Dr. Joel Sagawa

Joel Sagawa, PhD San Diego psychologist

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

619-330-9065/Ex 15


Office location: San Diego

Individual therapy, couples therapy, college students, counselors in training, anxiety, depression, existential/spiritual concerns, men’s issues, grief, creativity exploration, relationship/intimacy issues.

Life can be overwhelming and at times, it can be a struggle just to keep your head above water.  In these moments, a breath of fresh air can make all the difference as you reorient toward higher ground.  As a counselor, I enjoy helping others to shift their trajectory toward a more meaningful future and to break free from the entanglements that prevent them from engaging in what is most important to them, whether it is improving a relationship with a loved one, finding their life’s calling, or exploring in a new creative endeavor. I have worked extensively and enjoy working with students, pastors, counselors, early career professionals, parents, and creatives of all types.  As I deply value finding the right counselor for each and every person I see, please don’t hesitate to contact me regardless of your situation as I am happy to recommend other in the event that our schedules do not coincide.

About Dr. Sagawa

Dr. Joel Sagawa is an associate professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and he maintains a small private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 23683) through Relate Therapy Center.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to San Diego, Dr. Sagawa worked in college mental health for nearly 10 years, providing psychological services at Azusa Pacific University and the University of Southern California.  Most recently, he served as the clinical director of the Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center in addition to providing supervision to graduate students as an adjunct clinical professor at Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology.  He and his wife, Dr. Lauren Mueller, have been married for over 10 years and they have two wonderfully curious and active young boys.  Dr. Sagawa’s areas of interest include college mental health, integrative psychotherapy, spiritual development, and Christian counseling. 

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