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
Clinical 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
Cheif Executive Officer 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
Kristel Boswood, LPC, M.Ed
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 and NAADAC. She holds a MAC certificate in substance use counseling.
She is trained in Trauma Informed Therapy and can provide Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting therapy. Kristel can provide individual and couples counseling. She believes in empowerment and working with the individual to find the appropriate therapy that matches one's needs and life goals. Kristel has been working as a counselor since 2009 and enjoys spending time with family including her two dogs, and enjoys living in Alaska and all it has to offer.
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.
Jonathan Miller, LPC
Leif Vick, LPC
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) as well as Brain Spotting. His approach to therapy is solution focused and individualized to specific client needs.
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.
Amy Carlson, LCSW
Danielle Burke, LPC
Danielle Burke, LPC
Clinician. Danielle is a lifelong Alaskan having been raised in Fairbanks. Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor that holds a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education Counseling. 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.
Holly Sanborn, MA
Clinician Holly Sanborn holds a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and received her bachelor’s degree from UAF in Art, with a focus in ceramics, and Psychology in 2011. Holly has always had a life-long dream of becoming an Art Therapist and views art as an integral process to healing the mind, body and soul. She enjoys working with children, frequently using art and play therapy, and holds a Children’s Mental Health Certificate from Southwestern College. Holly’s internship, in 2016, led to a very well-rounded experience with working with children and families as well as adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders at the Eating Disorders Treatment Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her approach to therapy is person-centered and strength-based and likes to individualize treatment for her clients so they can ultimately reach healing and well-being. Holly, herself, enjoys creating art in her spare time because she knows that creativity cultivates balance, inner-peace and helps keep her grounded. Her goal is to empower people through encouraging self-expression, compassion and self-love to meet their therapy goals and live happy lives.
Holly Sanborn, MA
Patricia Cooper, MS
Patricia Cooper, MS
My approach to counseling recognizes the importance of finding healing though the counseling relationship. Clients are often unaware of their ability to find healing within themselves and struggle to find someone to walk with them though their difficult journey to peace. My hope is that when you walk into my office to work on trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, or any other significant issue, you find an accepting place where you can feel at peace with yourself and gain that understanding that you are not alone and able to overcome your battle. With that, you can accomplish anything. My job as a counselor is to help you discover and build on your own strengths and empower you to have a healthy life.

I feel that there is no single approach that is the right one for every individual and so I have been trained in a range of modalities that are client-centered to include solutions focused therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and trauma-informed therapies, such as Brainspotting. I have a passion for working with clients who experience addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. I have experience working with adults and children and welcome ages 8 and older.

I joined the Turning Point team during October 2016 and my professional training includes a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor I. I have enjoyed working in the different levels of care and programs offered at Turning Point to include the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), alumni group, and standard outpatient treatment.
Claire Woster, MS
Claire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. She attended graduate school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she obtained a Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. Claire was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and she is a Nationally Certified Counselor with ambitions of becoming a Professional Counseling Licensure.

Claire uses a systems approach to counseling and works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience in treating children and adults who struggle with depression, grief, anxiety, post-traumatic stress injury, and other relationship-related disorders.

Claire is an existential-humanist counselor. She uses strengths to help clients identify their needs, values, beliefs, and thought/emotion patterns. The building of insight along with learning the practice of self-compassion allows clients to have more of a choice about how they experience the world.
Claire Woster, MS
Claire Gelvin-Smith M.Ed. M.A.
Claire Gelvin-Smith M.Ed. M.A.
Claire holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Master’s of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Claire is a certified practitioner of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) modality, and offers equine assisted psychotherapy as part of her practice at Turning Point. She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and after spending 10 years living in Honolulu, HI, Claire enjoys living and working again in her hometown. Claire works with clients who are seeking treatment for addiction in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). She also sees individual outpatient clients of all ages. Claire’s background includes therapeutic work with severely emotionally disturbed (SED) youth, both in the school and clinical setting. Her therapeutic process incorporates a client-focused approach with trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, and gestalt practices. Claire integrates an experiential approach to therapy, including animal assisted therapy with clients and horses, when applicable. For more information about equine assisted psychotherapy, please visit: http://www.eagala.org/.
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