Real therapy. Real connection. Real convenience.
At Sanctuary, we know that therapy can sometimes be difficult to fit into a demanding schedule. In addition to our day and evening appointments, we are excited to offer our clients secure, HIPAA-compliant telesessions via doxy.me. Wherever and whenever, your place or ours, Sanctuary is here for you. Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment that fits your schedule.
Nichole Bacigalupa, MA, NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Clinical Manager, Psychotherapist
There very few times that we can say what we mean truly without judgment and get an opportunity to learn about ourselves in the process. What I hope to accomplish in our work together is to provide a space where you are able to be heard and seen and validated for who you are and what you are going through.
I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. It’s really about getting to learn and understand what you are looking for and tailoring what I do and how I listen to you. It’s not about me or my experience; it’s about YOU.
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.
Nichole holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. You can meet with Nichole through our HIPAA-Compliant telesessions. 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 and couples.
Deborah Kerr, MS
Clinical Manager, Psychotherapist
The journey of life can often be unpredictable. Despite our best intentions and plans, we often encounter different crossroads and life transitions. Sometimes you see them coming and other times, they come out of nowhere! Sometimes these crossroads are about yourself, such as realizing you aren’t doing what you want to do, or that you have lost touch with your inner self and who you are. Sometimes, they are about others, including relationship issues. Crossroads can be challenging, especially when you’re confronted with difficult decisions. I can help you navigate these difficult, sometimes downright scary transitions!
Each of my clients is a unique individual. I want to get to know you first. You are not a set of problems that need to be “fixed,” you are a whole person who I am eager to get to know and walk alongside in their therapy journey.
I am committed to providing a judgement free space where you can share things you can’t say out in the rest of the world, no matter how dark you may think they are. I have found that speaking one’s truth can begin the process of powerful self healing.
Deb holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, women’s issues, life transitions, and borderline personality disorder. She works with individuals (over 15) and couples. You can meet with Deb at our Audubon office Monday through Friday.
Sara Grove, MA, NCC, LPC
Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist
There are a lot of people out there who aren’t seen or heard. Perhaps you are one of them. Whether that’s because you are queer or anxious or just different, you don’t feel like anybody sees you and sometimes you can’t even see yourself. I want to give you a place to actually feel like somebody sees you and believes you and gets you. I want to guide you and be guided by you as you figure yourself out. It’s not about me being an expert on any of the areas that I focus in, it’s about you knowing and understanding yourself… and finally being able to believe it.
People who see themselves as some measure of unconventional find a level of comfort with me. It’s important in my work to communicate a broad level of acceptance and persistence. People want to hold onto what’s unique about themselves, even and especially during periods of change. If this is you, we should definitely talk.
I love working with people going through a period of self-exploration, which often especially includes teens and young adults. 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 want to give you the safety and space to be heard.
Sara holds a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Kutztown University. You can meet with Sara at our Douglassville office Monday through Friday. 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.
Tim holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kutztown University. 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. You can see Tim at our Audubon office Monday through Friday.
Kaitlyn Farrell, MA, NCC
Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist
Hello and welcome. If you have been guided to Sanctuary Counseling it is safe to assume that either you or a loved one is going through a difficult time. I am so glad you reached out. Life is full of challenging and often frightening moments, and while sometimes you can make it through these dark paths alone, having someone to walk alongside you can be immensely helpful. I would like to be that person for you.
I practice therapy as a journey you and I take together. I believe that in times of pain, trauma, and discomfort we all have the potential to grow into something beautiful and strong. Suffering can feel like darkness, and from that darkness – from that cocoon, if you will – we stand in a place of waiting to be transformed into something new and powerful. If this sounds like what you are experiencing, I am here to help facilitate your personal journey of transformation and growth.
Supporting people like you who are struggling with the aftermath of trauma and painful histories is my calling. It does not matter how recently or distantly this happened to you, together we can find ways of bringing you relief and peace. I have specialized training in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization reprocessing), a profoundly effective tool for decreasing the effects of something you experienced in the past that is still affecting you today. I am also certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Our work together will be effective, and it will always proceed at YOUR pace. You are safe here.
Is your relationship struggling? Has there been infidelity or perhaps some other betrayal? Or are you looking to revive your dwindling connection? I have many years of experience supporting couples of all walks and constellations, and in that time I have learned that all couples need help sometimes. We all need skills and tools to thrive. I continue to study the latest techniques and research, particularly the Gottman method, to help you heal and strengthen your relationship.
Kaitlyn holds a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida. You can meet with Kaitlyn at our Douglassville office Monday through Friday. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, relationship- and sexual-violence, alternative relationships, and LGBTQ+ concerns.
Letecia Garcia, BA
I deeply believe in the power of human resiliency. I have seen that power firsthand time and time again in everyday people. People just like you and me. I’ve seen the limitless possibilities that come about when people are able to believe in themselves again (or perhaps for the first time) and recover their own personal strength. I want to be the person who can help you understand the difference between what you have experienced and who you truly ARE. You are a growing, changing, empowered person.
I would love to help you unlock those suppressed parts of yourself that we all try to hide from. Vulnerability is hard. Authenticity is hard. And trying to be anything else just leads to anger, anxiety, sadness… you know what I’m talking about. Being ourselves and genuinely connecting with others takes courage. It takes risk and perseverance. It takes insight, and it takes love.
My biggest mission and passion is to help you rediscover your most authentic self, and recognize that this is a continually evolving process. To remind you that you are connected to all things and you are not alone. You have courage waiting to be discovered.
Letecia will be graduating in May 2019 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kutztown University. You can meet with Letecia on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our Douglassville office. She specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and women’s issues and likes incorporating holistic practices into her work when requested by clients.
Allison Pantone, BA
Everyone deserves a space to feel heard; a place where you can explore the pieces of yourself that we feel we need to hide. I often hear people tell me that they feel like they don’t fit quite right into the world around them. Being someone who understands the pressure of feeling like you need to force yourself into a mold, I want people to know that they have a place with me, even if they feel like they don’t have one anywhere else. I love to help people see in themselves the power of their own uniqueness as well as the threads that connect us. These moments can transform their understanding of themselves and the world around them.
I do not operate under any false pretenses that I have a magical solution for what you are going through. I can promise to companion you through your struggles and offer genuine, meaningful support as we walk together on this path. Although there is no responsibility on your end, my approach is to listen to you and guide you accordingly.
A theme in my approach is wholeness. If you’re coming in for anxiety, we’ll work through that and incorporate discussions about where else this anxiety may spill over into your life. If you are looking to expand your understanding of yourself, we will work together to find why and how it is affecting your relationships, both with yourself and others. I believe in deep, healing work because I am able to recognize how the struggles people come in with can shine light into some of the deeper issues beneath the surface. I look forward to meeting the people who are seeking this approach to therapy and are open to exploring this kind of work.
Allison will complete her Master’s degree in May 2019 in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University. She specializes in anxiety, depression, women’s issues, grief & loss, bipolar disorder, and identity exploration. She works with children, teens, and adults. You can schedule a session with Allison on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at our Audubon home.
Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC
Executive Director, Psychotherapist
“My experience gives me a lot of insight into how hard it is to put your life back together. I think about how I got through things, and it was just the little moments of somebody seeing more than the situation that made all the difference.”
Meet Our Therapists
Here at Sanctuary, we seek to provide personal and intentional care for our clients. All of our therapists are unique and experienced in working with a diverse set of therapeutic styles. We match you to the right counselor who can best provide you with the guidance you are searching for.