About Deniz



Deniz Mustafoglu, M.M.F.T. is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate 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. She enjoys working with individuals, couples & families and truly belives that her clients are her greatest teachers. Deniz has received specialized training in treating trauma and anxiety, as well as utilizing mindfulness-based approaches while working in the VA and various community mental health settings. She also brings a unique perspective of growing up in a multicultural home, which aids her in valuing the context from which each of her client’s come from. Deniz will complete a year long APA accredited internship at 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 mindfulness-based approaches. 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.


Presenting on mindfulness and stress reduction to Women Empowered

Presenting on mindfulness and stress reduction to Women Empowered

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.


Presenting to UCLA'S Memory Care with a colleague

Presenting to UCLA’S Memory Care with a colleague

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.


Clinical Affiliations

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


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