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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!
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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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Jana Crosby

Therapist | LMFT
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Veronica Tai

Therapist | LCSW
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Brian Woods

Therapist | LMFT
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Ami Jester

Nurse Practitioner | PMHNP
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Dr. Kate Hawley

Psychologist | PhD
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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.

Jana Crosby
She/her/hers | #LMFT122477

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Emetophobia, Compulsive Behaviors, Health Anxiety, Existential Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Perfectionism, Chronic Guilt/Shame Issues, Self Esteem, Highly Sensitive Person, Life Adjustments

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB), Ego States Work

about me

Do you feel insecure, stressed, or ashamed, constantly battling with intrusive thoughts or overwhelming emotions that you may not even entirely believe, but still can't seem to let go of? Maybe it's anxiety, shame, a fear judgement, or a fear of being misunderstood that keeps you stuck. It's also possible that anxiety is just really good at making you question your choices or intentions. We don't have to let anxiety win! It's as good a time as ever to try something new and prioritize your life and the parts of it that you value or want to grow.

It is certainly vulnerable and often new to seek out therapy or try therapy with someone new. It’s okay and 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 with me 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. And as for intrusive thoughts, let's just say I know how big those can grow or how significantly they don't match up with what you truly believe. I want you to know that there is nothing I haven't heard or would pass judgement on when it comes to that. I get it! We don't pick our intrusive thoughts but together we can work to reduce their impact on your life and get you back in the drivers seat of your story.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have experience treating a range of ages and issues in a variety of settings primarily focusing on individual therapy with motivated young adults who are managing anxiety disorders, eating disorders, or obsessive compulsive thoughts or behaviors. However, if you resonate with what I have shared so far there is a good change we would be a fit, regardless of what you are dealing with. My main 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. My approach is warm, empathetic, but also directive and will require you to want to try new things and participate in change in and outside of the therapy space. I believe in your capacity to fully heal and live a fulfilled life! If that makes you nervous its okay. As long as that is what you want from a therapist and for your life I will meet you wherever you are and find a pace that works for you.

Just in case you might be wondering about me outside of therapy and how you might relate on a personal level I'll let you in on some of the things that matter to me. I am generally pretty open as long as it is benefitting your growth and healing so feel free to ask questions, let me know what is working, what isn't working, and anything in between! I welcome that!

Outside of work I love quality time with the people I love and am somewhat of an introverted extrovert, meaning that I thrive on meaningful connections with others but also need my own recharge time. I have always been a big outdoors and nature person, have done a range of causal and competitive pool swimming as well as distance ocean swimming, and always enjoy taking in new experiences during short road trips or trips to the east coast where I grew up. I am also a bit of a nerd and am completely okay with it! I enjoy listening to audio books while washing the dishes or taking a walk, journaling or blogging on important topics in mental health, and am a life long learner. I've also been loving gentle restorative yoga to end my days and calm both my body and mind. It's my way of integrating what I want to carry with me from the day and letting go of the rest. We all find a strategy for that and when we find the right one is is absolutely the best!

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.

AMI JESTER
SHE/HER/HERS| #PMHNP-BC95018058

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQIA+, Transgender Health, Medication Management

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Humanist, Feminist

about me

I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner from Kansas City, Missouri and trained for my nursing and advanced practice degrees at the University of Missouri – Columbia. For my doctoral project, I focused on improving LGBTQ patients’ experiences in healthcare settings and am passionate about raising the bar in LGBTQ health. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 7 years including time exploring the country as a travel nurse. I discovered that West Coast truly is best coast and I am so happy to join the Acacia Santa Cruz team.

I hope to partner with you to help you be successful in school, work, relationships, and as a person who will always be learning and growing. I respect your unique experience in the world and understand how the intersectionality of multiple identities affects it. The beautiful thing about mental health treatment is that it looks different for each person depending on your goals, and I can’t wait to meet you and discover how we can work on them together.

My hobbies include taking my dog to the beach and watching women's soccer. I can't wait to root for the Slugs!

KATE HAWLEY
SHE/HER/HERS | #PSY32827

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Self-Criticism and Perfectionism, Self Worth and Shame, Interpersonal Boundaries, Life Transitions, Creativity and Self-Expression, Highly Sensitive Persons, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Stress and Burnout, Women and Leadership/School/Career, Couples Therapy

therapeutic orientation

Strengths-Based, Multiculturally Responsive and Culturally Sensitive Interventions, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused, Person-Centered, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

about me

Welcome, I’m glad you found us! I am honored to be a part of the Acacia Counseling and Wellness Team and to have the opportunity to support you in the process of uncovering your most whole and authentic self.

I know how difficult it can be to feel stuck in a painful place. My goal is to help you feel safe and empowered so that you can connect with what is most true for you, get unstuck, and move toward the life you want. Whether you are navigating transitions, perfectionism, self-worth, anxiety, relationships, creativity blocks, attentional concerns, or high sensitivity to the world, we will work together to find a path toward your goals.

I approach the psychotherapy process from the perspective that you have many more strengths than shortcomings. It’s wonderful that you are taking this step for yourself, and in our work together I will help you uncover what is already “right” with you in addition to helping you address your difficulties. I view our relationship as collaborative - we will work together to find a healing process that best suits you and your unique situation. I also approach our work with respect for and sensitivity to all of your identities, making room for exactly who you are instead of trying to fit you into a box.

If you’re interested in my professional path, I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. I completed my doctoral internship with an emphasis on diversity at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and my postdoctoral fellowship with an emphasis on systemic interventions at UC San Francisco's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. I have extensive training in and passion for strengths-based psychotherapy approaches and multiculturally responsive treatment.

I am excited to serve the Santa Cruz community. My love of the ocean brought me to Santa Cruz and the space in this town for authentic expression and acceptance has kept me here. In my free time here, I enjoy photography, dance, playing sports, spending time in the sun, and connecting with family and friends.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and beginning our work together.

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.