Patti Anne McAndrews
MHS, LPC, CAADC, ICAADC
Patti Anne McAndrews has more than 30 years experience working with families and individuals in the mental health and drug and alcohol field. She is the founder of Adolescent Advocates (A2), an innovative private practice with qualified professionals who treat teens and young adults with a variety of social and mental health issues in an “Outpatient Therapeutic Community.” She and A2 are affiliated with some of the country’s leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, including Caron Family Treatment, Promises, The Ranch and Newport Academy. Patti Anne has also worked with some of the top independent schools and colleges in the Philadelphia area. She works with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on their Fellowship Training Program. She was awarded “The Addiction Professional Award” by the Caron Treatment Center in 2007.
Ethan Tankel brings with him years of experience as both a counselor and educator at the Phelps School and The Center for Families. Ethan received his Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Drexel University, which has informed his culturally sensitive approach to counseling and education. Since developing a passion for serving adolescents struggling with issues related to mental health and addiction, Ethan has earned a Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and received a certificate for completing coursework in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Villanova University. Ethan is a lead therapist in our college groups and works individually with both high school and college students.
In 2016 Taylor graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University. Since then she has begun to pursue her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Villanova University. She started her internship at Adolescent and Young Adult Advocates in January 2019. Prior to this she worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support with children and adolescents who struggled with social, academic and day-to-day life skills. At A2 she primarily sees clients and assists with running groups along with administration work. She enjoys getting to know the clients and helping them in the recovery process.
M. Ed, LPC
Kaitlyn Harkins earned her master’s degree in clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has experience working with children, young adults and families in a variety of settings including in the community, correctional facilities, and universities. Kaitlyn earned the unsung hero award in 2018, presented by Caron Treatment Centers. Kaitlyn is the lead therapist in our high school groups and women’s group.
Chelsea Lee earned earned her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and has gained a plethora of experience in the mental health field since graduating. She has experience in being a Residential Advisor, Recovery Coach, a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor, and working with young to older adults with mental health and substance abuse challenges in a residential community living environment. She has continued training and experience in The Sanctuary Model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Neuosequential Model of Therapeutics.
James Woodruff is a clinical social work intern currently attending Bryn Mawr College for their Masters of Social Service degree, which is anticipated in May of 2020. He has his Bachelors of Science in Biological & Evolutionary Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. His clinical background includes employment at The Meadows, an inpatient psychiatric facility for children, adolescents, adults and severe psychotic disorders, and The Kanner Center of The Devereux Foundation, a residential treatment facility for youth with autism and behavioral disorders. Jamie has published research exploring discharge trend analyses of autistic youth at Devereux and is currently employed by Pennsville Counseling Associates and the Neurobehavioral Assessment Center of South Jersey assisting with its neuropsychologist in the clinical neuropsych testing program.
Maureen M. O’Rourke is a pediatric critical care physician who graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1984 and attended medical school at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai graduating in 1988. She completed her pediatric
residency and critical care fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently in the
process of obtaining an Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certificate at Villanova University. As a pediatrician, she witnessed families severed by drugs and alcohol. After she raised her own children, she wanted to play an integral role in transforming the lives of families
affected by substance use disorder. Given the relationship Patti Anne McAndrews has with CHOP and Penn Medicine, it was fitting to be at Adolescent Advocates.
Katelyn Anderson joined the team at Adolescent and Young Adult Advocates in May of 2018. In her usual positive persona, she keeps a graceful balancing act of managing our office and staff, completing initial intake assessments, and assisting with crisis and intervention calls. Katelyn goes above and beyond to ensure individuals receive the care they need, even if it is not at our treatment center. While Katelyn is not in office she is perusing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. Katelyn was awarded the 2019 Unsung Hero Award, presented by Caron Treatment Center.
ShelDan Dalsimer is currently attending Haverford College for an undergraduate degree in Psychology. As a Religious Studies and Latin minor, he enjoys an interdisciplinary approach to education and studies. Having grown up on the Main Line, ShelDan is proud to be a part of Adolescent and Young Adult Advocates. While pursuing further training in the field of Psychology, ShelDan assists in facilitating the High School program’s Psycho-education group and provides tutoring and life-skills training to our clientele. ShelDan is also a member of the financial and administrative team and is excited to serve A2 in any way possible.