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What is Chrysalis? (Chris - ah - liss)

Chrysalis is a term you may have heard before in regards to the process of transformation by which a caterpillar turns into a butterfly...we believe all human change is much like this same transformation. The word chrysalis actually refers to the safe and protected environment which is necessary for the change/transformation to occur. We provide that safe space and counselors who assist clients through their transformation and changes.


Why are we called "Recovery Center" ? Our name does not mean that everyone needs to recover. We are not biased in assuming everyone is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Our name means that this is a place where recovery can, and does happen on a daily basis - and for those who need it, our goal is to provide it.  Really, we are a counseling center but the name was already chosen as recovery center. 

 Since we have added the IDCMP - DWI program to our facility - we have become much more aware of the fact that a DWI is often a bad choice for some, while for others - their addiction is out of control. For others, they find themselves in the middle. Chrysalis Recovery Center offers to everyone a place to examine themselves and their current habits, and we offer the assistance to recover from unhealthy addictions, habits or even poor choices. Everyone can benefit from speaking to counselors at Chrysalis!

Chrysalis Recovery Center, LLC is a counseling center that has been transforming lives in New Hampshire since 2009.


We also offer: Intensive Outpatient Programs, DWI aftercare counseling, Military Family Transitions and Reintegration Counseling, Veteran Counseling, Addiction Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Dual Diagnosis Counseling, Anger Management, Mental Health Counseling, Groups, Evaluations, Assessments, Stress Management, Budgeting, Parenting skills, Vocational Assistance and more.


Our counselors have specialties in many areas, please explore our website to learn more about us and programs we offer, as well as funded programs we are providers of such as; NH Public Defenders reimbursement for Evaluations, NH DCYF/Juvenile Probation reimbursement for Evaluations, and the DATA program low cost options. We also are preferred providers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, NH Medicaid, WellSense, Ambetter, NH Healthy Families and Ameri-Health.


We have been blessed with caring and compassionate counselors, therapists, recovery mentors and treatment team staff. Chrysalis counselors help you and your loved ones determine the best course of treatment that fits your busy lifestyle and personal, family and recovery needs. 

Chrysalis Staff:

Kirsten is the founder and CEO of Chrysalis Recovery Center, LLC (CRC-IDCMP) which first opened in April 2009.


She has been licensed as a substance abuse counselor in 3 different states (AZ, MA and NH), since 2004, and has been working in substance abuse services since 1997.  She is a Certified Anger Management Trainer (CAMT) and is Certified as a SAP - Substance Abuse Professional for the Department of Transportation for DOT Evaluations and Counseling.  Kirsten is currently licensed in NH #0831, Maine #CAC8695 and Vermont #151.01347TELE and Massachusetts LADC-I #23451 


She started Chrysalis because she believed that everyone has the power to change, and she wanted to help be someone that makes a difference in the lives of the clients and staff around her. 

You may reach Kirsten at


Direct Line:  603-369-6433


Dr. George Bortnick is the full time clinical director for the agency.


George has a PhD in General Psychology and a Masters in Human Services. He is a masters licensed alcohol and drug counselor (MLADC) and an impaired driver service provider (IDSP) and he is certified in anger management (CAMT).  He also is  SAP - Substance Abuse Professional for DOT or safety sensitive SAP evaluations.    He is certified in EMDR and also enjoys running groups.


He has been a college professor for a number of years,  he has worked in drug court for a number of years, he has spent years in substance abuse and mental health treatment, and he has also had a private practice for the past 15 years and has worked in a wide range of treatment services. George is currently licensed in NH MLADC #1011, Vermont #151.0134187TELE and Maine license pending.


You can reach George at

603-998-4210 x 130



Kyle is responsible for doing the compliances, non-compliances and completions for the IDCMP program and he ensures everyone has completed all aspects of the program and helps staff ensure compliance with the rules that govern IDCMP.  He has worked within the IDCMP since 2013,  so he can answer almost any question you have about the IDCMP process and steps.  He has trained all of our Intake Coordinators and been one himself for many years.  


Kyles background is that he worked for years in collections and college admissions and banking for about 6 years before becoming a carpenter/contractor.  He spent almost 10 years in the Boston Carpenters Union before joining Chrysalis.


He also handles all of our facilities and maintenance and all renovations and repairs or construction renovations of our spaces as well.


You can reach Kyle at      or




Jen is our weekend WIDEP instructors. She has been teaching prime for life for more than 15 years and does a wonderful job making the weekend overnight program fun, educational and welcoming. She even does a fire on Saturday nights if you are staying overnight at the Northwood WIDEP!


Jenn has her MBA and she also is completing on her PhD in Clinical Psychology.


Jen is an IDEP - Impaired Driver Education Provider.


You can reach Jen at



Alyse has her Bachelors degree from Keene State College in Psychology and an AS in addictions. 


She has worked for a number of years in residential substance abuse treatment and she is excited to work in outpatient at Chrysalis.  She is a NH licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) #1294 and she is licensed in Vermont #151.0134188TELE.


We are thrilled to have such a vibrant counselor working with us at Chrysalis! 


Alyse can be reached at:

Or 603-998-4210 x 131

Direct Line:  603-696-5120

Haley has her associates degree and she is a current student in a Bachelors in Psychology program at SNHU and she expects to graduate May 2024. 


Haley has her NH CRSW #0488 (certified recovery support worker).  She plans on going for her LADC next.


Haley is super helpful,  kind, and very responsive and attentive to all the clients in our program.  She makes the process for both DWI clients and counseling clients a breeze to enroll and to get all questions answered quickly.  Clients adore her kindness and consistency of answering all calls, messages, emails etc promptly.


You can reach Haley at:

603-998-4210 x 100

Direct Line:  603-369-6330

Brad has two Masters degrees - 


a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Human Services Counseling : Marriage and Family from Liberty University.  


Brad is a Board Certified Christian Counselor BCCC#1261 by the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counseling.  


He is also a Board Certified Mental Health Coach BCMHC#1681 by the Board of Mental Health Coaching.


He has years working in mental health and substance abuse services and counseling in both residential and outpatient treatment.  Brad is a NH MLADC #1311 and Vermont and Maine licenses pending.


You may reach Brad at:

603-998-4210 x 106

Direct Line:  603-664-4202








Sarah is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and a certified recovery support worker (CRSW).  She graduated from NHTI majoring in addiction counseling with a certificate in mindfulness.  She continued her education at SNHU and earned her bachelors in psychology.

Sarah has been accepted at New England College and she will begin her Masters in Clinical Mental Health in the Spring of 2024.

Sarah NH LADC #1270, NH CRSW# 0328, Vermont #151.0134184TELE and Maine and Mass pending.


Sarah worked previously as the Program Director of an IDCMP where she worked in various roles over 8 years.  At Chrysalis, currently she is doing our IDCMP evaluations, teaching class and seeing counseling clients.

We are thrilled to have Sarah join Chrysalis on her journey.


You may reach Sarah at:

603-998-4210 x 132

Direct Line:  603-696-4045



Elijah has a BS in Criminal Justice from  and has worked in law enforcement and the criminal justice field before coming to Chrysalis.  He is currently working towards his CRSW and LADC.


He recently took the Prime for Life training and will begin teaching our IDCMP 20 hour education course in the Spring 2023.


He currently conducts all of the IDCMP intakes for clients who have had a DWI offenses.


You may reach Elijah at:

603-998-4210 x 108

Direct Line:  603-369-6436



Monali is  LADC and a CRSW who has worked for years in the SUD field.


She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern NH University and she expects to have her LADC in summer 2023  She is planning on starting her Masters degree summer 2023, also in Counseling.


She has years of experience working in the field and has worked with veterans, homeless outreach, residential and outpatient and hospital based programs.

Monali NH LADC #1262, and Vermont # 151.0134190TELE and Maine is pending.


Monali works with Chrysalis fulltime.



You may reach Monali at:

603-998-4210 x 128

Direct Line:  603-825-5458

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