Accept. Understand. Overcome.
Monthly meetings for parents and guardians who have children struggling with addiction or in recovery.
The individual struggling with addiction isn’t the only one in need of healing. Parent & Family Connection is a safe, professionally-facilitated, member-run resource for parents and guardians that have a child (or children) in recovery or actively using. It’s a place to share support, wisdom, and perspective to help cope with the collateral effects of addiction.
The meetings will help you navigate topics such as:
- Supporting children without enabling them
- Recovery support outside of the Ashley Parent & Family Connection group (i.e. Al-Anon, Family Anonymous, Nar-Anon, etc.)
- Focusing on your personal recovery
- Suspicion that your child is using again
- Your child stops going to recovery-based activities such as recovery support meetings
- Crisis (relapse, incarceration, suicidal ideation, etc)
Meetings are held on a monthly basis in:
Facilitator: Catherine Eckhart, LCSW-C
2nd Wednesday each month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church/Spangler Hall • 1609 Kurtz Ave • Lutherville, MD 21093
Facilitator: Jennifer Dorsey, NCC, LPC, CAC-I
2nd Thursday each month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All Saints Episcopal • Church 3 Chevy Chase Circle NW • Washington, DC 20005
Facilitator: Rebecca Tillemans, MS, LCPC
3rd Tuesday each month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Hawthorn Center • 6175 Sunny Spring • Columbia, MD 21044
Facilitator: Alice O’Brien, MS, LPCMH
4th Tuesday each month
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Weston Senior Living Center/Sussex Cottage • 4800 Lancaster Pike • Wilmington, DE 19807
Catherine has had a private psychotherapy practice in Towson, MD for 20 years. She specializes in co-occurring disorders, trauma, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders and works with individuals, couples, and families. Her experience also includes her work at Sheppard Pratt in the dual disorders outpatient program, facilitating groups, and individual therapy. In addition, Cathy worked with Charter Behavioral Health Systems and Greenspring Health Systems, facilitating addiction groups for adolescents and their families, as well as adult addictions groups.
Jen Dorsey, NCC, LPC, CAC-I
Jen has had the pleasure of facilitating the DC Parent Connection group since it started in 2014. She is the Regional Clinical Director for the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers and has been working in addiction treatment since 1999. As someone who started recovery at a young age and is herself a mom, Jen has a passion for providing support to parents who are on their own journeys of recovery from the impact addiction has had in their lives.
Rebecca Tillemans, MS, LCPC
Rebecca has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Psychology from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her last ten years of clinical experience includes work in wilderness therapy, acute psychiatric care, residential treatment for youth, and counselor for Ashley and Kolmac Clinic. Rebecca currently owns a private psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD, where she specializes in treating anxiety, addiction, and psychological trauma. She continues to serve Ashley in the roles of: lecturer, workshop facilitator, Family Wellness Program counselor, and Family Connection group leader. She has been living in long-term recovery from addiction since she completed Ashley treatment in 2005.
Alice R. O'Brien is a master's level therapist licensed in Delaware and a long-term Wilmington resident. She has a Master's Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and her expertise include chemical and process addiction; addictions and their impact on family members, trauma, loss and grief, chronic illness, and life transitions. Alice was an Ashley Counselor before opening her private practice in Wilmington in 2012. She continues to serve Ashley as a presenter for women’s services, pastoral counselor, and facilitator for the Delaware Parent and Family Connection Group.