Your well-being is our ultimate concern. Since 2009, We have provided patients in the Fairbanks area a wide range of counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple, or a family looking for help - our therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence, and assist you in the healing process. We are always accepting new patients - take a look at the services we offer, and get in touch with us today.
If you are interested in working with one of our clinicians, the first step is beginning the admissions process. TURNING POINT DOES NOT ACCEPT MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. Please call the office and get set up on our patient portal, provide us with your insurance information, and we will walk you through the rest. It's fairly simple. We will get all the paperwork, insurance, and basic set up things completed prior to ever having to set foot in our building so that your first time here with us will be the beginning of your work with a clinician. We are currently NOT accepting Tricare or VA for insurance.
If you are not wanting to do everything online, you are more than welcome to download, print, and complete the admissions paperwork listed below and turn it in to the front office at your earliest convenience.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Substance Use Disorders
The Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) is a premier 12-week step-down Substance Use Disorder recovery program that concurrently treats a wide variety of co-occurring mental health issues facilitated by Masters-level clinicians. They work in partnership with psychiatric prescribers, naturopathic providers, and mindfulness-minded practitioners, rendering holistic on-site services to our clients.
We honor the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of addiction and mental health by integrating an array of evidence-based substance disorder treatments. Out alternative treatment approaches include brainspotting, naturopathic medicine, equine-assisted psychotherapy, meditation, and nutrition. we integrate the important individual spiritual values of our clients into the treatment process because we know growing spiritual self is key to long-term recovery. This locally owned and operated outpatient program allows patients to maintain employment while they seek recovery in their own community.
This 8-week phase is an intense course of treatment including education on the disease of addiction and self-discovery through group and individual therapy with Masters level clinicians. Each patient will attend three weekly 3-hour groups that include: 1-hour of psychoeducation, 50 minutes of meditation or yoga, and 1.5 hours of group therapy. One evening each week, patients participate in equine-assisted psychotherapy or meet with a naturopathic doctor as determined by a rotating schedule. Patients also attend one individual psychotherapy session per week.
This 4-week step-down phase of treatment is less intensive and focuses mainly on relapse prevention, continued spiritual growth and full integration into 12-step recovery. Patients attend one group therapy session per week, one individual session per week, and are eligible to attend the free continuing care group. A goal of this phase is to focus on integrating the patient back into the community and family to increase the likelihood of sustained recovery.
PHASE III and Graduation from Program
Continuing care is a long term, low-intensity phase of treatment where a patient continues to attend one free continuing care group per week. The goal of this phase is to provide ongoing support and recovery to graduated patients. Should any patient have difficulty in this phase they could also move back to phase one or two of treatment if they need more structured and frequent support.
Life can be overwhelming. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we may reach a point where we are not sure what to do next. Maybe we need new tools to cope with our current situation, to process our past experiences, or to simply have a space free of judgement where we can truly be ourselves. Regardless of the reason, Turning Point is ready to help. We will work with you to create a safe and caring environment where you can explore your history, thoughts, and emotions in order to heal and grow. At Turning Point, we recognize that no two people are exactly the same, so we will connect you with one of our therapists who will best meet your individual needs. Our therapists are highly trained experts and are able to work with people ages 5 years old and up with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to:
You can begin your journey with us by completing our admissions packet, giving us a call, or clicking “Get In Touch” to reach out electronically. We look forward to working with you!
Brainspotting is a powerful, mindfulness-based, brain/body focused treatment that works by identifying, processing, and releasing stored neurophysiological trauma and pain, which, when untreated, results in a variety of symptoms in humans. Trauma can accumulate and be stored in frozen "trauma capsules" within the deep regions of the brain. A Brain Spot is accessed through eye positioning that correlates with these "capsules" of stored negative energy. Brainspotting goes directly to these deeper places within the brain much more quickly and effectively than many traditional therapies.
Along with certain somatic (body) cues, the therapist and client are able to access these places and allow the frozen fragments of information to begin to be dissolved. Together the therapist and client are present moment by moment, to safely witness the brain "downloading" in its own unique way, whatever is being released from the system. The client is assisted in observing what happens without becoming overwhelmed by the experience or having to revert to disconnecting as a way to manage the experience. The therapist literally and emotionally holds the "spot" and a safe space for the client as the processing continues until over the course of the therapy, all activation has been drained from the system.
This process is further enhanced during the session, as the client listens to specially designed music/sound that provides bilateral stimulation alternatively to the right and left hemisphere of the brain to facilitate optimal processing.
Trauma and how it can affect you
It is not so much the traumatic event that determines trauma; it is the way the person responds and copes with the event that will determine whether or not symptoms will develop.
Grief and loss
Common types of trauma include:
Sexual or physical abuse
Experiencing or witnessing an accident
Sudden serious medical diagnosis
Unexpected life change
Exposure to constant aggression or threat
Early attachment difficulties
Traumatic pregnancy and/or delivery
Loss of a loved one
Symptoms of trauma include:
Intense feelings of anger/despair
Anxiety or phobias
Hyperarousal to various external/internal stimulus
Numbness or detachment emotionally or physically
Waiting for the next catastrophe
Nightmares and night terrors
How Brainspotting can help
Brainspotting can help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions. It is used with all areas of trauma including survivors of war, natural disasters, and emotional/physical abuse. Brainspotting is also used for certain medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery.
In addition, Brainspotting can be used for performance enhancement such as sports, acting, public speaking, auditions, and other types of performance-related experiences. Brainspotting works well with children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
It is important to understand that Brainspotting is done in such a way the client is not re-traumatized by reliving the original experience. The mindful attention between the client and the therapist allows for a safe space as Brainspotting dismantles the trauma, symptom, somatic/body distress, and outdated beliefs so new, more adaptive resources can develop.
Brainspotting provides a focused and effective neurobiological tool for accessing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of somatic and emotionally-based conditions.
Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? It might be time to seek help from a professional counselor. Our Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. We are a highly trained team of staff that can help your family. Contact us today and let us help you find the best in yourself.
Eagala Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client in an arena at all times. When inside the arena, all the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden, and allowed to interact with the client as they wish. This creates the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, to reflect, project, and make deep connections. The model is a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions.
To evade predators, horses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives. It's hard to ignore a horse with their size and presence. We can't just control a powerful horse. Approaching horses helps us reflect on how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives. Horses are social animals with defined roles within a herd. They have distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They could be stubborn or they could be playful. In other words, horses are a lot like us.