Deniz Ahmadinia, M.M.F.T. is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate at Pepperdine University, an APA accredited university. She is currently completing a year-long APA accredited internship at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center where is receiving specialized training in PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, and women’s health. She will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the West Los Angeles VA in September where she will specialize in mindfulness-based and integrative health approaches.
She has worked at the Long Beach VA providing psychotherapy to male and female veterans, at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior conducting neuropsychological assessment of dementia and brain injury, and at the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center as a therapist and peer supervisor. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Deniz spent two years training at the Southern California Counseling Center where she specialized in the Family Therapy Program and also provided school-based therapy in two LAUSD Schools. Deniz has also worked 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 in Beverly Hills.
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. Deniz integrates her clinical and meditation experience into the Mindful Parenting and Workplace Wellness programs.
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 mindful parenting classes.
American 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
Los Angeles County Psychological Association