Meet The Team
Dr. Shane Saenz
Dr. Shane Saenz is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist who has been providing mental health and sport psychology services since 2013. Dr. Saenz has experience working with people from all backgrounds, including treating adults, adolescents, children, families, and athletes, having worked in various settings, such as correctional facilities, university counseling centers, and private practice. He also completed specialized training in Sport Psychology at UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS), where he provided comprehensive services in SHCS, as well as Inter-Collegiate Athletics (ICA).
Dr. Saenz received his BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz; M.Ed. in Counseling (Sport Psychology emphasis) from Boston University; and his Psy.D. from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. During his internship and post-doctoral residency at UC Davis SHCS as a member of the Sport Psychology team, he specialized in the treatment of athletes through individual mental health services; individual performance consultations; group workshops and performance meetings; and consultations with coaches and various ICA staff. He also co-led groups on Eating Disorders as well as mindful meditation. Dr. Saenz is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is listed as an approved provider for the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Registry for both Mental Health and Sport Psychology. Currently, he is in private practice based in San Diego, CA, and works as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology and Mental Health for Scholar-Athletes at UC San Diego Counseling Services and Athletics.
Dr. Saenz approaches treatment from an integrative theory, incorporating aspects of psychodynamic, contextual behaviorism, mindfulness and internal family systems (IFS) perspective. He additionally includes values and a multicultural lens and is seasoned in the treatment of a range of difficulties including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, learning disabilities, and grief/loss in adolescents and adults. He is a lifelong learner and practitioner who is passionate about mental health, philosophy, psychology.
Bailey is an F1B Goldendoodle. He is a Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) through the American Kennel Club (AKC), having completed over 50 hours of professional training. In addition, Bailey has his AKC Trick Dog Certification.
He is available to meet in therapy sessions as animal support. Canine-assisted therapy is the inclusion of trained canines into the treatment goals of the client. It has been supported significantly through research and has evidenced many benefits. Some of these include, but are not limited to decreasing depression and anxiety; lowering blood pressure; increased socialization; and increased well-being and affect.
In his free time, Bailey loves cuddling, going on long walks, playing at the park and beach, and eating treats (especially peanut butter flavored!).