About US

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.

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.

Jessica Biren Caverly, Ph.D.

Director of Forensic Services

Dr. Biren Caverly has an interest in both assessment and therapy. She has focused her work on cases actively involved with the legal system and in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. In terms of her legal work, Dr. Biren Caverly has significant experience conducting parental fitness evaluations for the Courts and custody evaluations for private parties. She also frequently works with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to assist with performing psychological evaluations. Dr. Biren Caverly has been sworn in as an expert witness on a number of occasions. Her specialties have included being an expert in Clinical Psychological, Parenting Evaluations, Sibling Bonding Evaluations, Psychological Assessment, and Child Development.

 

Dr. Biren Caverly also has experience working with families at various stages in the divorce process, including pre-separation, post-separation, and post-divorce. She works with both parents to assist the child in therapy or assessment. In addition, Dr. Biren Caverly performs co-parenting coordination services, where she meets with both parents together to best assist coordination of care for minor children. Dr. Biren Caverly frequently works with attorneys, Guardian ad Litems (GAL), and Attorney for the Minor Child (AMC) to coordinate care.

Dr. Biren Caverly holds a certificate in Mediation and has a specialization in Divorce Mediation Training. She works with several attorneys in the area to coordinate mediated divorce instead of having divorce become an adversarial process. Dr. Biren Caverly is an active member of a number of different organizations including the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND), the Association of Family Conciliatory Courts (AFCC), AFCC Connecticut Chapter, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Connecticut Chapter of APA, and the Forensic Division of the Connecticut Chapter of APA.

Dr. Biren Caverly completed a post-doctoral residency at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Biren Caverly maintains an interest in assessing youth whom others suspect have an autism spectrum disorder. She frequently attends Permanency Planning Team (PPT) meetings at local school districts to assist in treatment planning at school. Dr. Biren Caverly also enjoys being able to observe student's behaviors within the school setting and therefore frequently evaluates students at school as well as in the office. Dr. Biren Caverly has found that working with all of a child's providers really assists in getting a richer picture of the student.

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

Jessica Biren Caverly, Ph.D. is now a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Group of Western Connecticut and Collaborative Solutions