José René Sandoval Sánchez

José René Sandoval Sánchez

Wellbeing Counsellor


  • BA in Psychology, University of Costa Rica
  • Licentiate in Psychology, University of Costa Rica
  • Certified Coach, Maxwell Leadership
  • Masters in Children and Adolescent Psychology and Coaching 
  • Masters in Coaching and Emotional Intelligence for Children and Teenagers 

My life has been blessed by being surrounded by great people. From family members, great coworkers, my lovely wife, and now my two daughters. I have been married for more than 17 years now and became a dad 11 years ago. I am the middle child of three siblings, two sisters and myself.

I have worked for over 25 years with teenagers in different settings, schools, camps, radio, and therapy, and I enjoy the energy and creativity each of them brings into my life and those around them. I am deeply curious and love to ask questions to everyone; there is no better way to access people's hearts and minds than with questions that make them think and wonder.

What do you consider the most important part of your job?
Attentive listening. By far, this is the most critical skill that anyone that works with counselling must develop.

How do you define wellbeing?
It is a continuous pursuit for an overall healthy life, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual, to keep a balanced and positive outlook for life and opportunities. At the same time, wellbeing, for me, has to do with the skill of being able to face every challenge as a learning experience, that even when failing, you are able to grow and not remain stagnant, because one is capable of reflection and with resilience bounce back and keep on moving forward.

Who is your role model or mentor, or who inspires you?
I have several role models and people who inspire me for different reasons. Yeshua by the desire to see people with compassion and honour the opportunity for growth and change. My mother, for her service to others and commitment to the people she loves and cares for. My father seized his second opportunity and made the most of them. John Maxwell, leadership for the greater good, and communication skills. My wife has a leadership heart that gives without strings attached.

What is your life motto?
Your life has an incommensurable value; dare to add value to those around you.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Faith, Family and Sports

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read to learn about cultures and people, watch sci-fi shows and play with my daughters.