Turning Point Counseling Services - Building Recovery Foundations Together
Our Mission 
The mission of Turning Point Counseling Services is to provide high quality treatment to those suffering from Mental Illness and/or Addiction. We believe that a person is not the sum of his or her problems and that recovery is possible for everyone; that the Diseases of Mental Illness and Addiction impact the whole family; and that a person’s recovery from these illnesses improves the quality of life for his or her entire family and everyone they interact with socially and occupationally. Turning Point Counseling Services provides a community resource that helps to facilitate quality of life improvements for community members and families. Using an individualized approach that honors ones’ strengths and spirit, we provide a range of therapy and education experiences that move our clients toward wellness.

Staff
We are a team of highly trained clinicians and support staff whose experience and compassion enable us to provide the highest quality and level of care in Interior Alaska. 

Joseph Nowell, LPCS MAC CDCS SAP NCC
Joseph Nowell, LPCS MAC CDCS SAP NCC
President & Adult Programs Director Joseph holds two Masters Degrees, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Master of Education in Adult Education, both received from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska, a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor by the National Association for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors, a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and a Board Certified Professional Counselor by the American Psychotherapy Association. He has worked in the field of addictions treatment since 1998, and has been a practicing mental health clinician and psychotherapist since 2003. He has worked in the public sector in inpatient, residential and outpatient Substance Abuse treatment programs as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and Clinician, as a Crisis Stabilization Unit Coordinator, and as a Mental Health Clinician and Clinical Supervisor. Joseph has 13 years experience in helping people heal from Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. He approaches therapy as Solution Oriented therapist with a strong Cognitive Behavioral flavor. Joseph also uses EMDR when appropriate. He is experienced in treating a wide variety of issues but specializes in the treatment of addiction and depression, trauma and anxiety.
Gunnar Ebbesson, LPCS MAC CDCS
Clinical Director Gunnar holds a Masters Degree in Community Psychology, received from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska and a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor by the National Association for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Gunnar has worked in the public sector as an inpatient Substance Abuse Counselor, Child and Family Therapist, and program director/clinical supervisor. He has been a practicing mental health clinician and psychotherapist in Fairbanks since 2002. Gunnar has extensive experience providing therapy services for youth and adults experiencing problems related to mental health and addictions.
Gunnar Ebbesson, LPCS MAC CDCS
Linda Keddington, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Linda Keddington, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Linda is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She combines medication prescribing, psychotherapy, patient education, and self-care strategies in her practice. She has a master’s degree in environmental health from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, specializing as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is currently enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado, working on a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She has worked for private practice, community mental health offices, internal medicine clinics, and the Veteran’s Health Administration. She worked as an adjunct instructor teaching graduate level psychotherapy and psychopharmacology at Montana State University. She approaches her clients by first deeply listening to their unique concerns. Then, she works with each person to develop a plan that safely allows them to reach their mental health goals. She is dedicated to teaching her clients about their illness and reviewing the various options for treating their condition. Holding the belief that people are better equipped to make changes when they fully understand their illness, she helps clients understand the multi-faceted approach to reaching psychological well-being. She rejuvenates herself via her love for the outdoors and animals, spending her spare time skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and biking.
Kristel Boswood, LPC, M.Ed
Clinician Kristel holds a Masters Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling received from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska. Kristel is an active member of the American Counseling Association. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Kristel has worked as a child, adult, and family counselor since June 2009 in the public sector. She utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach in her therapy. Kristel believes in a client driven approach to therapy. She has extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions and other mental health issues in the community.
Kristel Boswood, LPC, M.Ed
Jonathan Miller, LPC
Jonathan Miller, LPC
Clinician Jonathan Miller holds a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Jonathan grew up in southern Michigan, but started coming to Alaska every summer after his first visit in 2005. He and his family moved to Alaska in 2011 when Jonathan started his counseling internship at a residential treatment program for adolescents. Prior to becoming a counselor, Jonathan was a teacher and youth ministry leader for 7 years. From that background, children and adolescents have naturally been a strong focus of Jonathan’s mental health work, but he also enjoys counseling adults and families. His approach is cognitive behavioral, though he frequently employs play therapy techniques with younger children. He approaches each client as an individual, with a strong belief in the importance of trauma-informed care. Jonathan is an active member of the American Counseling Association. In his leisure time, he enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, reading, and pretending to be a carpenter.
Leif Vick, LPC
Clinician Leif holds a Masters of Education in Counseling received from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He started working at Turning Point in 2011 and has experience working with couples, families, adults, and youths with a variety of mental health and substance abuse issues. He has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and is also one of the primary clinicians in Turning Point’s Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. His approach to therapy is solution focused and individualized to specific client needs.
Leif Vick, LPC
Amy Carlson, LCSW
Amy Carlson, LCSW
Clinician Amy Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Alaska. Amy was born and raised in South East Idaho. In July of 2012 Amy and her family moved to Alaska to fulfill a life long dream. She has had an interest in mental health from an early stage in life. Amy worked in residential treatment with adolescents while attending Idaho State University. There she earned a Bachelors degree in Social Work in 2005 before attending Walla Walla University and obtaining her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work in 2007. Amy has over 15 years of experience in mental health. She is trained in Brainspotting and holds a license through the National Guild of Hypnotists as a certified hypnotherapist (CHt). Her emphasis is on anxiety, depression, including post partum depression, and family members of substance abuse. Her focus has been on children and adolescents, but she also enjoys working with individuals, families, and couples. Her approach to therapy is cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and trauma-informed. Amy is very active in nature and enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing. She is also an avid reader and crafter and enjoys beading, quilting, and sewing. Her lifelong goal is to empower others with the tools they need to lead full and happy lives.
Olivia Foote, LPC
Clinician Olivia Foote was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology, as well as her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Olivia currently works with adults and adolescents with mental health and substance abuse problems. She treats patients in individual and family sessions and works within Turning Point’s intensive outpatient program treating adults who suffer from substance abuse issues. She strives to empower patients to fulfill their identified goals and find wellness.
Olivia Foote, LPC
Danielle Burke, M Ed.
Danielle Burke, M Ed.
Clinician. Danielle is a lifelong Alaskan having been raised in Fairbanks and holds a bachelors in Psychology. Danielle has worked in a variety of capacities at Turning Point over the past three years. Danielle works with a variety of clients as a counselor, both individually and including co-facilitating the IOP. Her experience includes training in trauma therapy with Brain Spotting, meeting clients where they are at, and supporting clients to reach solutions that fit their lives.
Suzette Mailloux, ND
Dr Suzette Mailloux received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from UAF and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon. During her clinical years at NCNM Dr Mailloux interned at multiple Portland community clinics that provided care to underserved populations including homeless and at risk youth. She also completed a specialty internship in women’s medicine under Dr Kimberly Windstar. After graduating, Dr Mailloux completed a yearlong residency in family medicine at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. As a family practitioner Dr Mailloux welcomes men and women of all ages into her practice. Dr Mailloux uses a variety of treatments that include herbal medicine, vitamins, minerals and nutritional support, homeopathic remedies, amino acid support, and lifestyle counseling. Her naturopathic license allows her to order lab work and imaging, and to perform physical exams. She is a strong supporter of integrative medicine, and is happy to work with your medical doctor. Dr Mailloux strives to treat each patient as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms and diagnoses. Long lasting wellness is only achieved when we address the cause of disease rather than the symptoms. Practice focus • Women’s health and hormonal balancing • Adrenal and thyroid gland dysfunction • Food intolerances • Fertility • Digestive health ranging from heartburn to ulcerative colitis • Brain neurotransmitter testing and the use of amino acid therapy and supplements to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.
Suzette Mailloux, ND
Linda Thai
Linda Thai
Meditation and Yoga Instructor. Linda began her formal meditation practice 4 years ago. Her technique is grounded in Vipassana that is in the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Linda is also a certified yoga instructor, receiving her certification in 2012 after completing Radiantly Alive's multi-style vinyasa training. After her specialized yoga training in 2013 she is now able to provided yoga that specializes in addiction recovery and relapse prevention.
Rachelle Ebbesson, CPPM, LMT, BA
Administrative Director Rachelle is a life long Fairbanksan who has been working as a business manager for the past 16 years. She brings her accounting, organizational, marketing, human resources and supervisory skills to bear in order to bring a high level of professionalism and overall smooth operation of this facility. She has a 6 year history of working in mental health and addiction treatment.
Rachelle Ebbesson, CPPM, LMT, BA
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