WESTWOOD

Westwood

Acacia Westwood offers individual, group, couple’s, and psychiatric services. Located within walking or scootering distance from UCLA, across the street from Whole Foods. Come into the office to experience a little slice of modern design featuring cozy lobbies and the occasional cute pup.

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I've had some really great sessions with my practitioner and the staff is really nice! The text notifications are a great way to keep up with my sessions and the $10 co-pays with UCSHIP are very affordable. I got a referral from CAPS, and the process was very streamlined. If you are at UCLA and looking for accessible one-on-one care, I'd recommend!
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This counseling office is great! The staff are friendly and supportive. My practitioner is phenomenal and feel a stronger sense of self. Thank you, Acacia!
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Westwood 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.

Kerri Cole

Director | LMFT

Leah Vergel de Dios

Office Manager

Dr. Wayne Lee

Psychologist | PhD

Dr. Andrew Webster

Psychologist | PsyD

Dr. Stephanie Woodfin

Psychiatrist | DO

Dr. Laura Williams

Psychologist | PsyD

Neil Kaminsky

Therapist | LCSW

Andrew Chen

Therapist | LMFT

Mariya Charnaya

Therapist | LCSW

Sheena Edmonds

Therapist | LMFT

Dr. Jayce Long

Psychologist | PhD

Claudia Young

Therapist | LMFT

Michelle Tran

Therapist | LMFT

Amy Graber

Therapist | LCSW

Nicole Fanucci

Therapist | LMFT

Jordan Heath

Therapist | LPCC

Westwood Services

All of our Acacia offices offer individual therapy, couple’s therapy, group therapy, and wellness events. Below are services offered specifically in Westwood!

Westwood 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, Aetna, MHN, 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.

Paypal payments can be sent to counseling@acaciacw.com

KERRI COLE | #LMFT110563

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Trauma, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Couples Therapy, International Students, Cultural Issues, Identity Issues, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Spirituality, Additional Language: Frech

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic/Attachment-based, Restoration Therapy, Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness

about me

Hello! I am thrilled to be a part of the Acacia Westwood team! I grew up in the LA area, but after completing my graduate studies in Psychology I moved abroad to France, where I lived for nearly 9 years. I spent my time in France working with international college students dealing with issues around identity, relationships, culture, and spirituality. I returned to my native Los Angeles in order to complete my Masters and enter into the therapy field, because I believe deeply in the power of therapy to help us find wholeness, healing, and freedom in our lives. Also, I really missed tacos.

As a marriage and family therapist, it is a privilege and honor for me to hear your story and actively partner with you in your process toward positive change in your life. I believe in creating a safe, accepting, genuine space in the therapy room where you are free to bring all of yourself, discover your truth, and know that you will be heard. In this space, we will work together to discover new insights into your story, remove obstacles in your path, and take practical steps towards growth and healing. I look forward to walking alongside you in this journey!

leah Vergel de dios| she/her/hers

westwood office manager

ABOUT ME

I'm from Orange County and went to UCSB for undergrad, which is actually where I first heard about Acacia--when I graduated in 2016, I actually really wanted to work with Acacia, but there was nothing open in the Isla Vista office. When I moved to LA about a year ago, I saw the position and knew I had to apply! I've known I wanted to work in mental health for years, and one of the most fulfilling things is getting to work with students and feeling like I get even a small part in helping make their hectic lives even just a little bit easier.

what do you like to do in your free time?

Free time? Never heard of it. Just kidding! I have a lot of friends from home and undergrad that I like to catch up with, so whenever I have a free 30 minutes, I'll go down my favorites list and call up someone that I haven't talked to in a while. Bonus points for making plans at the end of the call!

if you were throwing a dinner party, who would you invite?

I'm a total music junkie, so I would 100% throw a dinner party with my top festival lineup: Rihanna, Arctic Monkeys, Porter Robinson, and The Killers. I would also probably throw Beyonce in there too because, you know, Beyonce.

DR.WAYNE LEE|#PSY24701

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Addictions, Anxiety, Christian Counseling, Couples Therapy, Cultural Issues, Depression, Grief & Loss, Mindfulness, Relationship Issues, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

about me

I am honored and thrilled to be part of the Acacia team in Westwood. I am a native of Southern California, having lived here most of my life. I am very proud to have earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA. Subsequently, I completed my Psy.D. in clinical psychology and a Masters degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology.

One of my placements in graduate school was at the Fuller Psychological and Family Services, where I had the privilege of providing services to students, becoming familiar with the unique challenges they face. In addition to therapy, I have provided clinical supervision to other therapists conducted psychological testing and taught courses as an adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix.

I see all of us as traveling along life’s roads in pursuit of our goals and values. Sometimes along the way we encounter barriers, including emotional issues, relationship problems, trauma, and unhealthy choices. The good news is you don’t have to travel this road alone. As a therapist, I think of myself as a guide along this path, assisting and supporting you in understanding yourself better, to help you relate to your emotional pain in a different way, and to begin moving forward again toward a life that is rich, full, and meaningful. Those I have helped have described me as having a calm presence, which provides safety, compassion, and warmth. I take a non-judgmental stance, accepting you from right where you are. With over 20 years working in mental health, I have acquired a wide variety of clinical experience. I have treated children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families for a number of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress management, anger management, trauma, addictions, and relationships. I believe in a holistic approach to psychological healing, which encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual, with each of these components influencing the others.

My therapy approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), both of which are infused in my practice with an emphasis on mindfulness and acceptance. In addition, my therapy work has been informed by dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. I have very much enjoyed over the years working with college students and other young adults, as this is a stage in life of great transition, which carries with it opportunities and challenges. I look forward to hearing from you so that we can decide together how I may best help you along on your journey.

DR. ANDREW WEBSTER|#PSY30704

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Relationship Issues, Identity Development Concerns, Cultural Issues, Trauma, Men's issues, Depression, Anxiety, Student-Athlete Concerns, Life-Transitions, Body Image, & Mindfulness

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Interpersonal and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

about me

I am ecstatic to be on the Acacia team in Westwood as providing longer term services to an emerging adult population has been a long-term career goal of mine. Though born in Arizona, I grew up in Northern California and completed my undergraduate degree at a small, private college in the Napa Valley. From there, I moved to Pasadena, and completed my doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary and fell in love with Southern California.

Early on in my doctoral program, I focused my training on the college and graduate student population. My placements have included Azusa Pacific University as a practicum student, the University of Houston as a doctoral intern and Saint Mary’s College of California as a postdoctoral resident and Staff Psychologist. These experiences have adequately prepared me to address the unique challenges and stressors that accompany the college and graduate school experience.

I view therapy as a collaborative effort where, together, we examine, identify, and understand how previous significant events and factors have contributed to present-day concerns and obstacles. This is done through establishing a warm, trusting, and validating relationship, which is always my priority as a therapist. From there, we will be able to develop insight in your concerns, identify more adaptive ways to manage and tolerate distress, and create a therapeutic experience that is tailored to your unique and specific needs. I focus on meeting you where you are in your journey and will assist and accompany you to where you would like to be.

With the understanding that we are social beings, I typically utilize a psychodynamic or interpersonal framework which allows us to explore how previous relationships have impacted the way you understand yourself and relate to others. I also have experience incorporating cognitive-behavioral tools and am a strong advocate for mindfulness meditation which will help you cope and manage acute distress while we address the underlying factors that contribute to your presenting concerns. Through this process, it is my hope that we can create a path that is right for you. I look forward to working with you and supporting you through this exciting and challenging journey.

DR. STEPHANIE WOODFIN|#20A9002

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood & anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescense & early adult-specific care

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

about me

I’m excited to work with you at Acacia! I utilize a specialized combination of traditional western medicine and complementary care modalities in order to provide patients with holistic, individualized treatment regimens. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Honors from the University of Michigan, I attended Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and graduated with my Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. I went on to work as an Intern and Resident at UCLA/Harbor Medical Center in Torrance, California and served as Chief Resident during my final year of residency. During residency, I had specialty training in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescence and early adult-specific care, Psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I also became certified to provide Medical Acupuncture through the Stanford University/HMI program.

I am board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and have been in practice since 2007 providing psychotherapy, medication management, medical acupuncture and consultation on nutrition, exercise and other complementary modalities. I prefer to work with patients as a team to strive for optimal health by creating an individualized treatment plan for every patient. I am humbled to be a part of your journey and look forward to working with you.

DR. LAURA WILLIAMS|#PSY20169

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

College & Graduate Student Stress, Family of Origin Issues, Relational Difficulties, Sexual Trauma Survivors, Body Image/Eating Problems, Dreams, Creative/Writing Blocks, Group Therapy

therapeutic orientation

Relational, Contemporary, Psychodynamic/Analytic, Feminist

about me

I am happy to be in LA where I started my journey to become a Psychologist thirty years ago, graduating with a Psy.D from California School of Professional Psychology- Los Angeles, (CSPP-LA). My specialty in college counseling began with my internship at Whittier College's Counseling Center. I also developed a speciality in working Psychoanalytically with my internship at The Wright Institute LA (WILA). I continued training in college counseling as a Postdoctoral Resident for The University of Rochester's Counseling and Mental Health Service, where I was a liaison for the Eastman School of Music, thus have a specialty in working with creative people as well. I worked in college counseling for the past 25 years in North Carolina and New York, as well as California. I was Founding Director of StonyBrook University's Wo/Men's Center where I developed a training program in Feminist Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, thus have a special interest in looking at how oppression is internalized and can lead to feelings of alienation, anxiety and depression, thus offer culturally sensitive psychotherapy.

I am a Certified Group Psychotherapist who believes in the healing power of group, as often students can feel isolated and alone and connecting with others can be a way to realize you are not alone. In particular, I have been running groups for sexual trauma survivors for the past 25 years. In the era of the Me Too movement, it is finally time for survivor's voices to be heard. I am currently in training at Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICPLA), where I will become a Psychoanalyst in the next couple years. I have been Training Director at Humboldt State University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Saint Mary's College of CA, Counseling and Psychological Services, (CAPS), so also have a specialty in providing clinical supervision from a feminist, contemporary relational perspective. I am pleased to be joining Acacia Westwood where I will be able to see you for therapy for as long as you need.

NEIL KAMINSKY | #LCSW14810

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Same-sex male relationships, issues specific to gay men, heterosexual relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, school & work-related stress, social anxiety

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic

about me

Thank you of taking the time to read my biography. My name is Neil Kaminsky. I am from New York City, although I have lived in California for many years. I received my MSW degree from New York University, and my BA, with a major in psychology, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

I am acutely sensitive to the way some emotions wreck havoc in our lives. Whether it is feeling you are not good enough, devastated by a breakup, uncertain what you want to do with your life, paralyzed by excessive guilt and worries, or terrified of change and the unknown, these emotions cause suffering. I have a passion to help people gain freedom from that suffering.

As a therapist, my first order of business is to put you at ease, and create a safe, caring environment where you feel comfortable to grow, are accepted and validated for who you are, and know you can talk about anything. And that includes telling me if you don't like something I say or do.

I work with clients from a position of validating and activating their strengths. My focus is not only to aid you in attaining peace and freedom from emotional distress, but to help you recognize the value of your abilities, and use those skills in making your life more gratifying.

I am the author of three published books on gay male relationships.They are: When It's Time to Leave Your Lover-A Guide For Gay Men, Affirmative Gay Relationships-Key Steps in Finding a Life Partner, and Man Talk-The Gay Couple's Communication Guide.

I look forward to meeting with you, and working together to help you create a brighter present and future.

ANDREW CHEN|#LMFT108962

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Low-Self Esteem, Social Difficulties, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Dating Related Stress, Problematic Gaming/Internet Use, Academic Difficulties, Trauma, & Addiction/Drug Use.

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Existential Therapy

about me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Los Angeles, California. I am passionate about helping others live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Life’s challenges can come quickly and leave you feeling overwhelmed. In times of distress, a therapist can help you gain perspective and feel more in control.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles and my Master of Marriage and Family Therapy at University of Southern California. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for the last 12 years and working as a therapist since 2013.

I believe good therapy begins with a warm, judgement-free, encouraging environment. My goal is to support you and guide you so you can grow and feel more confident in your day-to-day life. I borrow from many theories, but most often rely on interventions from cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and existential therapy. I try to cater therapy to fit your life and your specific needs.

I specialize in the following areas: anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, social difficulties, obsessive-compulsive disorder, couples therapy, family therapy, dating related stress, problematic gaming/internet use, academic difficulties, trauma, and addiction/drug use.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Please let me know how I can best support you.

MARIYA CHARNAYA|#LCSW89645

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood disorders such as depression & bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, dissociation, relationship counseling, trauma, couples therapy, and substance abuse & addiction

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic therapy, CBT, Solution-focused therapy and Person-centered therapy

about me

I’m thrilled to be part of the Acacia team and work with the community where I received my graduate degree. I immigrated to the US from Russia as a child and my heart has belonged to Southern California ever since. Knowing I wanted to pursue a career in therapy since adolescence, I went on to complete my BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and MSW from UCLA.

I have experience working in several different environments such as non-profits, treatment centers, and schools. In doing so, I have built therapeutic relationships with a variety of populations that include children, veterans, adults, couples, and families. Being privy to people’s internal working models and hardships has solidified my passion for this work.

My areas of experience include mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, dissociation, relationship counseling, trauma, couples therapy, and substance abuse and addiction. My main therapeutic orientations are psychodynamic therapy, CBT, solution-focused therapy, and person-centered therapy. I utilize different modalities and interventions in order to cater treatment plans to each individual client.

I believe that the most important aspect of psychotherapy is creating a supportive and nurturing therapeutic alliance that holds the space for difficult feelings, symptoms, and revelations. It’s an honor to be allowed in on someone’s struggles and achievements and I look forward to being part of your journey.

SHEENA EDMONDS|#LMFT108999

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss Issues, Academic Difficulties, Anger & Stress Management, Dating Violence/Abuse, Couples, & Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Client-Centered & Reality Based therapy models

about me

I completed my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy at St. Thomas University (Miami, FL) in 2013. I am a licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy in California with over six years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings including community mental health services, outpatient substance use, and private practice.

Our sessions are a judgment free zone, where I will use a person-centered approach in a warm and supportive environment. I believe the relationship between one’s therapist and a client is an important factor in treatment. I specialize in the following areas: anxiety, depression, grief & loss issues, academic difficulties, anger and stress management, dating violence/abuse, couples, and trauma. Depending on the presenting issue, I may use a variety of therapy models; however, I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Client-Centered and Reality Based therapy models.

DR. JAYCE LONG|#PSY30370

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Process Groups, Psychological Assessment, Existential Issues, Complex Trauma, Aging, Severe Mental Illness, Psychology & Theology, Emerging Adulthood

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic (Object Relations & Intersubjective/Relational), Short-term Dynamic, Existential, and Mindfulness-based (DBT skills)

about me

I am excited to be a part of the Acacia team in Westwood. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University and a Masters degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. I completed my APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, Louisiana State University, working primarily with university students and forensic psychiatric patients. My postdoctoral fellowship training emphasized psychodynamic therapy and psychological assessment with older adults in a community mental health setting.

Overall, I have been trained as a Generalist Psychologist, receiving training in diverse settings with various populations, such as university counseling centers, residential treatment facilities, inpatient forensic hospitals, and community mental health centers. My experiences have provided me not only wonderful opportunities to work specifically with emerging adults and university students, but more broadly with a variety of presenting concerns, such as relationship issues, grief, situational anxiety, and chronic personality and thought disorders. A particular passion and interest has emerged in aiding young adults in their ability to develop meaning-making capacities and emotional mastery in order to better transition into adulthood with greater acceptance, confidence, creativity, and ability to connect with others.

I want to emphasize that the only “normal” people are the ones that we don’t know very well. At times we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, off and “abnormal,” or even crazy. Having the courage to be vulnerable, fight internal shame, and ask for help is a brave step and one that I do not take lightly. The experiences in psychotherapy can be scary, painful, and at times quite difficult, but the rewards are often life-changing. We all carry with us complex personalities and backgrounds, which lead to unique perspectives regarding how we view and deal with specific situations and the broader world. Through our time together, my hope is that we can develop an emotionally secure and trusting relationship that provides a foundation for you to transform into someone growing in empathy, insight, self-compassion, and fortitude, better equipped to take on life’s inevitable challenges.

I primarily use short and long-term psychodynamic approaches. This means I tend to focus on underlying emotional and relational patterns that come up in the therapy relationship, then compassionately highlight avoidance of these issues in order to promote healthier ways of being and relating. I also enjoy integrating acceptance and skills-based interventions (e.g., Mindfulness) when needed, and welcome discussion of daunting existential issues that are looming in the back of each of our minds. At the end of the day, theories and therapeutic modalities are meant to help you get what you need. Cultivating a meaningful therapeutic relationship in order to figure it out together will be our focus. I look forward to walking alongside you in this process, even if it's in the mud or through a storm.

CLAUDIA YOUNG|#LMFT96006

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Substance Abuse/Dependence, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships Issues, Life Transitions, Grief/Loss, Stress, Self-Esteem/Identity, & School Issues.

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

about me

I am so happy to be part of this team, located right next to my Alma Mater. Go Bruins! I am from Los Angeles and have been working as a therapist, since 2013, helping adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, substance abuse/dependence, life transitions, relationship issues, and trauma.

I believe one of the biggest things that bring people to therapy is feeling stuck in patterns and noticing the impacts of those patterns on relationships to self, others, food, and substances. We all come to these patterns and issues from various sources; genetics, environment, imbalanced brain chemistry, family dynamics, etc. I approach all of my clients with the strong belief that everyone is worthy and capable of having healthy relationships to themselves and to others. I help get you thereby exploring the experiences from your past that have impacted your current beliefs and behaviors, as well as teaching tools to challenge negative beliefs and to manage emotions, in order to build resiliency and confidence.

I look forward to working with you to reach your goals.

MICHELLE TRAN|#LMFT104571

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Anger Management, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Relational Issues

therapeutic orientation

CBT, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic

about me

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Master’s degree in counseling. Prior to my graduate education, I attended University of California, Santa Cruz and studied sociology and education. I’ve worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health over the last 6 years. I have experience in individual, family, and group psychotherapy. I have experience working with kids from elementary to young adulthood and older adults. My areas of experience include depression, anxiety, social anxiety, anger management, stress management, self-esteem, and relational issues. In my sessions, I incorporate theoretical interventions related to cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic, and person-centered therapy.

AMY GRABER|#LCSW79385

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Disordered Eating, Identity Issues, Life Transitions, Mindfulness, Personality Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Substance Use, Trauma, Additional Language: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy

about me

I’m so pleased to get to know you and tell you a little bit about my journey.

I began my helping career working with survivors of sexual and interpersonal trauma in Yolo County, California. After undergraduate I pursued my passion for understanding health/mental health disparities at a public health and social welfare public policy research center at the University of California, Los Angeles. This work inspired me to return to school to gain the tools to understand and impact disparities and stigma in accessing health and mental health services. I entered the Masters in Social Welfare-Masters in Public Health joint program at the University and trained at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Office of the Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH). I went on to work at LAC DMH – the provider of mental health services for the County’s most vulnerable individuals – at an outpatient mental health clinic. In my role at LAC DMH I have focused on individual and group therapy, rehabilitative services, case management, co-occurring disorders, health care navigation, multi-disciplinary case consultation, program planning and development, and developing community partnerships. Moreover, my work with individuals and groups has been focused on providing culturally competent and evidence-based interventions to assist mental health consumers to lead meaningful, healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.

Some of my personal and professional values include acceptance, curiosity, inclusivity, openness, professionalism, being a supportive friend/partner, self-reflection, mindfulness, self-care, service, reducing stigma, and pursuing social justice. I value ongoing professional development and education and have received training in the following evidence-based practices: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Seeking Safety.

NICOLE FANUCCI|#LMFT97641

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Crisis & Stress Management, School & Work Related Stress, Self Esteem, Life Coaching, Dating & Relationship Issues, Depression, Sexual Assault, Anxiety, Grief, Couples

therapeutic orientation

Behavioral Therapy, Coaching, Motivation Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness

about me

Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost, stuck, having a hard time achieving your goals? Are negative thoughts, self-harming behaviors controlling your life? Are you having trouble with difficult people in your life? Are you looking for specific strategies to live a more balanced and fulfilled life? I can help. My name is Nicole Fanucci and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a certification in Life Skills Coaching. I provide tele-therapy and face to face therapy throughout California. I was born and raised in the Napa Valley and have been living in Southern California for the past 10 years.

I have ten years of experience helping teens, adults and couples acquire the tools necessary to be resilient in the face of adversity. I use evidence-based practices, cognitive behavioral therapy and strength-based skills that work for a range of issues such as anxiety, life transitions, depression, relationship issues, and work-life balance struggles. Together we'll uncover the root cause of your problems. I focus on guiding you through radical self-reflection, illuminating your blind spots, shifting limiting beliefs, and quieting the overwhelming noise in your mind.

Look forward to supporting you in living your best life!

Jordan heath
she/her/hers| #LPCC5000

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Communication & social skill-building, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, grief, life transitions and adjustment disorders. I am certified in Seeking Safety and Trauma Focused CBT. I’m also passionate about art & working with young people navigating new phases of life.

therapeutic orientation

I utilize an eclectic approach, combining different orientations to work with the needs of the individual client. I am well versed in person-centered, humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & mindfulness based approaches.

about me

I have a strong clinical background with 7+ years of therapy and social work experience and a passion for working with young people who struggle with anxiety, worry, and self-doubt. I am a hip-hop, sports, dance and outdoor enthusiast and highly passionate about overall wellness, assisting clients in developing the coping tools that work for them while highlighting their individual strengths.

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.

COUPLES THERAPY

Would you like to explore relationship dynamics and change problematic cycles to improve interactions with others? If so, couples therapy might be just the thing for you! At Acacia, we allow you to decide how you would like to define 'couple'. It does not always have to be romantic in nature and it can be defined in multiple ways (parent-child, roommate-roommate, partner-partner).

In couples therapy, we will help you work through communication issues, loss of connection and intimacy, financial issues, affairs and betrayals, family issues, and more. Acacia therapists will work hard to understand each of you and we will not take sides. Rather, we will explore patterns and try to find healthy alternatives and positive change.

We also understand how life stressors and relationship issues can sometimes make sex a challenge. Sex therapy is used to help couples or individuals reach greater sexual/emotional intimacy and create a satisfactory sex life. Our therapists will work hard to understand your sexual drives, limitations, desires, traumas and more to help you find your sexual peace of mind.

PSYCHIATRY

At Acacia, we believe that psychiatry services and medication management are often an essential part of your treatment. As such, our psychiatrists focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral issues through psychotherapy and medication. Acacia psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of mental health. We will help you understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical issues. Your genetics and family history are evaluated along with medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to develop treatment plans suitable to your needs.

Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners use a variety of treatments – including various forms of psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and other treatments. Medication treatments may include the following:

Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.

Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.

Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.

Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.

Stimulants – used to treat ADHD.

Please be sure to speak with your psychiatrist regarding any of your concerns regarding medication use. Acacia psychiatrists and nurse practitioners will always listen to your needs and will be there to help you throughout the process!