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About Adam


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.

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About Jeremy

Jeremy Dew is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice at The Oakwood Collaborative in Bryan, TX.  Jeremy has been working with children and adolescents since 2000, and he received his graduate level training at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.  Jeremy worked with low-income families in Seattle as a child mental health specialist and an ethnic minority mental health specialist for African Americans, and received additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Jeremy views his work with teachers today as a movement of repentance, as he would have described himself as “charismatic and playful,” and an “absolute delight in the classroom,” but his teachers might have described him otherwise on more than a few report cards and phone calls home.  Today, Jeremy spends much of his work helping parents and educators on the difficult task of emotionally connecting and understanding kids, while maintaining boundaries and upholding home and class expectations.

His wife, Jenny, has been an educator for a little over a decade in low-income schools in Seattle & Los Angeles, and their shared interest in working with kids has deeply impacted their work in understanding the unique needs and concerns for children, parents, and educators in their fields.  Jeremy and Jenny have 3 kids and spend 90% of their day as a family either playing with Legos or stepping on Legos.