Mindpath Health, a leading independent U.S. provider of high-quality outpatient mental health services, today announced the acquisition of Acacia Counseling and Wellness, a leading provider of accessible and specialized therapy, psychiatry, and telehealth for college students and their communities. Acacia’s executive team, including co-founders Dr. Keith Higginbotham and Dr. Brett Donnelly, will join Mindpath Health to help transform mental health care for college students.

Research shows that up to three-quarters of college students have experienced heightened stress and anxiety the past two years and many have developed life-altering mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety as a result,” said Mindpath Health CEO, Christopher Brengard. “Our acquisition of Acacia Counseling and Wellness will increase access to affordable, quality mental health care for college communities nationwide to help transform their world through better overall health and wellness.”

Our acquisition will increase access to affordable, quality mental health care for college communities nationwide.

Built on a spirit of community and a dedication to collective wellness, Acacia was founded by noted psychologists and prior university counselors, Dr. Keith Higginbotham and Dr. Brett Donnelly in 2014. Acacia Counseling and Wellness provides traditional counseling and psychotherapy, and offers workshops, sessions with therapy animals, wellness activities, and more. Acacia’s founders will carry that commitment and those principles to their work with Mindpath Health.

“We wanted to expand our services in order to serve university students nationally,” said Dr. Keith Higginbotham, CEO of Acacia Counseling and Wellness. “Mindpath Health shares the same mission and long-term goals and we look forward to continuing our work with university students as part of the Mindpath Health team.” 

According to a recent report, Under Pressure: Inside the College Mental Health Crisis published by APM Reports, “Colleges have seen a substantial increase in students who have depression seeking mental health services in the past decade. Large numbers of students report depression, anxiety, and contemplating suicide and those numbers have been on the increase. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, one-quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed reported having seriously considered suicide in the previous 30 days.” 

Mindpath Health has deep mental healthcare expertise; its providers form close working relationships with primary care physicians to ensure patients receive high quality coordinated care. With a focus on clinical excellence, providers can offer patients a range of treatments and modalities, including psychiatry, medication management, psychotherapy/counseling, family therapy/counseling, relationship/marital counseling, group therapy, psychological testing, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.

Dr. Keith Higginbotham

Dr. Keith Higginbotham, VP of Growth, College Health

 

Dr. Keith Higginbotham, VP of Growth, College Health

I’m a co-founder and co-owner of Acacia and am now Vice President of Growth, College Health at Mindpath Health. I helped start Acacia in 2014 to address the growing need to help UC Santa Barbara students connect with a qualified, affordable, and accessible therapist to meet their long-term needs for mental health treatment. I love being part of helping more and more students get the support they need and at the same time providing a fun, supportive, and rewarding work environment for our staff. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outdoors–hiking, biking, climbing, riding my motorcycle, or just hanging out at a local coffee shop.

 

 

Dr. Brett Donnelly, VP of Development, College Health

Dr. Brett Donnelly, VP of Development, College Health

I’m originally from a small town in Wisconsin called Lake Geneva. Growing up, my family struggled with addiction and other mental health issues. We also were low-income and, as a first generation college student, I had a hard time finding the appropriate therapy services while I was in school. Services were either unaffordable or inaccessible, or both! I will never forget when I finally found a therapist who helped me work through a trauma I experienced while in college. It was life altering! It was through this personal therapeutic journey that I became passionate about college student mental health. It’s what gives me the passion to work with young adults everyday and help them through their journey. I feel so excited every day that I continue to work at Acacia. I feel inspired by the students we serve and continue to feel motivated to remove mental health barriers for college students. Currently, I feel thrilled about our work in the telehealth arena as we can reach even more students than ever before!

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