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Twenty Eight

Looking back on my twenty-seventh trip around the sun: I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara & got to celebrate with myfamily (& friends who’ve become family). I began a full-time job in the Mental Health

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I May Have Learning Disabilities But I Am Not Stupid

I have been living with learning disabilities since 1982. As you all know, this is a pretty common condition to have.   There isn’t any medication to take to offset any symptoms. It isn’t fatal.  I have to just

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ESSENTIAL

On Sunday evening (April 5th, 2020), I sent in my formal resignation to my essential job as a temp mailroom clerk. Well…maybe it wasn’t formal since I gave no notice whatsoever. It was a spur of the moment

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How to Improve Your Mental Health Using Creative Writing

Taking care of our mental health is equally as important as taking care of our physical health. While there are numerous recommendations and methods for reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and staying mentally healthy, not so many people understand

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Silencing the Stigma: College Students Speak Up

More people than ever are seeking mental health treatment. However, the negative stigma around mental health care remains prevalent. The devaluation of dialogue surrounding certain topics may discourage people from seeking social & professional support.  To encourage open

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Finding Order in My Disorder: #NEDAwareness Week 2020

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 24- March 1 2020. The theme “Come as You Are: Hindsight is 2020” invites eating disorder survivors to reflect on experiences and to celebrate positive steps taken. The NEDA community is

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Acacia Spotlight: Dean Khambatta, AMFT

Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. February’s clinician is Dean Khambatta, AMFT. Dean joined Acacia’s Santa Cruz team in October 2019. The Oakland native studied at UC

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Acacia Spotlight: Angie Carman, LMFT.

Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. January’s clinician is Angie Carman, LMFT. This Oahu, Hawaii native joined Acacia’s team when our Irvine location opened September of 2019.

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Acacia Spotlight: Micah Caldwell, LPCC

Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. January’s clinician is Micah Caldwell, LPCC. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin native joined Acacia when our La Jolla office opened in January 2019.

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Acacia Spotlight: Sheena Edmonds, LMFT

Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. November’s clinician is Sheena Edmonds, LMFT. Sheena is a La Verne, CA native who also claims Miami after spending time there

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Acacia Spotlight: Solomon Ndungu, LMFT

Acacia Spotlight looks to highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. October’s clinician is Solomon Ndungu, LMFT. Although once a Bostonian, and apparently a New England Patriots fan, Solomon was born and

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The Value of Knowing You are Not Alone

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, even if the rest of my family didn’t think it was a good idea. I moved away from home as soon as I could and even found a part-time job to

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