Who we are ...

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Andrea J. Geesaman  LPC, NCC, MS
Licensed Professional Counselor
Clinical Director
Grief specialist, adults, adolescents, couples

Andrea has earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. 


Her experience has encompassed working with couples and families, adolescents, and children. She specializes in grief and loss counseling, counseling teens and young adults that struggle with anxiety and depression, and helping couples work through conflict to restore peace in their marriage. While gravitating towards client-centered practices, Andrea utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, DBT, and emotionally focused therapy depending on the needs of the client. She has an art background and occasionally employs creative therapy approaches and techniques in her sessions as well.


Andrea is passionate about assisting others in developing a deeper understanding of themselves and is dedicated to helping clients lead productive, well-balanced, emotionally enriched lives. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her MS in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  She also is a National Certified Counselor.


She has more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and teenagers dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, ADHD, trauma, grief, and family conflict. Her experience and compassion enables her to help young people navigate through the many challenges that life presents to them and to their families.


Ashley works alongside her clients and their families to identify what they can achieve through counseling and help them work toward the best possible outcomes. Her person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and strength-based approach focuses on meeting her clients’ specific needs.


Through her counseling style of building a therapeutic relationship, she enhances the trust and respect that are important components to help client’s achieving success counseling. Ashley’s experience and empathetic approach to counseling gives her clients the support and individualized attention they need based on where they are and where they want to be.

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Ashley Gaines
Licensed Professional
Child & adolescent specialist
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Joel A. Covert
Licensed Professional
Adolescents, young adults and adults

Joel Covert earned his M.Ed. in Secondary School Counseling from Shippensburg University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

He has nearly 15 years of experience working with young adolescents, teenagers, college-aged students and young adults around a variety of concerns including relationship issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, ADHD, and family conflicts, as well as organization and time management. Joel uses a variety of approaches including, but not limited to, strengths-based and cognitive-behavioral strategies. Within therapy, he believes that the client and counselor relationship is paramount to understanding emotions, feelings, beliefs and behaviors that either inhibit or bring about fullness of living.

Joel has experience in adventure-based counseling and at times encourages clients to take their learning outdoors to discover awareness to see themselves, their beliefs and behaviors in new ways. His hope is that clients will be empowered to find their true identity and live whole and free lives in their relationships, pursuits and places of work.

Jennie is finishing up her master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling at Messiah University, and is an intern at Sanctuary through 2020 and most of 2021.


Jennie's life experience has supplied her with many opportunities to come alongside others in counseling-type relationships. With 6 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, she worked to help children strengthen their interpersonal skills and family bonds as part of the learning process, working heavily with parents, too. As a military spouse, she broadened her perspective by experiencing life all over the world for the past 20 years. She has supported other spouses through the challenges of the military lifestyle. As a Christian, she has been involved in helping children, teens, women, and couples through ministries and Bible studies. She has been counseling people all of her life, and now she is getting the degree to more deeply understand the process and become more effective in helping others achieve satisfaction in their lives.

In her last counseling field experience, Jennie worked with couples, women, and teens. She has a special place in her heart for military spouses and families. She believes that healing and growth begin by being heard and understood. She looks forward to extending a message of hope to those she sees at Sanctuary Christian Counseling. It is never too late to make positive changes, and those changes can make an amazing impact on you, your family, and generations to come."

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Jennie Sheffe,

Marriage and Family

Therapy intern, Messiah University graduate student.

Adults, couples,

especially military spouses.


Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Evangelical Seminary, and a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Counseling from the University of Valley Forge.

Kristen values the opportunity to work with people amidst life changes and she believes that clients can benefit from having additional support. In her work with individuals, couples, and families, she helps them to identify their strengths as they work collaboratively to determine the underlying problems, which have varied from communications challenges to life stressors, to a multiplicity of relationship issues. She also believes that clients often already have the answers and resources within themselves and working together assists clients in bringing those resources to the front. Kristen incorporates techniques from several different modalities, specifically family of origin information, emotionally focused work, and solution focused work.

She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Kristen is available for telehealth appointments only.

Dr. Kristen Poppa LMFT

Licensed Marriage &

Family Therapist

Couples, adults,

ministry leaders, couples

and families

Ellen is most interested in restoring marriages and helping women, men, teens and young adults find hope and healing through therapy.


She loves to work with grieving, anxious or depressed individuals, teens who need direction, and couples who have lost their way. Therapy with Ellen often encompasses experiences and emotions within session that empower and enhance interactions outside of therapy. It is her goal to help clients live their best lives.


Earning her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary, she has done postgraduate work in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (completed Gottman 1, 2, and 3), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), sex therapy, sexual addictions therapy, and supervision. She has been awarded her BC-TMH (Board Certified in Telemental Health), and is awaiting sex therapy certification from the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.

She is a member and clinical supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and supervising younger therapists is one of the joys of her career. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists.

Ellen practices telehealth exclusively.

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Ellen J. W. Gigliotti LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Finished Gottman 1, 2,
and 3
ABCST certificate in sex therapy pending
Couples, adults, sex therapy and addiction