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.
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.
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.
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.
You can schedule a session with Allison on Tuesdays at our Collegeville home. She specializes in anxiety, depression, women’s issues, self-exploration, kids, and teens.
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!
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