Who we are ...

Andrea J. Geesaman
Clinical Mental Health Counselor,

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


Her experience has encompassed working with couples and families, children, and adolescents. 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 therapy techniques, including emotionally focused therapy and mindfulness practices, she has an art background and often employs creative art therapy techniques in her sessions.


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.

Ellen J. W. Gigliotti LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Director, Founder,
Finished Gottman 1, 2, and 3

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 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.

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

at info@sancturychristiancounseling.com, or

ellen@sanctuarychristian counseling.com or andrea@sanctuarychristiancounseling.com.

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