MEET OUR STAFF

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.

    Director

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    jdandrea@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. D'Andrea's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drjenniferdandrea

    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.

  • Chariklia Flanagan

    Administrative Assistant

    Full-time Administrative Professional

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    cflanagan@wesleyan.edu

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    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.

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  • Sarah Powers, M.S., LMFT

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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    spowers@wesleyan.edu

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    Sarah's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/sarahpowers

    Sarah Powers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in March 2019. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in 2007, and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University in 2011. She became an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor in 2018.

    Sarah utilized the beginning of her career exploring the field, working with children and families, to adults involved in the judicial court system with mental illness, and finally to working with Young Adult Services, a program through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for the State of Connecticut. Here is when she began teaching masters-level MFT students at her alma mater, CCSU, during their clinically intensive internship year. This fulfills her passion for academia, as well as helping students find themselves and internally grow during this very progressive, though transitional, time in their lives.

    Sarah specializes in all relationships: intimate, family, peers, occupational interactions, etc. and has completed Level I and Level II in Couple’s Therapy with The Gottman Institute, to deepen her knowledge and clinical training with intimate relationships. She works closely with her clients to increase awareness on how their family history and norms contribute to their current behaviors, interaction styles, internal conflict and symptoms. She believes how we learn to relate to ourselves and others can impact our mood, mental health, and overall functioning. Sarah has completed Level I and Level II of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, which provides tools in better understanding our “true” selves.

    When not working, Sarah enjoys writing, working out, as well as time spent with family and friends.

  • Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

    Assistant Director, Training & Assessment

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. K's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drsmithkidkarndee

    Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  He earned his Psy.D. in school-clinical child psychology from Pace University (NY) in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University – CAPS.  He also has an M.S.Ed 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). He is also an EMDR certified therapist.  

    Dr. K 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 (i.e., heteronormative assumptions, institutional heterosexism, and heterosexual privilege), homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals.  

    When Dr. K is not working, he is training for a marathon, hiking, gardening, and relaxing with his furry companions, Ellie (Lab-Dalmatian Mix) & Teddy (Airedale Terrier). 

  • Tamanna Rahman, APRN

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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    trahman@wesleyan.edu

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    Tamanna's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/tamannarahman

    Tamanna is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in January 2019. She completed her nurse practitioner training at Yale University and also holds a BA from Williams College in American Studies, where she studied social movements and literature. Tamanna has experience in a wide range of mental health settings, including field-based services for homeless populations, the psychiatric emergency department, inpatient psychiatric units for adolescents and young adults, and community health clinics serving child, adolescent and adult clients. She has a particular interest in complex trauma, mood disorders and substance use disorders.

    Tamanna is also a licensed psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, a field which focuses on self-determination and recovery for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. Tamanna takes a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment, utilizing medication as needed as one tool in a broader approach to mental health and wellness. Prior to working in the mental health field, Tamanna worked as a community and labor organizer.

    Outside of work, she still enjoys engaging in activism, gardening, cooking and baking, and hanging out with her Russian Blue cat and giant Newfoundland dog.

  • Neal Sardana, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    nsardana@wesleyan.edu

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    Neal's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/nealsardana

    Neal joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in August of 2017.  He received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development from San Francisco State University.  He has experience in college mental health as a counselor, instructor, consultant, group facilitator, and a social justice advocate.  Neal’s most recent position was as a Counseling Fellow for Psychological Counseling Services at Williams College. 

    Neal takes a student-centered strength based approach to his work.  Some counseling topics that he is interested in are:  identity development, marginalization and privilege, adjustment into and out of college, career decision making, personal and romantic relationships, cultural expectations, toxic masculinity, and the effect of digital technology on student wellness.  Neal is very excited to meet and hear the stories of Wesleyan students.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, going for hikes, coloring, watching sports, and drinking lots of tea.   

  • Priya Senecal, LPC

    Full-time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    psenecal@wesleyan.edu

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    Priya's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/priyasenecal

    Priya is a psychotherapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in September of 2018. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College where she also received specialized training and certificates of study in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT emphasizes the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior. During therapy one can learn how thought/behavior patterns impact mental health.

    Priya’s clinical area of specialty is in addressing concerns related to sex, sexuality and relational diversity. She is passionate about the negotiation of these factors in the development of identity and the role this plays in students’ mental health and wellness. Priya recognizes the curiosities and interests of students within these areas and the complexity of emotions that can come up as students choose to explore (or not) during their time at Wes. Priya also uses a relational approach to explore how these factors impact one’s relationships with others and to the self as they navigate their understanding of the self within all of these contexts. Priya is a poly, kink and LGBTQIA+ affirming psychotherapist.

    During psychotherapy sessions, Priya takes a skills-based, collaborative and relational approach. She assists the student in identifying patterns of behavior, relationship dynamics or other areas of improvement. The student and Priya can then come up with a plan to address the situation effectively as they begin to explore areas of growth. The plan is always based on the student’s interests, experiences and strengths. 

    In leisure time, Priya enjoys exploring the outdoors, running, thrift stores and great food.

  • Jennie Setaro, LPC

    Part-Time Psychotherapist / Athletic Liaison

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    jsetaro@wesleyan.edu

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    Jennie's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/jenniesetaro

    Jennie is a psychotherapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office in September 2017.   She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University.  Prior to joining the staff at Wesleyan University, Jennie built a strong clinical foundation completing her internships at Fairfield University Counseling and Psychological Services, providing psychotherapy and groups to undergrads as well as Fairfield Counseling Services where she worked with adults struggling with PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety, among other mental health concerns.  Most recently Jennie worked as an Emergency Mobile and Psychological Services (EMPS) clinician providing crisis stabilization to children with complex trauma, suicidal ideation, and mental health and behavioral issues.

    Jennie’s passion lies in working with a collegiate population struggling with adjustment, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality.  As a former scholar athlete, Jennie specializes in working with this population, helping them to navigate the rigors of everyday life and academic challenges coupled with the intense demands of their sports.  She uses a pluralistic approach to therapy which builds off of a strong client therapist relationship. 

    During her free time Jennie enjoys spending time with her family and playing sports.

  • Ginnie Taylor, Ph.D.

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    vtaylor01@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Taylor's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drginnietaylor01

    Dr. Taylor is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University and her BA in psychology from Princeton University.  Dr. Taylor completed her pre-doctoral internship at a community mental health center and her postdoctoral specialization in the adult psychiatry department at a medical center, both located in central California.  In these outpatient clinic settings, as well as the most recent several years in group and private practices in Connecticut, Dr. Taylor has provided individual and group psychotherapy to support individuals overcoming a wide range of psychological challenges. Areas of specialty include disordered eating, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and negative sense of self/body image, etc. Dr. Taylor utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, primarily drawing from mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy (MB-CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and adapts the approach and the pace to best meet the needs and preferences of each student.

    When not at CAPS, and not watching movies, Dr. Taylor most enjoys kicking a ball around and walking through the woods with her sons. 

  • Kelsea Visalli, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    kvisalli@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Visalli's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drkelseavisalli

    Dr. Visalli is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in August 2019. She earned both her Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed her year long APA-accredited internship at the University of Florida's Counseling and Wellness Center with concentration areas focusing on working with students with eating concerns and the provision of psychological assessment.  

    Dr. Visalli has experience working in several university counseling centers during her training and has experience providing anxiety/mindfulness-based, interpersonal, and eating disorder-focused group therapy. She worked with Bellarmine University's Women's field hockey team to enhance communication skills and learn anxiety-reduction techniques. Dr. Visalli has worked with clients presenting with a wide range of concerns and has particular interest in body image/eating concerns, assisting student athletes, trauma survivors, students struggling to navigate interpersonal/family relationships, sex and sexuality concerns. Dr. Visalli approaches therapy from an integrative stance, utilizing Interpersonal Process, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness Approaches in therapy and supervision settings, and adapts her approach to best fit with the needs and preferences of each individual.  

    When not at CAPS, Dr. Visalli enjoys snuggling with her cat, cooking, golfing, writing, exercising, and going on walks.  

  • Tania Alaby-Varma, M.S.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Tania is currently a fourth year doctoral clinical psychology student from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, FL completing her elective practicum at Wesleyan University – CAPS. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology/Pre-Med and obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from NSU. Previously, she completed a year-long practicum at Barry University’s Counseling Center where she provided individual and couples psychotherapy to students for a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, substance use, personality/mood disorders, acculturative stress, grief, and trauma. Other experience includes completion of a year-long practicum at NSU’s ADHD Assessment Consultation and Treatment Clinic where she provided assessment, treatment and therapy to children, adolescents and their families who demonstrated behavioral problems consistent with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Having been a former student-athlete and pro tennis player, she also enjoys working with athletes and individuals of all backgrounds.

    Tania is an integrative clinician who utilizes a collaborative, compassionate and warm approach which is psychodynamically rooted but always supplemented and augmented with other modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) tailored to the unique needs of each client.

    She looks forward to sharing her passion for helping students develop and maintain a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle, to create a healthy and joyful life.

    In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, exercising, spending time with her loved ones and friends, reading, and baking wholesome organic eats. She resides with her husband, Ross, and rescue dog, Teddy (a terrier mix) in the countryside of Wallingford, CT.

  • Anthony Carnevale, M.S.Ed

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Anthony is currently a second-year student in the PsyD program at Springfield College. He received his bachelors from Marist College in 2016 majoring in psychology. He received his masters from Springfield College in Athletic Counseling in 2019. Where he began to work numerous student athletes from both Springfield College and the surrounding area. Anthony has experience working with youth, high school and collegiate athletes in performance enhancement, time management, anxiety, emotional regulation, and athletic identity.

    Previous to his master’s degree Anthony worked as a residential counselor in Albany, NY. Where he helped individuals cope with a wide gambit of problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and communication. His therapeutic approach is an integrative approach in which he uses a person-centered approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches to help build effective coping skills and identify client’s strengths.

    In his free time, Anthony loves playing sports such as basketball and golf. When not on the court or course he enjoys watching movies, reading and spending time with his girlfriend, friends and dog, Millie.

  • Elena Cela, NCC, LPC

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Elena is a 4th-year psychology doctoral student at Springfield College. She received a Bachelor of Science as a double major in Psychology and Human Services. After completing her undergraduate degree, she went on to obtain a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

    Elena has experience treating concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, body image, interpersonal issues, grief, self-esteem, and behavioral issues. She has been working as a therapist for the last six years and has gotten the opportunity to work with diverse populations throughout her professional and academic endeavors. Elena has chosen to continue her training for another year at Wesleyan. Elena has received training from the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychology Services, where she worked with college students who presented with various mental health concerns. During the summer of 2019, she completed training at Empowered Wellness Camp, where she worked one on one with clients and ran CBT and body image groups. Her goal is to help empower clients to identify their natural strengths and supports to work on their personal, professional, and therapeutic goals through the use of client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, but works to adapt approaches best fit for the client. 

    In her free time, Elena enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, drawing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Sara Jalbert, M.A., LPC

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Sara Jalbert is a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Antioch University New England. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Saint Joseph. She is currently in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, where she has been since March, 2020. Sara has experience treating eating disorders, body image issues, self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief.

    Prior to private practice, Sara was Assistant Program Director and a Psychotherapist at Center for Discovery, where she worked with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders and body image issues in individual, family, and group settings. Sara also received training in neuropsychological assessment of memory issues, and issues related to attention and concentration.

    Sara utilizes an integrative approach, including elements of Narrative Therapy, Relational Psychodynamic Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Sara focuses on empowerment of her clients to identify individual strengths, facilitate growth, and assist in their healing process.

    Sara enjoys the outdoors, exercising, reading, and spending time with family.

  • Cale Kaminsky, B.S.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Cale is a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford – Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in business from Xavier University.  After two years of working as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, Cale developed an interest in psychology and began pursuing a doctoral degree (PsyD) in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford.

    Cale has experience treating individuals with a range of problems such as anxiety, depression, stuttering, trauma, and grief and loss through his time working as a crisis counselor and through his training experience as Apex Psychological Services.  Cale aims to help clients process and understand their problems and strengths to help them navigate difficult life transitions and develop healthy and effective coping skills by using client-centered, process-oriented, and CBT approaches.

    Outside of his training and academic work, Cale enjoys playing videogames and sharing memes with his fiancé and friends.

  • Kirbi R. Kidd, M.S.Ed

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Kirbi is a 5th year doctoral candidate at Springfield College. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College majoring in Psychology with a Sports Studies minor. She received her Master’s in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College in 2013 to further her engagement with athletes and athletics. She has worked and served with athletic teams from both high school and collegiate settings as she has aided in balancing their Athletic Identity, scholastic demands, and athletic performance. Throughout the past ten years, Kirbi has also served in various school settings that have ranged from Pre-K to college counseling centers often connecting with students of various intersectional identities, families, and needs. Kirbi has experience working with concerns that relate to trauma, depression, anxiety, confidence, body image, relationship/interpersonal issues, eating disorders, identity, spirituality, LGBTQIA+, sexuality, and stress management.

    Recently, Kirbi concluded her previous training at College of the Holy Cross where she had the opportunity to work and connect with students from various diverse backgrounds and mental health concerns. She is interested in extending her work with college students and student-athletes to provide Person-Centered Therapy and other orientation techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Multicultural Counseling.  Overall, Kirbi aims to best collaborate with the client to find the orientation and techniques that best serve their needs. 

    Beyond school, Kirbi enjoys physical training, connecting with friends and attempting new meal prep ideas.

  • Jonathan Perlow

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Jonathan Perlow is a 2nd-year psychology doctoral student at Springfield College. 

    Prior to joining Springfield College, Jonathan lived in Brooklyn, NY and studied Psychology at the City College of New York. In New York, Jonathan founded and led a weekly meditation group for young adults. Jonathan has a background in Vocational Psychology, having previously worked in HR policy development and executive training. 

    Jonathan believes in holistically supporting the client by using multiple treatment methods centered in relationship-building and empowerment. Examples of some of his approaches include interpersonal/humanistic psychotherapy, client-centered therapy, liberation psychology, feminist therapy, and multicultural counseling. 

    Regardless of the specific challenges his clients face, Jonathan aims to empower each person to be their own agent in change, growth, and healing by creating a cooperative and supportive environment.   

    In his free time, Jonathan enjoys sneakers, watching basketball, drinking pu-erh tea (among others), awareness practice (meditating), and going on drives to chase the sunset.

Contact CAPS at 860-685-2910.