CAPS is happy to announce we have expanded our staff in response to rising demand for our services. Amber Jones, LMSW joins our staff in May 2016. Amber will contribute to CAPS as a full-time clinician who will provide individual and group psychotherapy, outreach and education, and consultation services to the Wesleyan community. All of the counseling center staff members are extensively trained professionals with a wealth of experience in college mental health and a passion for working with college-age people. Please follow the links below to learn more about our wonderful clinicians and their specialties.
Contact us at 860.685.2910
Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.
Dr. D'Andrea is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served as the director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) since June 2011. She earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2003 and completed her postdoctoral specialization at Yale University Medical School. She also has a Master of Education from Boston College and a BA from College of the Holy Cross. Dr. D'Andrea focused her clinical training in the treatment of serious mental illness, the early detection and prevention of psychotic spectrum disorders, and the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Following completion of her postdoctoral training, she served as the clinical director of a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls, and she spent several years working in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in both direct clinical and management capacities. In these arenas, her areas of clinical concentration have included psychotherapy with GLBTQ adolescents and survivors of chronic trauma. At Wesleyan CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea initiated and leads the WESupport workshop series and student group, which prepares students to be peer mental health advocates. When not at CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea enjoys rollerskating with her twin daughters, reading fiction, gardening, and hiking in the national parks.
Amber Jones, A.M., LMSW
Full-Time Licensed Social Worker
Amber joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff in May 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and later completed Post-Masters training at Yale University School of Medicine. Amber received her BA from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Anthropology and African American Studies. Prior to joining CAPS, Amber provided community-based, trauma-informed counseling and crisis intervention for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families with Yale University and under the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative with the state of Massachusetts. She completed her clinical internships providing residential treatment for emerging adults with histories of complex trauma and individual counseling for cis-women and transgender adults at a specialized health clinic in Chicago, IL. Her clinical work has focused on providing holistic and affirming treatment approaches for individuals and families impacted by complex, intergenerational trauma, and providing education on the linkages between traumatic experience and social discrimination. In her work with clients, she is strengths-based and client-centered, integrating a systems model with a variety of other treatment modalities to emphasize a practice that is holistic and culturally attuned. In her free time, Amber can usually be found with her nose buried in the latest young adult fiction novel, trying out new recipes, or enjoying the outdoors.
Chariklia joined Wesleyan in 2005 in the admissions department, where she developed her admiration for the Wesleyan student body. A year later she moved to the Davison Health Center and was able to interact with students on a daily basis. She joined CAPS in 2010 and is very happy to be part of the team. Chariklia was born and raised in Athens, and later left Greece for a career as a flight attendant. After a short time in the Middle East, she lived in the Far East and then finally settled in the US. She has lived in Connecticut since 1992. When not at Wesleyan, Chariklia spends time with her husband John, their daughter Kelly, and their dog Sherlock. She invests most of her free time in her "almost mature" garden which she started 15 years ago. "A garden can constantly grow, but will never mature," she believes.
Anne Keating-Scherer, LCSW
Part-Time Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Annie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Annie completed her clinical internships at NYC community clinics specializing in mental health and substance abuse and her pre-licensure hours at The Actors Fund, a Los Angeles-based agency that works with members of the entertainment community. There, Annie began to develop her specialty in women's health and wellness, creating groups to help women define their own definitions of well being. Annie then went on to become Lead Clinician at Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder clinic in South Windsor, CT.
Annie specializes in helping all genders with eating disorders, distorted body image and difficult relationships with food. She works with issues of anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, self-harm and grief and loss. She utilizes an eclectic and strengths-based approach that incorporates CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy) and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Annie maintains a private practice in West Hartford. In her free time, Annie can be seen playing outside or making some spicy food.
Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D.
Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He earned his Psy.D. from Pace University in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University – CAPS. He also has a Master of Education in School Psychology from Pace University and a BA from Columbia University. Dr. K completed his pre-doctoral internship at Baruch College Counseling Center in New York where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students who struggled with Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Acculturative Stress, Grief and Loss, and Sexuality and Gender Issues. Dr. K is an integrative clinician with training in Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and various cognitive behavioral therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT). Dr. K also specializes in LGBT affirmative therapy. Affirmative therapy is an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ identities and relationships while addressing the negative influences that heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQ individuals.
When Dr. K is not working, he can be found at Wadsworth Falls State Park taking pictures, baking cupcakes at home, coloring in adult coloring books, practicing restorative yoga, and running with his companion, Toby (Lab-Collie Mix).
Lisa Miceli, Ph.D.
Full Time Psychologist
Dr. Lisa Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist with a BA degree from Williams College and a PhD from Michigan State University received in 1997. Her PhD training included a specialty in Child/Family clinical psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston and her postdoctoral training at Natchaug Hospital in CT. Dr. Miceli has worked in private practice for 10 years, with adults in the Partial Hospital Program at Natchaug Hospital, and has provided behavioral health support to service members in the CT National Guard and at Naval Branch Health Clinic.
Dr. Miceli has done suicide prevention training with Wesleyan Public Safety staff, with the CT National Guard, and with students, faculty and staff from Connecticut College where she worked as a staff counselor and coordinator of a campus suicide prevention grant. Her clinical specialties include treatment of trauma/PTSD, family/developmental issues, and her treatment approach includes Acceptance and Commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness for developing emotional resilience.
Katina Varzos, APRN
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Katina Varzos is Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife. She earned a Masters in Nursing at Yale University and later completed Post-Masters training at Drexel University. She has a background in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. While at Yale, Katina spent time training in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa providing obstetric and HIV care to local women. She worked for several years as a certified nurse-midwife attending births and providing OB/GYN and primary care in Philadelphia, PA. She was frustrated with a lack of adequate mental-health resources for women and their families and decided to return to school for additional training in order to be able to better serve the clients with whom she worked. She has spent over ten years providing in-home and outpatient community mental health services working with a diverse range of clients. In addition to providing diagnostic and medication management services to students at Wesleyan, Katina runs a private practice in Guilford, CT.
Alysha Warren, LPC
Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator
Alysha joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff in September 2011. She provides individual and group therapy, support, and advocacy for students who have been affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and childhood sexual abuse. Alysha also conducts outreach and training for students, faculty, and staff on the topics of consent, sexual violence prevention, and bystander intervention. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, she developed a grant-funded Campus Against Violence (CAV) program, which included prevention, education and counseling services for students related to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at Salisbury University. She has also worked as a therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center where she provided individual, group and couples counseling to survivors of sexual violence and managed the field placement program. In her work with clients, she is empowerment and client-focused and integrates a variety of approaches. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling with concentrations in Community Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology of Women, an interdisciplinary major she created, from Hollins University. When Alysha is not working to eradicate violence, she can be found perfecting her yoga postures, creating playlists and eating pizza.
Joy Zelikovsky, LPC
Joy Zelikovsky is a licensed professional counselor and the Post Doctoral fellow at Wesleyan for this year. Joy received her doctorate in psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Creighton University’s counseling and health center. Joy completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at The Florida School of Professional Psychology, a Master’s of Science in Philosophy in Professional Counseling and Master’s of Science in Education in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is trained as a generalist, but specializes in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, trauma and crisis as well as individuals who identify as GBTQ. Joy has worked in a variety of settings, including residential facilities, private practice, community mental health and college counseling center’s. While Joy enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals and in a number of different settings, she is especially passionate about working with young adults in college and university.
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Erica Baez is a 3rd – year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford’s Psy.D. program. She received her Master’s degree at the University of Hartford and her Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she worked as a therapeutic mentor for children, completed undergraduate internships at a residential treatment facility, and assisted with psychological evaluations for the Juvenile Justice system. Graduate level externships have included school counseling and psychological evaluations at Wheeler Clinic and neuropsychological evaluations at the Glastonbury Medical Arts Center. In her spare time, Erica enjoys day dreaming about becoming an acapella sensation and kitchen renovations.
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Jennie is thrilled to be joining the team at Wesleyan this year! Jennie is currently in her fourth year of study at the University of Hartford’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. She has completed other externships at University of Hartford’s Counseling and Psychological Services, The Institute of Living (Anxiety Disorders Center and Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs), and Connecticut Valley Hospital. Jennie completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, where she studied psychology and sang a lot of opera. Jennie takes a collaborative approach to treatment and works closely with students to determine what interventions are most effective based on their current needs and presenting concerns. She often draws upon cognitive-behavioral techniques while working to balance client needs for both acceptance and change. When she isn’t working or studying, Jennie enjoys creating artwork, making music, reading fantasy novels, and snuggling with her incredible cat Nemo.
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Nick Galef is a 2nd - year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. He spent last year interning at a psychosocial rehabilitation center in Torrington that helped individuals develop a sense of social connectedness and personal accountability. He earned his Bachelors degree in psychology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 2012 and then spent two years teaching and mentoring high school students in Northeast Philadelphia. He utilizes a narrative approach to help students understand themselves and relate to their problem and, ultimately, to develop a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life. He also borrows techniques from other approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapies in order to tailor treatment to each individual student. In his personal life, he enjoys hiking, watching and playing rugby, and finding a new book to read.
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Joe Klim is a 4th – year Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford’s Psy.D. program. He has also completed Master’s degrees in General Psychology and Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Psycholinguistics from the University of Connecticut. He is trained as a generalist, and has received training in neuropsychological testing. Joe has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and outpatient treatment programs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and binge-watching T.V. shows