The mission of CAPS is to help students achieve their fullest potential, improve the quality of their life, and successfully meet the challenges of college.
Students utilize CAPS services in consultation with counseling staff who help determine the limited number of sessions a student will attend. These services are time-limited in nature and help students focus in on both the central issue(s) that brought them to treatment as well as on identified goals and objectives. CAPS services include individual, group, and couples counseling. Of course, there are times when a student's service requests or treatment needs extend beyond that of which CAPS can offer. In such instances, CAPS counselors will assist students in identifying referrals to off-campus providers or programs that can provide these services. CAPS does not provide court-mandated or court-ordered treatment or assessment. While walk-in appointments are reserved for emergencies only, an initial appointment with a counselor is usually available within a week and may be arranged by calling our office at 860.768.4482, or by stopping by GSU, room 313.
CAPS staff also provides training, outreach, and consultation to University faculty and staff.
Dr. Nicholas Pinkerton is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained his doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, and his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2010, he completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services center. Dr. Pinkerton also trained at other college counseling centers including Eastern Connecticut State University and Connecticut College. He has several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health settings as well as providing individual and group counseling, crisis services, supervision, and outreach programming. Dr. Pinkerton additionally teaches doctoral level courses at the University of Hartford on group therapy and foundational skills in clinical practice.
Dr. Nicole Hill is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained her doctoral and master's degrees from Antioch University New England, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, where she received specialized training in trauma-focused treatment and time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2016, Dr. Hill worked for five years in the counseling center at Dartmouth College, where she provided individual, couple’s, and group counseling services as well as campus outreach presentations and psycho-educational programs for students. Dr. Hill also has several years of experience working with clients with eating disorders.
Laura Wagemaker is a National Certified Counselor, who obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Western New England University. Laura is currently working toward obtaining her license as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2018, Laura worked with individuals in a variety of settings including, college counseling, community outpatient mental health treatment, and in-home, where she provided counseling to families affected by domestic violence. This experience included trauma treatment, with a focus on treating survivors of abuse and intimate partner violence, as well as individual and co-parenting treatment for violent offenders. Laura also has experience working in a residential treatment facility, where she provided individual and group counseling to adolescents suffering from eating disorders.
Dr. Jeffrey Burda obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees from Antioch University New England, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from King’s College, PA. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2015, he completed a pre-doctoral internship at Norwich University’s Counseling and Psychological Services center. In addition to prior training at CAPS, Dr. Burda has had several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health settings. He has also completed research in the area of psychopathology and substance abuse at Yale University’s Medical School.
Liz has been the office coordinator at CAPS since joining the University in 2005. She is the first person to welcome students, parents, faculty, and staff to our center and is well known not only for her consistently wonderful smile and warm greeting, but also her significant experience, competence, and professionalism. Outside of her work at CAPS, Liz regularly volunteers and participates in activities to support the larger university community.
|Brittany Broderick, BS||Dana Vitrano, BA||Katie Burns, MA|
|Marcus Dumas, MS||Michael Gale, PhD|
|Liz Burch, MD|
Counseling and Psychological Services
Gengras Student Union, Room 313
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599