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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.


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John Armando, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer

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.


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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.


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ashley beal, ms

Case Manager/Recovery 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.


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Peter Brizick, BS, CRS

Care Manager/Recovery Coach

Over the last three years, Peter has attained a Certified Recovery Specialist designation in Pennsylvania, Certified Recovery Coach through Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), Certified Recovery Coach Academy Trainer through CCAR, DBT Skills Trainer Certificate, and SMART Recovery Facilitator Certificate. In working with individuals, Peter places great value on meaningful conversation in both one-on-one and small-group settings. Peter incorporates music, exercise, sports, mindfulness/meditation, cooking, gardening, and other healthy, meaningful activities which often support effective conversation and rapport building. Additionally, Peter was a recipient of 2017’s Unsung Hero Award through Caron Treatment Centers for demonstrating excellence in the realm of recovery support. In addition to his work as a recovery coach, Peter provides intervention planning and facilitation support, transports individuals to treatment locally and nationally, accompanies individuals to legal proceedings, visits with incarcerated clients, and has successfully managed several crisis situations involving young adults and their families.