Meet Dr. Munn Saechao
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Coach, Consultant
Educational & Clinical Background: Dr. Munn received her Bachelors of Art (BA) in Social Welfare and Sociology in 2008 from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Munn also received her Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) where she specialized in working with Children and Families with complex presentations, and her Pupil Personnel Service Credential (PPSC) in 2012 from University of California, Berkeley. In 2018, Dr. Munn completed her Doctoral Internship at The Help Group in Los Angeles, an APA accredited internship; she earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from the Wright Institute and her license to practice clinical social work (LCSW) from the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in California. Dr. Munn completed her postdoctoral residency at Westcoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, CA, an APPIC accredited postdoc and a community mental health clinic where she provided mental health services for vulnerable children, adolescents and families.
Dr. Munn’s clinical experience consists of working with diverse children, adolescents, adults, and families with post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, autism and ADHD in clinics, health centers, schools, shelters and communities. She is a staff clinician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. In private practice, Dr. Munn works with individuals experiencing high stress, low mood and confidence, and trouble with motivation and focus; she also really enjoys working with parents, providing parent coaching and family therapy.
Clinical Approach Dr. Munn’s passion is to empower families and help individuals to cultivate a healthy sense of self, work through life stressors, improve performance, and address concerns about the past, present and future. An important aspect of effective therapy is having a supportive relationship in which her clients are able to talk comfortably about their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Therefore, Dr. Munn provides a counseling approach that is culturally sensitive, collaborative, warm, encouraging, empathic, and authentic. Her treatments are grounded in attachment and evidence-based theories of human functioning and change (cognitive behavioral, exposure, solution focused, mindfulness, motivational enhancement & strength based).
Personal Background: Dr. Munn is very passionate about helping individuals and families to strengthen, heal and transform. As an Asian American woman, a child of refugees, and a first generation undergraduate and graduate student, Dr. Munn draws from these rich experiences to deepen her empathy and connection to her clients’ pain points.
Hobbies: When Dr. Munn is not practicing psychotherapy, she enjoys going on hikes and long runs; she loves being outdoors, cooking, spending time with friends and family, having homemade green smoothies packed with antioxidants, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and finding ways to live a more balanced, productive, and meaningful life.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker | LCSW 87030 | expiration: 12.31.20
Pupil Personnel Service Credential | 170132619 | expiration: 07.07.22
Want to learn more? Check out Dr. Munn’s posts on self-care.