Dr. Deniz Ahmadinia is a Los Angeles based Post-Doctoral Fellow at the West Los Angeles VA where she is specializing in mindfulness-based and integrative health approaches. Her approach is based in research and tailored to fit the needs of her clients in order to decrease stress while increasing resilience and coping. Dr. Ahmadinia has had extensive training in mindfulness-based treatments (ACT, DBT, MBSR, MBRP), as well as specialized training in evidence-based practices to treat trauma, stress anxiety, and depression,. She is passionate about helping people manage life stressors, while helping them move towards personal values and behavioral change, in order to live more fully. Dr. Ahmadinia completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She also completed a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and a BA in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
She completed a year-long APA accredited 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. Simultaneously, Deniz maintained a year-long private practice internship with Marcia Teichman, LMFT in Beverly Hills.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Ahmadinia created a resource manual for mental health practitioners working with female veterans for her doctoral dissertation, titled A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Female Veterans and their Children. She has conducted research on sibling relationships through Pepperdine University, which was presented in the Western Psychological Conference. Dr. Ahmadinia also enjoys facilitating mindfulness and stress management workshops as well as mindful parenting classes. She has a background in music and dance, is a pet lover, and has lived in Florida and California.