Tim Bushong - MA
Tim grew up in Lancaster, but traveled around and lived in California, Germany, and Northern Ireland before returning to Lancaster. While in graduate school for his MA Tim worked as a handyman and in factories. Tim has worked in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Community Hospital and the Acute Partial Mental Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital and Lancaster Regional Medical Center. He has been part of the Behavioral Healthcare Corporation team since 2002. Tim is passionate about the well-being of his clients more than their diagnosis. He credits excellent mentors for helping him develop his therapeutic skills – David Nutter, MD; Eric Eshleman, MEd; and Diane Welsh, MA, LPC. What would Tim tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “It’s probably not as bad as it sounds!”
Charlene Eshleman - RN, CS
Charlene grew up in the Hershey/Palmyra area in Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing. In her 33 year career Charlene’s work has included St. Joseph Hospital, an instructor at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, outpatient behavioral health and private practice. As a home health nurse Charlene also developed and implemented an in-home psychiatric program. Her areas of expertise include geriatrics and grief therapy. She is passionate about learning how the body and mind interface. Charlene identified David Nutter, MD, and patient teachers who encouraged insightful processes as making significant contributions to her career. What would Charlene tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “A therapeutic connection can make all the difference in the world.”
Eric Eshleman - MEd
Eric is originally from, and grew up in, Lancaster County. He grew up in a family that emphasized the importance of making a contribution to others and the community. Eric earned an AA in Business from Franklin & Marshall College before going on to earn a BA in Clinical Psychology and an MEd in Counseling Psychology and Education, both from Millersville University. In a career that spans 36 years, Eric has worked in inpatient mental health, acute mental health partial, intensive outpatient, outpatient, behavioral medicine and hospital-based emergency room evaluation services. He is passionate about psycho-education as one of the best interventions. Eric understands that an individual’s problems might be a symptom of a larger system issue. His areas of expertise include thought, mood and personality disorders. He credits his parents for instilling his beliefs and values; clinical mentors David Nutter, MD; Anthony Russo, MD; and Donald F. Hutchings, PhD; and administrative mentor William Bender, LCSW. What would Eric tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Psychotherapy is one of the very few opportunities to have a relationship that is entirely about you, a chance to learn about yourself in ways that may otherwise not be possible.”
Marie King-Linares, MCAT, LPC, BC-DMT
Jessica Kratz, MS
Darryl Lucas - MEd, LPC, NCC
Darryl grew up on a farm in northern Chester County near Pottstown, PA. He has lived in the Lancaster area for 35 years. Darryl earned a BA in Psychology and Human Relations from Mansfield University, and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Millersville University. He is Board Certified with the National Board of Certified Counselors and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Darryl also holds membership in the American Counseling Association and Mental Health America of Lancaster County. Prior to joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2007, Darryl worked in the St. Joseph Hospital mental health unit, Lancaster Guidance Center and Community Services Group. Darryl specializes in working with adults with minor adjustment disorders to those with more serious issues like depression, grief, and personality disorders. What would Darryl tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “It’s all about the therapeutic relationship you can develop with the therapist you choose.”
Silvia McGlinchey - MS
Silvia was born in Guatemala City and has lived in Lancaster for since 2007. She has a Master of Science in Counseling and has worked in the mental health field since 2000, including working with Pennsylvania Counseling, SACA (Spanish American Civic Association), Team Care Behavioral Services and Pressley Ridge. She joined Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2015. Bilingual, Silvia specializes in helping clients improve their lives by listening with care and understanding. What would Silvia tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Be confident in the healing power of talking and sharing difficult emotions.”
Marge Moriarty - MS
Marge grew up in Lebanon, PA but has lived in Lancaster since 1980. She earned a BA in Social Work and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2009, she worked at Lancaster Regional Medical Center in the inpatient mental health unit for five years. Marge also gained early experience working in the Substance Use field as well as geriatrics. Marge’s area of expertise includes working with victims of trauma using an evidenced based approach that focuses on the mind/body connection and the neuroplasticity of the brain. She believes it is exciting to see how empowered clients feel when they realize they have it within themselves the capacity to heal. Marge enjoys helping her clients create balance in their lives through exploring internal patterns that are creating obstacles to satisfaction in their lives. She utilizes a combination of approaches that are also effective in working with mood disorders and other forms of mental illness. Her desire is to meet each client where they are.
What would Marge tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“A therapist can be someone who partners with you in your journey to wellness and healing. It could be one of the greatest gifts you ever give yourself.”
Douglas Ockrymiek - DO
Dr. Ockrymiek (known within the practice as “Dr. O”) grew up in Northern New Jersey and has spent the last 30 years in the Lancaster/Lititz area. He earned a Doctor of Osteopathy from Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Ockrymiek is a residency-trained family physician and an adult and geriatric psychiatrist. He was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and retired as Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at Ephrata hospital in 2005. He has been at Behavioral Healthcare Corporation since 2009. Dr. O’s areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and the role of spirituality in therapy and mental health issues. What would he tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “We can all benefit from psychotherapy.”
Suzanne Pezzulo - MA, LCADC
Suzanne grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey and obtained her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Kean University. She spent 14 years with the New Jersey State EAP (Employee Assistance Program), where she worked with Dr. Joan York. A realist with empathy and compassion, Dr. York mentored Suzanne’s development and enthusiasm in addictions and mental health.
Suzanne worked for 11 years with the Gaudenzia Coastville Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Program as a Counselor/Assessor.
Suzanne has followed her heart when it comes to career choices. She believes giving another human being hope for a better life is a calling.
She hopes to continue to do the work that brings her fulfillment and the opportunity to make a difference in some small way in the lives of others.
One thing Suzanne might tell a friend who was considering seeing a therapist or seeking other mental health services:
“It is worth the investment of time and exploration of yourself, because you are worth it.”
Erma Weaver - LCSW
Erma was born and raised in Lancaster County and lived in Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Botswana, Africa, before settling in Lancaster. Erma earned a Master of Social Work from Temple University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She joined Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2013, after working in a family-based mental health program and as an outpatient psychotherapist. Erma also worked as a social worker with Hospice providing bereavement counseling. What would she tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Just as doctors help us when we’re sick, it’s good to consult a professional to expedite emotional healing so the problem doesn’t need to get worse before you feel better.”