Claudette Mestayer

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Claudette Mestayer is a bicultural, bilingual, licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Oakland with many years of experience in community mental health. Claudette specializes in clients with trauma histories and is dedicated to supporting BIPOC, first and second-generation immigrants, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Claudette has had the privilege of working at various leading healthcare organizations and non-profit agencies including Kaiser Permanente, Highland Hospital, UCSF SFGH, St. Mary's and East Bay Agency for Children. She also has years of experience conducting mental health evaluations for undocumented Latin American immigrants. She has presented workshops on immigration and LGBTQIA+ issues in the Latinx community, has been featured on international podcasts, and has been a mental health trainer for the Northern California Kaiser Permanente region. She received her Master's Degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and is passionate about supporting and teaching new clinicians. She has taught at the Wright Institute and CIIS and is a supervisor for mental health interns. She continues to advocate for marginalized and oppressed groups as a speaker about mental health issues in these communities and offers workshops, individual consultation and supervision from an anti-racist, decolonized, intersectional, social justice lens. It is from this lens that she leads discussions and teaches others. As a professional woman of color and the child of immigrants, she is deeply committed to disrupting intergenerational trauma and the systems of oppression that impact our day-to-day lives.