Telesessions

Real therapy. Real connection. Really convenient.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated our meeting clients from a safe distance, Sanctuary has been offering the flexibility of telesessions for a variety of reasons. Inclement weather, illness, childcare, long travel distance… 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 zoom and doxy.me. Wherever and whenever, at your place or ours, Sanctuary is here for you. Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment that fits your schedule.

What does it look like?

Meet with your therapist with ease using your phone, tablet, or laptop in a closed environment. Our advice for clients is that they choose a device with good connection to secure Wi-Fi, and find a private space where you won’t be heard or interrupted, like a closed room or even your parked vehicle. Then you can head to your therapist’s secure, telesessions web page to familiarize yourself with the platform, which will be provided along with your appointment time.

We use a  simple, user-friendly and HIPPA-compliant website specifically designed to care for you. It requires no special downloads or registrations, for your convenience and comfort. Simply type in your name at your designated appointment time, and your therapist will begin your video session with you. 

Our Therapists

Nichole Bacigalupa, MA, NCC, CCMHC, LPC
Nichole Bacigalupa, MA, NCC, CCMHC, LPC

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. Presently, 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.

Jed Baronia, MS Ed, M Phil Ed

Jed Baronia, MS Ed, M Phil Ed

Psychotherapist

Everyone has parts of themselves they wish they could change or get rid of. A lot of my journey, both personally and professionally, has emphasized the importance of learning to accept and even love those parts of myself. I want to support others as they begin to see that self-acceptance and self-love is possible for each and everyone of us. Sometimes, all it takes is allowing the things we are most afraid to show to become celebrated parts of who we are. This process is about the importance of being open and honest about yourself, even when it's hard.

Often, we don't always have avenues to express or explore these parts of ourselves safely, complicating our relationship with the aspects of ourselves that we may want to be more open about. I am passionate about creating a therapeutic space for you to do just that - express yourself openly and without fear of judgement. I also believe in the power of expression and exploration using the arts. Expressive arts, such as the use of music in therapy, allow us to connect with parts of ourselves that we may not have the language for or may be at the beginning of understanding. 

Therapy with me is a team sport. I'm all about open and honest communication, and I really encourage client feedback. While I have clinical expertise, I very much consider the client to be the expert on themselves in therapy. I value both patience and progress in the therapy room because I understand that everyone works at their own pace. More than anything though, I want clients to feel comfortable in the room. Therapy is a really courageous and vulnerable thing to do and the very least I can do is strive to offer a space for clients to make it their own. I love being able to connect with my clients about virtually anything, and I'm a believer that it's important to understand people in their own unique ways.

Jed holds an MS Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services as well as an M Phil. Ed. in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in working with college students, youth 518, and Multicultural Counseling. You can meet with Jed at our Audubon Office as well as via telesessions.

 Nicholas DeMaria, MS

Nicholas DeMaria, MS

Psychotherapist

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, or via telesession. He specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety and autism spectrum challenges.

Oriana Kramer Almquist, MA

Oriana Kramer Almquist, MA

Psychotherapist

Everyone needs a space in which they feel safe being vulnerable to process the challenging and unexpected parts of life. I believe that the best setting for therapy is one that cultivates an environment of authentic care, establishing a trusting relationship where new depth and insight can be reached. I will always meet you where you are in your life and journey, providing you with a trauma-informed approach to healing that works at your own pace. My own experiences with Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness have helped me establish a deep understanding of the complex emotions and life circumstances associated with these conditions. You will not only be heard in my office, you will be compassionately listened to and believed.

I have experience working with a diverse range of communities, all of which have needed a healing space to express and process fear, frustration and shared experiences. I have learned how to sit with people experiencing complex emotions, providing a compassionate presence to accompany them through the healing process each step of the way. I enjoy utilizing art and creative writing in therapy when requested by clients.

Oriana has a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphais in Trauma Studies from Eastern University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Kutztown University. You can meet with Oriana in our Douglassville, Trexlertown, and Audubon offices as well as via telesession. She specializes in helping with Trauma, Grief, Chronic Illness and Social Anxiety.

Savina Lawrence, MS

Savina Lawrence, MS

Psychotherapist

Are you feeling stuck or ambivalent? Uncertainty can be overwhelming and a source of anxiety. My goal is to help guide my clients to find their own answers by providing a safe, comfortable environment for expressing and exploring feelings. I will not rush into fixing, but rather find the right questions to ask to help you delve deeper in your exploration and see things from a new perspective.
My training and emphasis on diversity allow me to take an individualized approach with each client. I have experience guiding clients through life transitions and dealing with uncertainty. I primarily take a psychodynamic approach combined with a strengths-based approach which I believe provides empowerment. I love working with clients of all ages, including children.
Savina has a Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies there as well. She can be seen in our Douglassville and Audubon offices, or by telesession.
Samantha Saraczewski, MS Ed, M Phil Ed

Samantha Saraczewski, MS Ed, M Phil Ed

Psychotherapist

Seeking out therapy can be a daunting and vulnerable experience. Existing in the world authentically can be scary, and we all experience insecurity or struggle at times. It’s always been my belief that genuine human connection can help us manage even the biggest life changes. In my work as a therapist, I strive to create a therapeutic relationship in which clients feel safe, heard, and valued. I do this by celebrating the unique strengths we all bring to the table. It’s my belief that we are influenced by our various identities and communities. This intersects with our personal values and individual experiences to mold the life we live; I view my role in the therapy room as a partner in exploring and processing this intersection. 

As a therapist, I utilize an eclectic approach based in humanistic theories. In other words, I firmly believe in the importance of empathetic reflection, warmth, and unconditional positive regard. In addition to identifying as a person-centered therapist, I use dialectical-behavioral therapy skills, cognitive-behavioral therapy concepts, and emotion-focused principles to help clients process their life experiences and build skills for coping. Ultimately, however, my approach is tailored to the needs of my clients, as they are the expert of their own experience and often best know what it is that they need. 

I truly believe that people exist not as islands, but in community with others. I hope to be a member of the community that supports you as you navigate life’s adjustments.

Samantha holds an MS Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services as well as an          M Phil. Ed. in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Samantha is only available for telesessions, and can help anyone in Pennsylvania. She specializes in helping with self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship issues. She works with both individuals and couples. 

Emily Bensinger, MA

Emily Bensinger, MA

Psychotherapist/Art Therapist

Has life become stressful and overwhelming? Are you struggling with a difficult transition in your life and having a hard time finding meaning? Whether you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, feeling lost, or disconnected- together we can explore these challenging and uncertain times.

I am a Master’s level Art Therapist and Psychotherapist with clinical experience providing art therapy and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and seniors from diverse backgrounds in various settings. I work from a person-centered, humanistic, trauma-informed approach, and meet each of my clients exactly where they are in their healing journey to best meet their needs. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to my clinical work, as I strive to create a calm, safe, and accepting environment where all are welcome to express themselves freely and authentically.

Our sessions together can be traditional talk therapy focused or can provide space for creative artistic expression. I genuinely believe that healing is possible through the process of art making which can provide a creative, experiential, alternative means to cope with pain and process difficult emotions when words are not enough. People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from Art Therapy. There is no skill or previous artistic experience necessary; just an openness to creativity, self-expression, and willingness to explore the unknown.

Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, CDWF
Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, CDWF

Executive Director, Psychotherapist

Call Us

Douglassville: (610) 385 3155

Audubon: (610) 850 8009    

Nashville: (888) 733 5432

Trexlertown: (610) 385 3155 

Our Locations

Douglassville

1125 Ben Franklin Hwy West
Douglassville, PA 19518

Audubon

2784 Egypt Road
Audubon, PA 19403

Trexlertown

6265 Hamilton Blvd Ste 100
Trexlertown, PA 18106

 Greater Nashville

Telesessions 
Mount Juliet, TN