SYNDE ACKS, PsyD

Snyde Acks

I, Synde Acks, received my Psy. D from Meridian University, Petaluma, California. Before obtaining my doctoral degree, I worked as a school counselor for a NPS school, a therapist, and in residential treatment as a counselor. My undergraduate degree was from California State University, Long Beach with majors in both Psychology and Sociology.

I am a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience assisting youth, young adults, couples, and families with symptom management. My theoretical orientation is rooted in Imaginal/Archetypal Psychology. While I am a firm believer in the Imaginal Process, techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy modalities, Short-Term Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, and Mindfulness Strategies are key components used in my sessions for managing emotional suffering, structuring the therapeutic process, and minimizing time in therapy.

My work history includes the provision of individual, couples, and family therapy treating the following: Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar/Mood Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, transitioning transgender youth, children of divorcing couples, adopted youth, avoidant youth, survivors of suicide, victims of bullying, trauma survivors, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and developmental transition challenges. Additionally, I have facilitated groups since January, 2000 specializing in topics including Substance Abuse Treatment, Assertiveness Training, Personal Power, Codependence, Identity Exploration, Adventure Therapy, Women’s & Men’s Groups, Vocational Exploration, Appropriate Risk Taking, and Mental Illness and Symptom Management. Additionally, I have mentored intern therapists for approximately ten years and been a primary supervisor for two.