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

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Acacia Santa Cruz offers individual, group, and wellness activities. Located within a short bus ride (#15, #16, #19, & #10) from UC Santa Cruz, near Trader Joes and next to Insight Santa Cruz. Come into the office to experience a little slice of modern design featuring a Take & Give wall, study space, and three dynamic spaces to relax before your appointments.

Our Santa Cruz location is accepting appointments via video for all California residents!
Start video therapy or psychiatry now!

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Acacia is an absolutely amazing place to go for college students. The staff and counselors are all very welcoming, genuine, and supportive. The counseling services deliver specialized care and create a kind environment.

Santa Cruz 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.

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Clinical Director
Dean Khambattasc

Dean Khambatta

AMFT | Fee For Service $75
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Jana Crosby

Therapist | LMFT
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Veronica Tai

Therapist | LCSW
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Brian Woods

Therapist | LMFT
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Positions Available

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Santa Cruz Services

All of our Acacia offices offer individual therapy, psychiatry, couples therapy, group therapy, and wellness events. Below are services offered specifically in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz 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 Anthem Blue Cross, UCSHIP, Aetna, MHN, Cigna, and Optum 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.

DEAN KHAMBATTA | #AMFT11311
Under Supervision

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQ+ Counseling, Gender Diversity, Sex Positive, Kink Aware, Substance Use, PTSD/Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Acute Mental Health, Multiculturalism, Self-Esteem

therapeutic orientation

Person-centered, Strength-Based, and Trauma-Informed

about me

I am excited to be part of the Acacia Counseling and Wellness team! I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #111311. I have over a decade of experience working with the LGBTQ+ community in a variety of capacities including peer support groups, queer focused sex education, community activism, and therapy. As a queer trans man of color, advocating for and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is close to my heart. I understand the importance of an intersectional multicultural approach that incorporates race, ability, socioeconomic status, individual experiences, and spiritual identity.

My approach to therapy is person-centered, strength based, and trauma informed. I firmly believe that you are the expert of your own experiences and that my role is to guide and support you through the therapeutic process. I partner with my clients to find the therapeutic approach that best meets their needs.

I received my Masters’ in Counseling with a Marriage, Family, and Child emphasis from Palo Alto University and my Bachelors’ in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jana Crosby
She/her/hers | #LMFT122477

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Based Repetitive Behaviors, Somatic Disorders, Phobias, Perfectionism, Life Transitions, Guilt/Shame, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Self Esteem/Self Identity, Women's Issues, Highly Sensitive Person

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB), Attachment Based

about me

Do you feel insecure, stressed, or ashamed? Do thoughts about food, body, or all the “what ifs” of life seem to take up so much brain space that there is little room left for studies or parts of your life that you value? Are you tired of trying to control or push down your emotions, and instead looking to do the work to find deep healing? I am excited to meet you, learn more about what is important to you, your life experiences, and discover how I can best help!

It is certainly vulnerable and often new to seek out therapy. It’s natural to be nervous. I want you to know that when you reach out or share difficult things, I see you as both courageous and human. As a fellow human, I feel honored to be part of your journey and witness your growth. In therapy you will be accepted with all of your feelings and thoughts no matter how big or uncomfortable or how you feel about the fact that they are there. My goal as your therapist is to help you decrease shame regarding your emotional experience and feel less fear around uncertainty and change. I will be an active ally in uncovering and working through the root of your challenges with you as well as empowering you to make impactful changes in your life.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have experience working with individuals, couples, and families providing therapy. Areas I treat include young adult issues, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, physical symptoms or habits caused by anxiety, eating disorders or body image concerns, women’s issues and life transitions. I also support young adults in building healthy self esteem, self identity and confidence to live an authentic intentional life.

My style of therapy includes Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Comprehensive Behavioral Model, and Attachment Model. My approach is tailored to your specific needs.

What does that all mean? I take time to get to know what is important to you, help to explore and define your personal values and desired goals, and any barriers you may have faced, in order to help us build a clear intentional picture of what you want for your life and begin to develop trust in therapy. From there I focus on relational and attachment needs, uncovering and processing past experiences and patterns that continue to influence your functioning today, building self compassion and confidence. I support you in making peace with the full spectrum of human emotions, to make room for value driven choices and taking positive action in life. I will help you to deepen awareness, nurture and responsiveness in your body, mind and soul as major parts of our whole being.

When working with phobias or obsessions and compulsions, I explore function and healthy adaptations for behaviors, create solid anxiety management skills, and work on gradually exposing you to the fears in a safe and gradual way in order to decrease the power of those fears and open up life for you. I work together with you to support your goals and welcome any and all feedback at any point through the therapy process.

Okay, you might be wondering about me outside of therapy and how you might relate. In my personal time I am renewed by quality time with loved ones, being in nature, doing fast paced hot yoga as well as restorative meditative yoga, swimming (including ocean swimming more recently when pool access has been limited due to COVID), and taking in all kinds of new experiences during short road trips. I am originally from Massachusetts so love trips back east when I can get out there. I enjoy listening to audio books, often while walking in the neighborhood, journaling, and am a life long learner.

I look forward to potentially working with you in the future!

VERONICA TAI
They/Them/Theirs,
She/Her/Hers| #LCSW 84872

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Identity Concerns, Asian/Asian American Mental Health, Relationship Issues, Family of Origin concerns, Life Transitions, Complex Trauma + PTSD, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Substance Use, Anger Management

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered, Insight-Oriented (Psychodynamic), Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Practice, Culturally Sensitive and Multiculturalism, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI)

about me

Welcome, it is a privilege to be part of your journey!

I value connection, inner reflection, honesty, collaboration, social justice and anti-racism, and creating a life of balance and authenticity. My therapy office is a warm and understanding space where you can explore your truth and be fully YOU without reservations.

Your story is unique to you and therapy is an opportunity to (re)discover, reflect on, and reclaim all the strengths that are intrinsically within you and your communities.

In therapy we will work together to explore how your past experiences relate to your thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships. I use different therapeutic approaches based on what you need and focus on cultivating self-compassion, self-understanding, courage and strength, and inner peace.

My Path: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and and have been providing psychotherapy since 2014. I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from USC in 2015 and have a Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior. I am a BIPOC who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to bake and explore new dessert recipes. I am also a pet-parent to an incredibly puppy-like cat named Latte that you might see lounging in the background!

brian woods
#LMFT33858

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Relationship between cognition, behavior and change. Expressive Arts and Recreation Therapy. Anxiety and Stress management. Transitions in relationships and stages of life.

therapeutic orientation

Primarily Constructivism, Narrative and Social Justice Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Implementation of Wraparound service model.

about me

I’m excited to join the Acacia team’s effort to provide you an environment that is safe and helpful as you explore what life throws your way, finding your path to the healthiest and happiest you. Should I be your therapist, you will see I’m dedicated to helping you navigate your life experiences and relationships in a way which feels manageable, less lonely, and improves your ability to feel how you deserve to feel.

I approach the therapy experience as one of significance, consequence, opportunity. People usually reach out for mental health services seeking a change in their lives, how they feel. I passionately work toward helping clients better understand themselves, what is troubling them and how to use what they learn to gain more agency over their lives. I’ll arrive at therapy sessions with presence, curiosity, a caring heart and soul.

Some of my professional formative experiences include working with a wide range of ages within the foster care system and children’s behavioral health system. I’ve been a clinician in forensic, inpatient and outpatient environments. These experiences helped me develop a more full-spectrum perspective of acute mental health challenges, especially when they go unaddressed. I’ve also gained inspiration observing the resilience in people who have faced persistent and significant mental health challenges. I try to carry forward their courage and fortitude as I do my best to support clients.

When not holding the role of therapist I can be found growing food to eat, then trying my hand as chef. I approach the kitchen as I do an art studio or therapeutic process; curious, hopeful and creative. Adventure is important. Mountain biking, surfing, paddle boarding, trail running and hiking are all part of how I balance my life and develop confidence.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

STUDY room

Come relax and study in our study space. Intended to offer you workspace, you can reserve to study before an exam. There is enough room for six people in the room if you need to bring along a few study buddies.

Check in with the front desk to reserve the room.