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

  • Tenika L. Campbell, B.S

    Case Manager

    tcampbell01@wesleyan.edu

    Full-time Professional Staff

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    Tenika earned her Bachelor of Science in May 2016 at Western Connecticut State University. She joined Wesleyan in 2016 as a Public Safety officer, where she developed an enthusiasm for the Wesleyan community. Throughout her career, Tenika has also worked as a 911 Dispatcher and a Social Worker for The Department of Children and Families. She has a strong sense of community and has been part of the Middletown community her whole life. Wesleyan has always been like home to her.

    In January 2022, Tenika joined Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) as a Case Manager and is very excited to be a part of the team. She is passionate about establishing and maintaining relationships with University staff/faculty, students, and community providers. In this role, she hopes to work with her colleagues to bring a positive light to the importance of mental health and meet the individual needs of each student.

    When not working at CAPS, Tenika enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading fiction, listening to music, and learning new recipes.

  • Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.

    Director

    jdandrea@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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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

    cflanagan@wesleyan.edu

    Full-time Administrative Professional

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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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  • Allisia Green, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    agreen01@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    Allisia Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in March 2023. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT in 2012 and then earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bay Path University in 2016.

    Much of Allisia’s experience has been working with the adolescent and emerging adult population both in individual outpatient and acute care settings, such as extended day treatment and partial hospitalization programs. Allisia takes a person-centered approach really working to meet each student where they are at and working collaboratively to create the best solution focused plan to reach a sense of accomplishment and establishing a sense of purpose. Some areas of specialty for Allisia include working through adjustment to life changes, relationships, self-esteem, and trauma. Allisia is certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) where she has been able to apply and adapt strategies to support the emerging adult population.

    In her free time, Allisia enjoys spending time with her family and exploring and trying new foods and restaurants.

  • Cale Kaminsky, Psy.D.

    Full-time Psychotherapist

    ckaminsky@wesleyan.edu

    Postdoctoral Clinical Psychologist

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    I am originally from Connecticut and received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio.  While there, I worked for Crisis Text Line, aiding people experiencing acute stressors online.  I continued developing my interest in psychology and began pursuing a doctoral degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.  My past training has involved therapy and outreach in college counseling and in a private practice setting, and also providing assessment for ADHD and Autism.  This work has been incredibly rewarding, and I love working with college students as they navigate so many transitions and explore new things about themselves.  

    In therapy, I aim to help you understand your stressors and use your strengths to navigate difficult life transitions and develop healthy and effective coping skills.  I use psychodynamic and interpersonal process approaches to explore your relationships to yourself, others, thoughts, and emotions.  I also enjoy integrating other strategies and skills such as mindfulness, values explorations, self-compassion, and acceptance.  I believe our relationship is the most important and effective tool in therapy, and I aim to be my authentic self while meeting with you.  I value warmth, genuineness, openness, collaboration, and empathic listening throughout treatment to help you feel connected and empowered.  Humor is also a welcome friend in therapy with me when appropriate.

    Outside of work, I enjoy playing video games (especially Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros, and Destiny 2), watching Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, watching Gordon Ramsey roast people in Hell’s Kitchen, playing with my small but energized dog named Astro, and sharing memes with my wife and friends.

  • Aleksandra Kinard, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

    Psychiatric APRN

    akinard@wesleyan.edu

    Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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    Aleksandra Kinard is a psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She earned her masters degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Yale University and her BSN from Quinnipiac University. Aleksandra completed her internship at Yale Child Study Center, focusing on developmental psychiatry. In her early career, she worked with high-risk children and adolescents as well as adults struggling with substance use. She has also spent over 4 years working with the underserved population in Middletown. In addition to clinical work, Aleksandra Kinard precepted Yale graduate students and taught nurse practitioner residents specializing in psychiatry and family practice. Areas of specialty include complex trauma, developmental psychiatry, anxiety, and depression. In her work, Aleksandra integrates biological, psychological, and socioeconomic factors to understand an individual’s health. As a former international student, she is familiar with the unique needs of that population.  

    When not in CAPS, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, and exploring new places.

  • Sarah Powers, M.S., LMFT

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    spowers@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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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.

  • Neal Sardana, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    nsardana@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    Neal Sardana is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Wesleyan CAPS in 2017.   He received a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Career Counseling and an emphasis in College Student Development from San Francisco State University.  He has experience in college mental health as a therapist, instructor, consultant, group facilitator, and a social justice advocate.  Neal currently serves as CAPS liaison for Graduate Studies and The Gordon Career Center.  He also collaborates with CAPS staff and The Resources Center to co-facilitate support spaces for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) and FGLI (First Generation Limited Income) students. 

     

    One area of special interest for Neal is career development. Neal understands career development is complex. Career choices can be influenced by our mental health, interests, values, personality, exposure to experiences, identity, and family/societal expectations. He utilizes a holistic, strength based, collaborative approach to help students navigate their career exploration and search process.  

     

    Other counseling topics Neal is interested in are: identity development, marginalization and privilege, adjustment into and out of college, personal and romantic relationships, cultural expectations, and toxic masculinity. Neal is very excited to meet and hear the stories of Wesleyan students.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, tarot card reading, watching sports, and drinking lots of tea.   

  • Priya Senecal, LPC, CST

    Full-time Psychotherapist

    psenecal@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Certified Sex Therapist

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    Priya is a psychotherapist, sex therapist and sex educator. She joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in 2018. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. She received certificates of study in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for individuals and families. She completed a 2-year Holistic Sex Therapy training at the Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.

    Her work recognizes the intersection of sex, relationships / 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. Priya works closely with the health education office, WesWell, to offer therapeutic support to those affected by intimate partner violence or sexual violence.

    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 hiking, flea markets and growing / cooking yummy food for all the hungry folx she loves.

  • Jennie Setaro, LPC

    Part-Time Psychotherapist / Athletic Liaison

    jsetaro@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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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.

    Associate Director/Psychotherapist

    vtaylor01@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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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 soccer ball around and walking through the woods with her kids. 

  • Renée E. Triller, MS, LPCA

    Pier Diem Part-Time Psychotherapist

    rtriller@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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    Renée is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in January 2024. She earned her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Albertus Magnus College in 2023 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological Science from the University of Vermont in 2019.

    Renée comes from a background of working in holistic private practice and supporting individuals struggling primarily with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidality. She finds it particularly rewarding to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community and survivors of trauma, such as might result from relationship abuse. Renée utilizes evidence-based approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy.

    In her free time, Renée enjoys hiking with her dog, practicing Brazilian jiujitsu, reading fantasy novels, and doing her best to keep her plants alive.

  • Karen Arias, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Karen Arias is a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Hartford. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Franklin and Marshall College in 2020 and then earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford in 2023.

    Karen is a bilingual (English- Spanish) psychological extern who has worked with clients in both individual and group outpatient therapy experiencing anxiety, depression, relational struggles, adjustment, and more. Karen's approach to therapy is individual as she takes special consideration of the intersectionalities that we all hold and attunes treatment to reflect its value. She looks forward to working with Wesleyan students this year.

    In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, snow sports, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Jennifer Bedele, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Jennifer is a 3rd-year doctoral candidate at the University of Hartford, where she also earned her Masters in Clinical Practices. Before that, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The College of New Jersey. During her time there, she served as an integral intern in the Dean of Students office, where she promoted resiliency and designed initiatives that enhanced the academic and personal success of students on campus. Her work with college students continued at the University of Hartford, where she researched psychoeducation and prevention components of opioids and other substances while participating in campus outreach. She also assisted in developing and conducting a study examining college students’ willingness to engage or not engage in mental health services.

    Clinically, Jennifer has provided therapeutic services to families and individuals across the lifespan with various mental health concerns in an outpatient community mental health setting. She also has experience in administering comprehensive psychological assessments. She takes an integrative approach within psychotherapy and adjusts accordingly to meet the needs of the individuals she is working with.

    During her free time, Jennifer enjoys taking photographs, playing the drums, and playing sports.

  • Rhea Bhatia, M.S.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Rhea Bhatia is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Springfield College. Rhea completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2019 from Johnson & Wales University. She has gained clinical experience working with individuals across the lifespan in outpatient, community, and school settings. Rhea has provided individual and group therapy to individuals struggling with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, gender and sexuality, behavioral, and interpersonal concerns. Rhea's therapeutic philosophy is marked by an integrative approach, rooted in both person-centered techniques and a strong social justice framework. She adopts a collaborative and interpersonally oriented approach, acknowledging individuals as the experts of their own experiences. Rhea is multilingual, she speaks English, Hindi, and Gujarati. 

    Outside of work, Rhea enjoys cooking, playing board games, and spending quality time with friends and family.

  • Yeseul Kang, B.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Yeseul Kang is currently a doctoral student studying clinical psychology at University of Hartford. Previously, Yeseul has worked as a research assistant and paraprofessional for students with TBI, intern researcher studying adaptation and resilience in early childhood, and as an academic consultant guiding college application preparation and career exploration. Her current passion involves neurodevelopmental disorders and their interplay in one's academic career, as well as working with emerging adults through the transitional period into adulthood.

    During her free time, she enjoys training in taekwondo, attempting to bake/cook new recipes, and traveling.

  • Valerie Light, BSW, M.S.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    I graduated from Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in Social Work and a M.S. in Agency Counseling. I worked in a correctional environment as a drug and alcohol counselor providing individual and group counseling utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helping male offenders identify triggers, and behaviors that interfere with their progress in treatment. I held multiple positions but always used my core counseling belief of assisting clients to work through their presenting problem.

    In 2011, I began working in the Middletown Education system helping student’s behavioral problems process their emotions, think about resolutions and work to make a better plan for conflict resolution. In 2018, I became a certified Restorative Practice facilitator and trainer and currently work as a Restorative Practice Coordinator for Middletown Youth Services Bureau training students to be Circle Keepers in the high school. In 2019, I held the position as a Social Emotional Learning Interventionist providing evidenced-based social, emotional, and behavioral instructional practices that are matched to the student’s needs. When working with individuals, I look to use strength-based practices to help individuals to achieve their therapeutic goals.

    When I am not working, I enjoy cycling, golf, gardening and watching sports.