Dr. Venus Mahmoodi specializes in reproductive mental health, including; mental health challenges during prenatal planning and the perinatal period, postpartum, infertility, and perinatal loss. She also cares for individuals and couples to address a wide range of mental health challenges including: anxiety, depression, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorders, and emotional dysregulation. Dr. Mahmoodi is interested in applying Islamically-integrated therapeutic practices to support Muslims through their mental health struggles.
Dr. Mahmoodi's clinical training covered working with refugees and trauma survivors, veterans, and perinatal women in a specialized intensive outpatient program. During her final year of training, she focused on trauma treatment in children and adults, psychiatric inpatient care, and research on child trauma.
Dr. Mahmoodi completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University in conjunction with Stanford University’s Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Seleni Institute in New York City.
Dr. Mahmoodi underwent specialized training from Postpartum Support International on screening and treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She received further, advanced specialization on PMADs, grief and loss, and infertility distress at the Seleni Institute.
Her dissertation concentrated on perinatal experiences of Muslim women living in the United States, including protective Islamic practices against depressive symptoms during and after pregnancy.