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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.

Lynsey Clark, LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lynsey Clark is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Social Welfare department and completed her clinical training at ZSFGH inpatient psychiatry before starting at the TRC. Lynsey is committed to working with populations disproportionately affected by violence and utilizes a social justice framework. As a clinician at TRC Lynsey provides psychotherapy and case management services to survivors of trauma, sexual assault, violence, and traumatic loss.  She works in collaboration with The Wraparound Project, a ZSFGH program that aims to reduce injury and re-exposure to violence for undeserved communities in San Francisco. As an on-site/telehealth mental health provider Lynsey provides evidence-based trauma therapy to support healing and recovery.

Catherine Classen, PhD – Professor of Clinical Psychology, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Catherine Classen has been a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry since 2017. Previously she was a professor at the University of Toronto, the Academic Leader of the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and a senior scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She is both a researcher and clinician who has been working in the field of psychological trauma for over 25 years. A primary focus of her research has been investigating psychotherapeutic interventions for survivors of chronic traumatization. She has numerous publications on interventions for complex trauma, the long-term effects of chronic traumatization, and on the principles and techniques for providing trauma-informed care. She is also a past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a certified sensorimotor psychotherapist, which is a body-centered approach to working with trauma survivors.

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.

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.

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.

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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