Deniz Ahmadinia, M.M.F.T. is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Pepperdine University, an APA accredited university. Deniz believes in the importance of relationships as an integral aspect to both healing and a fulfilling life. Deniz has received specialized training in evidence-based practices to treat trauma, stress anxiety, and depression, as well as extensive training in mindfulness-based approaches while working in the VA and various community mental health settings. She specializes in integrating mindfulness when working with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma and integrates her clinical and meditation experience into the Mindful Parenting and Workplace Mindfulness programs. Deniz will complete a year-long APA accredited internship at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center where she will continue receiving advanced training.
Deniz earned her B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Pepperdine University and an M.M.F.T. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D. from Pepperdine University. Her research interests include PTSD, trauma and abuse, interpersonal neurobiology, and mind-body approaches to stress reduction. Deniz’s dissertation, A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Female Veterans and their Children, seeks to provide a resource for mental health practitioners working with female veterans and their children in order to enhance their ability to attend to clinical issues in the parent-child relationship that may arise from the veteran’s deployment. Deniz has conducted research on sibling relationships through Pepperdine University, which was presented in the Western Psychological Conference. She also has experience facilitating mindfulness and stress management workshops as well as parenting classes.
Deniz’s currently works as Psychology Pre-Intern at the VA Long Beach Healthcare Center where she provides short-term evidenced-based individual and group treatment to male and female veterans. She is focusing on treating female veterans coping with military sexual trauma (MST) and combat trauma, among other psychological stressors. Deniz also has experience conducting neuropsychological assessments at UCLA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center through the David Geffen School of Medicine on an outpatient adult population presenting with a variety of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Additionally, she has experience providing cognitive rehabilitation to those with memory loss and caregiver support to their families. Additionally, Deniz continues to provide long-term therapy at the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center in Encino to adults and adolescents. Moreover, Deniz participates in a non-profit organization, Children of the Night, by providing therapy to adolescent girls involved in sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Deniz spent two years training at the Southern California Counseling Center where she provided individual, couples and family therapy to a low-income, diverse population. She specialized in the Family Therapy Program and also provided school-based therapy in two LAUSD Schools. Additionally, Deniz participated in a practicum at the Dangerfield Institute of Urban Problems providing individual and group therapy to adolescents in the foster care system. Simultaneously, Deniz maintained a year-long private practice internship with Marcia Teichman, LMFT and provided therapy to adolescents and adults with a focus in trauma/abuse, mindfulness-based therapy and acculturation issues.
American Psychological Association
Los Angeles County Psychological Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
Los Angeles Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists