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.
Cori Entler, MA
So often people feel like they have to hide parts of themselves – messy relationships, difficult feelings, secrets. I help clients uncover things they bury deep, the problems they hope will just go away or the dreams they have given up on. I give them a space to tell their stories, especially when they feel like there is no one who will listen. That space is so important for people to have on their journey toward wellness. It’s such a special honor for me to give others the opportunity to explore and reflect on events and relationships in their lives that have been too difficult to explore alone.
My approach is dynamic and flexible. I use different theories to inform the nature of the work we will do together, but the way that we do that work will be unique to you, your needs, and your story. I want therapy to be an authentic experience for my clients, something that feels down to earth and real. When something is funny, I’ll laugh with you. When something is difficult, I’m there to just be with you. When you’re ready to make changes, I’m there to encourage and support you. I’m always listening for ways that I can guide and share tools to improve your quality of life.
You can meet with Cori at our Douglassville office Tuesday through Thursday. She specializes in women’s issues, personal development, anxiety, depression, relationship/marriage issues, couples, and family work.
I deeply believe in the power of human resiliency. I’ve seen the power. I’ve seen the limitless possibilities that come about when people are able to believe in themselves and recover their own personal strength. I want to be the person who can help them through an experience so they are not conceptualized as something that’s happened to them or something they’ve done, but that they see themselves as the growing, changing, powerful person that they are.
As a queer-identified person, it’s become a passion of mine to work with the LGBTQ+ community. There is so much courage and authenticity within that community, so any chance I get to enhance those characteristics in someone is something I will enjoy. However, in general I love helping people to unlock different aspects of themselves that have been suppressed and have lead to anger, anxiety, sadness, or any of these "uncomfortable" emotions that we try to hide from.
My biggest mission is to help people rediscover their power and redefine it throughout their lifetime as they move through different experiences and stages. Truly, what we think of ourselves is a continually changing process that can never be defined by a single experience. So my approach to therapy will work on not only strengthening their connection to themselves, but also to the broader scope of their connection to all things.
You can meet with Letecia on Wednesdays in our Douglassville office. She specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and women’s issues and likes incorporating spirituality into her practice when requested by clients.
Therapy can be nerve-racking at first for a variety of reasons. You might be discussing personal issues with another person for the first time. Perhaps entering a new space is scary for you. Or maybe talking with someone you don’t know is a source of stress. I want to assure you that regardless of what you’ve been through, you’re here for a reason. You are meant to be here. Therapy is an experience and a process in which you can uncover things about yourself and explore areas that you don’t understand in order to live a more fulfilling life.
I’m here for you to be heard in a non-judgmental manner. So much of our days are spent unknowingly adapting our attitudes, behaviors, and speech to match the expected reactions we want from others. However, in our therapy space you can simply be you. I will support you in learning about and engaging in your strengths because often we don’t have this in our lives.
You deserve to be heard. You deserve a safe space to discuss the challenges that life presents. You deserve to live a fulfilling life that therapy can provide you with. I look forward to walking with you on this journey.
You can talk with Deidre on Thursdays at our Douglassville home. She specializes in anxiety, depression, life transitions, kids, and families.
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 Collegeville home on Mondays and Tuesdays, and in our Douglassville 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 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.
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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You can learn more about Sanctuary Counseling and any of our talented practitioners simply by calling our office for a free consultation. We endeavor to meet the ever-evolving needs of our diverse community by offering these services and more: