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Other Interesting Information

EXECUTIVE STAFF

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Michal Saraf, PsyD
Senior Clinical Director,
Psychologist
Substance Abuse; Character Pathology and other complex diagnoses; Eating Disorders; Anxiety and Depression “Is it so small a thing
To have enjoy’d the sun.
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done”
–From the Hymn of Empedocles
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Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Director of Outreach and Prevention Services, Psychologist
Body Image Concerns; Sexual Trauma Treatment Team (STTOP) member; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Spirituality; Issues related to equity and inclusion; and Multicultural Counseling I am originally from Zimbabwe. I attended Alabama A&M University for my undergraduate degree, and I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. I enjoy playing tennis, watching movies and reading. I hope to learn how to play a musical instrument.
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Michele Downie, PhD
Interim Director of Training, Group Coordinator, Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Multiracial/Ethnic Identity; African American Issues; Women’s Issues; Group Therapy Mother, activist, baker, runner, animal lover.
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Jane E. Kotler, LCSW

Director of Clinical Administration, Clinical
Social Worker
Mental Health & Wellness; Multicultural Counseling; Women’s Issues; Identity Development; Relationship Concerns; Grief and Loss “Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos…an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.”

— Saul Bellow

CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Mary Brennan, PsyD
Psychologist
Body Size and Eating Concerns; Religiosity and Spirituality; Relationship Issues; Trauma

Tiffany Brown, PhD
Psychologist
Mood Disorders; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Spirituality; Chronic Illness; and Relational Concerns “Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness, it is the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again.”

–Anonymous

Eddie D. Burks, MA, MEd

Psychology Doctoral Intern

Identity development, psychological implications of racial trauma and other oppressive systems, anxiety and stress, human sexuality (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex and intimacy issues), relationship conflict, life-altering experiences (trauma, grief, death, dying, loss, bereavement), career and life transitions, and academic performance and functioning. My approach to psychotherapy is integrative with a multicultural, intersectional, and social justice focus. I use cognitive, behavioral, relational, systems, and an emotion-focused approach with clients. Born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Illinois (Evanston, Frankfort, and South Shore), I received my BA in Psychology from Roosevelt University Chicago, my MEd in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and received my doctoral training (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at Adler University while obtaining my MA in Clinical Psychology along the way. When I’m not at CAPS, I enjoy socializing with friends, traveling, exploring different eateries, and engaging in the performative arts.
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Mara Capistrano, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Multicultural Counseling; Minority Mental Health; Identity Development; Eating Concerns; STTOP Team member; FGLI; Returning Students Born in the Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Philadelphian for over ten years. Things that make me happy: animals, ice cream, and plants.
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Amelia Cason
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk Service The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

–H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Heather Charboneau, LCSW, MEd
Behavioral Health Consultant
Integrated Care; Mental health issues relating to medical conditions; Stressors related to life changes/transitions; Trauma; Depression; Anxiety; Relationship dynamics; FGLI students; Social Justice and Advocacy I obtained my BA in Psychology at Earlham College. I completed my MSW and MEd at Widener University. For fun I like to travel, play card/board games, read and spend time with dogs.
Eddie Chong, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
Multicultural Counseling; Mindfulness-based and somatic psychotherapy; Trauma; Grief and Loss; Family-of-Origin and relational Concerns; Students of Color; FGLI students; LGBTQIA+ affirming support; International/Immigrant students; Faith and Spirituality; Social Justice and Advocacy; STTOP Team member I am originally from Hong Kong and have spent time in Southern California, Boston, and DC. I received my doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland – College Park. I enjoy working with students to gain understanding about themselves and their relationships. I collaborate with students to live wholeheartedly as they navigate layers of challenging contexts and realities. I also provide services in Mandarin and Cantonese. Being in nature, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends energize me.

“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

–Brené Brown


Samuel M. Colbert, MA

Psychology Doctoral Intern

For the past 5 years, I have worked with clients presenting with a range of concerns. My specialty areas include working with clients with intersecting marginalized identities in order to better cope with minority stress. Specifically, I have a focus working with clients who are trans-identified and/or identify as a sexual minority person. I have also provided relationship counseling using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Originally from New York, I have spent time in Indiana, DC, and am excited to be in Philadelphia for the last year of my doctoral training. I am looking forward to when the theatre opens back up…I miss musicals.
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Laura Kay Collins, LSW
Coordinator of Social Work Training, Social Worker
Anxiety; Mood Regulation; LGBTQIA Identity; Trauma Recovery; Family of Origin/Relationship Concerns; Anger Management; Grief & Loss; Substance Abuse; Self-Esteem & Empowerment; STTOP Team member “The people who think there’s a time limit for grief have never lost a piece of their heart.  Take all the time that you need.” (Anonymous) I have degrees in both Social Work and Religious Studies.  As a therapist, I’m organized around the beliefs that all people have a story worth listening to; that suffering is alleviated and/or exacerbated by the context and systems we exist in; and that healing is both possible and a process.  Laughter, the ocean, live music, and meaningful relationships are big parts of what restore me.
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Brittan Davis, PhD
Psychologist, Let’s Talk Counselor
Relational Cultural Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; LGBTQIA+ identities and concerns; Sex Positivity and Sexual Well-Being; Sexual Trauma Treatment Team (STTOP) member; Social Justice Advocacy; Substance Abuse; Self-Injury; Career and Vocational Concerns; Relationship Concerns; Grief and Loss; and Mood Regulation. Let’s Talk Counselor “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

–Audre Lorde

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Heather Frost, LCSW, MSW, MEd
Clinical Social Worker
Queer and LGBTQIA Identity Development; Gender Identity and Trans/Non-Binary Concerns; Relationship Dynamics and Non-Monogamy; Sexuality and Sexual Well-Being; Family Dynamics; Trauma; Life Transitions; Existential Concerns; Mindfulness/Meditation; Eating Concerns Team member, and STTOP Team member “We don’t fix problems – we support people to grow, to create their lives.”

— Lois Holzman

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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David Glassman, PsyD
Psychologist
Queer/LGBTQIA-Affirmative Counseling; Mindfulness; Relationships and Intimacy “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

–Buddha

Bramble Heidt, LSW

Social Worker

Mood Regulation; Trauma and Recovery; LGBTQIA+ identities and concerns; Grief and Loss; Family and Relationship Dynamics; Life Transitions; Identity Development; Social Justice and Anti-Oppressive Practices “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.”

— David Richo

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Wydia Houston, LSW
Referral Coordinator,
Social Worker
Social Justice; Advocacy; Self-Empowerment; Utilization Management; Wellness “It always seems impossible until it’s done”
–Anonymous
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Courtney Hutchison, LSW
Social Worker
Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Family-of-Origin issues; Attachment-Based Therapy; Relational and Identity concerns; and Substance Abuse. I have a background in Public Health and Political Advocacy. “The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”

–Bell Hooks


Kevin Isserman, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

LGBTQIA+ affirming therapy; Masculinity and Men’s Issues; Identity Development; Life Transitions; Couples Therapy, Relationship Concerns, Sex; Grief and Loss; Trauma; Sexual Violence; Mood Concerns; Social Justice Advocacy; Self-Compassion I completed my graduate training in Washington DC. Outside of CAPS you can find me out with friends, cooking or baking, reading a good book, at a Zumba class, and seeking out adventure.

“It’s not as if we are going to peer into the dark corners of our lives, flip on the light, and find a bunch of cockroaches. Fireflies love the dark too. There’s beauty in that darkness, but we have to be willing to look in there to see it.”

–Lori Gottlieb

“The best gift you are ever going to give someone- the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.”

–Hannah Brencher

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Matthew LeRoy, PsyD
Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Grief and Loss; Creativity; and Interpersonal Difficulties I’m originally from New York, and have spent time in Philadelphia and Chicago. As a therapist I see my role as helping clients understand their emotions and patterns, which could be hurting their quality of life. Personally, I enjoy laughing, reading, spending time with my cats and traveling.

Rosaline Lin, MEd

Psychology Doctoral Intern

Multicultural Counseling; Relationship Concerns; Trauma; Grief and Loss; Career and Vocational concerns; Transition and Adjustment; Mental Health and Wellness of International/Immigrant students; Students of Color; Students with Disabilities; Mindfulness; Creative Arts; Social Justice and Advocacy. Fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese. I am originally from Taiwan. I earned my Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri and am pursuing my PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa. I enjoy playing the piano, practicing yoga and meditation, drawing, traveling, being in nature, and spending time with friends and family.
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Beth Mark, MD
Resident Coordinator, Psychiatrist
Mind Body Medicine Interested in Climate Psychology

Psalm McDaniels, LSW

Social Worker

Multicultural Counseling; Trauma; Spirituality; Racial and Ethnic Identity; Family-of-Origin; Interpersonal Relationships; Social Justice

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
–Erin Hanson
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Ken Meehan, MSW, LCSW
Coordinator of Initial Consultation, Clinical Social Worker
Substance Abuse; Family Therapy; Adolescents/Young Adults; Men’s Issues “Forget what we became, what matters is what we’ve become, and our potentials to overcome.”

–Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Noelle Melartin, LSW

Director, Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Social Worker

General Mental Health and Wellness; Alcohol and Substance Concerns Attended Wesleyan University (BA) and Columbia University School of Social Work (MSW). I love the outdoors, music, books, and cooking.

“Grief and resilience live together.”
― Michelle Obama, Becoming

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Sonya Meora, MSN, CRNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Medication Management; General Mental Health and Wellness I love yoga and movement, in any form.  I feel peaceful in and around water.  My greatest life joy is coming home to Lee and Sam (two sons) and Adam (husband).
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Renee Mikorski, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
I am interested in issues related to gender, men and masculinity, interpersonal issues, sexual assault prevention and treatment, and working with LGBTQIA+ students in therapy. I also enjoy working with students on identity development. I am completing my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and am originally from New Jersey. I really enjoy hiking, cooking, and cats!

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
–Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Carmen Moedano, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Multicultural Counseling; First-Generation College Students; Adjusting to Change/Life Transitions; Anxiety; Depression; Grief and Bereavement; Identity Concerns; Interpersonal Issues; Trauma; Suicide Prevention; Relationship Issues. I am fluent in Spanish. Received Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelors degree from Brown University. Enjoy camping, hiking, and dancing.
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Julie Mullany, PsyD
Psychologist
LGBTQIA issues; Gender Transition and Identity Concerns; Eating Disorders; Mood Regulation; Trauma; Relationships; International Students; Marginalized populations; and Human Rights “In refusing our vulnerability we refuse the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal and conversational foundations of our identity.”

–David Whyte

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Nicole Nardone, LSW, MLSP
Social Worker,  Let’s Talk Counselor
General Mental Health and Wellness. Let’s Talk counselor “The real revolutionary is always concerned with the least glamorous stuff: the raising a child’s reading level from third-grade to fourth; the filling out food stamp forms for folks, because they have to eat, revolution or not. The real revolutionary is always close enough to the people to be there for them when they’re needed.”

–Alice Walker

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Deborah (Di) O’Neill, DSW
Coordinator of STTOP Team, Clinical Social Worker
Trauma; Sexual Assault/Inter-Personal Violence/Stalking; Self Injury; Grief and Loss; EMDR; Women’s Issues; Queer/Trans Support; STTOP Team member “Self development is a higher duty than self sacrifice.”
–Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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Jazmyne Peters, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
Anxiety; Depression; Trauma; Relationship Concerns; Schizo-related disorders; Mood Disorders; Interpersonal Distress; and Personality Disorders. Special interests include working with students on issues related to Racism, Racial Trauma, Identity Development and Exploration, Social Justice, and Intersectionality. STTOP Team member. I am originally from Denver, CO and received my Masters degree in counseling and my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. I enjoy traveling, anything involving food, binging Netflix/Hulu/HBO shows, and having a fun time with friends and family.
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Marian Reiff, PhD, LSW
Assessment Specialist
Assessment; Program Design and Evaluation; Outreach and Prevention; Social Justice; Multicultural Perspectives; Trauma; Mindfulness; Yoga

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
–The Dalai Lama

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Kyra Selwyn, PsyD
Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Chronic Illness; Psycho-Oncology; Depression; Grief and Loss; Identity and Relational Concerns “We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but the grace to transform them.”
–Simone Weil
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Valeriya Spektor, PhD

Psychologist
Working with International/Immigrant Clients; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma and Recovery (STTOP Team member); Eating Concerns (Eating Concerns Team member); Family-of-Origin and Relational Concerns; Women’s Issues; Social Justice Advocacy; Group Therapy Originally from Ukraine; Attended the College of Wooster  (BA) and Lehigh University (M Ed; PhD); Loves music, dance, and dogs
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Alaina Spiegel, PsyD
Coordinator of Prevention Programs,
Psychologist
Outreach Programming; Mental Health Awareness; Suicide Prevention; Social Justice; Emerging Adulthood; Coping with Anxiety; Mindfulness I help coordinate and facilitate the I CARE training, as well as other CAPS’ outreach events and workshops. In my personal life, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring new places in Philly, and getting inspiration from Pinterest. My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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Cherie Stanford
Administrative Assistant, Webmaster
Front Desk Service I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, with minors in African-American Literature and Women’s Studies, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?”
–Marianne Williamson

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Alyssa Steglik
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk Service I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Rutgers University. In my free time, I love to relax by going to the gym, yoga, and the beach.
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John Stein, MD
Psychiatrist
General Psychiatry Holistic approach to mental wellness.  M.D. from Penn before it was the Perelman School. “You only need one feather to have a feather in your cap”
— my sister
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Meghan Sullivan, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
LGBTQI Identity and Mental Health; Spiritual/Existential Concerns; Trauma; Relationships
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Yacob Tekie, PhD
Psychologist,
Let’s Talk Counselor

Working with marginalized clients; International/Immigrant students; Black-queer students; Men & Masculinity; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma; Anxiety; Depression; Relational Concerns; Eating Concerns; Mindfulness and Acceptance; Social Justice Advocacy & Human Rights; Community Mental Health; Outreach and Prevention; Let’s Talk Counselor. Tigrigna-English bilingual therapy. I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa & earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dedicated to community mental health,  asylum seekers, torture survivors, social justice advocacy and human rights. When I am not at CAPS, I like to pick my camera and travel, go hiking or driving, painting and sculpture. My family and friends are my main source of happiness. I can’t skip a day without listening to Luciano Pavarotti!
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Alice Wang, LSW, MSEd,
Social Worker
Social Justice; Trauma (STTOP Team member); Grief and Loss; Identity Development; Multicultural and Multiracial Issues; Relationship and Family Concerns; Anti-Oppressive Practices; Strengths-Based Practices; Eating Concerns Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have also spent time in Maine and Vermont before moving to Philadelphia for my graduate studies. I find joy in family, food, art, and animals.

“when the world comes crashing at your feet
it’s okay to let others
help pick up the pieces
if we’re present to take part in your happiness
when your circumstances are great
we are more than capable
of sharing your pain”
community

–Rupi Kaur

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Abeeda Warnauth
Office Manager
Office Operations I am very proud to be on the CAPS team.  My responsibility is to oversee all general administrative and building operations at CAPS.  I always strive to make everyone happy and love spending my free time with my family.  I enjoy cooking, listening to music and dancing.

My favorite word of wisdom that keeps me strong, “When bad things happen in your life/You have three choices/You can either let it define you/Let it destroy you or/You can let it strengthen you.”

Eva Wilson, MA

Psychology Doctoral Intern

Multicultural Counseling; Identity Exploration; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Multiracial Identity; Racism and Racial Trauma; Family of Origin and Relationship Concerns; Grief and Loss; Students of Color; First Generation and Low Income Students; LGBTQIA+ Affirming Support; Social Justice and Advocacy; Strengths-Based Counseling I am originally from New Haven, Connecticut and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Yale University. I earned my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College, where I am currently completing a PhD in Counseling Psychology. When I’m not at CAPS, I enjoy exploring Philadelphia’s food scene, spending time outdoors with friends, going to the beach, watching movies, and watching live theater and dance.

“Where life is precious, life is precious.”

– Ruth Wilson Gilmore

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Bailey Frankel Woolf, LCSW
Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker
Trauma; Relationship Concerns; Family-of-Origin Issues; First Generation College Student Concerns; Chronic Pain; and Multicultural Counseling “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

–J.K. Rowling

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Derik Yager-Elorriaga, PhD
Psychologist, Let’s Talk Counselor
Multicultural Counseling; Racial/Ethnic Identity Development; Bicultural Identity Issues; Latinx Issues; STTOP Team member, Let’s Talk counselor “That’s the history of the world. His story is told, her’s isn’t.”

–Dolores Huerta

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Peter Zamora
Coordinator of Clinical Administrative Operations
Administrative Operations Each day I find pleasure and inspiration in my interaction with CAPS staff and clients.