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Jill Delorme, Ph.D.

Dr. Jill DeLorme completed her training at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. During her training, she worked with adolescents and adults in multiple treatment settings. Her background includes experience with addiction, trauma, sexual misconduct, violence prevention training for schools and the workplace, and the LGBT community. Dr. DeLorme is interested in both assessment and therapy. She offers a multidisciplinary approach geared towards the individual’s, or couple’s, needs and therapeutic goals. Her familiarity and use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy aides in her ability to work with a range of populations with different psychological needs. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. DeLorme is a community and academic educator, and has provided numerous lectures and presentations on her specialities.

Mandy Hayes, M.S.

Mandy Hayes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2010. Mandy received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut followed by a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. Mandy has experience with all ages and populations from her time working in an Outpatient Clinic, Choices substance abuse prevention college counseling programs, residential group homes for adolescents and residential homes for the homeless population. Mandy utilizes a combination of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy suited to each individuals needs via a strength based approach. Mandy has a strong passion for working with individuals suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD and anger management. Mandy enjoys working with individuals to help them attain their goals while learning how to effectively manage any mental health issues they may be struggling with.

Jack (Our Four Legged Friend)

I am a friendly puppy who loves nothing more than to have my stomach pet. I love to be around people and I even have experience with young children. If you give me a treat, I'll be your best friend. I'm available to sit in on therapy appointments and to help out during test administration.

Kathryn Hagen, M.A.

Kathryn earned her M.A. in Clinical Practices from the University of Hartford and a B.A. in Psychology from Siena College. She has interests in both childhood assessment and therapy. Her main goal as a therapist is to create a non-judgmental, empathetic and nurturing environment for her clients to thoughtfully explore any presenting problems. Additionally, she utilizes primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques while also drawing from both Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. During her training, she worked with diverse clients in a variety of settings ranging from specialized outpatient clinics to inpatient treatment centers. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals affected by trauma, serious mental illness, substance use, neurological disorders (such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), behavioral disorders (such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder), and self-injury. The majority of her experience was spent working with children and adolescents, but she is passionate about helping clients across the lifespan.

Lindsay Underwood, M.A.

Lindsay is a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of Hartford. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Clinical Practices from the University of Hartford. Lindsay’s primary interests are in conducting psychological assessment, especially in the area of forensics. She has a focus on the utilization of protective measures in psychological assessments. Lindsay’s previous training experience includes providing individual and group therapy to college-age individuals from diverse backgrounds. Her experiences also include working with women in an inpatient substance abuse setting. During her training experiences, she has worked with a variety of clients, including those with a history of trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders.

Clinical Evaluative Consultation

When separated parents cannot agree on the residential arrangement for their children between them or how conflicting decisions should be settled, many turn to the Court seeking an Order determining the residential arrangement and who would have decision making authority for what.

To guide the Court, many of these same parents would participate in a custody and access assessment. Therein a clinical investigator (typically a psychologist) would interview the parents, speak with and observe the children with the parents, obtain additional information from other sources and then write an extensive report concluding with recommendations on the matters of custody and access. Whereas some parents would settle their dispute on the basis of the recommendations, for others, the report and recommendations only serve to fuel their dispute in litigation.

A Clinical Evaluative Consultation (CEC) takes the process of a custody and access assessment, but keeps it out of a Court with the aim of facilitating settlement. Rather than concluding with a written report available for litigation, the CEC concludes with a verbal disclosure meeting and settlement meeting combined. It is attended by both parents and their lawyers. The entire process is closed, meaning nothing can be used for Court purposes. There will be no written report and the clinical investigator cannot be called to Court to testify in the event this matter proceeds to a trial.

The benefit of the closed process is that parents as well as the clinical investigator can speak very freely about the matters at hand without concern that it may be used against anyone at Court. The process allows the parents to obtain important and impartial information about themselves, their children and their situation so they the parents can retain control of the outcome – their settlement. The process provides the parents important insights as to how this matter would be viewed in a traditional custody/access assessment and likely outcomes if the matter were to proceed to Court.

Stacey Field, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment
 
Dr. Stacey Field is a Licensed Psychologist, and a certified school psychologist with interests in pediatric assessment and identification of learning disabilities. Her area of expertise is in identification and intervention of Dyslexia and reading disorders, particularly within educational RTI/MTSS frameworks. 
 
Prior to joining WCBH, Dr. Field served in the public schools as a psychologist and PPT chairperson at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has expertise in special education & Section 504 laws and processes, school consultation, and fostering parent/school relationships.

 

Dr. Field conducts solutions-focused therapy for individuals to address anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, issues of bullying, and social skills development. A primary focus of counseling often involves teaching children and young adults how to advocate for themselves,  dispel faulty perceptions of self, and apply coping strategies in times of distress. Her counseling goals often involve developing functional study habits, making necessary lifestyle adjustments, and building and maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family. She works with families and educators to conduct functional behavior assessments and to create practical behavioral interventions for home and school.

Dr. Field obtained her Specialist Level degree in School Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 and her PhD from North Carolina State University in 2015.  She completed her doctoral internship in the Neurology Department of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in the Section of Neuropsychology. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut and holds a 70 certificate from the Connecticut State Department of Education. 
Dr. Field can be reached by emailing Drfield.wcbh@gmail.com

Allison Sidel, Ph.D.

Director of Outpatient Therapy

Dr. Sidel is a licensed clinical psychologist who performs assessment and therapy with children and adults.  She has focused on neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations to help parents understand why their children may be struggling in school.  Her specialties include the assessment of learning and language disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other behavioral and emotional difficulties.  She has also worked with children on the autism spectrum to help gain a better understanding of their learning, language, social, and emotional needs. If your child has already been evaluated, but you are still unsure about how to proceed, Dr. Sidel can also review prior documents and help make sense of your child’s needs.

 

Dr. Sidel conducts psychotherapy with children and adults.  She has a background in child development and has worked with children of all ages.  She works from a play-based orientation with young children and integrates more cognitive-behavioral strategies and techniques with school-age and older children.  She adopts a creative, problem-solving approach that taps into a child’s strengths and interests in order to find the most appropriate strategies for that child.  Dr. Sidel worked for several years as a parent educator and sees the connection between a child’s therapist and parents/guardian as being essential in helping to transfer the skills and knowledge gained in therapy to everyday life.  When working with older adolescents and adults, Dr. Sidel’s theoretical foundation lies in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but she uses an eclectic mix of theories depending on the individual’s needs.

Dr. Sidel earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and B.A. degrees in Child Development and Spanish from Tufts University.  She completed a post-doctoral residency at the Village for Families and Children in Hartford, where she worked with children and families in the foster care system.  Dr. Sidel also trained at New-York Presbyterian Hospital (Westchester Division), The Pleasantville Cottage School, and Jacobi Medical Center.  Dr. Sidel is licensed in Connecticut and New York State.

Dr. Sidel can be reached by phone at (203) 885-0500 or by email at drsidel.wcbh@gmail.com.

Joseph Caverly, Psy.D. ​

Dr. Caverly performs therapy with adolescents and adults. He specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety. He believes in using a short-term treatment model of therapy. He and the patient work collaboratively to determine treatment goals and  frequently check-in to determine the appropriateness of different interventions. Dr. Caverly alsoprovides his patients with a toolbox of skills that can be applied to a variety of settings once treatment has concluded.

Dr. Caverly can be reached by calling (203) 885-0500 or by email atdrcaverly@gmail.com.