excellent fit for you!

he/him/his| #LMFT3778


LGBTQIA Identity Support, Kink Community, Non-Monogamy, Transgender & Queer Community, Sexual concerns, Addiction Recovery, Masculinity, Depression, Anxiety, Nerds.

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, CBT, Systems Focused, Play Therapy

about me

Hey! I’m Calvin and I am stoked to connect and work together.  Here are some fun details about me and how I practice.  As you may tell from my areas of focus, I am a sex and relationship therapist. What that means, is that I work with people regarding their sexual identity, desire concerns, performance, and functioning. Because of my focus on sexuality, I am competent in areas of kink, queer identity/community, non-monogamy/polyamory, and just about anything that intersects with sexuality (and if I don’t know, I know someone who does) 

Being a masculine-presenting cis man, I have found myself working with masculinity quite a bit. Specifically, I work with a lot of masculine of center people to unlearn and challenge toxic behaviors relating to masculinity. Another area of focus is working with people in early recovery. A large focus of my work is with gay-identified men who are working on challenging methamphetamine and opioid use.

My orientation is largely client-centered and connecting to therapy as a relationship. I believe that only in creating a safe therapeutic relationship, can we even approach healing. Often, I will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a smattering of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I am a firm believer in ritual and mindfully creating ritual to fulfill our lives. Generally, I start my sessions with “where would you like to start?” and allow the client to drive, while I point out the scenery. 

In my personal life, I fall back on a number of hobbies that I find centering to my identity and self. I am an avid comic book nerd who will quote comics in session with clients. I also enjoy video games, collecting records, weightlifting, watching pro wrestling, and listening to true crime podcasts.



Anxiety, Identity exploration, Life Transitions, Grief and loss, Self esteem, Body image, Eating disorders

therapeutic orientation

Person-centered & strengths-based, trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

about me

"She was never quite ready, but she was brave. And the universe listens to brave." - Rebecca Ray

Starting therapy is brave, and it is an honor to work with individuals who are leaning into challenge, discomfort and transition. My goal is to help individuals work towards their goals, whatever they may be, with compassion and empathy.

My theoretical orientation is primarily person-centered and strengths-based; I want to help you identify what is working for you, and how to build on these qualities even more. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and use this as a tool to help with interpersonal conflict and responding to difficult emotions. I am training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals identify what's working and what isn't through a lens of values and committed action. Additionally, I enjoy working from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy background, to examine how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all connected and how we can challenge unwanted behaviors or negative thoughts.

I’m a born and raised Minnesotan and received my masters in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I have an undergraduate degree in recreational therapy and worked with both children and older adults in that field. Prior to Acacia, I worked as a mental health professional at an inpatient eating disorder clinic.

In my free time, I enjoy biking, hiking, reading, and playing with my dog, Rhubarb. As you could probably tell from the first sentence, I love a good inspirational quote and am always on the lookout for inspiration. You will typically find me with a cup of tea or coffee and plenty of snacks!

paul blaske


Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Stress Management, Academic Concerns, Life Transition, Acculturation, Relationships, Mindfulness, Group Therapy, Emerging Adulthood & Adolescence

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Trauma Informed

about me

The journey into therapy takes tremendous courage, and I appreciate the opportunity to provide a collaborative pathway towards personal growth for everyone who steps into my office.

I am proud of my broad experience in the field of human service thus far. My journey into community mental health began in 2015 as I finished a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Since then I have been privileged to work with individuals across the developmental spectrum and from a variety of backgrounds. I utilize an integrative approach to therapy with a foundation in person-centered approaches that provides a non-judgmental space to create individualized treatment for everyone. While enjoying the variety of community service, I have also been able to specialize in school-linked mental health, emerging adulthood concerns, and adolescent adjustment.

Personally, I love living in the Twin Cities and experiencing all four seasons of Minnesota. I find pleasure in exploring many varieties of art, especially music and live performance. On any given Friday night I might find myself at a local concert venue, playing board games with friends, or just relaxing at home with my family and animals. Thanks for taking the time to get to know a little about me!



Sex therapy, sex positive, body positive, unlearning shame related to sex/sexuality, exploring gender & sexuality, kink aware, navigating polyamory/open relationships, queer (LGBTQIA+) affirming, trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, & mindfulness.

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Nature Based Therapy, Mindfulness.

about me

I am a body positive therapist who loves working with folx exploring sex, intimacy, and identity. Through a feminist, sex positive lens, I work with couples and individuals as they work on issues relating to: gender exploration, sexual orientation, navigating non-monogamy, exploring kinks, differences in desire, and working through shame related to sex/sexuality. Additionally, I have competency in treating sexual trauma and children with emotional behavioral issues.

My theoretical orientation is a hybrid of humanistic, person-centered, and a strengths based approach. More simply, this means I understand that people have the strength within themselves to grow and make less harmful choices. Even when it feels like things are coming out sideways, I truly believe people are resilient and powerful.

I want to work with you to identify those “sideways things” and help you realign with a path that ultimately feels good to you. Therapy is an incredible journey and I look forward to walking alongside you.

In my free time, I enjoy being out in nature and hiking in Minnesota’s state parks, practicing mindfulness, observing the changes of the moon and seasons, and biking all over Minneapolis.

Alex Stanger
under supervision


Anxiety, cultural/ethnic issues, depression, existential issues, identity issues, life transitions, relationships, self-esteem, stress management, trauma

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, person-centered, existential, Gestalt, strengths- based, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness

about me

Hello! My name is Alex, thank you so much for stopping by. I believe that a true and authentic relationship is at the core of a positive experience in therapy, and I am honored you have taken the time to get to know me a little more.

I was born and raised in the Twin Cities and love everything Minnesota has to offer. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. I have recently completed my Master’s in Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. I completed my practicum experience here at Acacia and loved my time here as an Intern.

I believe that all people have a vast potential and capacity for self-understanding, self- directed growth, and self-healing. I believe that clients are experts on their own lives, and I am here as a guide. Each client has a unique experience that I strive to understand and foster positive, constructive, and conscious choices. I believe that through increased awareness, meaning, choice, and responsibility clients experience growth in many ways. I am here to hold space and support you as you work through the hard moments and celebrate your successes with you.

As a lifetime learner, my theoretical orientation is ever-growing. I utilize an integrative approach to therapy incorporating multiple theories into my practice; including Person- centered, Existential, Gestalt, ACT, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching baseball (go Twins!), spending time with my friends and family, cooking, and eating.



LGBTQIA+ affirming, Gender Identity, Sexual and Romantic Relationships, Substance Use/Addictive Behaviors, Mood Disorders

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal, Feminist, Multicultural

about me

Hello, and thanks for taking the time to see if we would be a good fit! I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy, and finding a therapist you are compatible with is an important part of the process.

In therapy, we will work together to identify the goals you want to focus on. I draw from several different therapy approaches so that we can find an approach and a rhythm that works for you. Developing and maintaining your sense of identity and autonomy are integral elements of therapy, and it is important to me to prioritize these in our work together in a warm, genuine, and collaborative way. I strongly value and enjoy my work with folks from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Recognizing my identity as a white, cisgender woman, I am intentional about creating space for trust to grow by honoring and actively incorporating the aspects of your cultural identity, values, and experiences that are important to you in the therapy process.

In addition to working with depression/anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and life transition/identity issues, I specialize in working with concerns around sexual orientation, sexual behavior/relationships, and gender identity, as well as with substance use and addictive behaviors. I also have experience working with students in the STEM fields.

I am originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, and I graduated with my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2018. I've worked in university counseling centers for the past several years, and I love working with undergraduate and graduate students. In my free time, I enjoy cooking/baking, reading, exercising, playing video games, and hanging out with my cat, Pearl.

Nicole Cardarella


Substance use, Anxiety, Child & Adolescent, Coping skills, Depression, Trauma, LGBTQIA+, Life transitions, Self-esteem, Stress, Women's issues

therapeutic orientation

Strengths-based, Person-centered, DBT, Motivational interviewing, Narrative, Play techniques

about me

It is a courageous decision to try therapy and I look forward to joining you on your therapeutic journey. I believe that you have what it takes to grow inside of you already. I’m here to help pull out your strengths and equip you with the tools to foster your growth. I believe the relationship between a person and their therapist is essential and because of that, I am open and enjoy relating to clients. I will honor your knowledge, culture, and experiences as I believe you are the expert on your own life. I will work collaboratively with you in order to provide you with the therapeutic experience you deserve.

I have experience working with many folks of differing backgrounds including young adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. I chose Acacia for the opportunity to help students during an exciting and overwhelming time in their lives. I am here to help you navigate this time of personal and professional growth.

In my free time, I enjoy being with friends, trying new food, and spending time with my partner and our two cats. I went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota and moved to Iowa for a few years. I am thrilled to be back in the Twin Cities and can’t wait to meet you.



Attachment, Loss & Grief, Adoption, Divorce, Addiction and/or Substance Use, LGBTQIA+, Trauma (personal, intergenerational, historical), Life Transitions, Self-harm, Self-esteem, Cultural-identity, Gender-identity

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Humor Therapy, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-based, Person-centered, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Dialectical (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

about me

The relationship between participant and clinician is a unique experience and not one I take for granted. I believe your story is your story and healing comes through the intention brought into the therapy space by both of us. As a therapist, I am committed to being a source of unconditional positive regard, ask questions, offer observations to identify connections in experiences, explore and challenge negative self-belief, offer tools and skills in the capacity desired, and celebrate the ups and the downs of the process. I believe human growth, change, and healing is most easily found when we allow ourselves the chance to be uncomfortable.

I began my professional path in secondary education and continue to love and value the learning process. I value the opportunities I've had to gain professional experience in these settings; Educational Crisis and Behavioral Support, Adolescent Day Treatment, Supportive Housing and Co-occurring Disorder Programs, Hospital Mental Health and Addiction Units, and serving on the MN Board of Social Work. I hold degrees in Education, Communication Disorders, Clinical Social Work, and Addiction Counseling and can thoroughly understand and support the complexities of being a learner while also navigating many other life-roles concurrently.

As an individual and a clinician, I am committed to prioritizing my own healing, health & wellness and can be frequently found laughing and playing games with friends and family, browsing personal growth books at a local bookstore, taking walks in our beautiful Minneapolis and county parks, trying to stay up-right on my Covid-splurge paddleboard, practicing yoga and rowing, advocating for human and animal rights in as many ways I can control, creating art in as many ways possible, listening to Harry Potter audio-books with my children, baking and trying new recipes, and continuing to keep our local coffee shops in business.

I value your choice as you select a clinician for your therapy experience and am committed to helping you find your best fit whether that is with me or a colleague I can help direct you to. You are the owner of this path for yourself and I am grateful for the opportunity to be an encourager along the way.



Addiction, anxiety, coping skills, depression, dual diagnosis, life transitions, relationship issues, stress management, values & identity

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive behavioral, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness-Based, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Strengths-based, Trauma-informed

about me

My style as a therapist can best be described as direct yet also empathetic, while also mixing in some humor. I believe that we all learn survival strategies that may have worked for us in the past, but at a certain point we realize that these methods aren’t as effective or may even be working against us. My hope as a therapist is to come alongside you and help them to learn new strategies to reach their goals.

I have worked in behavioral health for the past 6 years, primarily working in treatment programs for people with addiction and mental health concerns, while also being an individual therapist for a small caseload. I really enjoy group work, but also love individual work!

I’m originally from Minnesota but spent five years living overseas when I was a teenager. This experience has had a profound impact on how I see the world and I still love to travel. When not working, I like to go to concerts, do yoga, knit and spend time with my dog Stella.



Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Family Conflict, Grief, Identity, Infidelity, International Students, LGTBQIA+, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Race-based Trauma, Stress, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance and Commitment, Clinical Supervision, Coaching, Couples, Culturally Sensitive, EMDR, Feminist, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution Focused Brief, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Focused.

about me

At the foundation of my therapeutic approach is the belief that healing happens in relationships with others and ourselves. I view my work through an anti-oppression/ social justice lens, and am committed to increasing my own awareness and resistance to the systems that perpetuate structural inequities in race, gender, and socio-economic status. As a white, cis-gender woman, I am committed to working with clients of many backgrounds and identities in order to cultivate healing both individually and in communities. I believe mental well-being flourishes within a holistic, client-driven approach. Guided by my experience and training, I listen for client values, insights, and solutions that promote self-direction and increase the possibility for healing and change. Some questions I might begin within therapy are: “How well are you sleeping?” “What are the things/ people you value the most?” “If you could change something that would make your life more satisfying or meaningful, what would it be?”

For the past 15 years, I have worked with university-age clients, and other adults, first as a certified Life Coach, and since 2014 as an LICSW therapist in a college counseling center. My educational background began in the fine arts, and then veered into the history and cultural issues surrounding immigration. I have a BA and MA in history, and a Master’s in Social Work. Before I landed in the field of psychotherapy, I taught ESL in China and the U.S., and worked to increase access to reproductive healthcare and HIV/AIDS prevention/ treatment. I grew up in St. Paul, have an outdoor-obsessed husband, two amazing young-adult daughters, and a 100-pound doodle named Reggie, who loves all humans and dogs.

SHE/HER/HERS | LGSW (supervised)


Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions and adjustment, grief and loss, relationship issues (family, friends, couples), school issues, stress, parenting, women's issues

therapeutic orientation

Person-centered, Strengths-based, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Holistic, Culturally-aware, Trauma-informed

about me

One of my favorite quotes is “I would not creep along the coast, but steer out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars” (Mary Ann Evans). Whatever it is that brings to you therapy, I believe you have an intact sense of your own inner stars, of who you are and what you need to grow, recover, or heal. Whether you’re managing overwhelm and emotions, recovering from a past experience or trauma, charting a course for future change, or all of the above, I’m committed to being responsive to your beliefs and values, and to collaborating with you on a shared approach to therapy. I will follow your lead, offer safe space, provide expanded perspective and skills to help you live your values and craft the life you want, or whatever we decide together. I bring a lot of curiosity and empathy, I love working with words, language, and metaphors, and I believe in a holistic approach that embraces mind, body, and spirit.

Following a twenty-year career as a writer and editor, clinical social work is my own mid-sea voyage and culmination of a lot of life experience. Prior to joining Acacia, I had the privilege of working in a local hospital with a wide range of patients experiencing mental health crisis. I’m St. Paul born and bred and feel incredibly lucky to live in the midst of St. Paul’s lakes, parks, neighborhoods, and the Mississippi. My favorite downtime escapes are reading 19th century British novels and playing traditional Irish music with friends in a local ensemble. I love getting out in Minnesota’s prairies and northwoods, a good bike ride on one of the state trails, and I drop everything and grab binoculars when I spot a wild bird. Best of all is keeping up with my three awesome adult daughters, my high-energy, local history-enthusiast husband, and a lifetime’s worth of cool friends.



Depression/Anxiety, Life Transitions, Career Counseling, Life Coaching, Attachment Trauma, Racial Trauma, Adoption, and Racial Identify Issues, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, Loss and Grief, Parenting, Narcissistic Personality, Spirituality and Spiritual Crises, Women's Issues

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Attachment-Based, Coaching, Culturally Sensitive, Internal Family Systems, Jungian, Narrative, Existential, Emotionally Focused, Play Therapy, Relational, Transpersonal

about me

My approach to therapy can be stated more beautifully by the writer Audre Lorde, who tells us that "we are all in the process of becoming." I believe that therapy can be an integral part of this process.

My job is to partner with you so we can explore your multiple layers, the ways in which they work together or come into conflict, how your past informs your present, and the stories in which you live. While I can't offer you SOLUTIONS or THE ANSWER, I can offer you a space where we can sit in the uncertainty and the questions together; a space where I'm fully present and you feel listened to and seen.

My experiences as a trans-racial adoptee has informed my areas of interest and expertise including: race-based identity issues and trauma, attachment trauma, adoption, life transitions, existential and spiritual crises, and depression/anxiety. I also have a deep passion for first generation college students and clients who are new to therapy.

I grew up in Minnesota and got my B.A in Art and Sociology at Macalester College. After graduating, I moved abroad and have lived in a number of different states before moving back to Minnesota. I value what can be learned from travel, leaving your comfort zone, interacting with others who I may disagree with, and re-evaluating what you think you know on a regular basis. I enjoy deep, meaningful conversations, dark and/or silly humor, beautiful music and art, transcendence, a well-crafted pun, and fluffy animals.

katie o'dowd
she/her/hers | MA, Pre-Licensed


Relationship Concerns, Family Concerns, Life Transitions, Academic and Career Concerns, Anxiety, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Body Image/Body Acceptance, Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA+ Affirming, Sex Positive

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Feminist, Strengths-Based, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

about me

Hello there! My name is Katie. I’m so glad you’re here and considering therapy, a brave first step in itself. I believe that a large part of self-healing happens in relationships with others, and I’m here to build a collaborative partnership with you where together we can create a path towards a more fulfilling life. I look forward to hearing what brings you here.

My primary focus as a therapist is to provide you with a warm, authentic relationship, and nonjudgmental space for self-reflection. Theoretically speaking, my orientation is towards person-centered, psychodynamic, feminist, and interpersonal theories. I find it important to examine and gain insight into the impact that relationships, past events, societal expectations, and other factors have had on us so that we are better able to work through present-day concerns. I believe that you hold the capacity to grow and change in a way that brings you joy and meaning in life, and I would feel honored to support you on that journey.

Everyone comes to therapy with different hopes for and expectations of the experience, and I want to work with you to create an experience that feels right for you. I draw from multiple different approaches to help you see your strengths, build your skills, gain insight into your experiences, support you in the tough moments, celebrate your wins, and hopefully laugh a bit along the way too.

I’m happy to be practicing at Acacia in Minneapolis, having graduated from the University of Minnesota with both my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, cooking, cribbage, and tending to my many house plants.

Marcelline Gangl
she/her/hers| #LPCC2408


Trauma and PTSD, Domestic Abuse and Violence, Family Conflict, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Coping Skills, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Self-Esteem

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Trauma Focused, Psychodynamic, Drama Therapy

about me

Beginning therapy is courageous, welcome! Through my background in trauma-focused and person-centered approaches, along with my training in Drama Therapy, I aim to create a space to meet you where you are at. I believe that therapy is a partnership focused on empowering you. Each session can be filled with traditional talk therapy approaches or we can dabble in more expressive theater-based techniques. It is your journey, and I am here to be witness to the strength you hold within you!

After graduating from the Counseling Student and Personnel Psychology program at the University of Minnesota, I found myself working in settings across the lifespan and with people diverse in the identities they held. This included early recovery settings, adolescents, school-based work, and at art camps for youth from various backgrounds, nationalities, and gender identity. Most recently, I worked solely on addressing stress and trauma within an academic setting. I am currently receiving training to become a registered drama therapist, to infuse my practice with a passion of mine, believing that the arts connect us all.

Outside of work, I enjoy any time I get to spend outside, no matter the weather! I fill my spare time with hobbies of travel, baking, painting, and running. Although, nothing beats an amazing cup of coffee. I look forward to meeting you!



Anxiety, Existential and Spiritual Concerns, Religious/ Spiritual Trauma, Depression, Family Issues, Identity Formation, Relationship Challenges, Processing the Past, OCD, Phobia, Social Anxiety, Coping with Illness or Physical Limitations.

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic/Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic, Family Systems Perspective, Trauma-Informed.

about me

Hello, thanks for stopping by to learn more about me. Mental health symptoms are overwhelming and exhausting to live with. I want you to begin healing and feeling better as quickly as possible, while also giving you the space and time you need to do deep work. I have been described as mellow, focused, and easy to talk to--empathetic, but not patronizing. I like to be a genuine person with my clients. If you have specific issues you want to work on or just need your story to be heard, I would love to meet with you.

At times we will zoom in and look at unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors you want to change. Other times we may zoom out and look at the wider context in which you live. How can we live as healthy whole people in an unhealthy society or family of origin? How is race, gender, sexual identity, or disability informing your experience? I want to listen, learn, and collaborate with you.

Outside of my work as a therapist I enjoy welding, carpentry, and rebuilding my old house. I am nourished by the natural world and love hiking, canoeing, camping, and birding. Most importantly I love spending time with my wife, daughter, friends, and family.



Mind-body Interventions (Somatic Experiencing®, Yoga, & Mindfulness) for Anxiety, Depression, Overwhelm, and Post-Traumatic Growth. Additionally, issues regarding grief, wellbeing, and purpose

therapeutic orientation

Somatic Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral, Emotion-focused, Strengths-based Positive Psychology. Additionally, I am influenced by Robert S. Hartman’s Axiology (science of values and process of thinking), Tom Rath’s Wellbeing and Brene Brown’s Vulnerability & Creativity research.

about me

In addition to my master’s degree in counseling and psychological services, I am also completing my Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® certification which is a body-focused resilience approach to mental health and wellbeing. Integrating the wisdom of the body, along with strengthening ‘muscles’ of awareness & perspective-taking, plus increasing one’s capacity for holding, better utilizing, &/or transforming difficult emotions, I believe can help people create more of the thriving well-being they desire. Partnering with my clients to empower and support their creating the growth & change important to them is the lens through which I work with clients.

On the personal side, I enjoy hiking, biking, gardening, finding humor, dinner parties with friends and family, and time spent with my dog, Star, who sometimes joins me on my yoga mat. Similarly, simply being outdoors among trees, water, and natural surroundings recharges my soul as does time spent traveling, and immersing my eyes in views of diverse colors and textures.

Lastly, I liken the process of effective therapy to the master gardening process of composting. Like composting, effective therapy requires skillful guidance of a right-for-you therapist, 'container', and balance of light and dark, movement and stillness. When these ingredients are embraced, they can facilitate your transforming the messy/difficult into nourishing organic matter that fuels the beautiful garden of you that matters to you.


Also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling, Acacia individual therapy is a collaborative process between you and your therapist, aiming to understand problems, facilitate change, and improve quality of life.

A staple of every Acacia office, we believe that individual therapy is an incredibly effective process of healing through self-exploration, skills training, and other various forms of change. Ask your therapist how they view the change process. Remember, not every therapist is a good fit and it is important for you to find an Acacia therapist who you feel connects best to your specific needs. If you don't get a good fit, don't fret. You can ask for a change and we will accommodate you!

The therapeutic process can range in length from a few sessions to several years and is appropriate for goals ranging from focused on solving immediate problems to facilitating self-growth and discovery.

Sessions generally last 50 minutes and provide a safe, caring, and confidential space where you can deeply explore the challenges in your lives and, with the help of the therapist, find effective responses and solutions. The process of therapy is largely determined by your individual needs and the nature of each problem but will likely involve exploration of emotions, beliefs, behaviors, internal conflicts, relationships, and both current and past experiences.

Individual therapy can be effective in helping you better understand, manage and express your emotions, learn to deal effectively with stress and anxiety, improve relationships, heal from past traumas, change behaviors that are counterproductive to your goals and values, gain confidence and self-esteem, work through difficult family dynamics, and many other situations. Individual therapy has been shown to be highly effective for many mental health conditions.

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

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


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

Similar to services you receive in person, video therapy sessions generally last 50 minutes and provide a safe, caring, and confidential space where you can deeply explore the challenges in your lives and, with the help of the therapist, find effective responses and solutions. The process of therapy is largely determined by your individual needs and the nature of each problem but will likely involve exploration of emotions, beliefs, behaviors, internal conflicts, relationships, and both current and past experiences.


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


Skills for Resilience, Regulation, and Relationships

Do you often feel like your emotions are overwhelming? Do you have trouble controlling and regulating your feelings? Do you struggle with tolerating distress? Do you often find it hard to navigate relationships? Based on the model of DBT, this group will teach you the skills of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn to “walk the middle path” to create a fulfilling life, while sharing your journey with others along the way. This group is led by Camille Carlson and Andrea Deuring.

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the Acacia Minneapolis front desk to request access to our online screening questionnaire.


What does it mean to “be a man?” In a society filled with complex and often harmful messages about what masculinity should look like, it can be difficult to make sense of one’s own masculinity. This group will serve as a space for men to explore this topic and to work on developing their own positive masculine identity. Subjects to be discussed will include managing conflict, the healthy expression of emotions, social skills, positive relationships, and coping among others. If you are someone who would like help in one of these areas or if you have been struggling with aspects of your masculinity. This group is led by Calvin Hauer and Keenan Cashen-Smart.