Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D.

Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual therapy and maintains a private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Her APA-accredited internship was completed at the University of California Berkeley, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  She possesses expertise in treating young adults, adolescents, and college age populations, having extensive background in university mental health settings.

Dr. Saedi specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, perfectionism, academic and vocational concerns, multicultural and identity concerns, as well as life transitions.  She obtained specialized training in the assessment of ADHD while at UC Berkeley.  At Stanford, she completed training rotations in the area of eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Dr. Saedi’s treatment approach is integrative, drawing heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness approaches.  In the former modality, she makes use of “homework” assignments, and uses a very active solution-oriented approach.  Through mindfulness, she teaches skills such as deep breathing and meditation.  Dr. Saedi is also a certified yoga instructor, having received her 200 hour RYT training through Three Sisters Yoga in Portland, Oregon.  She has developed both adolescent yoga teen anxiety groups and mindfulness meditation groups.

Dr. Saedi is engaged in media psychology work, as she writes an online column for Psychology Today, which has to date garnered over 1 million hits worldwide. She writes on mental health, millennials, diversity issues, celebrities and pop culture, and social media. Her articles are regularly selected by editors as “essential reads” and have been featured among the most popular articles on the site.  Her first book, PhDiva: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Graduate School Success was published in 2015 through Corby Press.

Dr. Saedi has been a TEDx speaker, and contributed to media outlets including ABC News online, Newsweek, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Glamour magazines.  She has also appeared on radio programs and is a regular guest on the morning television show AM Northwest. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Pacific University’s Professional School of Psychology as well as an alumni board member for NEW Leadership Oregon, a women’s mentorship program based out of Portland State University. 


  • University of Notre Dame, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
  • University of Notre Dame, M.A. Psychology
  • Portland State University, B.A. Psychology, summa cum laude

Additional Training: 

  • Stanford University, Counseling and Psychological Services, Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    • Specialty: Mental Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
    • Completed Rotations in: Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, & Gender and Sexual Identity
  • University of California Berkeley, Counseling and Psychological Services, APA-Approved Clinical Internship
    • Completed Trainings in: ADHD Assessment, Vocational Assessment, & Crisis Counseling

License and Awards: 

  • OBPE License # 2341
  • U.C. Berkeley Spot Award for Health Service Excellence
  • Outstanding Graduate Student/Intern Award, APA Division 17
  • American Psychological Association Student Travel Award
  • National Psychologist Register Scholarship
  • Notre Dame Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Award
  • American Association of University Women Excellence in Graduate Research Award
  • Teacher’s College, Columbia University Roundtable Honorarium

Professional Memberships & Associations: 

  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • APA Division 46, Media Psychology, Member
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology 
(Past Chapter President)