- Student Health Center
- Counseling and Psychological Services
Behnaz comes to CAPS after working at Bloomington Meadows Hospital for about seven years. She has experience in providing therapy and leading teams of counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians in managing emergency cases, as well as post-stabilization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient clinical experience.
Behnaz has clinical experience in working with families, couples, and individuals experiencing distress related to anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, as well as those needing immediate stabilization as a result of a severe mental health illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance induced psychosis, etc. Behnaz provides embedded clinical services to the Office of International Studies (OIS), Asian Cultural Center (ACC), as well as the Offices of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) at CAPS. As a mental health clinician, Behnaz draws on cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family-systems theories. Behnaz’s specialty is crisis management, triage, and emergency services. Behnaz fluently speaks five languages and is trained in multicultural counseling, and has worked closely with a culturally diverse group of individuals. She speaks fluent Dari, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and English.
Aside from her inpatient treatment experience, Behnaz has a doctoral degree in the field of Psychological Counseling. Additionally, she has taught for Indiana University, and currently teaches Counseling courses with Indiana State University and Bradley University providing instruction and live supervision for master’s level, clinical mental health students. Behnaz enjoys reading and expanding her skills/research in military psychology, law enforcement and EMT mental health, as well as wellness, trauma, and grief.