Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Espenshade, Chief Executive Officer and Founder is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an Advanced Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sarah received her Masters degree in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration, Health/Mental Health specialization from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah also has a Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Villanova University and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. 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 numerous families mobilize their loved ones into treatment and provided 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 to treating 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.
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.
Peter Brizick, BS, CRS Assistant Director of Recovery Management Services
Peter Brizick is a Ceritified Recovery Specialist. Many clients have a collection of issues that need to be systematically addressed - family, financial, career, education, relationship, community, and overall health. A recovery coach combines real-life experience with formal education in assisting clients to identify, address, and resolve these life issues which impact their recovery process and progress. A dominant focus of his work with clients is helping them figure out "what will work" for them and providing support, encouragement, and resources that allow them to pursue their path. Peter embraces the concept of multiple pathways to recovery. On a daily/weekly basis Peter works with clients on schedules/routines that support recovery, goal-setting and planning, preparing for difficult social situations, managing relationship communication, and helping clients explore healthy activities such as music, writing, art, sports, exercise, and other recovery-oriented outlets. Peter was the recipient of the Caron Unsung Hero award in 2017.
John Armando, LCSW Psychotherapist
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.
Susan Strauss Kelly, MSS, LSW Psychotherapist
Susan Strauss Kelly is a licensed social work professional with experience and training in individual and group counseling, primarily with adults. She specializes in depression, anxiety, addictions and recovery. Using a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches, her strengths-based, client-centered and trauma-informed perspective is grounded in cognitive behavioral theory, attachment theory, psychosocial and cognitive developmental theory, as well as 12-step, SMART Recovery and other recovery program processes. With over 32 years of extensive involvement within the recovery community in the Philadelphia area, she is currently pursuing an Advanced Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Susan received her Master's of Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she was a Child and Family Well-being Junior Fellow.
Erin Eagles, MSS, LSW Addiction & Eating Disorder Specialist
Erin Eagles is a licensed social worker who earned her B.A. in social work from Cedar Crest College and her Master in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College. She has since returned to Bryn Mawr College and completed her Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice. Erin has had opportunities to work in various levels of care, with a wide range of ages, and large scope of mental health issues. She has clinical experience with individuals with severe and pervasive mental illness, dementia and aging-related issues, LGBTQ-identified community, HIV/AIDS population, drug and alcohol use, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, and children with emotional and behavioral health challenges. Erin feels particularly sensitive to those who have been marginalized due to gender identity, sexual orientation, body size, and/or trauma history. Her passion is helping her clients cultivate self-love, to embrace vulnerability, and to establish a strong self-concept. Erin utilizes a holistic approach in therapy, treating the whole person, not just a set of symptoms. Erin uses a combination of Attachment-Based, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness-Based, Experiential, Feminist, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy based upon each client’s unique set of needs.