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.
Sara Grove, MA, MFT, 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.
Kaitlyn Farrell, MA, MFT
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.
Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC, CT, NCP
Executive Director, Psychotherapist
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. Heather sees clients at both our Douglassville location and Audubon location.
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 10 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.
You are welcome here.
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:
- Children’s therapy
- Couples counseling
- EMDR therapy
- Family counseling
- LGBTQ therapy
- Marital counseling
- Men’s therapy
- Personalized therapy
- Premarital counseling
- Talk therapy
- Transitioning support
- Women’s therapy
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