Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC, CT, NCP
Psychotherapist, Executive Director
Heather founded Sanctuary Counseling to further her work with individuals (children and adults), couples, families, and groups for whom she provides counseling for depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, loss and life transitions, identity issues, career, sexuality, and intimacy issues among others. She set out to create an embracing space in which her clients could truly feel at home, supported, held, and nurtured as they traveled with her through their own personal journeys to whole-self wellness.
Today, Sanctuary Counseling is a thriving group practice where other talented practitioners have joined Heather in her vision of maintaining an inviting, comfortable space where people can truly let go and be themselves, open up, relax, and be fully present as they do the serious work of effective therapy. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Eastern University, Heather is a Certified Thanatologist as well as a Nationally Certified Psychologist. Further, Heather is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
She has served in a wide variety of settings, including private agencies, public schools, and non-profit agencies. Heather has an extensive background in and affinity for working with members of the LGBTQ community. Additionally, she specializes in grief and bereavement counseling. She was awarded first place in the American Counseling Association’s 2006 national ethics competition, speaks regularly throughout the community on issues of mental health, particularly grief and bereavement, and particularly enjoys incorporating the creative and expressive arts into her work with clients when appropriate. You can contact Heather at our Douglassville location.
Sara Grove, MA, NCC, LPC
There are a lot of people out there who aren’t seen or heard. Whether that’s because they’re queer or anxious or just different, they don’t feel like anybody sees them and sometimes they can’t see themselves. I want to give these people a place to actually feel like somebody sees them and believes them and gets them. I want to guide them and be guided by them as they figure themselves out. It’s not about me being an expert on any of the areas that I focus in, it’s about them knowing and understanding themselves and finally being able to believe it.
I love working with teens and young adults because they tend to be the ones who are going through a period of self-exploration. They are trying to look deeper into themselves and discover their values. I like working with the people who feel like they’re not going to find anyone who understands them.
I don’t just work with young people, but I think they don’t get taken as seriously as they deserve. There are too many teenagers who are depressed or queer and adults say, “we don’t know that yet. We don’t get it.” and they get ignored. I want to give them space to be heard.
Many people comment on my hair, and I feel that it actually helps in the therapy space. People who see themselves as some measure of unconventional find a level of comfort with me. The expecting mothers that I work with often comment that they will not let having a baby change the fact that they are an independent human being. And that describes this connection perfectly; the people who see my hair and are drawn to it don’t want to lose what’s different about them, even during a period of change. In a way, it communicates a broader level of acceptance and persistence, which are both important in my work.
You can meet with Sara at our Douglassville office Monday through Thursday. They specialize in gender & sexuality, identity exploration & transition, sex therapy, alternative relationships, self-esteem, body image, relationship & sexual violence, pet loss, career & college counseling, and individuals preparing to have children.
Timothy Reider, MA, LPC
Time and time again, I bear witness to people trying to prove their emotions. To walk that path safely, little of that kind of effort is needed. This is where companioning becomes an important aspect of my work, especially with grief or any kind of sudden overwhelming change. Nobody can promise to solve loss, but I can promise to sit with someone in that space and be their storykeeper as they hold that feeling that needs to be honored.
I work really closely with my clients such that they know they’re always holding the reins in therapy. My teens and I talk about the idea of sitting in different depths; sometimes we want to go deep, but other times we want to stay closer to the surface. We need both! The moment is always available to check where we are in the ocean because sometimes, the answer isn’t down there today, and there’s genuine joy in the shallow end. The ebb and flow of this style is something that I find sacred, and people who are drawn to it find it especially helpful when confronting something scary or new.
I care passionately about character, narrative, art and metaphor when working with people who feel really attached to pop culture and stories. Video game heroes, villains, muses: it is so helpful for someone to have found that “Wow, that’s me!” “That’s my story!” piece that adds to their lives. I wholly welcome that! Fictional characters are often metaphors for humanity, so it would be weird to leave out these comparisons. I hold so much love and care for the creatively therapeutic process and how we come to shape our art and in turn, are shaped by it.
You can see Tim at our Collegeville office Monday through Thursday. He specializes in gender & sexuality, grief & loss, attachment, emerging adulthood, ADHD, OCD, and challenges related to the autism spectrum. He works with kids and their parents, teens, young adults, and adults, and has experience with play therapy for kids.
Nichole Bacigalupa, MA, NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Psychotherapist and Certified Interventionist
There very few times that people can say what they mean without judgment and get an opportunity to learn about themselves in the process. What I hope to accomplish in therapy is to provide a space where people are able to be heard and seen and validated for who they are and what they’re going through.
I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. It’s really about getting to learn and understand what the client is looking for and tailoring what I do and how I listen to them. It’s not about me or my experience; it’s about them.
Wellness and meditation are unique to my approach to therapy. Normally, things are not occurring in a vacuum. If you are having issues in one aspect of your life, then other areas will show it as well. It’s important to me to look at the mind-body-spirit connection so that the whole self is addressed.
You can meet with Nichole at our Collegeville office Monday through Thursday. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief & loss, life transitions, and substance abuse. When it’s beneficial for her clients, she likes to incorporate art therapy, wellness, meditation, and other holistic approaches. She sees individuals, couples, and kids.
Kari Eyer, MA
When I think about what first drew me to working as a therapist at Sanctuary, I am reminded of my own healing through therapy and my longing to offer that gift to others. I find that clients often come to me asking questions like: “How did my life get like this?” “What now?” “How can I heal from this?” or “Can my relationship be saved?” These very questions are some of the many that are the beginning of the path to healing. I work with clients to uncover the underlying influences (dynamics, beliefs, experiences, etc.) that come to shape who you are and how you move through the world.
My approach may look different from a “typical” therapy session because I take a holistic approach which integrates introspective talk therapy with body-based methods. This natural approach offers my clients a way to connect with themselves that provides safety when exploring difficult experiences and facilitates inner healing. I am currently working toward my TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model) certification, so I can expand my knowledge and better assist my clients.
My passion is to companion my clients through healing that leads them to truly fulfilling lives. Please come share your story. I’d love to journey with you.
You can meet with Kari in our Douglassville home on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. She sees clients who are working through trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief. Kari does couples work as well as individual sessions.
Cori Entler, MA
Cori’s passion for counseling has given her the calling to help others figure out how their relationships affect their lives and happiness. Human relationships can be messy and they can hurt. They can also be gratifying, fulfilling, and loving. Cori believes it’s important to detangle the messiness and find a way to make the different relationships in your life work best for you. Using elements of a client-centered approach and a family systems perspective, Cori will help to create a therapeutic space that meets your unique needs and establishes a path for a brighter future. Therapy can empower you to feel better, form stronger relationships, and to really live well. Reach out today to meet with Cori at Douglassville!
Business Manager, Counseling Intern
I first came to Sanctuary as an undergraduate intern hoping to gain some insight into the field I was studying. I started small by working nights at the front desk, learning all about Sanctuary and the wonderful clients I got to meet. Since my time at the desk, I remained on as a member of the Sanctuary family as our Business Manager and continue to find pride and significance in being a part of the beautiful and healing work that happens here. I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Eastern University with the intent to continue such important work.
I do a bit of everything here at Sanctuary; while most of us here work mainly within our own departments, I get to work on the wholeness of the business. I am the bridge between our clients, therapists, and administrators, in both our Douglassville and Collegeville locations. If you have a question (no matter how strange you may think it), I will have the answer. One of my goals in my role as Business Manager is not only to learn how the business of therapy works, but also to perpetuate the safety and sanctity of our culture here. My work is hands on, and I enjoy being in contact with every aspect of Sanctuary as we grow.
If you have any questions or concerns during your time here at Sanctuary, Allison is your go-to. She can be found in our Douglassville home on Mondays and Tuesdays, and in our Collegeville location on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She’s only a call or email away!
Sanctuary has always been a big part of my life. I was offered the opportunity as an Undergraduate to intern here, and it was during this time that my desire to pursue a career in therapy flourished. I eventually transitioned into my current role as the Welcome Coordinator here at Sanctuary. I am able to welcome all of our new clients to the Sanctuary Family and make sure they are taken care of.
While my responsibilities include insurance calls and going over intake questions, I truly enjoy being able to assist our clients in finding the right therapist for them. In this role, I strive to convey the importance of therapy, and I can assure our new clients that it’s not scary at all to get started!
In the long run, my goal is to work here at Sanctuary as a therapist. The hands-on nature of this job allows me to see the business side as well as the clinical side. I hope that I can make you all feel welcome and supported during your time with us.
You can find Oriana at our Douglassville location Monday through Thursday, answering the phone, making calls, and welcoming new clients!
I first came to Sanctuary after I learned through a friend that they were growing and in need of an admin for their Collegeville office. I had been struggling to find my place and after meeting the people here and feeling that warm atmosphere and strong sense of community, I felt immediately comfortable and at home as a I became a member of the Sanctuary family.
As the only admin at the Collegeville office, I’m usually the first face you see when you walk through our doors and I want that to be a kind, welcoming, & smiling face. Our office is a place of deep healing and a place you can feel safe; I hope everyone feels that as they walk through that door. You’re always welcome to come have a chat with me, no matter how busy it gets in here! Our office is more than just a few rooms and a lobby, it’s a little piece of home.
I also take care of helping with the marketing and I run Sanctuary’s social media accounts. I try to make our accounts a resource for information, uplifting messages, and notifications about upcoming events. Sanctuary is a valuable resource to our community and I would love everyone to know about us! I don’t want to just get clients in the door, I want people to find their safe place among us, a place to gain peace, understanding, and love.
Ashley is at the Collegeville office Monday through Thursday. Give her a call and she’ll connect you with the right therapist!
I came to work at Sanctuary Counseling by recommendation while I was looking for fulfilling work in my community. I took one step in the door at our Douglassville location and I never looked back; I found a home away from home. I believe that everyone who comes to spend time with us becomes part of the Sanctuary Family, and I hope to provide that for those with whom we do such meaningful work. My goal is to perpetuate a safe space where our clients can feel at ease.
From taking calls and answering emails, to scheduling appointments and organizing the house, you’ll see pieces of me in every part of our home. In a few months, I will be transitioning into more of a business role, and I am excited to take on new responsibilities while learning more about the business of Sanctuary Counseling. This work is special, important, and so worth it; I hope you will find your place here with us.
Emily is the early bird of the Douglassville office, so you can reach her bright and early Monday through Thursday! She’s only a call or email away.
Marketing Coordinator, Administrative Assistant
I was welcomed into the Sanctuary family while searching for a job in the field of psychology. After graduating with a degree in psych, I wanted to test out the waters before committing to grad school for therapy. However, shortly after I started my work as an administrative assistant, I dipped my toes in the field of marketing and fell in love. I truly believe that Sanctuary does good work that can radically change people’s views of themselves and others, and it’s an honor to share this work with our community.
During my marketing time in the morning, I take part in a variety of tasks ranging from updating print work, to connecting with organizations that we meet at wellness fairs, and taking photos of our beautiful staff and therapy pets. When I switch to the role of Night Owl at the front desk, I am happy to connect with clients and their families. It’s very rewarding to talk with the amazing people who walk through our doors every week.
Looking ahead, I’m eager to continue expanding my marketing knowledge and learn how Sanctuary can best serve our community. In January, I will start Yoga Teacher Training, and I can’t wait to integrate those skills into my work at Sanctuary.
You can find Shelby at our Douglassville home Monday through Thursday. She is frequently found chatting with clients in the lobby or cuddling with Lemmy.
Douglassville Therapy Cat
Our friend Vincent came to Sanctuary Counseling when he was rescued in the Spring of 2016, at 8 years of age. He’s now a mature cat of 9 and has grown to love his home here with us. Vincent’s favorite pastimes include napping in a patch of sunlight and giving love and comfort to our clients. He always seems to know when our clients need a little snuggle, and he’s happy to give it in exchange for a back scratch! There is a lot of personality in his little orange body, and we’re glad to have him as a familiar face for all our visitors.
You can find Vincent at Douglassville, where he graciously allows us to work in his home.
Douglassville Therapy Bunny
Lemmy was adopted in the late Summer of 2016, and we have been able to watch him grow into an adventurous little fella. He loves to chew (anything and everything), but once he trusts you, he appreciates a good petting. When he hears that treat bag rustle, he will be your new best friend. Lemmy is happiest when he’s running around freely in the Meditation Porch and when his toys are all out in his play pen where he can lounge and frolic. He is our little adventurer, and loves visitors!
You can find Lemmy at our Douglassville home, where you will find him chewing away and begging for treats!
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