Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains

Changing Tides Senior Management Team


Kimber's office is at 307 East Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 201.  She works Monday-Friday 9:30-3pm.  She is not currently accepting new clients.  You can reach Kimber at the main Changing tides phone number, 907-903-7880 or  For current clients wishing to schedule an appointment, you may click on this link:

Kimber Olson is a Diplomate through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management.  She is the co-author of The Thursday Group, a story and information for girls healing from sexual abuse, available from Neari Press and Amazon, and the author of the Pathway to Hope Video Guidebook, a companion resource for the Pathway to Hope: Healing Child Sexual Abuse video developed to help Native communities in Alaska understand and address the sexual abuse of children and to promote healing.  She co-authored, with Diane Payne and Jarad Parrish, the Pathway to Hope: An Indigenous Approach to Healing Child Sexual Abuse (International Circumpolar Health Journal, 2013).  Kimber is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociaton, serves as the Chair of the Alaska Regional Component Group for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissocation, and is a faculty member of the ISST-D Professional Training Program.   ISST-D supports therapists working in the field of trauma and dissociation, and promotes higher learning and increased skill in these areas.  Kimber has taught as an adjunct instructor in the social work and human services departments of the Kachemak Bay Branch of the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and has presented nationally and internationally, as well as throughout Alaska and in Indian Country on complex trauma, attachment, dissociation, eating disorders, ethics, compassion fatigue, and other topics. In her private therapy practice, Kimber specializes in working with individuals who have experienced attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma, and dissociation.  She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, has training in the Early Trauma Protocol, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping).  She uses bottom-up brain based exercies and stabalization and grounding teachniques with individuals to create a calmer brain with which to eventually be able to process trauma.  

Kimber is no longer seeing children under the age of 18, couples, or families.  After nearly 20 years of providing a broad range of therapeutic services to individuals of all ages, Kimber is focusing on her love of working with adults, particuarly those with a childhood history of abuse and neglect, with PTSD or dissociative symptomology.  

Kimber offers a number of consultation groups for therapist working with children and adults who have experienced trauma, attachment difficulties and dissociation. She also offers a supervision group for newer therapists working toward lisencure, and a no-fee consultation group for clinicians in rural/bush areas via a HIPPA compliant skype-like service. If you are interested in any of these groups, or in joining the Alaska Regional Component Group of ISST-D, and you are a professional therapist, please feel free to contact Kimber.

Kimber on the Trauma Podcast:

Kimber speaks with Public Radio KSKA Line One Host Prentiss Pemberton about Disorganized Attachment and Dissociation:

"The mind determines what is possible. The heart surpasses it." - Pilar Coolinta


Kimber states: 

I believe that the process of therapy is one in which talking is only one method of healing. Art, movement, creative writing, outdoor adventure, and many other forms of therapy can work just as well, or better, than some types of talk therapy. Sometimes a person does his or her own therapeutic work and doesn't need to meet with a therapist at all. Other times, a non-biased supportive person is needed to listen, guide, and help you see things in a new way. Unlike sitting with a friend who may listen and serve as a sounding board, therapy is frequently a difficult and sometimes painful process of uncovering strengths and moving toward a more whole sense of self.  I feel blessed to be a part of the process I witness people working through, and have a great deal of respect for the people who are able to take on the challenge of fully knowing and accepting themselves.

Perhaps the most important thing for you to know about me is that I LOVE what I do.  I have huge respect for the people who are willing to come into a therapist's office and share their inner world.  This is vulnerable, frightening, and can be life changing, though it is rarely easy.  I am honored to be a part of it. 
Kimber is a member of:
The International Association for the the Study of Trauma and Dissociaton (ISST-D)
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
The National Center of Crisis Management 
The International Association of Trauma Professionals 
is a Certified EMDR Clincian
is an Approved Counselor Supervisor for the State of Alaska
is a Licensed Criminal Reformation Clinician no. 98-1123 
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker no. 447 (LCSW)
is a Certified-Advanced Child Youth and Family Social Worker (C-ACYFSW)
is Board Certified as a Diplomate in Social Work (BCD)
is Certifed in Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling from the University of Buffalo Social Work
holds an ISST-D Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation from the Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation
holds a Certificate in Advanced Ethics Studies 
is a Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP)
is an Academy of Certified Social Workers recipient (ACSW)
is trained in levels I and II clinical hypnosis
is trained in level one sensorimotor psychotherapy

"Safety is the most unsafe path you can take, safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little"  - Steven Levine