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Psychiatry

Welcome to Acacia Psychiatry!

At Acacia, we believe that psychiatry services and medication management are often an essential part of your treatment. As such, our psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral issues through psychotherapy and medication.

  • Psychiatric Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
  • Psychotherapy & Medication Management
  • Tailored To Your Needs
You will be required to see one of our providers before requesting existing medication refills. Psychiatry services are available via video for existing and new clients in California and Minnesota!

Psychiatry + Therapy

Acacia also offers therapy and other wellness activities! If you are seeking holistic care, we can get you connected to a provider in-house to make this experience your best.

Insurance Accepted

We accept major insurances in both California and Minnesota! Why pay out of pocket for a service your insurance should cover?
See our available insurances below.

Mental Health Matters

Our company is owned and operated by dedicated psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, and staff wanting to connect you to a licensed provider now!

Is Psychiatry Right For You?

  • Do you often feel overwhelmed?
  • Does anxiety, depression, and negative outlooks occupy your daily thoughts?
  • Do you feel you are losing focus in school, at work, or with daily activities?
  • Have you found it hard to find what’s improving your mental health?
  • Would you like to try or continue Psychiatric services?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, psychiatry and medication management may be right for you.

What to Expect In Your Sessions

We provide confidential and accessible services right from your computer, phone, or tablet!

You’ll be scheduled to see one of our Psychiatry providers for a 1-hour initial intake. During that time, the physician or nurse practitioner will ask you about the symptoms that are distressing you, gather information regarding your medical history including what medications you are taking and if you have any physical medical problems or concerns. They’ll also ask you about your family history, your academic, work, and relationship stressors as well as assess your use of substances and how that might be affecting your overall health.

By the end of the intake, they will make recommendations for treatment tailored to your concerns and may include: 

  • Medications 
  • Lab work
  • Therapy 
  • Nutrition goals
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Referral to any other medical specialty relevant to your needs

Your Psychiatry provider will want to see you regularly for 30-minute follow-up visits in order to reassess your symptoms and to ensure you are making progress.

Our Providers

Acacia providers have experience working with diverse clients in a variety of areas. Our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners can connect you with providers in-house that provide therapuetic services as well.

Click on a provider to learn more about who they are and their individual specialties.

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California Providers

Openings Available
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Lyleanna Nguyen

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Brianna Sturmer

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Stephanie Woodfin

Psychiatry Director | California
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Dr. Mark Kutcher

Psychiatrist | California
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Amy Thompson

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Timothy Veal

Psychiatrist | California
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Mousumi Mukerji

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Keegan Wood

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Heather John

Psychiatrist | California
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Joseph Derije

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Dr. Deborah Steinberg

Psychiatrist | California
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Minnesota Providers

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Lisa Ocker

Nurse Practitioner | Minnesota
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Susan Borden

Nurse Practitioner | Minnesota

Psychiatry Appointment Request

Fill out the quick request below and we will follow up with an email within 24 business hours!
Add the name of a Preferred Provider or write "No Preference". Your sessions will be via video. You will be required to see one of our providers before requesting existing medication refills.

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Psychiatry Rates & Insurance

At the time of session, you can pay with credit card or paypal although a credit/debit card is required to be on file.

California insurances accepted: Anthem Blue Cross (includes UCSHIP), MHN, Aetna, Cigna, and Optum. Our psychiatry services do not accept Medi-Cal.

Minnesota insurances accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, Medica/United Health Care/Optum, Health Partners, Preferred One, Aetna, and UCare. 

Pricing of services will vary by plan and will be discussed prior to your first session after our eligibility check. Not all insurance plans allow for telehealth billing. If this is the case, you will be required to pay for the session in full.


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 our administrative team prior to your sessions.

Lyleanna Nguyen
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP-BC95015250

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Sleep or Insomnia

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Compassion Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered

about me

Hello there! My name is Lyleanna (pronounced "Lily-anna") Nguyen and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am so excited to be part of the Acacia Team and to possibly be working with you!

College is an exciting time full of new experiences, but we know it can also be intimidating and overwhelming with so much going on. It is my goal to work with you to navigate and explore your way through this time using the methods of supportive and informed care. I will be assisting you with medication management geared towards improving your quality of life. I intend to work closely with you using open and honest communication so that we can collaboratively grow towards your mental health goals. I hope to be someone that you trust and feel comfortable coming to for help during the good and bad times throughout your wellness journey.

Having been born and raised in sunny Southern California, I decided to embark on a different experience and completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. I moved back to California shortly after and have worked both in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Registered Nurse with my focus being in mental health. I went on to complete graduate school at Azusa Pacific University.

Though I developed a love/hate relationship with snowy winters, I was able to experience the beauty of nature transitioning through the four seasons (my favorite season is fall!). I am completely biased to the great food choices we have out here on the West Coast (our tacos and pho are just superior in my opinion!). I enjoy my fair share of lazy days as much as I enjoy taking my two pups on outdoor adventures where they can explore the world with their little noses.

DR. BRIANNA STURMER
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP95016191

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood & Anxiety Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Women's Issues, Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, Trauma-Informed, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello! My name is Brianna Sturmer and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am excited to be a part of your team at Acacia and to have the opportunity to work with you.

After graduating from UC Irvine with degrees in Psychology and Public Health Policy, I moved across the country to New York to complete my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Nursing at Columbia University. My clinical experience has centered around working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with mood & anxiety disorders, trauma, life transitions, and emerging mental health concerns. I have mainly worked in community-based clinics and outpatient mental health centers. In addition to working with college students, I am also passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community.

College is a transformative time, and that comes with a lot of stress. Whether you are new to seeking mental health services or not, my goal is to create a non-judgmental, respectful space for you to talk about your experiences and to work with you to find a treatment plan that best fits your needs. In addition to medications, we will discuss the role of therapy, sleep hygiene, exercise, and other coping skills. Finally, I recognize that mental health does not exist in a vacuum. As such, I strive to be a culturally sensitive provider, because who we are influences how we experience the world.

In my spare time, I love going to concerts, baking, crafting, reading, and playing video games. I look forward to meeting you!

DR. STEPHANIE WOODFIN
Director of Psychiatry | #20A9002

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood & anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescense & early adult-specific care

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

about me

I’m excited to work with you at Acacia! I utilize a specialized combination of traditional western medicine and complementary care modalities in order to provide patients with holistic, individualized treatment regimens. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Honors from the University of Michigan, I attended Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and graduated with my Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. I went on to work as an Intern and Resident at UCLA/Harbor Medical Center in Torrance, California and served as Chief Resident during my final year of residency. During residency, I had specialty training in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescence and early adult-specific care, Psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I also became certified to provide Medical Acupuncture through the Stanford University/HMI program.

I am board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and have been in practice since 2007 providing psychotherapy, medication management, medical acupuncture and consultation on nutrition, exercise and other complementary modalities. I prefer to work with patients as a team to strive for optimal health by creating an individualized treatment plan for every patient. I am humbled to be a part of your journey and look forward to working with you.

DR MARK KUTCHER
HE/HIM/HIS|#G88660

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I provide psychiatric evaluations that include depressive & other mood syndromes ,anxiety problems & learning/ attention difficulties such as ADHD.

I have experience using a wide range of medications and provide medication management treatment as well as supportive psychotherapy. I also provide education around concerns presented in the evaluation.

about me

I am a Board Certified Psychiatry with over 35 years of experience providing psychiatric services to a diverse adult population. I joined the Acacia team in March 2020. Previously I worked in College Student Counseling and Mental Health Centers for over 20 years, including a position as the Lead Psychiatrist at the University of California Santa Cruz. I have also worked in integrated community mental health clinics and University centers.

I have been part of the Santa Cruz ,CA community the last 10 years, working both in the University and community settings. I enjoy outdoor activities including walking, hiking ,cycling and organic gardening.

AMY C THOMSON
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP17011

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Medication Management

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused

about me

Hello and welcome to Acacia.

I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in adult medicine and psychiatry, trained at the University of California, San Francisco. As an advanced practiced nurse, I provide mental health care services, including biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and prescribe medication. I began working in community mental health in 1997 in San Francisco with a diverse population, moving on in 2007 to practicing community psychiatry in the Bay Area.

Utilizing a holistic approach we will develop a plan that integrates medication & supports from non pharmaceutical interventions such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene, exercise, spiritual practice, social support and psychotherapy.

My goal is more than the abatement of symptoms with evidence-based treatment but to promote healing, growth, and recovery. I listen with a sincere interest in understanding your experience and concerns. For me this way of providing care is an honor.

DR. TIMOTHY VEAL | #124269

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, relationship issues, life transitions/career difficulties, mood & panic disorders, psychotic disorders i.e. bipolar, schizophrenia, personality disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, trauma related disorders, grief & loss

therapeutic orientation

Integrative approach involving components of object relational, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic & motivational interviewing

about me

My name is Dr. Timothy Veal or Dr. Tim for short. As your psychiatrist, my goal is to work with you to achieve a sense of mastery or control over your psychiatric symptoms enabling you to find more joy, meaning and reduce unnecessary suffering. Apart from prescribing medications, I also do therapy and am currently in advanced training in psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. My therapeutic approach is based on a psychodynamic framework which simply put means I seek to understand your psychological motivations and how they are manifesting as your symptoms. I see the use of medications as a small component to treating psychiatric conditions and feel that psychotherapy along with self-introspection in a nonjudgmental setting can produce the most change. As we work together, if medications are needed, I will discuss the risks, benefits, side effects and possible alternatives and whether or not long/short term use of medications would be beneficial.

I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate training in psychology at Clark University. Before deciding to go to medical school, I spent some time in biomedical research, completing my medical degree in June 2011. After medical school, I relocated to San Diego where I completed my general psychiatry residency with the US Navy. During my Navy service, I was fortunate to work in both the public/private/military sectors where I treated a wide range of patients with a wide range of mental health conditions.

As your doctor, my goal is to be a resource for you on your journey and give you the tools to become who you are and live your best life.

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”- Chinese Proverb

MOUSUMI MUKERJI
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP95009054

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Medication management, Stress, Trauma and PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Women's Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Child or Adolescent, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Substance Use, Spirituality

Additional Languages: Bengali, French, some Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Psychodynamic

about me

I am deeply honored to be part of the Acacia Davis team.

I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. Prior to pursuing a second career in psychiatry, I worked for over twenty years as a certified nurse-midwife and maternity care nurse. I have particular interest, experience, and training in women’s mental health--especially during pregnancy and postpartum. I have provided psychiatric care to children, teens, and adults in both community mental health and private practice settings. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/stress-related disorders, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. I strongly regard my patients as partners in their own health care. Treatments are not dictated to you by me but are rather shared decisions made by you and me together. I take a holistic, compassion-focused, attachment-based, and recovery-oriented view towards mental health, keeping in mind that many factors play a role in maintaining our mental well-being, including relationships, diet, sleep, exercise, stress-management, and spirituality-- in addition to medication if necessary. Furthermore, I am a lifelong meditator and a practitioner of mindfulness (Vipassana) and concentration (Shamatha) meditation for 11 years. I gather useful insights into the human mind through my involvement in and understanding of Eastern contemplative practices and translate them into Western mental health treatment. The modern sciences of neurobiology and compassion also inform my practice.

As a trauma survivor myself, I strive to create as many opportunities to experience joy, awe and wonder as possible. My hobbies and personal interests reflect this by including yoga and meditation, art, travel, anthropology, cosmology, painting, beading, and hiking. I write this as we are deep in the COVID-19 pandemic. Even during this incredibly difficult time I have found fertile ground for positive emotions, by practicing gratitude, self-compassion, and “taking in the good”.

I completed my nursing and midwifery training at Yale University in 1995, and trained in psychiatry and mental health through the nurse practitioner program at UCSF in 2018.

KEEGAN WOOD
HE/HIM/HIS | #PMHNP95006887

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQIA+, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar

therapeutic orientation

Mindfulness-Based, Motivational Interviewing, CBT

about me

Keegan Wood is originally from upstate/western NY and started the first 16 years of his career as a professional musician. He then began pivoting towards education and was a tutor for the Princeton review teaching the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT and specialized in stress reduction for test anxiety. During this time, he conducted an anxiety reduction study for individuals at an HIV wellness center. It was this experience that eventually led to nursing school and the field of psychiatry.

Keegan began his work as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital for the geriatric population. At this facility, Keegan developed his approaches to anxiety and medication management for acute patients and traumatic events. Despite being offered a residency at Harvard, he chose to follow his passion and accepted a position with the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he helped pioneer psychiatric care for the transgender population and instituted a psychiatric program to provide CBT for those with ADHD. After moving to San Diego, Keegan continued to work for community clinics and the homeless to provide care for those that need it most.

When asked why he is excited about working at Acacia, he replied, “I became passionate about helping the collegiate community when I was in education, and now I want to share my passion for mental health. College students are extremely inspiring and are actively creating their futures, but they are also under extreme levels of stress. I think it’s our responsibility to help any way that we can, so that we can all enjoy a future full of mental stability.”

DR. HEATHER JOHN
SHE/HER/HERS| MD

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Mood issues

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral

about me

As a psychiatrist, my role at Acacia is to consider with you how to optimize your mental health, and whether medications might be a good fit for your treatment. I am trained as a psychotherapist, and psychotherapeutically-informed approaches will be integral to your visits with me.

I grew up in Texas, majored in Human Biology at Stanford (where I discovered that "y'all" is underutilized in California), and completed a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale. My medical degree is from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, with an internal medicine internship at Northwestern, and psychiatry residency at UCLA. After over a decade in California, I now live in the Northeast (East Coast v. West Coast? Both/and).

Joseph A. Derije
He/HIM/HIS | #PMHNP-BC95005123

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and Schizophrenia

therapeutic orientation

Motivation Interviewing

about me

Working with young adults is an opportunity that I look forward to. I think it is a privilege to listen to the young and eager minds who will be shaping the next generation.

My experience in psychiatry started as Registered Nurse in a psychiatric hospital before I transitioned into becoming a Nurse Manager of an Urgent Care Center. I completed my graduate degree in Spokane, Washington from Gonzaga University. My current work provides me the opportunity to work with the homeless community, specifically those who require assistance with their mental health.

My passion is personal finance, so if we have extra time during our interview, please feel free to ask any money related questions!

Dr. DEBORAH STEINBERG
SHE/HER/HERS |#G88881

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Adoption, child and adolescent psychiatry, chronic illness, depression, medication management, OCD, parenting, sexual abuse, trauma and PTSD, holistic/integrative psychiatry
Additional Languages: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Mindfulness based approaches, culturally sensitive, psychodynamic, and integrative.

about me

am thrilled to be part of the Acacia team! I have a holistic approach to evaluating and treating my clients. I take the time to get to know you, understand the context of your life, explore your history, and carefully formulate a treatment plan with you. I have pursued training in integrative medicine and mindfulness-based therapies, in addition to more traditional approaches to treatment. I offer a variety of modalities including pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and complementary/lifestyle approaches to psychiatric treatment.

My training includes a residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, and a full internal medicine residency so I am especially attuned to the connection between mind and body.

I look forward to working with you!

Lisa Ocker
she/her/hers|#PMHNP-bc161143

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD

therapeutic orientation

Medication management, Supportive Therapy

about me

Hello! My name is Lisa Ocker, I am a Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both psychiatry and family medicine. I can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication and other alternative treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of my practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. I am flexible and integrative in my approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. I am enthusiastic to apply my experience and compassion with my clients as they address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. I place an emphasis on providing a holistic care approach which includes consultation and collaboration with other professionals to develop the best course of treatment.

I graduated from St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2011 with a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree. I worked in a diverse family practice clinic treating multiple different physical and mental health conditions. With this experience I found that most physical health conditions came with an underlying mental health component. That led me to my decision to go back to college to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 2018, from Kansas University. This provided me with a better understanding of the effects that mental illness has on our body. I have worked with clients in a private practice setting, correctional facilities, and the school system. I am very excited to use my education and work experience to help my clients improve their overall health.

SUSAN BORDEN
SHE/HER/HERS|#PMHNP7027

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

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.