David O. Saenz, PhD, EdM, LLC
Most people seeking therapy want to know: Will I be understood and heard? Will I be accepted, at ease and supported? Will the therapist I choose be right for me? I always invite a phone conversation so that you can ask these questions, get to know me a little, and better determine if we're a match. At times I'll be active and directive by challenging you to meet your goals: other times I'll be in the sidelines listening carefully, and providing encouragement, support, and understanding. Ultimately though, our relationship will be highly collaborative-- a "team" approach focused solely on your behalf.
My focus areas are: a) Marriage therapy-e.g., infidelity, loss of intimacy, unresolved conflict, power struggles, communication issues, incompatibility, divorce prevention; b) Family therapy-e.g., dealing effectively with defiance and severe misbehavior, adoption/ foster care, school problems, chronic family conflict; and c) Individual therapy-e.g., anxiety, depression, addictions, spiritual concerns, loss & grief.
I also provide comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adults and personal injury cases. My approach is holistic and integrative-I look first at who you are as a whole, your needs and your concerns. My hope is to be as human as possible-- approachable, friendly, open, understanding, at times witty, and emotionally accessible.
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As a leading psychologist in Wexford, Pennsylvania (PA), Dr. David O. Saenz is able to offer family therapy, couples/marriage counseling and individual psychotherapy. He is also a multicultural therapist who provides comprehensive psychological testing for children, adults and personal injury cases. Some of his focus areas for couples/marriage counseling include loss of intimacy, power struggles, infidelity, communication issues and unresolved conflict. Dr. Saenz often helps individuals with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction and spiritual concerns. Some of the issues he addresses in family therapy include school problems, adoption and foster care, living with a mentally ill family member, and dealing effectively with defiance and severe misbehavior.
If seeking a psychologist in Wexford, PA, please call the offices of Dr. David O. Saenz at (412) 853-2000 to make an appointment, or visit his website for more information.
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One of the best therapist I've seen. Very forthright, compassionate, insightful, sensitive and competent. On walking in, he made me feel comfortable and as if everything I had to say mattered. Dr. Saenz was not your typical "u-hum" therapist that just sits and listens and once in a while says something: he is engaged, active and asks penetrating questions, but not in a way that intrudes or interrupts therapy.
One thing that made a difference was his years of experience. I needed someone who was seasoned, mature, patient and very knowledgeable, and I found it almost immediately on just sitting across from him. Within minutes i found myself opening up in ways I had previously been afraid to do so.
One thing I liked was his office. The interior design was wonderful, the ambiance is warm calming and inviting. The furniture and office paintings, wall colors and overall design was unlike any office I've ever been in.
So far I've referred 3-4 people to him, and they've all said pretty much the same thing.
March 04, 2013
Exceptional psychologist. We've seen several mental health professionals to get an accurate diagnosis for our son. Dr. Saenz made us feel comfortable and within minutes he had our son much more engaged than we had seen in other offices. From here on out things went much more smoothly. Dr. Saenz was thorough and he took the time to answer our questions. He was very patient and gentle with our son. He was also able to explain in detail how to tell the difference between Aspergers Disorder and ADHD, and how learning disabilities can show up as ADHD and defiant behavior.
We left not only with a clearer diagnosis, but with many ideas on how to work with our son. He coached us on how to look into sensory diets, sensory integration issues, social interaction strategies (social stories, using comic strips to teach about emotions, etc.).
Overall, I can only recommend Dr. Saenz highly. he was simply the best.
May 02, 2012
We saw Dr. saenz for marriage and family therapy. Our marriage was on life support and we thought to make a last ditch effort to salvage it. In our sessions we learned not so much that our marriage was broken, but that we didn't know how to fix it. Fixing it meant learning how to repair the damage, setting boundaries between us, relearning about respect and the valuing of each other, and so much more. His approach is a combination of behavioral and emotionally focused therapy. There was a lot of homework from Gottman's book (7 Principles approach). In the end, we not only were able to stay martied, but we learned how to apply real life problem solving skills to prevent the issues from taking over our marraige as they had before.
April 10, 2012