Sanaz Yaghmai, Psy.D, RYT-200
Sanaz is a resilience coach and consultant who is trained as a psychologist and trauma-informed yoga teacher. Her passion lies in partnerships which aim to create safe, accessible spaces that enhance psycho-social well-being of individuals/communities by addressing the impact and nuances of trauma and implementing trauma-informed care practices.
Beginning in 2018 Sanaz started offering donations based/free trauma-informed yoga healing circles in Los Angeles, London, and at a refugee camp in Greece. For information on her more recent work, see partnerships.
She is also bilingual in English and Farsi and is interested in bringing these services to farsi speaking communities around the world.
Sanaz’ foundational coursework and graduate training in psychology 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 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, Irvine, California:
Doctorate of Psychology - Individual & Family Therapy
Master of Arts - Individual & Family Therapy
University of California, Irvine:
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology and Social Behavior
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training | Laura’s House
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) | Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
200-hr RYT Yoga Alliance | The Tree, South Los Angeles
30-hr Trauma-informed Yoga training | Yoga to Transform Trauma
25-hr Accessible Yoga Training | Accessible Yoga
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & TRAINING
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - California State Prison
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 at student health centers on college campus.
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
Therapist - Immersive therapy training at an 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.