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.
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. 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
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 5–18, and Multicultural Counseling. You can meet with Jed at our Audubon Office.
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.
Oriana Kramer Almquist, MA
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.
You can meet with Oriana in our Audubon office. She specializes in helping with Trauma, Grief, Chronic Illness and Social Anxiety.
Heather Kramer Almquist, MA, LPC
Executive Director, Psychotherapist
“My experience gives me a lot of insight into how hard it is to put your life back together. I think about how I got through things, and it was just the little moments of somebody seeing more than the situation that made all the difference.”