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William J. Gillespie, Psy.D., LPC
President & Counselor


Dr. Bill Gillespie is the President and counselor at Crest Counseling and Educational Services. He holds a Masters Degree in School Counseling and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He works at St. Joe’s Prep as the chair of the counseling department and has been there since 2002. Additionally, Dr. Gillespie spent three years working as an individual and group counselor within a large practice. Within that practice he successfully established an Intensive Outpatient group for adolescents recently discharged from inpatient treatment. Dr. Gillespie has extensive experience counseling adolescents, adults, families and couples.

His specialties include working with adolescents and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and substance abuse problems. Dr. Gillespie believes in utilizing researched therapeutic techniques to serve his clients most ethically and effectively.

He founded Crest because he believes that counseling is a deeply personal experience which examines the client’s entire network – parents, children, siblings, friends, work and school. Examining all aspects of the client’s life is essential to recovery and change. For this reason Dr. Gillespie incorporated educational services into Crest’s services. This original model acknowledges that school is one of the most important factors in the lives of children and adolescents. Combining counseling and educational services creates a setting for more holistic treatment.

Dr. Gillespie graduated from Cardinal Dougherty in 1995, The University of Scranton in 1999 (BS, Counseling and Human Relations), Villanova University in 2002 (MS School Counseling) and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). Most often, Dr. Gillespie works with adolescents and adults individually. He also leads the Thursday evening adolescent group.

Most importantly, Dr. Gillespie is a husband and father to his wife, daughter and two sons. He has coached baseball at Saint Joe’s Prep and enjoys playing baseball, reading and running.

Dr. Gillespie prides himself on providing first-class treatment and hiring counselors and educators who are both experienced and genuinely skilled in their profession. He will meet and evaluate all clients before treatment and will personally recommend a staff member who best fits their personality and individual needs.

Contact Dr. Gillespie: 267.257.8978 or wgillespie@crestcounseling.com


Marissa C. Deitch, M.S.

Vice-President of Career Counseling

 Marissa Deitch has over a decade of career development experience providing individual career counseling to adolescents, young professionals and experienced job seekers. Her counseling framework is humanistic and solution focused. Marissa's educational background of an undergraduate degree in business (Saint Joseph's University) and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations (Villanova University) provides a strong foundation to assist individuals in achieving their personal, educational, and career goals.

Marissa has worked in career counseling for Swarthmore College for over seven years. Prior to joining Swarthmore College, she served as a Career Counselor with traditionally-aged and adult students at Widener University for three years. As a Career Counselor, Marissa helps clients by conducting a career exploration process finding careers that align with their personal values, skills, interests and personality traits. She believes that career satisfaction is essential to overall life happiness and works as a guide to help individuals develop meaningful careers.

She provides expertise on the job and internship search process as well as the nuances of successful applications and interviews. Marissa also assists high school and college students in exploring and selecting college majors. She is knowledgeable about the overall job market and employment sectors, and has expertise in effective job search strategies by sector.
Specialties

Career Transition and Exploration, Career Planning, Resume and Cover Letter Preparation, Interview Coaching; Workplace Etiquette and Preparedness; Experienced in administration of career assessments including Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest and Skill Survey; Graduate School Advising, College Major Selection. Networking using Social Media

Marissa’s e-mail is mdeitch@crestcounseling.com


Sally R. Juska, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Therapist

Sally Juska is a licensed social worker and has been working with children in the Philadelphia area for 13 years. Helping children who are suffering to have happier and healthier lives has always been her passion. She has a bachelor's degree in Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in social work from Temple University. For nine years she worked with children and families in the foster care system. She has extensive experience supporting families and helping them navigate social service systems. While working in foster care, Sally supervised a unit of children experiencing the most extreme therapeutic and behavioral needs. More recently, Sally performed independent contracting as a mobile therapist and behavioral specialist. She provided direct therapy and consultation for children and families addressing behavioral issues and emotional distress. Her outpatient services include behavioral and therapeutic work with children and their families. Sally specializes in treating adolescent eating disorders and emotional/behavioral issues in children. She also facilitates psycho-educational groups for parents to help them better understand eating disorders and learn how to best support their child.

 

Contact Sally: sjuska@crestcounseling.com



Esther Auerbach, LPC, M.ED, CYT
Therapist

Esther Auerbach is a licensed professional counselor and has been working in the Philadelphia and Main Line areas for 18 years.  In addition to her private clients, Mrs. Auerbach also works as a certified secondary counselor, and provides individual and group counseling, learning assessments, and study skill workshops to students within the Philadelphia region.

 

Her specialty is in working with adolescents and women experiencing anxiety and depression. In addition to her therapeutic training, she is also a certified yoga teacher and incorporates relaxation techniques into her sessions to aid in the reduction of anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors often associated with depressive symptoms. 

 

Mrs. Auerbach holds a BA in Communications as well as a Master of Education in Counseling, from Temple University. Additionally, she received training in Marriage and Family therapy at the Philadelphia Child & Family Training Center.  She utilizes this additional training to incorporate her clients' families as an additional support system in guiding them through their therapeutic journey. 

 

Mrs. Auerbach is married and a proud mother of three children.  She is also an avid supporter of local animal organizations for whom she rescues and fosters dogs in need. 

 

Contact Esther: eauerbach@crestcounseling.com

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