Our Staff - Clinical Team

Mae Casanova, PsyD

Primary Care Coordinator

Dr. Mae Casanova a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY28763) with a doctorate degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Marketing Communication with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, both from California Lutheran University. She grew up with a family restaurant business and spent most of her early adulthood working in hospitality, managing restaurants and resorts. It was in 2012 that she followed her passion for therapy and went back to school to earn her Doctorate Degree.

Dr. Casanova completed her Practicum, Pre-Doc and Post-Doc at Casa Palmera from 2012-2015. She worked in all aspects of treatment, administrative, admission and on the clinical team. After 2 years working at San Diego Center for Children as a school based therapist, she is excited to be back at Casa Palmera on the clinical team.

Working with an array of age groups (child, adolescent, young adult, adult), she is constantly being exposed to the circumstances and experiences of clients across the generations. She is a firm believer in every challenge being an opportunity to grow. She has the ability to connect with different types of people on different levels. She prides herself in creating a safe, yet accountable environment where clients feel hear, validated, and challenged. She thinks “outside the box” when it comes to therapeutic interventions, exploring what will help the client be the most successful.

“I foster a therapeutic environment that has both acceptance and challenge, and is meaning/value focused. My approach is unique to each client, meeting them where they are emotionally, intellectually, and physically.”

She spends her spare time doing yoga and exercise, spending time with her family and friends and trying new fun food spots in San Diego County. She is also an active volunteer with the North County LGBTQ Center in Oceanside.

Areas of focus:

  • Individual/ Group/Family Therapy
  • Adolescent, Transitional Age Youth and Adults
  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Divorce/Blended Families/Family Systems Approach