Machtel Pengel, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS#74783 California)

ALUMNI OF: University of the West Indies
LANGUAGES: English, Dutch
LOCATION: San Francisco mental health clinic, CA
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  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

Treatment Orientation

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Multi-Systemic and Structural Family Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Play Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work – University of the West Indies
  • Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Work – Academy for Higher Education, Fine Art and Culture

Worked At

  • West County Adult Behavioral Health Clinic (Mental Health Clinical Specialist)
  • A Better Way, Inc (Mental Health Clinician)
  • A Better Way, Inc. (Foster Care and Adoption Social Worker)

In-Network Insurance

Anthem Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California (We are not in-network with Blue Shield Covered California)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Alignment Health
Optum Behavorial Health

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and have been a therapist for over 10 years. My goal is to provide mental health services and help you improve your life, provide support and enhance your outlook in the gifts life has to offer. I will work with you as a coach on those automatic negative thoughts and will work on collaboratively with you to hone skills and provide you with the necessary tools to promote symptoms reduction.

Do you have issues around spirituality, anger, striving to find more joy, going through a life crisis, developmental issues, have existential questions, reduce loneliness and increase connections. We can collaboratively work together using meditation, rewrite your stories, increase positivity and optimism, social justice advocacy, finding your voice or reprogram your childhood negative messaging, by utilizing motivation, problem-solving, decision-making, thinking, and attention skills. I have been trained in CBT, TF-CBT, exposure therapy, solution focused therapy and play therapy.

I am person centered, I believe in the patients ability to take an active role, in and take the lead in their treatment in order to discover their own solutions. As a psychotherapist, my thought about life is that there is a person behind every diagnosis. As an immigrant and having lived in different countries this has given me a prospective where I celebrated peoples cultural differences and traditions/similarities.

I appreciate happiness, like humor, enjoy laughter and occasionally use that in my practice as I believe that to help uplift the soul. When I am not working I like to be around friends and family and like to bring people together. I think it’s important to practice some good old self-care. I do so by relaxing while reading a book, watch a movie or practice my own mindfulness.

I have worked in various non-profits, government clinics, psychiatric hospitals and have filled different roles such as case management, therapists, Full Service Partnership Liaison, etc. My last job, before joining this clinic was working with adult dual-diagnoses patients (mental health issues and substance abuse). I also provided psychiatric emergency services, such as suicide assessments and crisis reduction. I have also worked passionately with children and families who were navigating the foster care and adoption system and provided individual and family therapy to strengthen the child and caregiver relationship irrespective of the legal outcome. My specialty includes but is not limited to patients who are challenged with symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression.

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