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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

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.