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Mental Health Team

 

Cristina Biasetto, MSW – 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.

Kristina Choreva, MA – Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern

Kristina Choreva is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at UCSF/ZSFG Trauma Recovery Center providing brief individual psychotherapy to survivors of violent crime. She is completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She has previously worked in a variety of community mental health clinics in the Bay Area, providing individual, group, and couples psychotherapy to under-served populations. In addition, Kristina has interest in the field of Health Psychology and takes part in the free therapy program at Women’s Cancer Resource Center where provides services for Bay Area women who are battling cancer.

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.

Haruna Matsusaka – Social Work Intern

Haruna Matsusaka is a 2nd year MSW Intern at TRC completing her MSW with a focus in community mental health at UC Berkeley. Prior to TRC, she has worked in hospital, residential, crisis, and community mental health settings. Haruna is passionate about providing empowering support for survivors of trauma with an approach that recognizes both the personal and social contexts of power that have shape our lived experiences and stories. She is fluent in Spanish and Japanese, and hopes to provide clinical services in both languages

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.

Chad Peterson, MD, PhD – Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Peterson is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He trained in psychiatry at UCSF. He was most recently a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Services at San Francisco General Hospital. Prior to that he was the Medical Director of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the San Francisco VA Hospital, where he was the first contact for combat veterans from OIF/OEF seeking mental health services. He has had the honor and privilege to work with and learn from veterans from all major military conflicts from WWII through the most recent campaigns in the Middle East; start a mental health presence at St. James’ Infirmary in San Francisco; and run a private practice in Oakland. He has a strong, hopeful faith in the concept and process of post-traumatic growth.

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.

Sheila Solis – Social Work Intern

Sheila is a social work intern at TRC who provides brief individual psychotherapy, case management, and crisis support to survivors of violent crimes. She is currently a second year Master of Social Welfare student at UC Berkeley with a concentration in community mental health. Prior to joining TRC, Sheila worked in a variety of mental health settings in the Bay Area, including Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, UCSF, and the San Francisco VA. Sheila is passionate in providing client-centered mental health services to culturally diverse populations.

Barclay Stone, PsyD – Psychologist

Dr. Stone is a licensed clinical psychologist at the TRC who provides psychotherapy and case management principally to clients at the Homeless Prenatal Program through a collaboration funded by Tipping Point Community.  Her dissertation examined the role of social support in the acculturative stress of Mexican immigrant women.  Before coming to the TRC, she spent three years at UCSF’s Child Trauma Research Program, serving traumatized children 0-5 and their caregivers. Before training as a psychologist, she worked in community maternal and child health for over 10 years.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2012 from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.  Dr. Stone is committed to increasing access to mental health services for Spanish speaking families.

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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