Main: (907) 631-9365
Location: 13036 Old Glenn Hwy Eagle River AK 99577
Rachel Buddin-Young, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CDCII
My primary focus is working with individuals and couples ages 16 and up. My background includes helping people work through trauma, PTSD, communication barriers, infidelity, reconciliation, divorce, addictions, grief, depression, anxiety, panic, dissociation and finding purpose in life. I have a great deal of experience working with military service members, their families, and veterans, or similar careers that include deployments or extended time away from the home and reintegration. I believe that achieving personal goals, changing lifestyles and/or working through previous life events can all provide a future full of hope and joy!
My approach to therapy is person–centered, non-judgmental, compassionate, caring, and solution focused. I utilize various therapies that allow you to help make the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions. My specific trainings include cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and existential therapy. Additionally, I work with couples on communication and problem-solving skills. I have a strong Biblical background and, if requested, will integrate this background into our work together.
If you could use some help in navigating through the obstacles in your life in order to find your place of joy, please use the Contact Us form on this site.
Education and Licensure
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hardin Simmons University in 2000
Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2017
Licensed Professional Counselor State of Alaska
Licensed Mental Health Counselor State of Florida
Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC
Chemical Dependency Counselor II through the State of Alaska
EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA
Kris Johnson, LCSW
My name is Kris Johnson. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Alaska. I am also a mother, a sister, a wife, daughter, and a friend and more. I am a first generation Filipino-American, daughter of immigrants who have proudly served our country and state in the armed forces and in healthcare.
I am the best version of myself when I have time with my family, my friends, and my community. I love hot drinks all year round, listening to audiobooks, having uninterrupted time with my little one, and adventuring. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and my master’s in social work from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
The endeavor to enter therapy takes immense bravery, vulnerability, and strength. Taking this step can feel uncomfortable and even scary. Maybe you've thought, healing your wounds feels selfish or may be too intense. Perhaps, you may feel some unrest due to one or several unaddressed traumatic events, experience difficulty in making or maintaining relationships, or may be struggling to understand how you fit in this world. When really, that inner healing is an act of selflessness and can open the door to more possibilities for freedom in areas you may feel chained down by.
It is important to me that you feel seen and heard. I do my best to approach each client with a whole person perspective; attending to intersecting identities that may contribute to present anxieties. I believe that people already possess the internal strength and ability to overcome the challenges they are facing. I am merely here to assist them in seeing those strengths realized. My focus is primarily with late teens and adults. My training and experience include bottom-up modalities such as EMDR and Brainspotting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and foundations in Emotion Focused Family Therapy. I have had the privilege of working in many settings including in outpatient and inpatient substance abuse, child welfare, crisis recovery, and human trafficking recovery for survivors among others. My heart's work is in trauma and attachment and I am constantly learning about new ways to improve my knowledge and experience to best serve the people I work with by pursuing trainings and further education.
Education and Background:
Hawaii Pacific University: Bachelors in Psychology- 2010
University of Alaska Anchorage: Masters in Social Work -2017
EMDRIA Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist
Certified Brainspotting Therapist
Chemical Dependency Certification I - Alaska
Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Alaska
Tamara Ryan, LMFT
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Tennessee for college and graduate school. After graduate school I moved to rural Wyoming for four years before making the decision to head north to Alaska. I spent my first two years here living in Sand Point and Kodiak. For the past 11 years I worked for the United States Army with active-duty soldiers and dependents at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage Alaska.
I believe a strong Therapist and Client relationship is essential in helping you reach your goals. I think you are the subject matter expert on yourself. I’m here to help you work through the challenges you have and reach the goals you have set. My style is collaborative, engaging, compassionate, authentic and encouraging with a touch of humor for good measure. I take an integrative approach using Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Family Systems theories. I’m trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy to help those who have experienced trauma gain recovery. Primarily I work with adults and couples. I have experience in helping people who have experienced past trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation or past attempts, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, deployment/reintegration issues, military sexual trauma, divorce and life transitions. Having worked for the Army for over a decade I have extensive knowledge of the military lifestyle and the unique challenges that it brings to not only those who serve but also their family members.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, gardening, reading, being outdoors and wrangling my very opinionated and sassy husky/lab mix, Kiska.
Education and Licensure
Bachelors Degree in Counseling and Bible from Johnson University - 2002
Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Johnson University - 2005
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Alaska 2009
Kim Hammans, LPC
Hello, my name is Kim Hammans. I am a mom, a military spouse, a therapist and I look forward to connecting with you.
Wherever you are on your journey, I would consider it an honor to work with you. I have experience with teenagers, adults, pre-marital, marriage, and family counseling. I enjoy helping people process, whether it be trauma, abuse, grief, loss, or current feelings of depression, anxiety, or confusion. I have a particular interest in helping people with family issues, spiritual concerns, parenting, and building stronger relationships in their own lives.
My focus in therapy is on emotional, mental and relational health from a family systems perspective. I am here to help you work on your goals and help you find freedom to live as you are made to be. I utilize CBT, attachment theory, and trauma focused therapies as needed for each individual client. I am trained in Gottman Level 1 as well as emotional focused therapy for individuals and couples.
I am a long time military spouse and with that has come many moves, adventures and griefs as we have been transient for many years. Landing here in Alaska now, I am learning to embrace a new, much colder and wilder life. I grew up in the desert of New Mexico, went to college in Texas and got my Masters Degree in Missouri. I have been a professional counselor since 2013, with many positions in ministry and leadership prior to entering the counseling field. I have a strong background in Christianity and will utilize this in sessions if requested.
Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University, 2005
Master of Arts in Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, 2013.
Kim is Licensed in Alaska (183911), Georgia (LPC010052), and Missouri (2021046268).
Erika Hopper, MA
I was born in Colorado and raised throughout the United States and Europe, growing up in the US Army. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2013, and received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University in 2022. I began my career in the mental health field in 2013, working as a direct support professional, case manager, supervisor, and therapist in an outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient residential treatment center, and home and community-based organizations.
My holistic counseling style is based on an integrative approach to therapy which incorporates my experience with Person-Centered Counseling (PCC), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and creative therapies. I am a trauma-informed therapist and believe that building trust and rapport are essential for the therapeutic process. I take a contextual and culturally sensitive approach in my counseling practice to encourage comfortability and confidence. My current passions include creative therapies that connect mind and body, play therapy, and maternal mental health.
In my experiences, I’ve had the privilege to provide support to children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, and adults. I’ve worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, trauma, challenges related to developmental disabilities, psychotic symptoms, and adolescent behavioral issues by providing individual, family, and group therapies.
Outside of counseling, I stay inspired by spending time with family and friends, caring for my little one and pets, adventuring outdoors, reading, exercise, gaming, and gardening.
Brittney Ramert, LCSW, MPH
More than any other factor, it is the relationship between client and therapist that has been found to profoundly impact personal change. We are hurt, and healed within relationships. With this in mind, I take a relational approach to all my therapeutic work. I believe in honoring the individual needs of each client, ensuring they are known, seen, and heard. While also gently offering alternative to one’s longstanding views of self, others, and the world. I take a special interest in expanding the social and wellness supports of individuals outside the therapy room.
While I work with all ages, I specialize in working with parents and youth. This ranges from parent coaching, to trauma processing with children and adolescents, to intensive family therapy. As every individual is different, the specific approaches I utilize vary. These include approaches such as play therapy, narrative approaches, CBT, DBT, EMDR, and sensorimotor therapies.
My background includes working as a
therapist at a local adolescent crisis recovery center and as hospital social worker in the NICU, Mother Baby Unit, and pediatrics. Prior to social work and therapy, I worked in healthcare compliance and workforce education.
In my personal time I love being creative, making things with my hands, spending time with family and managing rental properties.
Education and Background
Bachelors in Health Science - Boise State University
Masters in Social Work, Masters in Public Health - University of Alaska Anchorage
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Alaska
Michael J. Vogel, PsyD, DMin, LP
Michael J. Vogel, PsyD, DMin, LP, is a licensed psychologist who is committed to providing the highest care possible. Dr. Vogel has clinical experience in various treatment settings, including inpatient hospitals, universities, and outpatient clinics. He has served individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds, whose concerns have included depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, men's issues, grief, and relationship problems. Dr. Vogel’s primary areas of expertise consist of insight-oriented approaches with adults, particularly those experiencing dissatisfying relationships and poor self-esteem. He also has a great deal of clinical experience working with adults who desire to explore religious, existential, and spiritual matters.
Education and Background
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Alaska Anchorage
Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology), George Fox University
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), George Fox University
Doctor of Ministry (Pastoral Psychoanalysis), Kairos University
Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Brookhaven Institute
Licensed Psychologist, Alaska (196899)
Tamara Boeckman, LCSW
Hello there! I am a licensed clinical social worker, and I work primarily with children and their families. Currently I work full time in community mental health helping children heal from trauma while creating an atmosphere of support within their family systems. If your child or teen experiences difficulties with behavior, is having mood or focus issues, or having troubles adjusting to life’s stressors, I am here to help. My availability at Lighted Path Therapy is currently Sunday afternoons. The therapeutic approaches that I use with children includes play therapy, art, attachment regulation competency (ARC) framework, EMDR, and sensory motor regulation approaches. While working with families, I incorporate knowledge of the family system while responding to the family’s needs in a respectful and practical way (i.e., humanistic and ARC approaches). My background experience includes child welfare, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and school based mental health services.
In my down time I like to cross country ski, dance, and care for my two energetic dogs. I also have a Biblical background and am a Christian. If faith is something you or your child would like to address in therapy, I would be happy to be a guide.
Education and Licensure:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) 2008
Masters of Social Work from UAA 2018
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Alaska since 2021
Lindsay Sherwood, LMFT
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and my family and I moved to Alaska in January 2022. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. After graduate school, I attended the Family Therapy Training Institute (FTTI), which is a premier postgraduate professional school for marriage and family therapists. While working with individuals and couples on an outpatient basis, I trained for an additional two years under a clinical psychologist to specialize in diagnosing individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I have a strong passion for working with individuals and families - especially those living with or having special needs. I have brought my clinical expertise in ASD to Alaska, and I hope to continue to help families navigate the diagnostic process as well as locate and utilize resources within the state.
I honor and respect the relationship that I have with each client as I know how hard it can be to reach out during a time of vulnerability. In order to best support my clients, I use an integrative approach using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. I specialize in working with couples and use concepts and methodology from the Gottman Method and Terrence Real's Relational Life Therapy (RLT). My background experience also includes adoption, attachment issues, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, navigating supports within school systems, behavioral issues in children, and parenting skills.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family consisting of my husband, four children, and 1-year-old Australian Labradoodle. I also enjoy crafting, spending time with friends, attending Girl Scouts with my oldest daughter, and spending time outdoors in beautiful Alaska!