Therapists

Anna Leverse | Therapist

Anna Leversee is working toward her Master of Social Welfare (2020). She joins the Golden Bear Sleep & Mood Research Clinic as a youth sleep therapist. Anna has five years of experience working with teens and adults, including work as a Fulbright scholar in Medellin, Colombia teaching English. She recently spent two years as a program director of an after-school program for immigrant English Learner high school students in Massachusetts. As both a teacher and therapist, Anna is energized by supporting young people toward “I can” moments of learning and claiming a new skill. She holds a BA in Spanish from Smith College.

Brandon Ruvalcaba | Therapist

Brandon Ruvalcaba is an MSW student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with a concentration in community mental health. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCLA, Brandon worked as a community mental health counselor providing targeted case management and mental health services to clients living with severe and persistent mental illness. During this time, Brandon also volunteered as a research assistant at USC’s Culture and Mental Health Lab, working directly with a Ph.D student to help with her research project, which examined the degree of cultural congruence between Latino patients’ and their psychotherapists’ narratives. Currently, Brandon is interning at La Clinica de la Raza, Casa del Sol’s outpatient mental health clinic as a graduate mental health trainee.

Briana McGeough | Therapist

Briana McGeough, MSW, is a doctoral student in the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. Her research focuses on victimization experiences of sexual minority youth and improving therapy outcomes for sexual minority clients. She attended Brown University where she received a B.A in Sociology and Gender/Sexuality Studies. While completing her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked at Alliance Health Project, a University of California, San Francisco-affiliated community mental health clinic as a therapist for LGBTQ clients living with severe and persistent mental illness and worked with Seneca Family of Agencies, a large child welfare agency, to develop and pilot a curriculum for service providers about working with LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Brenna Alexander | Therapist

Brenna is a an MSW student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with a concentration in Advancing Health and Wellbeing across the Adult Lifespan. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley, Brenna worked in various community settings where she supported people with persistent and severe mental illness. Her work largely focused on providing intensive case management and mental health treatment to folks experiencing chronic homelessness and incarceration. Most recently, Brenna served as a Social Work Associate with UCSF Citywide Case Management, providing onsite support and therapy to formally homeless individuals in a permanent supportive housing setting. Currently, Brenna continues to work with Citywide as she interns with their forensics unit.

Casey Rodriguez | Therapist

Casey Rodriguez is a Title IV-E, MSW student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Cal State LA, Casey worked as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with autism, then as a community mental health counselor providing services to elementary school students in the Bay Area. Casey is currently a graduate social work intern at Frick Impact Academy in East Oakland where she provides individual and group psychotherapy, and case management to adolescent youth. As a firm believer in self-actualization, Casey is dedicated to supporting children, youth, and families overcoming their challenges in a safe way and reaching their fullest potential. In the future, Casey plans to be working in a school setting as a school social worker.

Cristina Gomez-Vidal | Therapist

Cristina Gomez-Vidal, MSW is currently a Doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare where she is focused on place based-health inequities. She graduated in 2018 from UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with her MSW and received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley in 2015. Cristina is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar. Cristina’s professional experience includes over twelve years in the health and nonprofit management and training sector in California’s Central Valley. She is passionate about working alongside others to maximize our individual and collective potential.

Elizabeth Clendenen | Therapist

Elizabeth is a graduate student pursuing a master’s in social welfare at UC Berkeley. She is currently working at the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic as a therapist and is also interning for the City of Berkeley Mental Health Division, focusing on program implementation and assessment. Elizabeth has several years of experience with crisis counseling, case management, and housing search, and has worked with people experiencing homelessness and survivors of sexual and relational trauma.

Emily Eliash | Therapist

Emily Eliash is a graduate student at UC Berkeley working her way towards a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from the School of Social Welfare. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 and after graduating she moved up to Portland where she worked in the state prison system facilitating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups. Other than CBT, Emily’s clinical interests surround the intersection of trauma, violence, and psychotic spectrum illnesses. Emily is currently working as a Depression Therapist in Dr. Harvey’s CBT study.

Emma Agnew | Therapist

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Emma Agnew is a therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Clinic. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Colorado College in 2014. After graduating she worked as the children’s case manger in a non-profit that helped domestic violence and sexual assault victims. All together she has over five years experience working in direct practice settings with both children and adults. She is currently working on her Masters of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley while also working in Dr. Harvey’s study.

Eve Fine | Therapist

Eve Fine, ASW, PPSC, is a therapist for the TranS-C Community Study and the Depression Treatment Study. She happily re-joined the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic in August 2017, having previously worked as a therapist for the Teen Sleep Improvement Study during her graduate studies at UC Berkeley. Eve graduated with a B.A. in History from Yale University. She spent several years working with young adults in the realm of health education and advocacy before pursuing a Masters in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. While completing her MSW, Eve worked as a clinician at an intensive psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2015, Eve served as a School Social Worker for San Francisco Unified School District.

Jennifer Cust | Therapist

Jennifer Cust is a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare where she is earning her MSW. Before joining the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic as therapist intern, she spent four years providing case-management, psychosocial support and group facilitation to adults living with HIV in San Francisco. Jennifer is also currently working as an MSW intern at the Community Living Fund through the Institute on Aging in San Francisco where she provides intensive case management and comprehensive discharge planning for adults re-entering community living from institutional settings, as well as adults at risk of institutionalization. Jennifer also has a background in community organizing and activism and volunteers her time with tenants rights and housing justice organizations in San Francisco.

Jiyun Lee | Therapist

Jiyun is a graduate student working towards her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the UC Berkeley School of Education. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Education (Phi Beta Kappa) from Trinity College, where she completed an honors thesis on metacognitive interventions for students with special needs. Her current research interests include academic achievement in elementary school, self-regulated learning, and family-school collaboration.

 

Kelly Ziemer | Therapist

Kelly Ziemer is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and comes to the clinic with over five years of experience in social work settings. She completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2013 with internships in counseling mothers seeking substance abuse recovery and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Upon completing her MSW degree, she worked with at-risk youth in a Brooklyn, NY school-based high school support program for three years. Kelly is certified in the evidence-based practice of Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and attended several trainings focused on racial trauma, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kelly is currently enrolled in the Ph.D in Social Welfare program at the University of California, Berkeley where her research interests include implementing mindfulness strategies with at-risk youth in school settings. In addition to her career in social work, Kelly was a consultant for a large IT Consulting firm for ten years and has a Master of Science in International Business from SKEMA Business School in France.

Lauren Jung | Therapist

Lauren is a graduate student working towards her Masters in Social Work with a focus in Community Mental Health at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. She graduated with a B.A. from Fordham University in 2011, studying Sociology and Spanish. She’s worked at various non-profits in New York City including an Early Head Start program in Harlem and a supportive housing agency for formerly, chronically homeless individuals and aged foster care youth. She’s originally from the Bay Area and works twice a week at Willow Rock Center in San Leandro, an acute psychiatric health facility for adolescents ages 12-17 in need of psychiatric crisis stabilization and initial psychiatric treatment.

 

Lia Tamminen | Therapist

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Lia Tamminen is a first-year MSW student at UC Berkeley, and a TranS-C therapist for the Parent-Teen Study. She currently works as a behavioral health therapist at a community health clinic with clients of all ages. Lia brings over five years of valuable experience working with teens in educational settings and is excited to continue working with this age group. Her past research experience includes studying the impact of collaborative relationships on parent and student engagement at a bilingual elementary school.

Maria Elena Valdivia-Fortuna | Therapist

Maria Elena Valdivia-Fortuna is a graduate student at UC Berkeley obtaining her Masters in Social Work degree. She currently works for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic as a therapist intern using CBT as the main treatment model. Additionally, Maria Elena works with San Francisco County’s Child Welfare Department in the emergency response unit, conducting biopsychosocial assessments and providing strength-based, solution-focused crisis intervention. She has conducted research on early child development and received honors for her thesis work on promoting lifelong stability. Maria Elena is a certified restorative justice facilitator, positive parenting practitioner, and comprehensive perinatal services program provider. In 2016 she received the Dean’s Award for Social Justice from Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and continues to advocate and organize for underrepresented students and communities.

Marisa Schweber-Koren | Therapist

 Marisa Schweber-Koren is a graduate student in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. She received her undergraduate degree in Internal Relations from Boston University. She is interested in cognitive behavioral therapy and how sleep routines affect an individual’s mental state. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and sleeping in on the weekends.

Megan Shea | Therapist

Megan is a therapist in the TranS-C Community Study. She is also a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, concentrating on children and family services. After receiving a BA from New College of Florida, Megan worked as case manager in a housing program and in perinatal services at a community clinic. Through these experiences, she became passionate about providing solution-focused and strengths-based care for families. Megan is additionally working as a clinical intern with Oakland Unified School District, providing individual therapy and family support to elementary students in East Oakland.

Melanie Petersen | Therapist

Melanie Petersen is a graduate student at UC Berkeley obtaining her Masters in Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health. Before joining the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic as a therapist intern, she worked in nonprofit management offering services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Melanie is also working as an intern at Alta Bates Partial Hospitalization Program where she works with teens and adults in an inpatient day program, providing intensive group therapy to further stabilize their psychiatric crisis, and comprehensive discharge planning to assist them on their path to recovery and wellness as they transition to outpatient treatment.

Melody Sit | Therapist

Melody Sit is graduate student at UC Berkeley obtaining her Masters in Social Work degree with a concentration in Direct Practice in Health. She graduated from Cal with a B.A. in Social Welfare. She is currently working with Dr. Harvey as a therapist intern at the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the main mode of treatment. Melody is also an intern at On Lok, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elders (PACE). She provides trauma-informed and strengths-based counseling and prioritizes in treating every client with dignity and respect.

Olivia Calkins | Therapist

Olivia Calkins is a graduate student working toward her Masters in Social Work and a therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Clinic. She graduated with a B. A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2016 and has since worked in intensive outpatient mental health with adolescents and in community-based mental health with foster youth. She is currently interning as a trauma-focused school social worker in San Francisco and is interested in improving access to evidence based mental healthcare.

Reem Aranki | Therapist

Reem Aranki is a therapist for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.  She is a graduate student at UC Berkeley working towards her Masters in Social Welfare with a concentration in strengthening children, youth, and families. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2016. After graduation, she moved to northern California and worked as an Associate Clinician for children diagnosed with Autism. Reem is an MSW intern for Mount Diablo High School and Silverwood Elementary School in Concord, CA providing group and individual counseling for social-emotional support.

Sam Blickle | Therapist

Sam Blickle is a Trans-C therapist for the Parent-Teen Study. He is a first year Masters in Social Work graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. His primary area of focus is providing community mental health support to children, youth and families in Oakland and the larger Bay Area. Sam currently is an intern at Supportive Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY), a program of Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland. He provides comprehensive case management and clinical therapeutic services to 18-25 year olds who have experienced complex trauma and are grappling with unstable housing and symptoms of severe mental health concerns. In addition, Sam brings a breadth of experience working with high school special education students, as well as experience working in jail-based career and technical education with students who are incarcerated. Sam values building relationships with his clients and promoting co-authored treatment rooted in equity, socially just, and anti-oppressive frameworks.

Shaniqua Cartwright | Therapist

Shaniqua Cartwright is a graduate student at UC Berkeley obtaining her Masters in Social Work Degree with a focus in Adult Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine in 2017. During her time at Irvine, she conducted research in the Stress, Emotion and Physical Health lab. She currently works for the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic as a Trans-C therapist using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the main treatment model. Shaniqua is also an intern at Alta Bates where she works with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in a Partial Hospitalization Program.

Stephen Guevara | Therapist

Stephen Guevara, ASW, is a therapist in the Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic.  While completing his degree from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology, Stephen earned his English teaching certification and proceeded to travel abroad where he taught English in Korea to mixed-age youth for a couple years.  Returning to the U.S., Stephen spent over four years as a Social Rehabilitation Counselor in San Francisco while spending his summers as camp administrator at UC Berkeley’s Martial Arts Program Youth Camp.  After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a Masters in Social Welfare, Stephen continues his education through training and a summer internship focused on healthy aging.  Stephen attributes his passion in helping others to being his father’s caregiver the final three years of his life.  These life experiences are what inform his practice and encourage his empathy for and towards others.