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Our Mission

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.

Our Services

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.


Nick Pinkerton Nicholas Pinkerton, PsyD

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.

Stephanie Field Stephanie Field, PsyD
Staff Psychotherapist with Alcohol and Other Drugs Focus

Dr. Stephanie Field obtained her doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College.  Prior to coming to CAPS in 2013, she completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship with the Connecticut Valley Internship Program/River Valley Services.  In addition to prior training at CAPS, Dr. Field has provided outpatient treatment of anxiety disorders and neuropsychological assessment of schizophrenia at the Institute of Living; as well as psychological testing at Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services and Cedarcrest Hospital, and psychotherapy at Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health.  She has also served as the Legislative Fellow for the Connecticut Psychological Association from 2008-2010 and continues to advocate for the role of psychologists on a state and national level as well as the integration of research in practice. 

Kate Gardner
Kate Gardner, LCSW
Staff Psychotherapist
Kate Gardner is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work , and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern University. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2012, Kate provided clinical services in congregate care programs, schools, hospitals, and private practice. Kate has several years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as crisis services, for child, adolescent, and adult clients.
Sarah Hewes Sarah Hewes, PhD
Staff Psychotherapist

Sarah is a licensed counselor in Connecticut and Massachusetts who obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and her bachelor’s degree in Education from Loyola University in Baltimore. She is currently in the process of completing her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. Prior to arriving at CAPS, Sarah completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families in Westfield, Massachusetts. She also has several years of experience working in hospital, residential, community mental health, and university settings. She has experience working in college counseling centers at Simmons College, Barry University, and the University of Hartford. She has completed research at Yale University’s Medical School and continues to enjoy her research in the area of eating disorders and athletic performance. She has taught various courses including Educational Psychology, Personality Theory, and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Miami, Augusta State University, and Northeastern University.  

Liz Inkel Liz Inkel
Office Coordinator

Liz has been the office coordinator at CAPS for the past 8 years.  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.


Practicum Students

Jackie Banasiewicz Jennie Bernstein Adisa Haznadar
Jackie Banasiewicz, BA Jennie Bernstein, MA Adisa Haznadar, MA
Maureen Welch
Maureen Welch, BA

Psychiatry Residents

Louis Forouhar-Graff
Louis Forouhar-Graff, M.D.


Contact Information

Counseling and Psychological Services
Gengras Student Union, Room 313
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599
Fax: 860.768.4561
Phone: 860.768.4482

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