Who we are ...

Andrea J. Geesaman
Licensed Professional Counselor,
Creative Director

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.

Chris Givler
Marriage and Family
ADHD expert

Chris earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He brings rich experience to the counseling task, rooted in a wide range of life adventures.


He has worked with adults, teens, and children in a pastoral setting, with college students as an adjunct professor at Messiah College for almost 14 years, with teens in middle and high school as a drug and alcohol counselor, and with individuals, couples, and families as a marriage and family therapist.


He specializes in working with teens and adults who live with ADHD and working with couples to repair and enrich their relationships.  As a certified facilitator of the Prepare/Enrich program, he can help couples from premarital through all stages of marriage to enrich and strengthen their relationship.  He also enjoys helping couples in which one or both partners live with either ADHD or Aspergers/Autism.  Chris seeks to create a non-judgmental atmosphere where he helps clients identify unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving, and interacting in order to change these and adopt healthy, positive patterns. 


He uses an eclectic approach, pulling from a variety therapy models such as cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and the Gottman method.  With client permission, he also draws on the riches of the Christian faith and enjoys working with clients who struggle spiritually.

Ashley Gaines
Licensed Professional
Child & adolescent specialist

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.

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."

Jennie Sheffe,

Marriage and Family

Therapy intern, Messiah University graduate student

Ellen J. W. Gigliotti LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Director, Founder,
Finished Gottman 1, 2,
and 3; ABCST certificate in sex therapy pending; BC-TMH certificate pending

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, sex therapy, sexual addictions therapy and supervision. She is awaiting the awarding of certificates in sex therapy from the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST) and her BC-TMH certification (Board Certification in Telemental Health).


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.

Contact us in Shippensburg PA at 717-200-3158 or

info@sanctuarychristiancounseling.com, or

andrea@sanctuarychristian counseling.com or


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