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.
Nichole Bacigalupa, MA, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Assistant Director, 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.
Nicholas DeMaria, MS
Therapy is a process which involves examining one’s self, feelings, and experiences. When hardships arise in life, having someone present with you can be incredibly healing, relieve stress, and prevent maladaptive coping skills. Getting help is nothing to be ashamed of and asking for help is truly courageous and empowering. If you are looking for someone to provide the support you need while helping you exploring yourself, feelings, and experiences, then I would be privileged to be that person to help aid you in your journey.
I have a diverse background in education and training which helps me tailor my therapeutic approach to each person I work with. Being trauma-informed is something I pride myself on. Having worked in in-patient and out-patient psychiatric units with diverse client demographics, I understand the impact trauma has on an individual’s life and how common it is for someone to have a traumatic experience that inhibits their way of living. Through my career, I have worked in a variety of mental health settings providing individual and group therapy to diverse clients struggling with mental health diagnoses, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, work stress, family stress, and more. I’m passionate about working with diverse populations from different age ranges, gender identifications, and cultural backgrounds.
Therapy with me is very welcoming, empathic, and accepting. I truly care about my clients and believe that each person is special and unique. I will work with you to meet your needs and goals. I work at your pace, to respect and honor the journey that brought you here. I can't wait to meet you and hear your story.
Nicholas has a master’s degree in Community and Trauma Counseling from Thomas Jefferson University and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Psychology with a minor in Autism Behavioral Studies. You can meet Nicholas at our Audubon and Douglassville locations. He specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety and autism spectrum challenges.
Kaela Barton, MA
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” –Collin Powell
I firmly believe that everyone deserves a space where they can be their true selves and speak openly. I think there comes a sense of power and healing being able to express your thoughts and feelings without judgement. Therapy can be the space that provides that empowerment, and my goal is to help my clients experience that moment of finding their true self by providing a space of genuine openness and care. I have a particular passion for working with athletes, especially at the high-school and college level, as I've worked in sports medicine at both levels and have done volunteer work with college athletes.
I have experience in guiding clients through complex life transitions, and I enjoy combining a strengths-based and empowerment approach with my training in more depth-oriented therapy. I also have experience working with adolescents whose families are going through transitions like divorce and the grief that often accompanies it.
You can meet with Kaela in our Douglassville office. She specializes in helping with Family Conflict, Sports Performance, and Anxiety.
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