About US

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.

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