Our Team

Authentic Recovery is unique in that we provide a wide variety of specialty mental health and addiction services all within one practice. Our clinicians are familiar with the wide range of human emotions, experiences, patterns of thought and habits that can create turmoil in your life. Each clinician can be trusted to use a person-centered approach to collaboratively guide each client toward positive and lasting change.

John Simoncelli, LCSW, LADC, MPA
Owner and Director

Educational Background
Master of Social Work
Master of Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Associate of Science: Drug & Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC)

Areas of Expertise
Addiction treatment (substance use disorders)
Trauma-EMDR trained
Relationship issues

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Sara Heller, LADC, LPC
Assistant Director

Educational Background
Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling
Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Acting

Areas of expertise
Addiction treatment, especially opioid use disorders
Co-occurring substance and mental health disorders
Trauma, including complex trauma with adults and children -EMDR trained
Young adult issues
Pregnancy and post-partum mental health issues
Parenting skills training
Play therapy/ expressive arts/ sand-tray therapy with children

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Steven Advocate, MA, MSW, LCSW

Educational Background
Master of Social Work
Master of Arts in English Literature
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Domestic-Violence Certification
Training with Virginia Satir and Carl Whitaker

Areas of Expertise
My clients range from those facing a difficult life-transition to others who struggle with major psychiatric symptoms—whether feeling overwhelmed by hopelessness and loss, or by anxiety, phobic avoidances, and trauma. I also see couples and families who want to overcome old grievances and find new ways of relating to each other. And I have had many years of experience helping recovering clients regain their footing for a drug-free life.

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Harold Gerowe, MS, LADC, CCDP, CSS

Educational Background
Masters in Counseling
Masters in Human Service Administration

Areas of Expertise
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Trauma Recovery & Empowerment ( TREM)
Motivational Interviewing  (MI)
Trained Circle of Security Parent Educator

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Joanna Szymanski, LPC

Educational Background
Master of Science in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy
Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Certification in Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Open Dialogue Level 1 Specialist

Areas of expertise
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Substance Use Disorders
Marriage and Family Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Tobacco Treatment
Motivational Interviewing

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Dorothy Timmermann, LMFTC

Educational Background
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Areas of expertise
Relationship Issues
Addiction Treatment
Trauma and Crisis Management
Life Transitions: Parenting, Divorce, Aging, Chronic Illness, Loss and Grief
Anger Management
Depression and Anxiety

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Connie Merriman, LPC

Educational Background
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Serving Our Veterans certified
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a concentration in Forensics

Areas of expertise
Addiction Treatment
Mental Health Disorders
Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Issues faced by Active Duty Members, Veterans, and their Families
Incarceration/ Post-Incarceration Challenges

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Perry Githens, APRN PMHNP-BC

Educational Background
Master of Nursing in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified by ANCC in Psychiatry
Bachelors in Nursing
Bachelors of Liberal Arts English Literature

Areas of expertise
Addiction Treatment, Alcohol, Opioids, Stimulants
Co-Occurring Substance and Mental Health Disorders
Adolescents 12 yrs and above
Medication management for substance and alcohol use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar I and II, PTSD, ADHD ASD and OCD

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Lois Silver
Office Administrator

Educational Background
Certified Medical Biller and Coder

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