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ACACIA REACH

Acacia Reach

323.284.6801
Monday-Friday | 8AM-7PM

Acacia Reach offers weekly individual, couples, and psychiatry services. You can access it wherever you are at times that are convenient to you using a platform that’s HIPAA-compliant right on your computer or mobile device!

Effective

Acacia is offering the same specialized, individual, and effective care we always have but now with the luxury of being available wherever you are.

Flexible

You want to do therapy but can’t find the time? Don’t have a provider within driving distance? We provide you with access wherever you may be.

Affordable

Why pay extra money to a software company, when you can use your insurance (that you already pay for) to get counseling from a mental health company?

Wherever you are, we'll meet you there.

We strive to provide engaging and relatable providers, easy access to our services, and a community to connect and share your journey with.

Acacia Reach 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.

Soraiya Khamisa

Director | LCSW

Daniel Amps

Reach Manager

Joe Navarro

CA Therapist | LMFT

Ami Grace Quinn

CA Therapist | LCSW

Tim Veal
Dr. Timothy Veal

CA Psychiatrist | MD

Inez Salcido-Kasteiner

CA Therapist | LMFT

Danielle Nelson

CA Therapist | LCSW

Hannah Thomson

CA Therapist | LCSW

Dr. Skylar Hanna

CA Therapist | PhD

Dr. Tracy Ballardo

CA Therapist | PsyD

Nick Koontz

CA Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Tamika Damond

CA Psychologist | PhD

Dr. Debra Warner

CA Psychologist | PsyD

Libby Haight

MN Therapist | LICSW

Video therapy & psychiatry, on your time.

Some have concerns that it might be weird and impersonal but are often surprised how connected they feel to their therapist and how enjoyable it is to do therapy in a place where you feel comfortable and safe.​

Reach Rates

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

*We accept California insurances: Anthem Blue Cross (includes UCSHIP) and Optum. We accept Minnesota insurances: 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 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.

Appointment Request

Fill our the quick request below and we will follow up with an email within 24 hours!

SORAIYA KHAMISA
THEY/THEM/THEIRS | #LCSW81951

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Gender Non-conforming, Culture of Origin & Identity Concerns, Multiculturalism, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem, Foster Care, Relationship Concerns, Anxiety, Depression

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Gestalt, Interpersonal, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

about me

Welcome to Acacia Counseling & Wellness, La Jolla! I am honored to be your Director and feel incredibly privileged to serve the communities of La Jolla and San Diego. After spending almost four years helping students achieve their personal and educational goals at the University of California, San Diego, I am grateful to continue working with students in this capacity. My work at UCSD has attuned me to the needs of our students, and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and passion to this role. College represents an exciting and challenging time for many, and students often benefit from support along the way. It is my hope that Acacia will be viewed as a space of support, warmth, openness, and safety to those of you seeking mental health services.

I have spent the past several years working in diverse settings, including non-profit agencies, medical centers, and university campuses. I have worked with clients experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, medical issues (e.g., HIV+ young adults), life transitions, and relationship struggles. My work with persons at various life stages has deeply informed my therapeutic approach, which is direct, authentic, and empowering. At core, I aim to help those I work with identify strengths and learn how to use them. I also recognize the importance of providing culturally sensitive support, and strongly believe in the importance of viewing mental health in a holistic manner to address all areas of wellness. Additionally, I have a special interest in working with members of our LGBQIA+, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming communities, specifically those who may have other racial, cultural, and religious identities. My personal and professional understanding of the struggles that accompany intersecting identities motivates me to become increasingly involved in being both a support to and an advocate for members of this community.

Regardless of where you are in your journey, whether you are merely trying to get through the day or working on being your best self, I hope to have the opportunity to meet you and I look forward to embarking on this journey together!

Daniel Amps | he/him/his

Reach office manager

ABOUT ME

My name is Daniel and I am the Reach Office Manager at our La Jolla location. I’m originally from the United Kingdom and ultimately swiped the right way on a dating app, which led to taking the gigantic 5000 miles leap of faith. I have a strong passion in helping people, it’s within my DNA and culture which coincides with Acacia's mission. Prior to working here, I worked for a telecommunications company and as an emergency care coordinator for a healthcare firm.

In my free time, I enjoy watching sports (huge Liverpool FC fan), Facetiming my family, walking my dog, listening to music and being a husband and step dad. I lived about an hour from the beach back home so to have a beach at my door step is fantastic.

What are three tips you'd give to everyone?

Work hard
Make sacrifices
Live your best life

Do you have any hidden talents?

Hidden talents.. Well, I’m a rapper! I graduated from a Music Academy in the UK with a BA Degree in Music Production. I’ve also performed in many nightclubs and festivals across southern England. I can’t freestyle though! I'm not a bad Football (Soccer) player either.

JOE NAVARRO|#LMFT38651

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trauma, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Divorce, Parenting, Co-Parenting, Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy

about me

Throughout my many years as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been committed to providing the highest level of professional and compassionate care when serving individuals, couples, and families during their most difficult life challenges. I tailor my approach to therapy based on the unique needs of each person or family I get the privilege to help. My therapeutic style is Integrative or Eclectic, drawing from approaches of Humanistic Psychology, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.

My mission is to help you gain healthy balance so you may enjoy positive relationships, fulfill your life’s purpose and achieve your highest potential. I work with clients from a strength based focus while providing a safe, non-judgmental environment to learn and grow.

AMI GRACE QUINN|#LCSW20561

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Stress Management, Codependency,/Self-worth, Eating Disorders/Emotional Eating, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Assertiveness and Empowerment for Women,Trauma/PTSD, History of Child Abuse; Emotional, Sexual, or Physical; Narcissistic parents/relationships, Addiction & substance abuse issues

therapeutic orientation

Holistic Psychotherapy; Energy Psychology, Strength-Based Therapy, Neuro-Nutrient therapy (naturally improving symptoms of anxiety, depression, low energy, ADHD, sleep, or cravings), Mindfulness, Guided Meditation, Solution-Focused Therapy

about me

Hello! I am so glad you are taking a moment to check out my profile as I know how important it is to feel like you can connect! I also know how difficult it is to reach out for help so this is a brave step to reach out. I am here to walk beside you and help you discover your positive strengths and attributes, and to support you through your life stressors as I know first hand how stressful college can be!

As we work together to improve your symptoms that are no longer working, my goal is to help you shine, and for you to be your brilliant and best version of yourself that perhaps you do not see at the moment or that has been hidden away for one reason or another. I will be your listening ear, your guide and most of all, your positive support person you can trust to always have your back and your best interests at heart. I use a blend of humor, intuition, and my genuine desire to help you reach your goals. Together we will navigate your struggles so that you feel like you are strong, resilient, balanced and completely whole.

My approach stems from my specialized training in holistic psychotherapy meaning that we work with the mind (thoughts), brain chemistry (those happy brain chemicals responsible for mood, energy sleep and cravings), physical body (exercise and nutrition), and energy body (learning how to protect your energy and deal with stress better) and how they all work together to influence your mood, emotions, energy, focus, sleep, and ability to stay calm under stress. I help you get balanced naturally and by helping you tap into some wonderful inner resources.

After I gave birth to my daughter fourteen years ago, I had had my own health crisis where I had to overcome anxiety and learned how to heal this naturally so that I can help others do the same. I value self-care, which is the biggest act of self-love we can do. When our cups are full we can handle life so much better. I enjoy healthy eating and cooking, hiking and yoga and am a certified yoga therapist. I am a busy single mom of a teenager and she keeps me young at heart! I am also a major animal lover and usually bring my dog to work to help clients feel calm and joyful. I enjoy helping others who would like their dog or cat to become their emotional support animal and who have a history of trauma, PTSD, depression or anxiety. I feel animals can be very healing and improve serotonin levels. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey!

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

inez salcido-kasteiner
she/her/hers|#LMFT50010

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

CBT & TF-CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, & Person-Centered, Additional Language: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

CBT & TF-CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered

about me

Hello! I am Inez Salcido-Kasteiner and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (50010). I grew up in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, a neighborhood wherein my family built a strong foundation for me that revolved around the idea of being of service to others, helping people to the best of my ability, and dedicating myself to my community. I was the first in my family to attain a high school diploma and the first to successfully traverse the world of education; earning first an Associate’s Degree from Rio Hondo College then transferring to Cal Poly Pomona where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree In Psychology, and then a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the same school.

My professional work began with providing direct mental health services across various community and school settings with diverse client populations in one-on-one and group settings. I attained my licensing hours while working with children in the school setting and I had the immense benefit of working with individuals and families in our outpatient offices as well. Over the course of those years I worked within the framework of the Department of Mental Health, being trained and certified in practicing several evidenced-based practices. I later worked with the California Victims of Crime Program, other community mental health service providers, and finally I opened my own private practice. I am a staunch believer in the importance of mental health and I have dedicated over fifteen years of my professional life to providing quality mental health services to the those who need help in managing the symptoms and behaviors related to; depression, anxiety, and other co-occurring disorders. I’ve worked with several populations including; at-risk youth, low-income groups, minority groups, and those within the LCBTQ community.

In recent years I have provided educationally related mental health services to kindergarten through high school students attending a school campus specifically geared toward providing services for students with emotional disturbances. I have also provided academic counseling to community college students. Within those roles I have gained expertise in; creating student Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Student Individual Transition Plans to assist students in the transition from high school to college and into the work force, as well as creating Student Education Plans.

I believe in empowering my clients by meeting them where they are, identifying not only the areas of need, but also identifying viable solutions, while assisting my clients to implement the skills and strategies they learn in our sessions.

danielle nelson
she/her/hers|#LCSW74428

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Relationships, Family Issues, Life transitions, Trauma, Self Esteem, Eating Disorders, Reproductive Health Challenges, LGBTQIA+, Sex Workers

therapeutic orientation

Client-Centered, Sex-Positive, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Gestalt, Trauma-Informed

about me

I'm not your mother's therapist: I practice from a place without judgment, shame or stigma. My client-centered practice is compassionate and founded in the belief that, regardless of our differences, we all deserve to be heard and understood.

I enjoy working with diverse clients and have experience helping those who are: feeling stuck and in need of change; struggling in relationships; having family issues; coping with life transitions; survivors of trauma; experiencing reproductive health challenges; overcoming eating disorders; and building self-esteem.

In addition to being allied with the following communities, I have experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, Sex Workers, Sex-Positive & those in open or non-monogamist relationships.

My approach is rooted in a relational approach. My goal is to remain open-minded and supportive as we work together to give language to the emotional distress you are experiencing. My approach is relaxed and conversational with an emphasis on meeting you where you are. Absolutely no judgment or "you should" language. I have experience using Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in addition to other modalities including Gestalt and Trauma-Informed Therapy.​

Hannah Thomson
she/her/hers| MSW, #LCSW28842

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Adjustment Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma / PTSD / Childhood Abuse, Relationship Concerns, Life Transitions, Faith Transitions, Perinatal and Postpartum Adjustment, Parenting / Parenting Special Needs Children, Grief & Loss, Housing Insecurity, Substance Use

therapeutic orientation

Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, trauma-focused therapies, mindfulness, & person-centered approaches

about me

Welcome! Thank you for taking a few minutes to check out my profile. It is a privilege for me to be able to work with individuals and communities throughout the state of California.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been providing mental health treatment in university and community settings for over a decade. I have been doing services via videoconferencing since 2013 and am happy to address any concerns you might have about how therapy works when it is online. My other work experience in higher education includes supervising teams of interns completing their Master of Social Work degrees, teaching classes, and providing academic advisement in undergraduate and graduate school programs. Additional past employment includes therapy and case management at a community mental health clinic in the downtown Los Angeles area and at a non-profit sexual assault and domestic violence agency.

I use an eclectic treatment approach that is grounded in evidence-based practice. Some examples of interventions I may use include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, problem-solving therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I have experience in a wide spectrum of presenting concerns, ranging from short-term adjustment issues to longer-term mental illness diagnoses. I have also worked extensively with trauma, identity issues, and interpersonal relationship problems.

Most importantly, my goal is to listen to your story and what wellness means to you. When you first come see me, we will do an assessment together to help me understand who you are in a holistic way, which includes your intersecting identities, your values, your strengths, and what is important to you in your environment. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that matches what you want from the therapy process. We work together to create space to heal and grow. There is a saying that, “the longest journey is from the head to the heart.” I would be honored to partner with you on that journey.

Dr. Skylar Hanna
she/her/hers|#PSY31329

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Health, Chronic Pain Management, Smoking Cessation, Relational Concerns, Multiculturalism, LGBTQ+, Trauma, Adjustment, Anxiety, Depression, spiritual integration, & Severe Mental Illness, homelessness.

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, humanistic

about me

Hello! I'm Dr. Skylar Hanna, licensed clinical psychologist. I earned my PhD at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 2018 and became fully licensed in October of 2019. I have trained in a variety of areas and settings, including university counseling centers, veterans hospitals, and the Los Angeles County jails. Additionally, I completed a postdoctoral residency with a focus in Health Psychology. This training included work in chronic pain management (in both individual and group modalities), smoking cessation treatment, as well as health anxiety management.

As a therapist, I focus on the relational and attachment dynamics of an individual's experience while providing a reparative relational experience. I hope to help each individual to grow and live the life they wish to live!

Dr. Tracy Ballardo
SHE/HER/HERS|#PSY31448

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating Disorders for adolescents & young adults, Social anxiety, Academic Stress, Identity exploration, Career/academic ambivalence, Grief/loss, Depression, & Anxiety

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Play Therapy, Creative Arts Interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

about me

My doctorate is in Clinical-Community Psychology and I possess two master degrees in Psychology. I am certified in suicide prevention counseling. I am a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Association for Play Therapy (APT), and teach several college Psychology courses.

My theoretical orientation is Psychodynamic. I enjoy helping others explore their identity and to accept all parts of themselves by acknowledging how past experiences may influence the way they think, feel, and behave. I have a direct and compassionate style of working with individuals and believe honoring one's intuition is the key to healing- whether that be through play therapy, creative art interventions, or talk therapy. I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to assist individuals with building coping skills to increase emotion regulation and decrease symptoms of depression and/or anxiety that may be contributing to academic stress, social anxiety, poor self-esteem and/or relationship conflict.​

On my down time, I really enjoy creative activities like painting, creative writing, or crafting projects involving photographs, collages, stickers, and washi tape. I love seeing how different objects lying around the house come together to create a beautiful art piece. For example, I save the bright colored foil of the vanilla covered fortune cookies from Panda Inn for crafting.

I also love traveling and want to visit all the different Disney theme parks around the world. I have been to the six various Disney parks in Florida and California. Being native to California, I must say that the original Disneyland remains my favorite park thus far. I can’t wait to travel to the others!

Nick Koontz
he/him/his|#LMFT103076

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Student-Athletes, Substance Abuse, Interpersonal Violence & Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Child Abuse, Relationships, PTSD, Performance Stress

therapeutic orientation

Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness

about me

Nick Koontz, LMFT has been a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist for 10 years and specializes in working with families, adolescents, young adults, and individuals battling substance abuse and other mental health struggles. Nick is also the Director of Advocacy and a Psychotherapist in the Family Preservation Program with the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) in Los Angeles. Prior to joining BGC in 2018, Nick spent almost 3 years working in the Children's Hospital (CHLA) Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program in the Division of Adolescent Medicine.

Nick also has a background in teaching, coaching high school and college baseball, and playing college baseball. Nick received his undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Sports Psychology, and received his Counseling Psychology master's degree at Mount St. Mary's University with a specialization in counseling the Spanish-speaking client.

Nick still plays baseball, enjoys exercising, goes on frequent road trips, and has traveled to over 20 countries and is always seeking a new adventure.

Tamika Damond
she/her/hers|#PSY25686

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety- related Disorders, Personal Growth, PTSD, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, Bipolar, Self-Harm, Self-Esteem & Insecurity, Stress, Family Caregiving Stress, Historical/Intergenerational Trauma, Sexual Abuse & Assault, Racial Identity, LGBTQ issues, Dual Diagnosis, Mindfulness

therapeutic orientation

Strength-Based, Positive Psychology, Multiculturally Sensitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focus Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness-based Therapy, Short-term Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

about me

I am a Licensed Psychologist with over 18 years of experience helping clients of all ages build strength & resiliency. I provide compassionate support & guidance when struggling with symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety or going through a life transition. I am a certified trauma specialist with an emphasis in working with people from diverse backgrounds. My personal approach to treatment involves promoting self-compassion through the process of change, using humor to confront the roadblocks and strengthening insight to sustain your newfound path to wellness.

Dr. Debra Warner
she/her/hers|#PSY22362

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Male Survivors, PTSD, Multicultural therapeutic techniques, Abuse, Trauma, Human trafficking, First Generation College Students, LGBTQ, Violence, Substance abuse, Relationships, Couples

therapeutic orientation

Adlerian, CBT, Psychodynamic

about me

Dr. Debra Warner is a leading forensic psychologist, popular speaker, trauma expert, training professional and author. Dr. Warner is also a male trauma expert, spouse of a male survivor and author of His History, Her Story, a Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma. She has devoted her professional efforts to helping men and their loved ones confront and conquer their long term effects of trauma on the male psyche. She frequently addresses issues related to the #Mentoo movement, and challenging masculinity stereotypes and dismantling stigmas related to male trauma. Currently, she focuses on diversity issues connected to community mental health. In her spare time she creates trainings for related to mental health. It should be noted that in all of her professional endeavors she involves students for professional development.

LIBBY HAIGHT
she/her/hers|#LICSW26426

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Gender Nonconforming, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual & Gender Violence, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Concerns. Additional Language: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Trauma-informed Care, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

about me

I can best introduce myself by noting the competing ends of my personality. I love tattoos and adore riding my Harley. At the same time I often find myself happily sitting at home with a cat on my lap while crocheting a blanket. As a proud child of the 1990s, I spend countless hours listening to grunge and 90s alternative music. I love a good outdoor music festival, and there are even a few bands I will fly across the country to see.

After earning a Master’s degree in Public Policy, I started my career when I moved to Mexico to work in community organization and field research. I worked with women in rural areas to organize around understanding their rights as beneficiaries of public support. Ten years later, I was still working in Mexico as an organizer, researcher, and advocate, working directly with local populations. Eventually my employer closed the Mexico City office and moved me to California. While I loved the work I was doing after moving back to the U.S., I found myself missing the on-the-ground work that I had done back in Mexico.

I decided that I wanted to stay in the U.S., but get back to work that would keep me more connected to people directly. I moved back to my home state of Minnesota, got a second Master’s degree in Social Work, and began working as a therapist in the fields of sexual and gender violence, health care, and child and adolescent development.

I now have the opportunity to continue working closely with people in a whole new way, through technology. I am excited by the opportunity to work with Acacia Reach and ensure that therapy services are accessible to the broadest population possible.