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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Training School Professionals & Mental Health Professionals
in counseling and trauma-informed care for a multicultural society
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Navid Zamani, M.S., LMFT


Navid received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of California, Davis and graduated from the San Diego State University Marriage and Family Therapy program in 2013. He has since pursued numerous academic and clinical interests, particularly in domestic violence counselling. He currently teaches in the SDSU MFT program and is the Director of the MA Counseling in Education (Counseling) program. 

Research & Teaching Interests:

Navid has had experience teaching Theories I, Theories II, Multiculturalism in Counseling, Groups Counseling, Law and Ethics, and Recovery Movement and the DSM. Teaching theories and conceptualizations of clinical practice is where he finds himself most energized and stimulated. He has research interests and experience in domestic violence services and the intersection of technology and therapy. Other research interests include the practices and effects of bilingual and multicultural counseling; trauma-informed care and services..

Published Work:

Navid J. Zamani, Graham S. Smith, and Gerald Monk (2013). Online Forums as Definitional  Ceremonies. Journal Therapies: Vol. 32, No. 4

Professional Activities:

Navid practices narrative therapy with an at-risk, highly-traumatized population in a residential setting. This includes providing services in individual, family, couples, and group contexts. In addition to providing counseling services to families experiencing and seeking safety from domestic violence, Navid provides numerous trainings across San Diego county in domestic violence services, safety planning strategies, and domestic violence advocacy. Navid also has experience in providing psychoeducational groups to the Iranian community in Farsi.

Personal Interests:

An important part of working in a highly stressful environment is self-care. Navid practices this well by maintaining a well-rounded San Diego lifestyle that includes surfing, gardening, playing drums in a band, camping and spending quality time with his partner and 2 dogs.