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ALLTHERAPIST.COM: We started with Dr. Saenz initially as a couple, and I had individual therapy. Dr. Saenz was extremely warm, compassionate, caring and understanding; but, he was also good at gently pushing us through questions that challenged us to change and make better decisions for our marriage and our family.
In individual therapy (I was suffering from major depression and panic attacks), he was equally well versed and used what's called dialectical behavior therapy. I had 14 sessions altogether and will likely return to see him should other issues arrive.
We've been to several therapists over our 23 year marriage, Dr. Saenz is by far the most competent and experienced therapist that we've worked with-- and the changes and growth we made in just a few weeks were remarkable. In the end, Dr. Saenz helped save our marriage by motivating us to make changes in how we treated each other and worked together for our kids.
FROM JB @ WELLNESS.COM: 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.
FROM JULIE M @ WELLNESS.COM : Great psychologist. Dr. Saenz was very effective at putting my husband at ease within minutes. Husband hates psychologists! We were able to get through the process quickly (15 sessions). One thing though, if you aren't used to be challenged or pushed, or given "homework" between sessions, you'll have to get used to it. We paid out-of-pocket and it was well worth it- much better than my in-network therapists.
2 years after therapy, our relationship is still going strong, and it was on the operating room table in ICU before.
FROM KW @ WELLNESS.COM: 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.
FROM BARBARA D @ YELP: Dr Saenz is a fantastic therapist. He has a sense of ease and lightheartedness that I found very soothing. He created a comfortable space to relax, open up, and talk about my struggles.
He doesn't push
He gives "homework", which I enjoyed.
I was able to reflect, ache, learn, and grow without a set of eyes watching me the whole time. I had time to think carefully about my new progress. It allowed time to process and understand my thoughts producing questions of my own.
I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a therapist
FROM CONNIE @ YELP: Dr. Saenz has been our therapist for about a year now. He is a truly wonderful man and a great therapist. He is extremely caring and always there to listen, guide, and help in any situation. He has helped me and my husband so greatly, as individuals and as a couple, and saved our marriage. Through the very low moments he was there and available whenever we needed him through sessions or calls. I have and would recommend him to anyone in need of a therapist.
FROM HEALTHGRADES: This doctor is the real deal. He will help you every step of the way. Trying to heal from an abusive 7 year relationship and keep my kids safe is much easier with his guidance.
FROM RATEMDS.COM: We went to see him as a couples therapist. Dr Saenz was quick to help identify the real issues and not the ones we had created and coached us through a process for learning how to fight/argue fairly, be more respectful and especially important, how to be more mindful of each other and the marriage. Chronic arguments quickly ended and we learned how to see issues from the other perspective. We also learned skills for tolerating stress and not letting it overwhelm our marriage. 6 months later, the marriage is no longer on it's death throes and is the best we've ever had, even better than when we first got married.
FROM RATEMDS.COM One of the absolute best psychologists (or therapist in general) we have ever workd with. Dr. Saenz quickly cut to the chase and was able to provide us with very real and effective stratagies for addressing our marriage issues. He spent little time allowing us to ruminate on past hurts, instead focusing on what things we could do differently, what things worked and how we could behave towards each other to change our dynamic. I was skeptical since I wanted to dig into everything that my husband had done, and he wanted to do the same, but instead we focused on creating solutions to our problems.
He gave us quiet a bit of homework between sessions, which literally pushed and reshaped how we related. After just one sesion we began to see the difference within days, and 4 sessions later we had made a lot of headway. This after my husband had had 2 affairs and our marriage was literally over. We were in and out in 7 sessions altogether.
We highly recommend Dr. Saenz as a psychologist.
FROM RATEMDS.COM: Exceptional therapist- warm, caring, effective, respectful, insightful and very intelligent. Within minutes in his office, he had my very sullen and withdrawn son talking openly. By the end of our 1st session, we had developed a very detailed and clear behavioral contract between my son and I, and I walked out with a set of new strategies to "experiment" with. But most importantly I came away with a much better understanding of my son's behavior. I also walked away with concrete strategies for not feeding in to his behavior, how to respond without escalating the situation, and how to maintain my own cool so as not to fan the flames. After 7 sessions and I year later, we're doing well.
We still have our ups and downs like most families, but gone are the days of yelling and screaming, tantrums, cursing, breaking things, and slamming of doors. And I feel a much peace again. Finally, my son no longer is hanging out with negative kids.
Dr. Saenz gets a five star rating from us.
FROM RATEMDS.COM; After years of resistance by my husband because he thought psychologists and mental health professionals were quacks, he decided to join me for just one session. Surprised by it all, my husband returned and was in therapy to the end (13 sessions). We worked hard and saw improvements in our marriage, and our kids also saw the changes week to week. Highly recommended!
FROM GOOGLE.COM: Very unprofessional, canceled appointments at the last minute and 'disowned' me after I missed an appointment which he never confirmed was scheduled. Would not recommend him to anyone.
FROM CHRISTINA S @ GOOGLE.COM: Don't know why the last recomendation was so poor...I think Dr. Saenz is great!! Helped a lot and is very personable and understanding. Would definitely recommend him to anyone. [referring to Google review above this one]
ALLTHERAPIST.COM: Absolutely the best psychologist I've worked with. My son's diagnosis was confusing and every clinician gave him everything from ADHD to oppositional defiance and a host of other diagnosis. Dr. Saenz was extremely thorough, professional and gentle in his approach.In the end, the diagnosis given matched what we had always thought (Aspergers)and Dr. Saenz showed us how he arrived at this with the various interview questions, observations of our son's interactions, and instruments he used.
Dr. Saenz answered our questions and pointed us in the right direction. I can't say enough about his work.
FROM SHANIE M @ GOOGLE: David Saenz has made such a positive impact on my life. He is very personable and makes sessions very comfortable. I look forward to my sessions with him. He has a wonderful disposition and can genuinely help you understand and work through any issues. I highly recommend him. You will be a better person by working with David! If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.
FROM KAREN @ WELLNESS.COM: 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.
FROM WELLNESS.COM: Dr Saenz has never been late to any of my appointments. I've even showed up early sometimes and he has always been ready and prepared. He was extremely competent, but more importantly, he took the time to listen, asked meaningful questions and challenged me to make the changes I needed in order to heal. It didn't matter how many times I called with a question or concern ,he was always available and would call me within hours or that even if I contacted him. He was extremely committed to my needs and demonstrated this concern through his willingness to work around my schedule. It was very easy to get an appointment. He was very flexible schedule and get me in quickly every time. The appointment far exceeded any preconceived ideas I had about how it would go. It was great.
I can't recommend Dr. Saenz enough and have recommended him to others already.