Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Sarah Espenshade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an Advanced Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Sarah received her Masters degree in social work with a clinical concentration and health/mental Health specialization from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah has over 12 years of experience treating adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, academic, and community based settings, and has provided clinical consultation and support to various recovery organizations and institutions. Sarah has also assisted a multitude of families mobilize their loved ones into treatment providing clinical oversight throughout their continuum of care. Sarah prides herself on thinking outside of the box and offering non-traditional, multi-systematic solutions to complex situations. Sarah takes a client centered, systems oriented, holistic treatment approach utilizing evidence based practices including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, experiential therapy, solution focused therapy, CRAFT, and EMDR in conjunction with the 12 steps and SMART recovery models. Sarah collaborates closely with other reputable professionals and organizations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and throughout the country to develop meaningful programming. Sarah is also a proud member of the National Organization of Independent Interventionists.
annemarie esposito, msed, lpc
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Annemarie Esposito is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families as a family and individual therapist, supervisor, and team leader. She has held various clinical roles in family-based case management and outpatient programs, as well as providing intensive treatment in multiple residential settings to adolescents with sexual behavior problems. Annemarie has expertise in working with survivors of sexual trauma, violence prevention, and juvenile probation, and has extensive experience providing services to individuals struggling with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and substance abuse/dependence. Annemarie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from West Chester University and received her certification in elementary education in 1998. She continued her graduate studies at West Chester and received a Master of Education degree with specialization in higher education and elementary education counseling in 2003. Annemarie obtained her license in Professional Counseling in 2009.
MAX HIRSH, BA
Assistant Director of Recovery Management Services
Max Hirsh has been working in the behavioral health field for over four years. He has provided direct client support through intensive case management services, utilizing a client centered approach in his work as a coach and case manager. Max brings a background in wilderness therapy and education that has shaped his style. He has coupled this unique perspective with our TEAMS program to be more experiential and comprehensive. With this direction, our clients are receiving more hands-on, clinically driven coaching, and are engaging in creative interventions to treat substance abuse disorder and other co-occurring disorders. Max oversees coaching sessions and shapes programming to fit the client’s individual needs. Max understands the importance of proper placement for clients who may qualify for a higher level of care. This enables him to be a key player in building the network of resources that we hold to the highest standard, while making our clients and families confident with any decision that may follow an intervention or crisis. Max earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Temple University. He is a recipient of Caron Foundation’s Community Youth Leadership Award for his work with the BIGVISION Foundation in New York City, where he provided outreach support, and currently serves as a board member.
John Armando, LCSW
John has worked in a wide variety of medical, mental health, and substance abuse settings for over 25 years. He has provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy in hospitals, primary care, physical rehab, out-patient mental health, and private practice. John has also provided clinical supervision and training for medical residents, clinical social workers, and counselors. John’s clinical approach is influenced by Motivational Interviewing which is an empirically supported clinical style designed to support clients to achieve and maintain changes related to their health and well-being. John’s work with clients is also guided by mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches that come from the cognitive behavioral and humanistic traditions. In addition to working with individuals at Espenshade Counseling, John specializes in working with parents, couples, and families.
Devin Yastro, MS, CAADC
Clinical Care Manager
Devin Yastro holds a Master's Degree in clinical and counseling psychology and a certificate as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Devin has a significant amount of experience in the drug and alcohol and co-occurring field. He has held several positions throughout the continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has also provided specialized services for healthcare professionals including direct care and case management. Throughout his career, Devin has developed and maintained relationships with referral sources, including but not limited to, the Pennsylvania Health Monitoring Program and the Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program. Devin earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree from Juniata College and his Master's Degree from Chestnut Hill College.
ashley beal, ms
Behavioral Health Coach
Ashley Beal has been an integral member of Espenshade's recovery management program for over a year. Her enthusiastic and positive energy, along with her consistent and professional dedication, enables her to easily establish rapport with clients. She demonstrates extreme patience and tolerance when she is met with resistance from a client, and treats all of her clients with unconditional positive regard and compassion. Ashley is a team player and consistently offers to provide additional support to the organization. She recently completed her Master’s Degree from Rosemont College in clinical and forensic psychology and is working towards attaining her License in Professional Counseling. During her time at La Salle University, Ashley’s interest in social service and counseling became more profound, and she graduated with a bachelors of science degree in psychology, with a social work and criminal justice minor. She has gained extensive experience and knowledge throughout her undergraduate and graduate education providing her with the tools to work with clients.
Nicole o’donnell, crs
Nicole O’Donnell is a Certified Recovery Specialist who has extensive experience working with individuals with Substance Use Disorder and their families. She has held various roles in the field of drug and alcohol peer support, including reaching out to those experiencing homelessness, substance use, and mental health barriers. Nicole is a SMART Recovery facilitator, and takes a person centered, evidence based approach, with a focus on multiple pathways to recovery. She is pursuing her BA in Psychology from Immaculata University. Nicole combines her lived experience, as she identifies as someone in long term recovery, and formal education in assisting clients to reach their recovery goals.