Meet our team of
Casey Brodhead, Psy.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
PsyD Clinical Psychology, PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto
MS Clinical Psychology, PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto
BA Psychology, California State University, Northridge
What inspired you to enter this profession?
I have long been intrigued by the way the human mind works. Before even entering adulthood, I decided that I would devote my career to psychology and I’ve never looked back. I was primarily inspired by my mother who was a career mental health practitioner and I am proudly following in her footsteps. I would like to think that psychology was bred into me. Being scientifically minded, I have been fascinated by the different adaptions available within the field of psychology. Becoming an eclectic psychologist with education, research, assessment, and clinical focuses has felt like a natural fit. I feel most comfortable being a helper. My experience has recently broadened into supervising early-career psychologists in their own professional development.
What are your areas of specialty?
My clinical training, areas of education, and diverse experiences have prepared me to work with a broad range of clients. Age wise, I work with clients 6 years old onwards to elderly years. This age range is defined arbitrarily by experience and tools used in the field to stratify developmental areas of focus. I have worked comfortable in school settings (middle/high school, and continuation school), community mental health clinics, Stanford University’s psychiatric research labs, and, currently, for a large well-known front facing HMO. In my day job, I am often meeting with clients for individual/group psychotherapy for mood/substance use disorders or leading psychoeducational seminars. One area of particular specialty is psychological assessment for ADHD, educational and testing accommodations, intellectual ability, and disability. At Savera, my role is to perform psychological assessments.
What is most rewarding about your work?
The opportunity to understand and conceptualize clients in order to meet their goals is rewarding by nature. Because I find this career so rewarding, I tirelessly seek new opportunities with new clients. I find that psychological assessment differs from psychotherapy due to the quantitative and data-driven approach, and this scientific approach fused with a humanitarian approach creates a whole client outcome that is greater than the sum of the parts. I find the human experience fascinating, and I strive to help others better understand themselves, which vicariously benefits me to observe the cultivation of insight and understanding.
What about you or your approach makes clients click with you the most?
My vision is always to bring my authentic self and personality to my client interactions. I have found that by being my genuine self, it helps others be themselves, and this is the gift of a true therapeutic relationship. I firmly believe that humor is an important element of interpersonal interactions, and I always aim to integrate and balance pleasant humor with professionalism in my practice.
In assessment, I pride myself on flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. I often meet clients during non-traditional timeframes—weekends or evenings, in an effort to respect their personal schedules. I realize that psychological assessment is an investment on the part of the client, and I appreciate that any investment stands to grow through quality cultivation. While standard industry turn around times for psych reports are often a matter of weeks, I typically turn around outcomes in less than a week.