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About Dr. Joe Puentes

I have been working professionally with adolescents and adults for over 10 years.  I love the work I do and find it a privilege to work with others who are interested in greater understanding and positive change in their lives. I provide a general therapy practice as well as specialize in Sport and Performance Psychology, helping people reach their full potential whether it be in sports, business, school or other performance settings. 

I provide the benefit of working with a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in Sport and Performance Psychology. This allows clients to do therapy, Sport Psychology coaching or a combination of both. I bring my experiences working with All Americans, National Champions, Olympians and professional athletes together with my graduate training at the University of Southern California and the University of Notre Dame.

I aim to have a collaborative approach, where I believe you are the expert on you, your sport, and your particular situation, while I am the expert in the fields of Clinical and Sport Psychology.  When we bring our expertise together, real meaningful change, along with transformative growth, can happen.

Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time in nature, being with friends and family, reading, listening to music, and watching and playing sports. I am originally from Illinois and am a life long Chicago Cubs fan.  While I played multiple competitive sports growing up, baseball was the sport I loved most and pursued into college. I'm fortunate to continue to play baseball recreationally in Sonoma County. 


Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.)

University of La Verne (APA Accredited), La Verne, CA



Meaning in Life and its Relation to Substance Abuse Treatment


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

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Clinical Training

Post - Doctoral Training – University Counseling Center

University of No​tre Dame, South Bend, IN

Pre - Doctoral Internship (APA Accredited) – University Counseling Center

University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN


Advanced Practicum Training – Student Counseling Services

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Psychology Externship – Behavioral Medicine Center,

Loma Linda University, Redlands, CA

Professional Affiliation

United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Mental Health Registry


American Psychological Association:

California Psychological Association:

Redwood Psychological Association:

  • Past President 2018

  • President 2017

  • Vice President 2016

Collegiate Clinical Sport Psychology Association:

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