MINNEAPOLIS

Minneapolis

612.299.1090
Monday - Thursday | 8AM-8PM
Friday | 8AM-6PM
Saturday | 9AM-6PM

Acacia Minneapolis offers individual, group, 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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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

Sam Rust

Office Manager

Dr. Ross Gubrud

Psychologist | PhD

Marlee Dorsey

Therapist | LPC

Stefanie Donnelly

Therapist | LPCC

Camille Carlson

Therapist | LMFT

Regina Mhiripiri

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Amy Moran

Training Director| PsyD

Dr. Kelli Howard

Psychologist | PhD

Madeleine Coulter

Therapist | MA, JD

Andrea Deuring

Therapist | MA

Keenan Cashen-Smart

Therapist | MA

Dr. Amie DeHarpporte

Postdoctoral Fellow | PsyD

Abby Hansen

Therapist | LPCC

Calvin Hauer

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Naomi Scott

Psychologist | PsyD

Dr. Liza Meredith

Psychologist | PhD

Van Vu

Therapist | LPCC

Kristin Ammerman

Therapist | MA

Hannah Curwin

Graduate Therapy Intern

Alex Stanger

Graduate Therapy Intern

Minneapolis Services

All of our Acacia offices offer individual therapy, 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.

Dr. HARAN KINGSTAN| LICENSE #PSY6176

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

Samantha Rust | she/her/hers

Minneapolis office manager & Lead office manager, development

ABOUT ME

Boozhoo! My name is Sam Rust, and I am from Ramsey, Minnesota. I came to Acacia after a career change from direct care in St. Paul, MN to exploring the administrative side of mental health. I didn't find Acacia, Acacia found me! What excites me the most about coming into Acacia on a daily basis is that I get to make mental health more accessible for a generation who is actively taking care of themselves to make the world better in their own individual way.

what does a typical saturday look like for you?

I spend my typical Saturday afternoon riding my road bike around the lakes in Minneapolis, or traveling to new places that I can ride my road bike. If I were to take a one way ticket to Mars and it was up to me to introduce something new to the planet, I would make sure that the planet knew about dogs, The Office (U.S. version), and coffee on porches with friends.

if mars was now livable, what things would you introduce to the planet?

I spend my typical Saturday afternoon riding my road bike around the lakes in Minneapolis, or traveling to new places that I can ride my road bike. If I were to take a one way ticket to Mars and it was up to me to introduce something new to the planet, I would make sure that the planet knew about dogs, The Office (U.S. version), and coffee on porches with friends.

Dr. Ross Gubrud
#LP5984

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQIA+ Concerns, International Students, STEM Majors, Mindfulness, Existential Issues, Group Therapy.

therapeutic orientation

Humanistic, Person-Centered, Mindfulness.

about me

Thanks for swinging by, learning about me and how I might meet your therapy needs!

I have over 15 years’ experience in the field, focused on university students, as both a faculty member and therapist. Since doctoral internship, I have worked in campus counseling centers, gaining acumen in the presenting issues of students—depression, anxiety, life transitions (e.g., leaving home, romantic endings, adjusting to a new culture), academic performance, loss & grief, stress, self-esteem, and identity. I’ve met with undergraduate; non-traditional; graduate, medical, and professional; and international students, as well as faculty and staff. I have also worked extensively with STEM majors. Although I grew up here in Minnesota (“ya sure, ya betcha”), I have resided across the United States, from upstate New York to Virginia to Phoenix. This lived experience with a spectrum of peoples and cultures directly informs my prizing of diversity and inclusiveness.

Given a certain relationship and particular set of conditions—a ‘space’ if you will—we all have tremendous potential for psychological health. I approach therapy as a collaboration (you are the expert about you!) with the relationship as a potent agent of change. I am honored to walk beside you as we address your concerns; I consider myself a counseling Sherpa—I know the way, but you have to take each step. That path leads through one’s difficulties, mucking about daringly and honestly.

I esteem the broad therapy goals of self-insight and -understanding, emotional experiencing and improved regulation, and mindfulness (a form of perspective-taking, informed by humor, curiosity, and the breath). In addition, I speak the language of behavioral choice, consequence, and responsibility. You have my compassion and acceptance for who you are, as you are. I endeavor to be transparent and authentic, and wish the same in return. Finally, the bedrock of any relationship, including counseling, is trust, safety, and mutual respect.

In my personal time, I enjoy napping, scuba diving, a spicy curry, learning guitar, England’s Premier League, those cats on the Interwebs, and meditating.  

~Shanti

marlee dorsey
she/her/hers| #LPC01841

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trauma, Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Self Exploration, Racial Identity Development, LGBTAIA+ Concerns.

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Relational Cultural Theory.

about me

Making the decision to start therapy is a courageous act. With the understanding of the strength behind your decision, I take my work as a healer very seriously and would be honored to walk with you in your path toward change.

My path in the mental health field has given me the knowledge and experience to work with people at various different life stages and situations. I have worked with adolescents, college students and older adults—some living in dorm rooms, some in big fancy houses and some living on the streets. I’ve worked with people who have experienced anxiety, depression, intense trauma, anger issues and substance abuse. This diversity in my work experience has led me to an understanding that all people share the universal experience of fear, sadness and worry—and that all people, no matter how impossible it seems, are capable of change.

To facilitate this change, I work to create an open and trusting space for clients to share and gain insight into their true and authentic selves. Following the theoretical orientations of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Relational Cultural Theory, I work with the understanding that insight and connection are the keys to change. I look forward to working with you with openness, curiosity, authenticity and a bit of humor.

stefanie donnelly
#CC01316

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Social Anxiety, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Gender & Sexuality, Grief & Bereavement 

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

about me

Hello! My name is Stefanie Donnelly and I am a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Growing up with a sister with special needs, I experienced firsthand how therapy can improve our overall sense of well-being and can have a positive impact in a multitude of ways on how we interact and experience the world around us. I felt inspired and became dedicated at a young age on learning how to recreate that same level of change in the lives of others.

  I received my masters in counseling psychology at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois in 2009 and I have been a licensed counselor since 2010. I strive to empower and help my clients develop a stronger sense of self. My approach to therapy is holistic, psychodynamic, humanistic and interpersonal. I also incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques. These techniques can easily be integrated into our daily lives and can provide immediate relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I have clinical experience working with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and low self-esteem. I have also worked with clients who have entered therapy with the goal of self-growth. Therapy is not just about working through difficult emotions and issues, but about recognizing and developing strengths. Often in our busy days, it can be difficult to make time for this type of personal reflection but this exploration is so critical to our growth.

I work to create a trusting and safe space for clients. As a therapist, I believe it is my role to help the client gain a better understanding of the origin of certain forms of thought and behavior. Through our subjective experience, we develop and often hold onto certain ways of thinking and perceiving the world around us. Some of what we create makes sense and gives us strength. However, certain patterns of thinking are no longer useful over time or are erroneous from the start. I assist clients in developing a new narrative and perspective. One that leads to a greater connection and appreciation of our unique intricate experience of our world both interpersonally and intrapersonally. I feel very privileged and honored to work in a profession that creates this type of change. I continue to feel inspired by the growth and positive change that my clients work so hard to achieve. I very much look forward to working with you!

Camille Carlson
#LMFT3406

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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, 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 stemstrust, 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 and have experience running DBT groups and individual sessions. 

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 puppy, Clark. 

I look forward to getting to know you!

regina mhiripiri
she/her/hers | #LMFT3609

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem & Identity Exploration, Cultural/Ethnic Concerns, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma, Addiction & Recovery, Parenting Concerns, Life Transitions, Couples & Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Mindfulness & Spirituality

therapeutic orientation

Mindfulness, Integrative, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

about me

I am a multicultural therapist ingrained with deep respect for the complex and ever-evolving human experience. I have a natural bend towards curiosity that fuels my passion to continue learning more about others. For over ten years, I’ve worked with people from diverse ages, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, spiritual and religious backgrounds throughout the Twin Cities, as well as in California. I love to travel, so experiencing life beyond Minnesota and cross-culturally overseas has been an invaluable teacher. My theoretical orientation is a holistic and integrative mix of humanistic, person- centered, multicultural and a strength-based approach. In essence, this means that

I strive to create a safe space for you to feel at home as you discover and embrace your true, authentic self. I approach therapy with the mindset that each of us can access inner strength, intuition and resources that lead to growth, healing and peace.

Therapy is a dynamic experience where enlightenment and renewal take place. On your journey, I am honored to walk alongside you- offering empathy, time to reflect and gain perspective, as well as a sense of hope. I have experience working with diverse clientele and navigating various life concerns related to: self-esteem and identity issues, anxiety and depression, addiction and recovery, pre-marital and couples’ therapy, sexuality and intimacy, communication and conflict, difficulty with emotional connection, trauma and grief, stress management, life transitions, youth and parenting.

Things I enjoy doing in my free time include: arts & culture, being a foodie, traveling, practicing yoga & mindfulness, embracing the 4 seasons, being active, spending time with family & friends, laughing, being creative and learning something new.

dr. amy moran
training director | #LP6437

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Individual & group therapy (trauma-informed and trauma-focused), Mind-body interventions for mental health (meditation, mindfulness, & yoga), EMDR, Posttraumatic Growth, Positive Psychology

therapeutic orientation

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

about me

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to read about what I do and if it is a good fit for you. I’m originally from Minneapolis and just moved home this summer after having spent four years in Maine. In Maine, I came to appreciate new forms of diversity that weren’t always immediately visible. In particular, I came to truly appreciate the breadth of belief system diversity that characterizes humanity. Respecting diversity and embracing difference as cause for celebration is an important part of my value system. I tend to view most things through a trauma lens and believe strongly in our human capacity for growth through experiencing adversity.

I offer both trauma-informed and focused interventions. I really appreciate working with people from a variety of different backgrounds and across a broad range of human experiences. I am especially interested in helping people find growth, resilience, and strength after surviving difficult, painful, and traumatic experiences.

I use compassion-focused, acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions, and mind-body practices in my work with clients. I am also a certified yoga instructor and have a special interest in using yoga as a vehicle for practicing mindfulness and enhancing self-acceptance, self-awareness, and self-compassion.

My hope is that clients will connect with greater purpose, meaning, and compassion in their lives as a result of working with me.

DR. KELLI HOWARD
#LP6270

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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

madeline coulter
under supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion, Body Image, Group Therapy, Life Transitions, Mindfulness, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian), Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

about me

Hello! My name is Maddie, and I am a graduate student in counseling psychology at the University of Minnesota, doing my last year of classes and field experience before earning my Master's degree. I was born and raised in Minnesota, though I am a first-generation American--my mother immigrated from Argentina and my dad from Canada.   

Before coming to the University of Minnesota for counseling psychology, I actually earned my law degree in 2015 and worked in the field for about a year. It was in law school that I found my way to psychology and mental health work. Many of my classmates were struggling with stress, addiction, and mental health issues, and I got involved with planning events and raising awareness to help my class community. I realized this is what I wanted to do, so I made the switch to psychology.   

My theoretical orientation is person-centered, and draws from multicultural and feminist theory as well. I believe counseling is an incredibly powerful tool for healing and growth. I am passionate about working with folks with depression, anxiety, PTSD, people dealing with questions of forming an identity (especially in young adulthood), working through life changes, and learning self-compassion. I am excited to work with the team at Acacia to help provide a safe and welcoming space to experience healing and change!

ANDREA DEURING
under supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Adjustment, anxiety & panic, grief, cognitive-behavioral, cultural/ethnic issues, depression, existential issues, gender & sexuality issues, international students, LGBTQIA+, life transitions, mindfulness, mood disorders, self-esteem, social anxiety, stress management

therapeutic orientation

Biopsychosocial, insight-oriented, cognitive, behavioral, & mindfulness.

about me

My mission as a therapist is to get to know you. You have important ideas, a unique perspective, and a valuable voice to contribute to the world. Sometimes, when we are out of balance or lose perspective on life, we forget how much we have to offer.

I see therapy as an opportunity to explore new ways of relating to one’s self and others in a safe environment. 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. By working together, you and I can explore new ways of being that fit your life and personality.

My theoretical orientation incorporates biopsychosocial, insight-oriented, cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness approaches. 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!

KEENAN CASHEN-SMART
under supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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

Hello and thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better! I believe that transparency and fostering a better understanding of one another are important pieces in developing trust as we move forward on our journey together. While I am a budding counselor, I hope I can give you a better understanding of my background and my approach to therapy.

I am as Minnesotan as it gets, having spent the whole of my life here. I grew up and lived in St. Paul up through high school and then moved to Morris, MN during my time as an undergraduate. I have a background in the study of sociology, human services, and developmental psychology, each with a profound impact on my counseling style. Since then I have returned home to St. Paul and am currently a graduate student working towards my Master’s degree in community mental health counseling. This will be the second year of my program and the first year of my fieldwork. I am immensely excited to be working at Acacia and to have the opportunity to work with college students!

My theoretical orientation, although continuing to develop, is rooted in humanistic psychology. I take a person-centered approach, believing in the dignity of all individuals and acknowledging that you are the expert in your own life. I also believe in the importance of adapting to the needs of each client and drawing on a range of other therapeutic techniques as well. My practice draws upon teachings from multicultural, feminist, DBT, mindfulness, and narrative approaches. I am fortunate enough to be at a point in my life where I have an intimate knowledge of the challenges that accompany being a college student. I hope I can utilize this familiarity to support and encourage you, serving as a resource during your time of healing.

DR. AMIE DEHARPPORTE
She/her/hers| POSTDOCTORAL RESIDENT

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety; academic issues & learning differences; relationships & sexuality; family issues.

therapeutic orientation

Interpersonal, Time-Limited Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing.

about me

I want to help you make the changes in your life that will help you move forward. Whether it’s overcoming worries, tackling academic issues, or better navigating relationships, I want to be there holding space for you to work through the tough stuff and cheering you on when you make progress. 

If you see me as a therapist, you can expect us to work together to figure things out. I probably won’t tell you what to do, but what I will do is give you space to talk through your own thoughts and feelings and encourage you to listen to your inner voice. I’ll help you see the patterns that have gotten in your way, and together we’ll experiment with new ways to do things. I might check in along the way to make sure that what we’re doing fits for you.

I am an optimist. In my years as a therapist, I have seen people make remarkable changes, and I love being part of that process. I believe in the power of relationship and connection to inspire growth. I don’t think therapy needs to be painful, and I don’t think it should last forever. In fact, my goal is to be on your team for as little time as necessary for you to make the positive changes you want to see in your life. I would love to have the opportunity to meet you and learn how I can help!

ABBY HANSEN
#LPCC2238

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

CALVIN HAUER
he/him/his| #LMFT3778

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.

dr. naomi scott
she/her/hers| #LP5941

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating, Veterans, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Homesickness, Anxiety, Depression, Infertility & Pregnancy Loss

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered

about me

Hello and Welcome! You can call me Naomi. I am a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota, having completed my B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Minnesota and my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

I have worked with college students since 2009 at college counseling centers and a private practice. In addition to Acacia, I currently work part-time at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, where I enjoy practicing group and individual therapy with veterans of all ages.

My hope is that therapy becomes a place where you are comfortable to explore - your identity, your thoughts, your fears, your hopes and your relationships (among many other things!) I strive to create a comfortable and welcoming environment to foster this exploration and growth. My goal is to help you feel supported and more confident amidst the twists and turns life throws at us.

Outside of work I enjoy time with my husband and infant daughter. I try to stay active with biking, yoga, and cross-country skiing. And I enjoy brushing up on my German (my minor in undergraduate) while reminiscing about my time studying abroad as a college student in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Liza Meredith
she/her/hers|#LP6233

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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!

ThanhVan Vu
she/her/hers
LPCC#|LADC#

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Intersectionality of Identities, International Students, Trauma & attachment, Intergenerational & Historical trauma, Substance use disorder, Couples, Life transitions, Existential Issues, Group Therapy, Relational Concerns, LGBQ+, Additional Language: Vietnamese

therapeutic orientation

Inter-subjective Psychodynamic, Relational, Humanistic

about me

As a dually licensed LPCC and LADC clinician, Van has worked in a variety of substance use treatment and mental health clinic settings including inpatient, outpatient, methadone maintenance, and partial hospitalization counseling men, women, and adolescents. She brought her clinical expertise into her work as instructor of a graduate counseling program to enhance students’ application of course material. She continues to strive for the practice transformation in her role as clinical trainer at the Center for Practice Transformation. Her personal passion is helping individuals explore and process the intersecting elements of their identity to empower their movement toward self actualization.

KRISTIN AMMERMAN
UNDER SUPERVISION

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating disorders, body image, identity exploration, life transitions, anxiety, depression, stress management, self-esteem.

therapeutic orientation

Person-centered & strengths-based, trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral 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. 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. For the past three years, I have worked at an inpatient eating disorder clinic as a mental health professional.

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!

HANNAH CURWIN
she/her/hers| under supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Athletes, Eating Disorders, Identity Concerns, Life Transitions, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Stress Management, & Womxn’s Issues, Additional language: French.

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, drawing on humanistic, person-centred, & feminist theory, as well as the teachings of yoga.

about me

I’m glad you’re here seeking support for whatever it is you’re currently experiencing in life. I want you to know that you matter, and that I’m eager to get to know you. I believe all humans are innately wise, resilient, and curious creatures – I want to know what makes you YOU.

As for therapy, I believe it can be of benefit to all folks. It’s a place to learn about yourself, gain greater clarity on what’s important to you, and build the skills to better navigate life’s sometimes choppy waters. I provide a calm and steady presence for you to feel supported, as together we explore the ambiguities and challenges of life. My belief is that all humans (yes, that includes you!) have innate wisdom – brilliant sanity – that lies at their core. My mission is to help you rediscover the power that lies within you so that you start living the peaceful, fulfilling life you deserve.

In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, spending time out in nature (mountains are my favourite), and staying connected with friends all across Canada and the US.

Alex Stanger
under supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trauma, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Academic Anxiety, & Stress.

therapeutic orientation

PersonCentered with ties to multicultural, feminist, & cognitive-behavioral approaches. Strengths-based perspective & approach.

about me

Hello! My name is Alex, and I am a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas working on my Master’s in counseling psychology. I have completed all of my course work and this will be my last year of field experience. Before coming to the University of St. Thomas I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  I also spent a year abroad and did coursework at Kingston University – London. I have spent time in the youth work field as a case manager at a local non-profit for homeless youth.  I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. This experience has allowed me to gain knowledge about working with diverse populations and also complex traumatic experiences.

My theoretical orientation is ever-changing and continuing to develop. I resonate most with person-centered approaches with ties to multicultural, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. I believe in the importance of using a strengths-based perspective and approach when working with any individual.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies, hiking, and watching all Minnesota sports. I am the oldest of a very large and very blended family and I enjoy working with individuals from complex family backgrounds.  I am beginning my 7th year of postsecondary education and understand the stress and anxiety that comes along with those experiences. Fun fact: my favorite food is potatoes in any form.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

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.

GRADUATE INTERN PROGRAM

Acacia offers a nine-month training program (fall to spring) for both master’s- and doctoral-level practicum students interested in working with college and graduate student populations.

Master's & Doctoral Level applications accepted on the Uniform Application Date of February 2, 2020

Application review and invitations for interviews begin February 3rd, 2020

In-person interviews will be scheduled for the week of February 10, 2020

Required Materials: Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Unofficial Transcript of Graduate Training, Two Letters of Recommendation

Please email application materials to Dr. Amy Moran at dr.amymoran@acaciacw.com

Practicum training focuses on a number of components:

+ In-depth training in diagnostic assessment and individual outpatient therapy, with group and couples therapy based on referrals.
+ Opportunity to learn from in-person observation, as well as feedback provided by peers and supervisors through the use of video recorded sessions
+ Intensive focus on multiculturalism and the development of cultural humility
+ Training in a variety of empirically-supported theoretical orientations, interventions, and ways of conceptualizing clients
+ Students are provided supervision through developmental and competency-based approaches, with a minimum of one hour of individual and group supervision weekly, with opportunities to participate in all-staff consultation and staff meetings on a weekly basis.
+ Throughout the training year, practicum students have the opportunity to participate in didactics, case presentations, and are asked to present to the staff in an area of particular interest or expertise (i.e. mindfulness, grief and loss, toxic masculinity, etc.).
+ Acacia is made up of a diverse variety of mental health clinicians with specialized training in several areas of expertise and from different backgrounds, and our therapists are actively involved in the training process with practicum students.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? CONTACT TRAINING DIRECTOR, Dr. Amy Moran (dr.amymoran@acaciacw.com)

GROUP THERAPY | MINNEAPOLIS

DBT-LITE: DBT-INFORMED GROUP

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? This group will teach you the DBT 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 Hannah Curwin.

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

MEN'S PROCESSING GROUP

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.

YOGA | MINNEAPOLIS

mindful hatha yoga for stress reduction

MHY is a slow-flowing, meditative yoga practice derived from and inspired by the Mindful Hatha Yoga sequences taught in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. An ability to assume a table-top position (balancing on all fours) and transition safely from floor to standing series are physical requirements for participation in this class.

This class is appropriate for:
+ Individuals who are new to yoga practice
+ Practitioners who wish to incorporate mindfulness training into their yoga practice
+ Individuals who have completed the MBSR course and would like to continue their Mindful Hatha Yoga practice

Fridays, 4-5 pm
Cost: $10 per class
Classes are drop-in and first come, first served (space is limited)

TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA

60-minutes of trauma-informed movement, trauma-sensitive breathing exercises, and ample opportunity to experience stillness and meditation. No prior yoga experience is required. For individuals with mobility concerns, please contact us in advance to ensure we are able to meet your needs.
The class is guided verbally by Hannah while she practices with you. No hands-on assists are performed. Individual space is respected and safety is prioritized. Student names will remain anonymous and students are not asked to share anything about their specific traumas. The emphasis is on simply being in your body.

Wear comfortable clothes for moving your body and bring a water bottle if you like. Mats are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own! Please arrive 5-10 minutes in advance in order to check-in. We look forward to supporting you in this space.

Mondays, 4-5 pm until December 2, 2019
Cost: $10 per class
Offered as an 8-week program (space is limited)

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.