Our staff consists of professional counselors whose education and interests prepare them to offer counseling and other programs relative to a variety of personal, social, and academic-related issues. In addition, carefully selected graduate students frequently join us on a part-time basis as in-practicum students or volunteers and further enhance the variety and scope of services we offer.
The Professional Staff
- James Mandala, PhD
- George-Harold Jennings, PhD
- Audra Tonero, MS Ed, LCADC, SAC
- Carol A Gernat, PhD
- Li Faustino, PhD
Post-Doctoral Psychology Resident
Elaine Kandelepas, Psy.D.
I am passionate in helping individuals cultivate their awareness and presence, thus better understanding their struggles, feelings, and what is important to them. My approach to therapy is largely humanistic-existential; this framework allows one to meet the individual where he/she is, and clear space for the person’s worldview and beliefs, while co-creating a safe and supportive atmosphere.
My interests include relational issues, depression, anxiety, psychosis, cross-cultural issues, and family systems, to name a few.
I am currently completing my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. My approach to college counseling is integrated, rooted in the tenets of client-centered, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. I look forward to working with a broad range of students and strive to create the necessary conditions to promote internal exploration and self-actualization. My special interests include: anxiety, depression, relationship and adjustment issues, family systems, development and parenting, stress reduction, and substance abuse.
I’m excited to be performing my fieldwork at Drew as I finish up my master’s degree in psychological counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. I’m looking forward to working with Drew students with a variety of needs; I believe in a person-centered approach to therapy and focus on creating a positive, empathic relationship that allows clients to feel comfortable and accepted. My background is in sexual assault and domestic violence issues, so I’m particularly interested in developing healthy relationships, whether they’re with oneself, friends, or other loved ones.
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