Dr. Anne Bisek, Psy.D
Board Member - Team Clinician
Dr. Anne Bisek, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in Fremont, California. She graduated from the Wright Institute in 2004. Her second year practicum was at the Hayward Police Department’s domestic violence unit and her dissertation was about three Urban Search and Rescue teams from the bay area who were deployed to New York following the terrorist attack in 2001.
Dr. Bisek now has a private practice where she offers individual counseling (including EMDR) to firefighters, police officers, dispatchers/communications, pre-hospital personnel (EMTs etc) and military veterans. She works with agencies such as the California Highway Patrol, Federal Air Marshal Service, Bay Area Paramedics, CAL FIRE, Palo Alto San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Police Departments, and the San Francisco Sheriff’s department.
Dr. Bisek is been the team psychologist for the San Mateo Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team since 2009 and most recently the Palo Alto Fire Department CISM team. She provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefings throughout the bay area including Belmont Police Department, Oakland Police Department and San Bruno Fire Department.
She has spoken to peer support teams, psychologists, law enforcement and mixed discipline audiences since 2009. Her training topics include The combination of alcohol and critical incidents, Self Care for Peer Support Team, The “F Word” in Peer Support: Talking to your Colleagues about Fear, The Tower of Mental Health among others.
Her subspecialty in working with first responders is calls for service that involve the death of a child. This is a major reason first responders enter treatment. Dr. Bisek regularly presents When a Child Dies: Understanding Emergency Responders’ Reactions to the Death of a Child. Dr. Bisek presented this topic as the keynote speaker for the California Peer Support Association’s state conference in 2010.
She co-presented with a federal law enforcement agent who worked in narcotics. She realizes however that the presentation, Selling your soul to put dope on the table: Psychological Impact of Undercover Work was a hit mainly because of the agent!
Dr. Bisek has volunteered as a psychologist with the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat since 2007. This is a six day retreat for current or retired public safety employees to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders. She describes it as, “an intense and powerful place.”
Dr. Bisek has presented to psychologists beginning with her dissertation research in San Francisco, New Orleans and Washington DC. At the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2010, she co-presented with the clinical directors of the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat. There the panel shared An Evidence Based Approach to Treating First Responders. In 2011, she co-presented at the California Psychological Association’s state conference, Posttraumatic Stress Injury: Treating Firefighters.
Her two goals before she retires are to restore a home built in 1890 and create a doctorate program in police and public safety psychology.