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

  • Alison D. Burge, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    She, her, hers

    aburge@wesleyan.edu

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    Alison's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/alisonburge 

    Alison Burge is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in August 2021. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in 2015, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in 2018. 

    Throughout her career, Alison has worked with children, emerging adults, adults, and families to develop effective coping skills and help them in expressing their feelings in healthy ways. She has experience working with students battling anxiety, depression, and various life stressors. Alison’s approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

    Alison specializes in working with the collegiate population, specifically first-generation college students who may be struggling with the transition to college life. Alison’s integrative approach helps students to cope with the stresses of everyday life by utilizing evidence-based techniques and interventions to help students to reach their goals. 

    When not working, Alison enjoys traveling, catching up on reality tv shows, and spending time with family. 

  • 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.

  • 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's 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 psychologist with training in Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and various cognitive-behavioral therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT). He is also an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (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 his next marathon, hiking, gardening, and relaxing with his furry companions, Ellie (Lab-Dalmatian Mix) & Teddy (Airedale Terrier). 

  • Chandni Kapadia, Psy.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Postdoctoral Clinical Psychologist

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    ckapadia@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Kapadia's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/chandnikapadia

    Chandni is a clinical psychologist completing her postdoctoral training at CAPS. She recently earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University and her BA in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her pre-doctoral training at the Veteran Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System where she specialized in PTSD treatment. Chandni is returning to Wesleyan after having trained at CAPS from 2018-2019. During her training she has provided individual and group therapy to undergraduate and graduate students who have struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, identity development, acculturative stress, relationship difficulties, grief and loss. Being an international person herself, she has a special interest in working with international students.

    Chandni primarily uses a psychodynamic framework, which means that she focuses on patterns, family history, developmental concerns, emotional expression, defenses and relationship with self and others. Her priority is developing a trusting relationship with her clients as that is central to the therapeutic process and change. She has also been trained in and draws from cognitive-behavioral psychology, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy for PTSD.

    When not at CAPS, Chandni enjoys exploring new cafes and trying to find the perfect cup of coffee. She also loves to drive while listening to podcasts, music or having a long catch up with a friend or family member. 

  • 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.

  • 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 2018. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College where she also received certificates of study in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is currently in training for formal AASECT certification as a certified sex therapist

    Priya’s clinical area of specialty is as a sex and relationship therapist. Her work recognizes the intersection of sex, relationship / sexual orientation, identity and mental health. Priya is a polyamory, kink and LGBTQIA+ aware psychotherapist and recognizes the curiosities and interests of students within these areas; especially the complexity of emotions that can come up as students choose to explore (or not) during their time at Wes.

    During psychotherapy sessions, Priya takes a collaborative and relational approach, believing the student is the expert on themselves and what they feel. She assists the student in identifying patterns…be them of behavior, relationship dynamics, attachment or others. The student and Priya can then come up with a plan to address the situation. The plan is always based on the student’s interests, experiences and strengths.

    In leisure Priya enjoys running, hiking, flea markets and cooking yummy food for all the hungry folx she loves.

  • 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. 

  • Sara Jalbert, M.S., M.A., LPC

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Sara Jalbert is a fourth-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, M.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Cale is a 4th-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, attention difficulties, trauma, and grief and loss through his time working as a crisis counselor and through his training experience as Apex Psychological Services and Wesleyan University.  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 ACT approaches.

    Outside of his training and academic work, Cale enjoys playing video games, watching Marvel movies and shows, and sharing memes with his wife and friends.

  • Malina Banavong Maladore, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Malina is a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Antioch University New England. She is a Connecticut native who earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut and Masters of Arts in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. She is currently working part-time at a private practice as an Associate Counselor since August 2018. Malina has experience working with concerns that are related to anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship/interpersonal issues, LGBTQIA+, sexuality, and race. 

    Malina utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy from a multicultural lens and empowers clients through relational cultural therapy, client-centered therapy, and feminist therapy. 

    In her free time, Malina enjoys hiking with her dog and partner, meditating, and listening to Frank Ocean.

  • Kai Mangino, B.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Kai is a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Clinical/Counseling specialization, a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a concentration in social justice from The College of New Jersey. After working for four years in Trenton, New Jersey with marginalized populations, Kai knew she wanted to combine her passion for social justice and psychology into a full-time career which led her to pursue her PsyD in clinical psychology at UHart.

    Kai has experience treating individuals with a range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, homelessness, and grief and loss through her time as a psychology extern at the Family Medicine Center at Asylum Hill. Kai aims to empower clients to work through challenging life circumstances by processing and understanding their struggles. She uses an integrative approach to therapy, recognizing that everyone presents to therapy for their own reasons and should have their treatment be tailored to meet their needs as best as possible. She will utilize elements of CBT, multicultural counseling, and psychodynamic theories in her work.

    Outside of her training and academic work, Kai enjoys jigsaw puzzles, anime, and cooking and baking with loved ones.

  • Jonathan Perlow

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Jonathan Perlow is a 3rd-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.

  • Tamires Tiburtino, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Tami is a Doctoral Trainee from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and has lived in Connecticut since 2018. Tami served as a Resident Advisor throughout her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University and served as a doctoral trainee at Trinity College during the last academic year.

    Tami is thrilled to be back on a college campus and to be working with this population again. Tami has experience working with diverse populations and has a particular interest in multicultural issues, such as racial and ethnic identity development. Tami también ofrece terapia en Español. Her dissertation focuses on the motivations and implications of ethnically diverse individuals using nicknames. Her favored clinical techniques include exploring parent-child dynamics, dreams, and mindfulness. Tami also enjoys using astrology with students who find it useful.

Contact CAPS at 860-685-2910.