Claudette Mestayer

My Work

I’m a firm believer in the healing power of therapy. As a clinical social worker, my goals are to provide empathetic care, to meet you where you are in your life journey, and to support you in accomplishing your goals and moving forward.

I approach my work with humor, curiosity and compassion, and view the therapeutic process as a collaboration. As we’re getting to know each other, we’ll chat about what motivates you, your values and goals. We’ll also explore the context of the people and experiences that shape who you are. My work draws on a variety of tools – such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy – that will help you gain the skills, insight and support needed to move forward in your life.

Although I work with a wide range of issues and concerns, I have a special interest in working with women who are struggling with substance abuse or are healing from trauma. Many of my clients are immigrants, and I am particularly interested in working with women from marginalized or underserved groups. As a professional woman of color myself, I am deeply committed to disrupting intergenerational trauma and the systems of oppression that impact our day-to-day lives. I offer therapy in English and Spanish according to your preference.

I feel incredibly honored to do this work and look forward to partnering with you in your journey towards healing and empowerment.

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My Story

I’m a Bay Area native! I’m originally from the Excelsior District in San Francisco, and currently live in Oakland with my three dogs. I’m also a proud graduate of the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley.

Since the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to the pursuit of helping others. (Well, either that or to becoming a famous actor.) Although I’ve always stayed committed to that big picture vision, like many millennials, I’ve done a lot of exploration along the way to find the right fit professionally.

Working in a variety of different settings has helped me grow, and I bring something from each experience to my current work as a therapist. At San Francisco General Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit, I learned how to build relationships with clients and help them heal in their communities. My work with homeless elders taught me about humility, strength, and resilience in the face of enormous obstacles. And my work with immigrant children and families helped me to develop a playful, creative, and sometimes silly side that I welcome in my work with clients of all ages.

I am no longer a 5th grader – and never did become an actor – but I think my younger self would be pleased with the path I’ve taken. I am so humbled to work with you.

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