Kimber Olson, LCSW, BCD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For current clients wishing to schedule an appointment, you may click on this link: https://www.psychselect.com/cgi-bin/therapyappointment/login.cfm?practitioner=2310
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: http://www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/blog/kimber-olson-live-trauma-therapist-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
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.
I am a licensed professional counselor in Anchorage, Alaska. I began my career in 2007 working as a floor staff at the Providence Adolescent Residential Treatment Program. It was there where I fell in love with the therapeutic process and recognized the amazing capacity people have to heal from the traumas they have suffered.
After my tenure at the residential program, I spent time doing family therapy and discharge planning for adolescents and their families on the Discovery Unit (adolescent mental health unit). Prior to private practice, I worked at Providence Medical Group-Behavioral Health, where I served as an outpatient therapist to clients age five to adult.
Working in the acute care, residential and outpatient settings has allowed me the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults and families with varying acuities, symptoms, experiences and personalities.
In my practice I use several approaches, and truly tailor treatment to meet each client's needs. It is common that I incorporate internal family systems therapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches, aspects of DBT, humanistic therapy, EMDR and other interpersonal and interactive therapies. I also tend to use humor and do my best to show up authentically to each session. Ultimately, my goal is to lead with compassion and create an environment conducive to learning, healing and growth. I appreciate the opportunity to witness and support my clients' journeys and respect the strength it takes to begin the therapeutic process.
I believe each person has an innate capacity to heal from the wounds and traumas they experience in life. I appreciate the opportunity to work with those suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and any other challenge that may be preventing you from experiencing life in a way that feels healthy or full. Ultimately, my goal is to lead with compassion and create an environment conducive to learning, healing and growth.
I specialize in treating trauma, including complex trauma and dissociation. I am an EMDR practitioner, and have training in internal family systems therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and hypnosis. I have also completed the Level I and Level II standard courses in treating complex trauma and dissociation. Although I specialize in treating trauma, My experience working in the acute care, residential and outpatient settings has allowed me the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults and families with varying acuities, symptoms, experiences and personalities.
Amy Mozolik, Psy.D.
I was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for college and my graduate education. I graduated with my doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) in 2011 from Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP), and returned to Anchorage immediately following. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Alaska since 2013. I am happy to be practicing in Anchorage, Alaska!
I began my career during my undergraduate training, in which I worked as a shift supervisor and aftercare case manager for an adolescent treatment center. During graduate school, I co-facilitated a group for women with substance abuse issues and a group for parents with spirited children. I completed one of my Masters level internships at a neurobehavioral hospital, where I worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and children with neurodevelopment disorders. I worked at an inner-city prison providing risk assessments, individual therapy, and psychological evaluations for my second Masters level internship.
My doctoral internship was completed at a combination general medical and psychiatric hospital just south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There I provided individual therapy and psychological evaluations for clients suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and personality disorders. Additionally, I co-facilitated a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed coping skills group for people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, and I co-led a chronic pain management group using cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness.
I began my professional career in Alaska in 2011 by providing services at Good Samaritan Counseling Center. There I conducted psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults, and I provided individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults suffering from depression, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders. I had the pleasure of starting a DBT-informed coping skills group there, as well. I moved to Providence Medical Group Behavioral Health in March 2014, where I continued the coping skills group and also continued to provide psychological evaluations and individual therapy services for adolescents and adults. In January 2016, I began private practice and love working with the diverse mixture of individuals that make up the population of Anchorage, Alaska.
I am currently trained in DBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, I have completed the Level I training for hypnosis through ASCH, and Level I and Level II of Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders through ISST-D.