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Telehealth Client

Therapy

We provide individual and couples therapy. Our providers are licensed professionals and are passionate about working alongside you.

Learn about session cost in our FAQ below.

Psychiatry

We provide individual medication management. Our psychiatry team will work with you to find the right solution for your mental health needs.

Learn about session cost in our FAQ below.

How It Works

request an appointment

You will spend 10-15 filling our HIPAA secure Appointment Request Form. We will need to obtain demographic and insurance information, and also learn what you are looking for in a potential therapist.

Ready?

Click the link below and begin your first step of the journey!

Request

collaborate

You will be contacted by one of our Telehealth schedulers with our available options within 24 business hours. You'll get to decide if you want to start with therapy, psychiatry, or both!

your community awaits

Once you've completed the Appointment Request, we will follow up with you with tailored options. In the meantime, connect with our community!

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Grow with us

Once you have your appointments set your Telehealth team will send you a link to start your sessions! You'll be able to text, email, or call for cancellations and reschedules.

For clients

Do you need to fill out intake forms or sign in to your client portal for payments? Click the button below.

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"I've never connected with a therapist as quickly as I did with my Acacia Telehealth therapist. They immediately understood what I was struggling with, what my goals are, and how to bridge the gap after just our first time meeting."
Current Telehealth Client
Acacia Counseling and Wellness

Our Provider 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.

Availability and matching will be discussed with our Telehealth team! 

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Romana Cheang

California Therapist | LMFT
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Kim Poehler

California Therapist | LMFT
Tracy Ballardo, PsyD

Dr. Tracy Ballardo

California Psychologist | PsyD
Melissa Regan, LMFT

Melissa Regan

California Therapist | LMFT
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Marni Muenzer

California Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Stephanie Smolinski

California Psychologist | PsyD
Amy Thompson, NP

Amy Thomson

CA Nurse Practitioner | NP
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Ami Patel

California Therapist | LMFT
Dr. Penelope Russell, PhD

Dr. Penelope Russell

California Psychologist | PhD
Portrait of Romana Cheang

Romana Cheang

California Therapist | LMFT
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Dr. Deborah Steinberg

California Psychiatrist | MD
Amy Thompson, NP

Amy Thomson

CA Nurse Practitioner | NP
Tracy Ballardo, PsyD

Dr. Tracy Ballardo

California Psychologist | PsyD
Headshot of Ami Patel

Ami Patel

California Therapist | LMFT
Dr. Penelope Russell, PhD

Dr. Penelope Russell

California Psychologist | PhD
Portrait of Marni Muenzer

Marni Muenzer

California Therapist | LMFT
Headshot of Stephanie Smolinski

Dr. Stephanie Smolinski

California Psychologist | PsyD
Melissa Regan, LMFT

Melissa Regan

California Therapist | LMFT
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Kim Poehler

California Therapist | LMFT

Getting started with our Appointment Request Form is an important first step to discussing provider availability.

Looking for Minnesota providers? Visit our Minneapolis page here (telehealth sessions are available with that team as well).

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers regarding our services

Good news, you do not have to be a college student or from one of our partnered universities to start therapy at Acacia! You are required to be at least 18 years old, however.

We specialize in the college experience and what happens in or around this time. Our mission – to serve and engage the college community, which can include you as a student, faculty member, recent graduate, nontraditional student, and those thinking about attending college.

Covered Costs

  • Insurance / Varies*
  • Missed Therapy Visit Fee / $50
  • Missed Psychiatry Visit Fee / $100

*All services are billable to insurance. It’s your responsibility to provide us with updated insurance information in a timely manner.

Out of Pocket Costs

  • Individual Therapy / $65-$150
  • Couples Therapy / $65-$150
  • Medication Management/Psychiatry / $300
  • Missed Therapy Visit Fee / $50
  • Missed Psychiatry Visit Fee / $100

Fret not, there are several options!

  • Our out-of-pocket and out-of-network fee is $150 for individual therapy and $250-$300 for psychiatry (these rates are specific to offices and the type of appointment, please check with your front desk before confirming appointments).
  • Group therapy is a great option for low-cost and effective care.
  • Acacia telehealth offers sessions as low as $65 (depending on financial status)! There are other sliding scale options for therapy and psychiatry.
  • Apply for our student therapy fund, Acacia Roots, which helps low-income students afford the mental health care they need.

For college students in the University of California system (UCSB, UCSD, etc.), there is sometimes a requirement to have the on-campus counseling services provide a referral for insurance to be billed. This is not necessarily case in your California or Minnesota university.

If you plan to use your university’s insurance (UCSHIP), you will need to make sure to have a referral before you start services to avoid paying for insurance costs – as all costs are a client’s responsibility.

With the proper referral on file at Acacia, you are only responsible for copays.

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 ($50/therapy session and $100/psychiatry session). You can call, text, or email your Telehealth team to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

With Acacia Telehealth we want to take measures to make sure you are safe and in a space that will provide the best possible therapeutic experience. We require that all clients are in a private and addressable space during sessions (our providers will verify your location for your safety).

State law protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and a therapist.

There are notable exceptions:

  • Mandated reporting for suspected Child/Elderly Abuse
  • Serious threat of physical violence toward others
  • Serious threat of danger toward self
  • Court order
  • Information requested by FBI
  • A client signing a Release of Information (ROI) to coordinate care between providers or outside parties

Therapy can vary greatly depending on the individual and the goals of the clinician and the client. Generally, a therapist will want to discuss the events that lead the client to seek therapy in the first place and move on to resolving more specific goals. Commonly, sessions will be scheduled weekly, will last around an hour, and be ongoing for however long you and your therapist feel you need. Medication management can be once a month or more, depending on your care needs.

Therapy can be focused on a brief issue or can last long term (it’s not uncommon and completely normal to have a therapist for years) – addressing overarching personal issues and working on emotional growth. On occasion, a therapist might suggest books, activities, or keeping track of events in your life.

For therapy to be effective, you must actively participate in and out of your sessions.

Romana Cheang
she/her/hers | #LMFT105883

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Burnout, Asian & Asian American Mental Health, Child/Adolescent issues, Adjustment & Phase of Life issues, Immigrant issues, Communication, Relationship issues.
Additional Language: Cantonese

therapeutic orientation

Person-Centered, Strength-based, Emotionally-Focused, Cognitive-behavioral Therapy

about me

Aloha! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California. I was raised in Oahu, Hawaii and had been living in Southern California for the past 10 years. I completed a M.S. in Counseling from Loma Linda University and a B.A. in Psychology from University of Hawaii. With spare time, I enjoy film photography and print making. I’m someone who is willing to dirty a new pair of sneakers for that everlasting shot. I’m attracted to the colors Blue & Green because they represent an endless sky, the deep blue ocean and a sunlit meadow.

I would describe my therapy style as strength-based, collaborative, and explaining things with countless metaphors. Working together, I want to spend more time getting to know you as a person and uncover “tangled up” things in life. In addition, assist you in gaining insight and learning coping/calming strategies so you can live a more exciting, fulfilling life.

I was taught that we each carry an “invisible backpack” filled with hardships and personal trauma incurred in life. These growing difficulties results in a heavier and heavier backpack that becomes unbearable one day. My role as your therapist is to help “unpack and detangle” so you can rest those shoulders and train your mental muscles. Sometimes life doesn’t get easier and so we will strengthen our emotional endurance. And your adventure continues.

KIM POEHLER
SHE/HER/HERS | #LMFT82967

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating Disorders, Perfectionism, Self Esteem/Self Worth, Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety

therapeutic orientation

Person Centered, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused, Body Positive/HAES aligned

about me

Hello and welcome to Acacia Reach! Seeking support is such a courageous first step towards caring for your emotional wellbeing! I am eager and honored to be a part of this journey with you.

As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, I have post graduate training and education solely focused on the treatment of eating disorders. I worked as a therapist and director of an eating disorder residential treatment facility for several years as well as in private practice focused on college students, specifically athletes with disordered eating concerns. My approach is warm and direct. I believe that the strength of the therapist-client relationship is key to accomplishing therapeutic goals and I focus on creating a safe and validating environment.

Outside of the therapeutic room, I enjoy spending time with family and watching my daughter experience the world, traveling, yoga, reading, and nerding out on Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

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!

Melissa Regan
she/her/hers | #LMFT128703

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Stress, Family Conflict, and Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Expressive Arts, Family Systems, Person-Centered, mindfulness.

about me

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my MA in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage family therapy and art therapy from Phillips Graduate University and a BA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Acacia team, I worked as a therapist in eating disorder treatment (both residential and outpatient). I have experience working with individuals, children, adolescents and families from diverse backgrounds.

My therapeutic approach incorporates elements of Art Therapy, DBT, CBT, person-centered, mindfulness, and family systems therapy. My approach is empathetic, compassionate, creative, and nonjudgmental as to create honest and trusting relationships with clients and to create a safe place for clients to express themselves. In my free time I love traveling, reading, going to the beach, watching TV, exploring new coffee places, and spending time with my dog. I am very excited to be part of the amazing Acacia team!

MARNI MUENZER
SHE/HER/HERS | #LMFT124037

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Stress, Family Conflict

therapeutic orientation

COMING SOONCognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems, Gestalt, Person-Centered, Mindfulness, Eclectic

about me

Hello and welcome! My name is Marni and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I discovered passion for mental health during my undergraduate studies at UCSB, where I received my BA in Psychology. After completing my bachelors, I pursued an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. I have experience working with individuals, children and families from diverse backgrounds. Prior to joining the Acacia team, I worked as a therapist in eating disorder treatment (both residential and outpatient). Throughout my time working with various clients, I have discovered that my skills are well suited to help young adults navigate the unique challenges that arise during college years.

My therapeutic orientation incorporates elements of DBT, CBT, mindfulness, person-centered, and family systems therapies. My approach is mindful, warm, and compassionate. I value your feedback throughout the therapeutic process and aim to create a safe, non-judgmental environment. In my free time, I recharge by practicing yoga, hiking, playing board games, attending concerts (I love music!), traveling and spending time with friends and family.

DR. STEPHANIE S. SMOLINSKI
SHE/HER/HERS| #PSY28296

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Grief & Loss, Spirituality/Religious Identity, Anxiety, Chronic Illness/Disability, Life Transitions/Adjustment Issues, Peer Relationships, Athletes, Trauma, Childhood Emotional Neglect, Nutrition and Mental Health

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Person-Centered, Humanistic, Strengths-Based, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello! I’m glad that you have found your way here. Whether you’ve been in therapy before or this is your very first time, it takes courage to consider taking this step and I would be honored to walk alongside you on this journey.

My name is Dr. Stephanie Smolinski and I am a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about helping young adults increase their overall well-being. While completing my graduate studies at Fuller School of Psychology and Pepperdine University, I had a wide-range of clinical training experiences with clients of all ages and backgrounds. It wasn’t until starting my internship at a university counseling center that I felt I had come “home,” though. The life-changing experience of entering my own therapy during college led me into the field of psychology and I consider it a privilege that I now have the opportunity to assist individuals during this pivotal time period. Prior to joining Acacia, I served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training at the Student Counseling Center at Whittier College, one of the most diverse, liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and also worked with students at Otis College of Art and Design.

I believe that the healing power of therapy is found in relationships and that connection with others is the fundamental human motivation. As a result, I seek to create a safe, secure and compassionate environment where we can work collaboratively toward your goals. While I have expertise in psychology, you are the expert on you and together we can discover patterns or “narratives” that might be keeping you stuck, identify coping skills that work for you, and move toward the story you are wanting to live.

Born and raised in the Midwest, I never tire of the beautiful California weather or seeing the sites that I grew up watching on television shows. When I’m not in the therapy chair, I like to stay active by biking, running, or gardening, but also enjoy getting lost in a good book or movie as well as any opportunities to exercise my creativity or love of trivia.

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.

AMI PATEL
#LMFT99802

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief, Life Transitions, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem/Self-worth, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues

therapeutic orientation

Attachment Based, CBT, DBT, Eclectic, Mindfulness-Based, Multicultural, Person Centered, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, Trauma Focused

about me

I have success in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. My clients often appreciate how we create a safe space where they can easily share their life experiences. Clients typically enjoy learning and developing practical tools for living a better life. I get to know my clients in order to build a deeper connection so that we can take a look at the tools you currently use, and collectively figure out the ones that work for you, as well as those that may need to be updated. Together, we will identify patterns throughout your life and come to a place where you feel stronger, and capable of significant change.



If you feel that you are ready to take charge of your life, and create a new path that invites in strength, tranquility, pleasure...whatever it is you may be looking for, I'm here to support you through this journey.



Throughout my 10+ years in the field, I’ve been able to work with at risk youth, adolescents and older adults. I’ve found passion in being able to help others heal through trauma and be able to find a positive outlet, or tools to manage these stressors.



I am originally from the east coast but have been a California native for over 10 years now. I love it here! I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in 2010. During my free time I enjoy cooking, outdoor activities, trying new restaurants, traveling, and relaxing with my dog.

Penny RUSSELL
SHE/HER/HERS | #PSY23737

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Child/Adolescent, Coping Skills, Depression, Domestic Violence, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief, Life Transitions, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Trauma and PTSD

therapeutic orientation

Attachment-based, Forensic Psychology, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Trauma Focused

about me

Hello! I am very excited to be joining Acacia as they are providing a much-needed service and are doing so in a way that truly values the individuality of both the clients and the therapists. I initially discovered Acacia when I was looking for new career opportunities and again when searching for counseling services for a specialized student population at UC Berkeley.

I received my B.A. from UCSB and my M.A. and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. I did my internship at Mills College in Oakland and worked for the County of Alameda for over 25 years. I have worked with all age groups and people of various cultural backgrounds in several different settings.

I feel grateful to be in this profession and it is always an honor to have people share their experiences and challenges with me. I meet each client where they are and work collaboratively to discover what kinds of supports and interventions work best for them.

Outside of work, I love reading, music, walking/hiking, and yoga. In non-Covid times, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family and traveling.

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

I 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!​