Deena is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) extensively trained to work with children and families. Using a unique blend of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness interventions, and the latest findings in neuroscience, Deena helps children harness their natural strengths and build tools to address their current challenges. In session, Deena creates a welcoming and playful environment, supporting children as they engage in discussions, games, and projects that promote growth and foster resilience.
Deena works primarily with children – from toddlers to early-teens – as well as adults, couples, families, and groups. Her specific areas of focus include: Depression, anxiety, perfectionism, OCD, trauma resolution, depression, anger and stress regulation, and communication skill building.
In addition to being a therapist, Deena has an deep understanding of the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology – a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on how the mind, brain, and relationships come together to shape who we are – from her role as Associate Director at the Mindsight Institute with Dr. Dan Siegel. Deena helps clients take advantage of neuroplasticity – the brain’s incredible ability to change and grow throughout the lifespan. In helping children and families cultivate compassionate awareness, Deena helps clients build emotional regulation tools and create new ways of experiencing the world, supporting happiness, well-being, and more rewarding relationships.
As a Los Angeles native, Deena graduated with honors from her high school (Harvard Westlake), with honors from her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, and with highest honors from the her graduate program at the University of Southern California (USC). Deena’s training includes working as a therapist at an elementary school for 2 years, the Center for Mindful Living, and the Early Childhood Parenting Center. Deena now leads mindfulness and neuroscience focused workshops for other therapists wishing to work with children and families.