Psychological Services Staff
Psychological Services staff is made up of experienced clinicians committed to providing compassionate and professional care to students and to following best practices in collegiate mental health. To that end, throughout the year, therapists participate in continuing educational opportunities (seminars, conferences, small group work) both on and off campus on a variety of topics including but not limited to diversity and multicultural issues, gender and sexuality, developmental issues, psychopharmacology, ethics, college mental health, and others. Therapists at Psychological Services have experience and/or special interest in working with young adults in the arts, exploring identity development, LGBTQI-affirming psychotherapy, ethic/racial minority mental health, social justice/anti-oppression approaches in mental health treatment, and working with underrepresented and underserved populations. The Psychological Services clinical staff is diverse with regards to gender, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, theoretical orientation, and intervention approaches. The clinical staff includes a psychiatrist and several psychotherapists with backgrounds in social work and psychology. Therapy in Spanish is available. Please read the staff bios below for more information.
April Stein, PhD
Dr. Stein is a graduate of Bennington and of The California School of Professional Psychology. She did her post-doctoral work at The Karl Menninger School Of Psychiatry. She specializes in psychoanalytically informed therapies and DBT.
Dr. Lesley Brodie
Dr. Brodie is board-certified as both a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and an Adult Psychiatrist. She received an MD and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Vermont and completed a 5-year combined residency training program in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including an urban Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic, a rural Federally Qualified Community Health Center, a Community Mental Center, residential treatment programs, private practice, and school-based psychiatric consultations. At Bennington, Dr. Brodie provides a range of psychiatric services to students and facilitates groups.
Kat received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from the University of Chicago. She specializes in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, EMDR and is also a yoga instructor.
Danielle Frank, MSW
Danielle received an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed a postgraduate fellowship at Bennington College Psychological Services. Prior to her career as a clinical social worker, Danielle worked in the visual arts. She specializes in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Penny Owen, LMHC
Penny received a BA from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Antioch New England Graduate School. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. She has a special interest in mindfulness based practice.
Ben Stillman, Psy.D.
Dr. Stillman completed his undergraduate work at the University Of Virginia and received his Psy. D. from Loyola College in Maryland. He has worked in a variety of practice settings including the Georgia State University Counseling Center, Emory University Counseling Center, and private practice. His areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, identity development, and multicultural clinical issues.
Heidie Vazquez-Garcia, PhD
Dr. Vázquez García received a BA from Brown University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and post-doctoral work in Providence, RI. Her clinical and research interests include ethnic and racial minority mental health and identity development, multicultural considerations in research and clinical practice, and resilience in communities of color. Heidie is bilingual (English/Spanish), has worked in different practice settings in Puerto Rico and the United States, and can offer therapy in both English and Spanish. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
Sarah H. Winchester, LICSW
Sarah received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. She completed a post-master’s fellowship at Bennington College. She specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapies.