Dr. Adam Sáenz has worked in the mental health field since 1994, starting as a house staff for a residential treatment program in San Antonio, Texas. Since then, he has worked with children and parents in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Adam earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in Clinical Child Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he holds a post doctorate from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Adam earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at the University of Oxford.
Adam maintains a clinical practice at the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003. Apart from his clinical work, Adam is passionate about encouraging and empowering educators; his life is living proof that educators have the power to change the world—they certainly changed his! Now, Adam is a consultant to school districts and agencies nationally in the area of teacher wellbeing, stress management, and the dynamics of effective relationship building. He is the author of the best-selling book The Power of a Teacher, and his most recent release, Relationships That Work.
Adam’s wife, Kim, works as an occupational therapist and assistive technology consultant for the Bryan Independent School District. They celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary in 2015, and they have four children.