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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. Take a look at the services we offer, and get in touch with us today.

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Admissions

If you are interested in working with a counselor here please begin our admissions process.  Please call us at (907)374-7776 to begin.  We will check your insurance benefits and see what counseling will cost before you even step foot in the building.  Contact us for online patient portal access, or download our paperwork for admission.

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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.

 

PHASE I 

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. 

 

PHASE II         

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.

Individual Therapy

In our therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. We will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. We're confident you’ll find our personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational. We are highly trained experts and are able to work with a wide variety of ages from 5yrs old and up.  Get in touch to book an appointment.

Brainspotting

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. 

Common types of trauma include:

  • Sexual or physical abuse

  • Experiencing or witnessing an accident

  • Natural disasters

  • Military Combat

  • Sudden serious medical diagnosis 

  • Unexpected life change

  • Bullying

  • 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​

  • Sleeplessness

  • Anxiety or phobias

  • Flashbacks

  • Hyperarousal to various external/internal stimulus

  • Numbness or detachment emotionally or physically

  • Mood swings

  • 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. 

 
 
 
 

Family Therapy

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.

 

Why horses? 

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.