Accept. Understand. Overcome.

Monthly meetings for parents and guardians who have children struggling with addiction or in recovery.

Upcoming Meetings

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:

Baltimore, MD

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

Washington, DC

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

Columbia, MD

Facilitator: Rebecca Tillemans, MS, LCPC
3rd Tuesday each month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Hawthorn Center • 6175 Sunny Spring • Columbia, MD 21044

Wilmington, DE

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


Meetings are held on a weekly basis in:

Moorestown, NJ

Facilitators: Rich Sockriter, MS, LPC, LCADC or John Bellan, CADC
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Burlington County Agricultural Center • 500 Centerton Rd • Moorestown, NJ 08057

Facilitator Bio’s

Catherine Eckhart

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 O’Brien

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.

Rich Sockriter, MS, LPC, LCADC

Rich is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 25 years of clinical and executive experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community health. He currently has his own practice with offices in Camden and Gloucester County, New Jersey where he works with individuals struggling with addiction and their families. His other specialty areas include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, addiction free pain management, group work, and equine assisted psychotherapy. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland and holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in substance abuse.

John Bellan, CADC Intern

John is the son of 2 social workers; his path to help others was set at birth. His strong desire to assist people in need has guided him with a willingness to expand his human experience through service. This desire has lead him to volunteer one year of service to aid Katrina Victims in Mississippi. Through this experience, he learned about the great compassion and empathy that people show to others in times of need. John returned home with a new fire to help others. This led to his concentration in addiction counseling. He brings to Victory Bay years of experience in multiple modalities and a folksy way of leading clients to formulate their own personal journey through life.