Dr. Ascher has assembled a team of expert consultants to deliver world-class, evidence-based, and compassionate addiction care to a select number of patients and their families in the Philadelphia area. While each consultant maintains his or her own individual private practice, the team has been working together collaboratively for years to ensure the very best outcomes for high functioning and motivated patients struggling with addictive and compulsive behaviors. Each clinician brings a unique expertise to the clinical team and our approach to care is highly customized and respectful to our patients’ circumstances, values and goals.
Our best outcomes for addiction treatment are observed when the entire family is open to exploring their own behaviors, communication styles, and emotional struggles. We are confident that treatment can be a transformative experience that will lead each patient to feel hopeful and empowered to explore new ways of being in the world without relying on substances. We treat not only the addictive process but underlying emotional struggles as well such as depression, anxiety, trauma, learning issues, grief and attentional issues. Please visit Dr. Ascher’s Code of Ethics for more information regarding his approach to care.
We are happy to consult and collaborate with any existing providers and/or addiction treatment centers that you are currently working with.
Consultants are listed alphabetically. To protect confidentiality, cases are only discussed with the group if given written permission by the patient. If you are interested in a consultation, please email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elana E Rosof, Ph.D
Susan Schack, Ph.D
David A. Yusko, Psy.D
Arnold Washton, Ph.D
Bios of Consultants:
Dr. Elana Rosof is a clinical psychologist licensed in New York and Pennsylvania. She has two Masters in Counseling and Health Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has been a practicing clinician for over 15 years. Her specialties include addiction and associated behaviors and psychological conditions. She has published numerous research articles on the impact of motivational strategies on the reduction of alcohol use and medication adherence as well as articles pertaining to drug and alcohol treatment and the use of family systems to support the treatment process. She was a professor in the Counseling Department at New York University. She has two practice locations in Philadelphia: Center City and Chestnut Hill.
Dr. Susan Schack is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings. She served as an expert consultant with the Center for Motivation and Change in New York City since its inception in 2004. Dr. Susan Schack has a private practice in Center City and Chestnut Hill where she enjoys working with individuals and couples. Early in her career Dr. Schack was intensively trained in DBT, CBT for anxiety and psychodynamic treatment at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and proceeded to work there as a supervising psychologist. She worked in the inpatient, day program, and outpatient units, and became expert at working with a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and personality disorders. She also was very involved in training and supervising students in their internship program. After leaving Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. Schack spent several years as the Assistant Director of Student Counseling at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
Dr. David Yusko is nationally recognized as an expert in prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is a certified PE therapist and supervisor by Dr. Edna Foa. Dr. Yusko is one of a handful of experts in the world on the concurrent treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders. He is also certified as an exposure and response prevention (EXRP) therapist and supervisor for OCD by Dr. Edna Foa. He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As a graduate student, Dr. Yusko was supported by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism training grant under the expert mentorship of Dr. Barbara McCrady, a national leader in the field of alcohol use disorders. Dr. Yusko completed his predoctoral internship training at Montefiore Medical Center, a part of Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Upon completing his doctoral studies, Dr. Yusko joined The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yusko joined CTSA in order to coordinate a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded clinical trial examining the sequential versus concurrent treatment of PTSD and alcohol dependence. Dr. Yusko is also a treating clinician for the National Football League for players that violate the league’s substances of abuse rules. He was trained in sports psychology by Dr. Charlie Maher, sports psychologist for the Cleveland Indians baseball organization, and continues to work with athletes of all levels. Dr. Yusko has presented on issues associated with OCD and PTSD at local and national professional organizations, he has appeared on television and been interviewed by multiple media outlets.
Dr. Arnold Washton is a widely known clinician, researcher, and published book author who has dedicated his professional career to developing flexible individualized approaches to treating substance abuse and related mental health problems. He has directed both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. He has served on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and as substance abuse advisor to the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy, the US Food and Drug Administration, special committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, the NYC Mayor’s Office, professional sports teams, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the New York State Senate. A prolific writer, he has published over 50 articles in scientific journals and nine books including a self-help book “Willpower’s Not Enough” (HarperCollins) and a professional textbook “Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice” (Guilford Publications). Dr. Washton is a licensed to practice psychology in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Florida and holds national proficiency certification in addiction psychology from the American Psychological Association.