Dr. Deniz Ahmadinia is a Los Angeles based Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the West Los Angeles VA where she is specializing in mindfulness-based and integrative health approaches. Dr. Ahmadinia has had extensive training in mindfulness-based treatments (ACT, DBT, MBSR, MBRP), as well as evidence-based practices to treat trauma, stress, mood, and personality disorders.
Dr. Ahmadinia completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She also holds a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Ahmadinia completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center where she received specialized training in PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, and women’s health. 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.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Ahmadinia is published and presented at workshops in the areas of mindful parenting, the impact of stress and trauma on the brain and body, mindfulness for dementia, and sibling relationships. Dr. Ahmadinia has a background in music and dance, is a pet lover, and has lived in Florida and California.