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-6PM

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!
Start video therapy or psychiatry now!

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

Sam Rust

Office Manager

Dr. Amy Moran

Training Director | PsyD

Camille Carlson

Therapist | LMFT
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Susan Borden

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP

Dr. Kelli Howard

Psychologist | PhD

Madeleine Coulter

Therapist | MA, JD

Andrea Deuring

Therapist | MA

Keenan Cashen-Smart

Therapist | MA
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Dr. Amie DeHarpporte

Postdoctoral Fellow | PsyD

Abby Hansen

Therapist | LPCC

Calvin Hauer

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Liza Meredith

Psychologist | PhD
ThanhVan Vu

Van Vu

Therapist | LPCC, LADC

Kristin Ammerman

Therapist | LPCC

Paul Blaske

Therapist | LPCC

Tamara Lopusina

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 | LGSW, LADC
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Cheryl Dornfeld

Graduate Therapy Intern
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Greg Marsh

Graduate Therapy Intern


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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.

Sam Rust | she/her/hers

Minneapolis office manager & Lead office manager, development


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

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. 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, 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!



Mindfulness, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD & nutrition.

therapeutic orientation

Medication Management, Psychiatric Nursing

about me

I feel grateful to be a part of the Acacia team! I am a mom to 3 beautiful people, a partner, a friend and am lucky to have 2 sweet animal friends in my life as well. I spend much of my time off-the-grid and in nature: canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking and reading (lots of Mary Oliver!). I have an undergraduate degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, worked as a registered nurse for the past 25 years across several different settings, and most recently completed a Master's degree in advanced practice psychiatric nursing. I am open to working with all individuals at any moment in their journey and however they show up for care.



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


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 | she/her/hers

minneapolis Therapist & Director of Acacia ROOTS


I began working at Acacia in September 2018. I spend part of my time as a therapist, providing direct services to students, and the remaining time to strategize and fundraise for the Acacia ROOTS Fund. Acacia ROOTS Fund provides need based grants to students who have difficulty affording therapy, as well as educational and development opportunities that benefit students. Before becoming a therapist, I worked in fundraising for seven years. I’m grateful that I’m able to combine my on-the-job and academic training to benefit students.

My road to Acacia had lots of twists and turns. I have two degrees in Russian and tried to make a career in international development. That didn’t work out, and I ended up working in fundraising. Eventually, I went back to school to get a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology. I knew had made the right choice because I got energy from my evening psychology classes, even after working an eight hour day.

The thing that most excites me about coming in to work is the exploration I get to do everyday. I love sitting with people as they question ideas, make connections, and form identities. I love strategizing for the Acacia ROOTS Fund, and watching well laid plans come to fruition. It’s hard work, and it’s a lot of fun!

Outside of Acacia I typically recharge my batteries by cooking with my husband, going for walks or bike rides, playing with my nieces, or getting together with friends.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake in the morning?

“Why did I adopt this wretched cat who starts meowing at 4:00 am?” Then she curls up in my arms and starts purring and I think, “Oh yeah. That’s why.”

What is the most amazing fact you know?

The Russian word for bear is medved. Med is the Russian root for “honey” and ved is the root for “to know.” So in Russian, the word bear literally means the one who knows where the honey is.

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.



Anxiety, Academic issues & Learning differences, Relationships & Sexuality, Family issues
Companion Dog, Matilda

therapeutic orientation

Interpersonal, Time-Limited Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

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. I am also trained in a trauma treatment called Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which can be especially helpful if you want to work on ways that past trauma continues to impact you. 

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!



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.

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.

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!

Van Vu


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.



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

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. 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!

Tamara Lopusina


Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Men’s Issues, Masculinity, Sexuality Concerns, Relationship Concerns, Self- Esteem, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Addictions, Cultural Issues. Additional Languages: Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered & Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed, Systems Focused, Attachment, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing

about me

If we work together, first and foremost I will focus on understanding your life story, your unique perspective, and your culture. There are many solutions to a problem, and I will help and encourage you to find your own – what fits best for you. Our sessions are interactive and I bring compassion, hope, honesty, and humor.

I am passionate about helping clients understand and communicate their needs, understand and learn how to manage difficult emotions, and experience themselves in a more positive way. When we learn and practice skills that help us manage our stress, life gets a little easier each day. I take a holistic approach and help clients understand the mind-body connection. I assist clients in using their body to get clues about what is going on in their mind. Our bodies work in concert with our minds and give a more honest story of what is bothering us.

Often our current experiences are influenced by our past painful events. It can be difficult to understand why we react a certain way and how to move forward. I assist clients with gaining a better understanding of such events, how they adapted to live in their environment, and what kind of positive changes they can make in order to create a satisfying life.

It is my mission to help clients feel heard, become empowered, and cultivate self-compassion. Each one of us has inner wisdom and capacity to heal ourselves. It would be an honor for me to join you for this segment of your life’s journey.

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 therapy can benefit anyone, and finding a therapist you are compatible with is an important part of the process.

In therapy, I will work with you 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 I hope you'll find that I keep these at the forefront of our work together in a warm and genuine way.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 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, andI 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.



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 completing my master’s in counseling and psychological services, I am also completing my Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® certification which is a body-focused resiliency 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, best 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, and time spent with my dog, Star, who sometimes joins me on my yoga mat. Similarly, simply being outdoors amongst trees, water, and natural surroundings recharges my soul as does time spent with friends, traveling, and immersing my eyes in views of diverse colors and textures.

Lastly, I liken the process of effective therapy to the gardening process of composting. Like composting which requires the right gardener, container, and environment in order to transform what we no longer want or need into fertilizer for beautiful gardens, finding a therapist that is right for you is key in your growing the thriving wellbeing important to you. Given that, thank you for taking the time to read about my (and other therapist’s) background as it will serve you well in your moving forward and cultivating what matters to you.



Depression, Anxiety, Existential and Spiritual Concerns, Suicidal Thoughts, Family Issues, Identity Formation, Relationship Issues, Life Adjustment, Coping with Illness or Physical Limitations, Religious Trauma, and Spiritual Abuse

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Therapy, Family Systems Perspective, Trauma Informed

about me

Thank you for stopping by. It is important to me that our time together is helpful for you. 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. 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 and carpentry. I am nourished by the natural world and do my best to be among the trees as much as possible. Most importantly I love spending time with my wife, daughter, friends, and family.

Matilda "Tildy"
Companion Animal

Works with

Dr. Amie DeHarpporte


Eating food so quickly it looks like it magically disappears; noticing when people need a snuggle.

about me

I am a 10-year-old Beagle Australian Shepherd mix. I love people and will be happy to hop up on the couch with you and spend session getting my belly rubbed or resting my chin on your leg. My fur is very soft and my eyes light up when I get told I am a good, good girl.


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.


Acacia offers a structured 9-month training program from September to May for master’s- and doctoral-level practicum students interested in working with College Students and other Emerging Adults.

Master's level applications are accepted January 15 through February 7, 2021.

Doctoral level applications are accepted on the Uniform Application Date of February 7, 2021.

Application review and invitations for interviews begin February 8, 2021.

Interviews for a subset of applicants will be scheduled for the week of February 15, 2021.

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

Email complete application materials to Dr. Amy Moran at dr.amymoran@acaciacw.com.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed for practicum placement.

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 clinicians in practice, as well as feedback provided by peers and supervisors through the use of group supervision and video recorded sessions
+ Focus on multiple aspects of diversity, including, but not limited to, multiculturalism and the development of cultural humility
+ Exposure to a variety of theoretical orientations, interventions, and case conceptualizations
+ Students are provided supervision through developmental and competency-based approaches, with a minimum of one hour of individual and group supervision weekly. Practicum students also participate in all-staff consultation and staff meetings on a weekly basis.
+ Throughout the training year, practicum students participate in didactics, case presentations, and are asked to present to Acacia staff on an area of particular interest or expertise. Examples of past presentations have included Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, Toxic Masculinity, Third Culture Kids, and Health at Every Size. participate in all-staff consultation and staff meetings on a weekly basis.
+ Acacia is made up of a diverse variety of mental health clinicians with specialized training in several areas of expertise and from different backgrounds. Our therapists are actively involved in the training program with practicum students.


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)

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.