Sarah Espenshade, LCSW, CAADC, Executive Director/Founder
Sarah Espenshade 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 10 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 educational institutions. She has also assisted numerous families mobilize their loved ones into treatment and provided clinical oversight throughout their continum of care. Sarah specializes in Addiction and treating complex dually diagnosed individuals. Sarah takes a client centered, systems oriented, holistic approach to treating addiction and other mental health disorder utilizing evidenced based practices including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, experiential therapy, solution focused therapy in conjunction with the 12 steps and SMART recovery models.
John Golden, LPC, CAADC, Psychotherapist
John Golden earned his Bachelors Degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. John has extensive experience treating people struggling with addictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and specializes in working with young adults. John brings great warmth and compassion into treatment. His aim is to create a safe place for his clients to explore an better understand what issues are underlying and driving their addictions, and to collaborate in finding healthier ways to cope with them.
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 with 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.
Darren Hoffer, MA, CRS, Family Coach
Darren Hoffer is a master level therapist trained in clinical psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. He has experience and training in working with those who struggle with addictive disorders as well as depression, anxiety, mood and other behavioral disorders. He is also trained in various methods of recovery management including sober coaching, companioning, and family dynamics. He utilizes an eclectic array of methods including psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches to compliment a client and family centered approach to implementing healthy lifestyles by incorporating mental health, family life, physical health, and spiritual condition into the process. His goal is to bring together all applicable social supports in an attempt to build a sustainable method of recovery through the process of recovery planning. He believes thoroughly that there are multiple pathways to recovery and further believes that each individual needs to find what works for them. As a result of this methodology, all pathways to recovery are embraced.
Peter Brizick, BS, CRS, Recovery Coach
Peter Brizick is our practice's recovery coach. 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 helps clients explore healthy activities such as music, writing, art, sports, exercise, and other recovery-oriented outlets.