Sanaz Yaghmai, Psy.D

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Sanaz is a license-eligible psychologist and trauma-informed yoga teacher eager to collaborate with community leaders and healers and create safe, accessible spaces offering healing and mental health services. She is bilingual in English and Farsi.

EDUCATION

Sanaz’ foundational coursework and graduate training is centered around family systems theory with an emphasis on multicultural competency. Her post-doctoral training allowed for in-depth clinical practice working with individuals and groups along a spectrum of mental health concerns; from coping with everyday stressors, mood disorders, and dual diagnoses in outpatient settings, to severe psychopathology, behavioral misconduct, and crisis intervention in the prison system.

Alliant International University
Doctorate of Psychology: Couples & Family Therapy
Master of Arts: Couples & Family Therapy

University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & TRAINING

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - California State Prison
Sacramento, CA
Post-doctoral clinical psychologist at the Enhanced Outpatient Program

  • Conducted daily assessment and psychological treatment of the inmate population.

  • Conducted individual therapy; provided recommendations on admission, transfer, parole, discharge and therapeutic activities; consulted with medical personnel on medication and symptom management; consulted and collaborated with correctional officers.

  • Developed and re-evaluated patient treatment plans while participating in weekly interdisciplinary meetings to address inmate goals and behavioral/medical concerns.

  • Provided daily crisis triage services.

Los Angeles City College & Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles, CA
Post-doctoral psychologist on campus student health centers

  • Provided weekly individual and family counseling to students with a diverse array of challenges and psychopathology.

  • Led a support group for single mothers on campus.

  • Provided crisis counseling services.

  • Participated in weekly trainings on issues surrounding the mental health needs of the community.

A New Journey
Santa Monica, CA
Immersive training at outpatient eating disorder treatment facility

  • Co-facilitated various group therapy sessions with the adult population.

  • Created and facilitated a support group for the adolescent population centered around the impact of media on body image.

  • Assisted dietitians and other therapists during meals.

Saddleback Community College
Mission Viejo, CA
Pre-doctoral psychologist at the Student Health Services

  • Led individual and family therapy sessions.

  • Offered crisis intervention.

  • Conducted bi-weekly trainings centered on student well-being and team collaboration.

Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School & Animo Venice Charter High School
Los Angeles County, CA
Pre-doctoral psychologist

  • Led individual, family and group therapy services with at-risk youth and their families dealing with gang violence, poverty, drug/alcohol abuse and physical/sexual/emotional abuse.

  • Created and facilitated a support group curriculum on adolescent stress management.

Outreach Concern Inc.
College View Elementary School

Huntington Beach, CA
MFT Intern

  • Provided play therapy for children (K-5).

  • Created and facilitated two support groups addressing challenges of children from divorced/blended families and those who have suffered on-campus bullying.

Women’s Transitional Living Center
Fullerton, Ca
MFT Trainee at an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence

  • Provided individual and family therapy for shelter residents: women and their children escaping domestic violence.

  • Facilitated a children’s group therapy centered on domestic violence.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Cambodian Cultural Exchange and Immersion Program
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cultural immersion program

  • Co-facilitated an intensive lecture series at the Royal University of Phnom Penh focused on trauma and healing and collaborated in dialogue surrounding trauma with an emphasis on genocide and its impact on family dynamics and overall mental health.

  • Co-facilitated a lecture on the issues of trauma at the Project Against Domestic Violence (PADV) shelter.

  • Volunteered at the Little Sprouts Orphanage, a home to children orphaned by parents with HIV/AIDS.

Mexico Immersion Program
Mexico City, Mexico
Cultural immersion program

  • Contributed to a discussion panel led by notable speakers on Latin American issues.

  • Engaged with shamans and local healers in the community to gain insight into and experience in traditional healing methods.

  • Volunteered at the Casa Hogar program, providing services for homeless youth.

VOLUNTEER WORK

Sidewalk Talk - Community Listening Project - Los Angeles City Leader
Los Angeles, CA

  • City leader for Los Angeles chapter: A community listening project that encourages volunteers to step out into their communities and offering heart-centered listening to passerbys.

Big Brother Big Sister
Anaheim, CA

  • Took on the role of ‘big sister’ to a foster youth for a 2-year period

Flying Samaritans International, UCI
El Testarazo, Mexico

  • Provided medical, dental, and social services to the underserved community at a medical clinic.