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 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.

  • 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 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. 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).  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 (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 running 5k races, gardening, practicing restorative yoga, 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 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 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 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 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 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

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    kvisalli@wesleyan.edu

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    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. She has experience administering psychological assessments for the detection of learning disorders and differential diagnosis in university, child/adolescent, and hospital settings.

    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. She also has experience working with patients in a more acute psychiatric hospital setting. 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 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 cooking, golfing, writing, and exercising- during her internship year she developed a love for Orange Theory fitness classes as a form of self-care. 

  • Kathleen E. Burns, M.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Katie is a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford – Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). She received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After two years of working in the pharmaceutical industry, Katie developed an interest in psychology and pursued a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford.

    Katie has experience treating concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, body image, eating disorders, interpersonal issues, and borderline personality disorder. Katie gained a year of clinical experience working at Walden Behavioral Care, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. Katie also completed research at the Institute of Living – Anxiety Disorders Center. In addition, Katie received training at the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychology Services, working with college students who presented with various mental health concerns. For over two years, Katie has been working as an outpatient therapist in community mental health at the Carson Center for Human Services. She is a trained dialectical behavioral therapist but also integrates other approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), internal family systems (IFS) – parts work, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

    Outside of Wesleyan, Katie is the co-chair of GIPP’s Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MCDC) at the University of Hartford. She is also involved in the Association for Women in Psychology - CT (AWP). In her free time, Katie enjoys learning to play the piano, drawing, painting, Manchester United, and her Puggle, Dante.

  • Elena Cela, NCC, LPC

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Elena is a 3rd-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. 

    Elena has been working at LifeBridge Community Services for the last five years where she has gotten the opportunity to work with diverse populations. Last year Elena received training at the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychology Services where she worked with college students who presented with various mental health concerns. During the summer she completed training at Empowered Wellness Camp where she worked one on one with client and ran CBT and body image groups. Her goal is to help empower client to identify their natural strengths and supports to work 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 client. 

  • Sri Harathi, M.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Sri is a third year doctoral candidate at the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). She received her B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a minor in music. While at Rutgers, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Child Development and worked with families experiencing parental separation/divorce and parental incarceration. She later worked as a research assistant at the Temple Eating Disorders lab at Temple University.

    Currently, Sri has an interest in working with diverse populations and providing culturally competent therapy. She has experience working with young adults in a community mental health setting. She has experience working with depression, relationship dissatisfaction, trauma, intimate partner violence, and acculturative stressors. She tends to approach therapy from a client-centered perspective but regularly incorporates techniques from other orientations, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and attachment theory. She is also a co-chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MCDC), a student-run group at GIPP that aims to address issues of diversity within the context of a graduate training program.

    Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, Boris. She also enjoys indoor gardening, cooking, and Bravo.

  • Kayla Kleinman, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Kayla is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. She earned her B.A. in neuroscience at Skidmore College. While at Skidmore, she worked as a research assistant investigating human visual perception of shape. After graduation, Kayla worked as a research assistant at the Child Mind Institute on a project seeking to identify biological markers of mental illness in children and young adults.

    Kayla has experience assisting individuals with concerns related to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship difficulties, and stress. She previously worked as a clinician at Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School providing therapy to adolescent boys. She has also completed training in neuropsychology at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living and the Hospital for Special Care. Her therapeutic techniques are often grounded in a psychodynamic understanding of the client, where a focus on attachment and early relationships is used to provide a greater understanding of current patterns of behaviors and relationships. With this grounding, she also utilizes techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IP), as well as from other approaches, to help students work toward their goals. Kayla has a special interest in neuropsychology and neuroscience. When students are interested, she enjoys helping them better understand the biology behind anxiety, depression, and response to trauma.

    In her free time, Kayla enjoys playing video games, attending concerts, exercising, and drinking cold brew coffee.

  • Christopher Praetzel, M.S., M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Chris is a 3rd-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology (Springfield College.) Prior, he completed Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (Tel Aviv University, Israel), dual-Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Universitat Leipzig, Germany; University of Thessaly, Greece), and a Bachelor’s in Sport Psychology (Arcadia University, Glenside, PA).

    Chris has experience assisting individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, stress, trauma, and performance concerns. He received training at University of Hartford’s Counseling and Psychological Services assisting undergraduate students individually and in groups. He has worked with athletes from the amateur up to the National, Professional, and Olympic levels. Most recently, he worked as the Clinical Director of Empowered Wellness, a health and weight loss camp where he oversaw the psychological programming. In the role he ran and supervised CBT-based and body image groups, provided individual counseling, and ensured the safety of all campers.

    Chris uses an eclectic approach integrating elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Relational-Cultural Therapy. He uses lenses of person, environment, and culture to encourage individual change and growth, while also advocating for social justice/systemic change.

    In his free time, Chris enjoys running and the outdoors.

Contact CAPS at 860-685-2910.