Any person receiving Children’s Mental Health services will complete an initial behavioral health assessment. During this time a Master’s level therapist will gather information about your child and family’s strengths, challenges and needs. The assessment will include many questions about your child, your family and your current situation so that we can begin to understand what behaviors are troubling. This process ends with a discussion about what new skills and new behaviors the family would like to learn and what services could be helpful in achieving those goals.
We also offer psychiatric services which can include testing and medical consultation and medication management.
For individuals ages 18 years and older, who experience mental, emotional, or addiction disorders, or any combination of these, we can provide clinical and case management services.
Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy involves participating in individual, family or group sessions with a mental health therapist. Psychotherapy techniques and interventions vary depending on the therapist and the goals you identify. While each therapist in our program has a different approach, we all strive to provide services that are individualized, culturally sensitive, respectful, responsive to family-identified needs, and based on family strengths.
All therapists employed in our program hold a Master’s degree in a mental health profession such as Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Social Work. Each therapist is licensed or obtaining licensure in the State of Alaska. You are also welcome to ask specific questions about your therapist’s background and experience.
Therapy services can be done individually, with the family or in a group setting. They may occur in the school, our offices, at your home or in a community setting. Some of the areas our therapists focus on are preventing suicide and self-harm, preventing hospitalizations, promoting family supports and integration in the community through access to available resources, provide parents and recipients with ways to manage personal challenges, promote a choice to be substance free and support appropriate education necessary for eventual independent living.
We partner with Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide psychiatric services. Utilizing state of the art video conferencing equipment, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists are able to complete psychiatric assessments, medication management and to monitor the effectiveness of medication. Any child utilizing this service must be participating regularly in clinical or community based services so that we can support the growth of new life skills and provide feedback to the psychiatrist.