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Mental Health Team

 

Cristina Biasetto, LCSW – Clinical Social Worker, Program Coordinator of Survivors International

Cristina Biasetto obtained her Master’s in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and completed her clinical training at the Trauma Recovery Center in 2014.  As a staff clinical social worker, Ms. Biasetto provides individual therapy and case management to adult survivors of trauma. As a part of the Survivors International team, Ms. Biasetto supports the assessment and referral of asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees to the TRC.  Prior to joining TRC, Ms. Biasetto worked in the design, implementation and direct provision of psychosocial assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, and torture survivors across Europe, in the Middle East and in East Africa. Ms. Biasetto provides services in Spanish and English.

Carol Blecker, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carol Blecker, LCSW provides therapy and case management to adult survivors of trauma.  She is a clinical social worker in TRC’s Neurotrauma Outreach Program (NTOP), serving survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and co-facilitates monthly TBI Support Group at SFGH for TBI survivors, caregivers and family members. Before coming to TRC, Ms. Blecker was a member of the Psychiatric Consult Liaison Service at SFGH, taught peer counseling through City College, and provided community-based services to clients with HIV/AIDS, people with substance dependence, families and veterans. Ms. Blecker completed a Masters in Social Work from SF State University, with clinical internships at The Child Abuse Prevention Center and at TRC. As an intern, she developed the curriculum for the TRC Speakers Bureau, CHATT.  Ms. Blecker’s interests include post traumatic growth and psychosocial interventions that support social justice.

Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez, MD – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and has worked for UC since 1989.  She has an interest in women’s and cross-cultural issues in psychiatry and is fluent in Spanish.

Laurie Fields, PhD – Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Laurie Fields provides specialized brief cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapy for traumatic stress-related disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, substance use disorders, and relationship issues for victims of violent crime at the TRC.  Dr. Fields obtained her B.A. in 1992 from the University of Maryland and holds a dual doctorate (1998) in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Margaret de Lima Hering, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Margaret de Lima Hering has been a social worker at TRC since the beginning of 2002. Her clinical concentration is working with adult survivors of such traumas as sexual assault, domestic violence, physical assault, gun violence, and loss of loved ones to homicide.  Ms. Hering has co-facilitated for 10 years a Spanish-speaking domestic violence group for which she received an exceptional service and excellent performance award from the Department of Public Health, Health Commission in 2002. She additionally supervises clinical staff and interns at TRC.   Before coming to TRC, she worked in the foster care system, providing support and education to foster families, and helping them to understand the unique needs of foster children; She has provided therapy to a variety of ages including pre-school children, adolescents, and adults both in community agencies and in schools. Margaret de Lima Hering obtained her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1999, and completed the civitas classes focused on assessment and treatment of child abuse.  Ms. Hering provides clinical services in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Jenny McKenzie, MSW – Clinical Social Worker

Jenny McKenzie is a mental health clinician at the TRC who focuses on providing compassionate therapy and case management services to adult survivors of interpersonal trauma and violent crime, including crisis support to survivors of sexual assault at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Before coming to the TRC, she worked in community mental health, supporting trauma-impacted youth and families with individual and family therapy. Additionally, her eight years of professional experience prior to graduate school focused on providing peer counseling and serving survivors of intimate partner violence with housing, crisis support, legal accompaniment including immigration support and support groups. Jenny seeks to provide client-centered, strengths-based and trauma informed care. Jenny completed her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with clinical internships at La Clínica and TRC, and is registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Jenny is passionate about providing empathetic and culturally respectful services in English and Spanish.

Sarah Metz, PsyD – Clinical Coordinator

Dr. Metz joined the TRC after having worked at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System’s Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP).  She earned her doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in 2009.  She provides short-term cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic care to adult survivors of trauma.  Dr. Metz specializes in evidenced-based practices to assist with healing after trauma. She also specializes in helping clients that struggle with substance use, mood dysregulation, and anxiety. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and believes in healing and growth after trauma.

Cat Munroe, MA – Pre-doctoral Fellow

Cat Munroe, MA is a pre-doctoral psychology fellow at UCSF and a doctoral candidate at Miami University of Ohio. At TRC, Cat provides brief psychotherapy therapy to survivors of interpersonal trauma and violent crime, with a focus on working with clients who are multiply marginalized. Cat has also worked in psychiatric hospital/emergency inpatient settings, college counseling and community mental health outpatient settings, and assisted with research focusing on bipolar depression, suicidality, trauma, and transgender youth.

Melanie D. Petersen – Clinical Social Work Intern

Melanie Petersen is a second-year intern at the TRC completing her Masters in Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health at UC Berkeley.  Melanie is also a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist at Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic where she administers short-term psychotherapy to clients in a depression study.  Melanie completed her first-year clinical placement at Alta Bates Herrick Partial Hospitalization Program where she served teens in an inpatient day program, providing intensive group therapy to further stabilize their psychiatric crisis and support their transition to outpatient treatment. Melanie is committed to offering social justice informed mental health services, and utilizing an empathetic and strengths-based approach to collaborate with survivors of trauma to transmute their trauma experience to live their best lives. She is fluent in Spanish and plans to provide clinical services in both languages.

Alberto Rangel, LMFT – Mental Health Clinician

Alberto Rangel LMFT is a mental health clinician at the TRC/Survivors International. His clinical concentration is providing psychotherapy and case management services to adult survivors of trauma. He is a bicultural and bilingual clinician. He has worked in mental health services to culturally diverse populations since 2003. Before coming to the TRC, he worked in the community as a clinical social work supervisor for the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team and HIV services at Mission Neighborhood Health Center. Alberto obtained his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy in 2006 from Notre Dame de Namur College, and is registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Mr. Rangel provides clinical services in Spanish and English.

Laurie Richer, DO – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine; Medical Director, Trauma Recovery Center; Attending Psychiatrist, San Francisco General Hospital

Dr. Laurie Richer has been the Medical Director of the TRC since 2006 and is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty certification in forensic psychiatry. Dr. Richer specializes in the assessment and treatment of Acute and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and has published research specifically addressing the phenomenon of drug-facilitated sexual assault. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in an emergency psychiatric setting, at both San Francisco General Hospital and USC/LA County General Hospital. As a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, she is also highly dedicated to the training and education of future providers in the field. Dr. Richer received her medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a four-year psychiatry residence at the University of Southern California School of Medicine/Los Angeles County Medical Center followed by a fellowship year at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science.

Carla Richmond, LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carla Richmond has been a social worker at TRC since 2007. Her clinical concentration is working with survivors of interpersonal violence (including survivors of sexual assault, physical assault, individuals who have lost a loved one to homicide, and survivors of political torture and violence based on gender and sexual orientation).  Ms. Richmond assisted in the development of the TRC Speakers Bureau (CHATT) and co-facilitates monthly support group for CHATT speakers, helps to coordinated speaking opportunities for the group. Prior to coming to the TRC, Ms. Richmond provided individual, group, and family psychotherapy in institutional and community settings to families impacted by family and community violence, children and mothers living in transitional domestic violence shelter, juvenile offenders and their families, school based therapy.  She graduated with her Master in Social Work from Hunter School of Social Work in 2000.

Stacey Wiggall, LCSW – Senior Clinician

Stacey Wiggall is a supervisor for the TRC.  She initially worked on the pilot study assessing the efficacy of assertive outreach to acute trauma survivors that evolved into the TRC treatment model.  Ms. Wiggall has taught classes on the screening, assessment, and treatment of intimate partner violence for NASW and UC Davis.  Areas of interest include post-traumatic growth and strategies for fostering resiliency and longevity among trauma clinicians. Ms. Wiggall obtained her Master’s of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California since 2003.

Huaiyu Zhang, PhD –  Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Huaiyu Zhang integrates various evidence-based therapeutic techniques into treating individuals impacted by life adversities. She embraces a compassion- and strength-based approach to help alleviate clients’ suffering and facilitate their personal growth. Dr. Zhang obtained her MS in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2004 and earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Emory University in 2013. She provides clinical services in English and Mandarin.

 

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