Deniz Mustafoglu, M.M.F.T. is a Los Angeles based registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF 68250) and 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. As a former dancer, Deniz holds a great interest in the mind-body connection and infuses aspects of mindfulness and meditation into her clinical work. Deniz 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 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 memory, interpersonal neurobiology, neuropsychological impact of mental illness, and applications of mindfulness to clinical practice. Deniz has conducted research on sibling relationships through Pepperdine University, which was presented in the Western Psychological Conference. She also has experience facilitating cultural awareness discussions and educational seminars for women.
Deniz’s current externship is at UCLA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center through the David Geffen School of Medicine, conducting neuropsychological assessments on an outpatient adult population presenting with a variety of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Deniz also participates in Memory Care at UCLA’s Longevity Center, a weekly program for caregivers and those with memory loss, which utilizes evidence-based memory exercises to strengthen the mind and body. Additionally, Deniz continues to provide therapy at the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center in Encino to adolescents and adults. 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