For Alaskans struggling with mental health: You’re not alone and help is there

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 6:36 PM AKDT
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Mental health professionals want Alaskans that are struggling with mental health during the pandemic to know that they are not alone and help is available to them.

About four in 10 Americans report the pandemic is affecting their mental health, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Definitely more people are reaching out,” said Dr. Tami Lubitsh-White, a licensed psychologist in Anchorage. "The problem is that many people are concerned about their health insurance and what they cover and whether they will be able to do it over time. And there are more money concerns. So that is part of the equation, too.”

Lubitsh-White said that for those seeking counseling sessions, it may take a few calls to different offices to find someone taking in new patients because of the high demands.

“Providers have changed their hours, added weekends,” Tami Lubitsh-White said. “We're very proactive in really trying to be as available as practically possible to meet the demands to provide even short sessions.”

Lubitsh-White said counseling sessions could be a great resource, but there are more immediate options.

Careline is Alaska’s statewide suicide hotline, but the help is available to anyone struggling with mental health or knows someone struggling.

“The Careline is a resource for all Alaskans,” said Leah Van Kirk, the statewide suicide prevention coordinator with the Division of Behavioral Health. “It's free. It's completely confidential, which is really important.

Anyone can call in for any reason. So if you're feeling anxiety, if you're feeling lonely, because of all of the isolation, you can use this resource.”

Van Kirk said the hotline has not seen an increase in new callers since the pandemic began, but an increase in the frequency of those who already use the hotline.

The hotline is available 24/7 and help can be reached by calling 1-877-266-HELP or by texting 4HELP to 839863.

Van Kirk said the Division of Behavioral Health established a new resource for Alaska’s first responders. The AK Responders Relief Line provides anonymous crisis counseling and general support for first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The service provides support to anyone who is at risk of exposure to COVID-19 as a result of their job in a medical setting. Behavioral Health colleagues are standing by to talk 24/7. The line can be reached by calling (844) 985-8275.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recommends having a daily routine, setting goals, taking breaks, and more to keep morale up. They have more resources on their

Lubitsh-White recently compiled a list of providers in Anchorage taking new clients:

Alyeska Counseling Group LLC

There are other clinicians at the group also.

Population: Adults / Children / Couples / Families

Work in (geographical area): Throughout the state via telemedicine

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Women Issues, Multicultural Issues, Career/Work Issues, Relationship Issues

Modalities (e.g. EMDR, CBT, etc and also list group you are providing): CBT, ACT, MBT, Narrative Therapy

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: not at this time.

Insurance (and if there are insurance companies that you are a preferred provider): BCBS, Aetna, CuraLinc, KEPRO, ComPsych, Magellan, Optum,

Sliding scale: Yes

Contact information: (907) 782-4553;

Avante Medical Center

Population: Adults

Work in (geographical area): Anchorage

Specialties: Integrated Primary Care, Addiction, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Career/Work Issues, Relationship Issues

Modalities: EMDR

Hours of Operation: Mainly

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: Yes

Insurance: preferred provider for BCBS, and Aetna, work with other insurances too. '

Contact information: (907) 770-6700

Chantal Cohen Therapy aka Chantal Cohen, LMFT, RPT-S

Working with: Children (1 year +), Adolescents, Family and some Adults Specialty: Complex Trauma, Play Therapy, Reactive Attachment, Anxiety, EMDR, Filial Play Therapy and in training Animal Assisted Play Therapy, (AAPT) Certification Program, Parent-Child, Blended Families, Parenting, Complex Medical Issues (Children/Teens)

Telehealth: Yes

Insurance: Preferred Provider for Premera-Blue Cross and Tricare

Work Hours: Wednesday - Saturday

Currently only providing Tele-health services. Offers a free meet and greet

Contact information: (907) 346-0252

Coastal Wellness and Counseling, LLC

Population: Children/Adolescents/Adults/ Children/ Couples/Families

Work in (geographical area): Located in Anchorage/Offering Telehealth Statewide

Specialties: Trauma/Couples/Families

Modalities (IFS/EMDR, DBT, Family Systems, Gottman):

Hours of Operation: Varies

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: Not at this time.

Insurance YES (No Medicaid/Medicare OR Tricare)

Sliding scale: YES

Contact information (email and phone number): 907-917-0191

Counseling Solutions of Alaska

Population: Adults/ Children/ Couples/ Families

Work in (geographical area): Anchorage

Specialties: Advanced Nurse Practitioners providing medication management, Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors providing Behavioral/Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling

Modalities EMDR, CBT, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Brief Solutions Therapy, Play Therapy

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday. 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: Not at this time.

Insurance Preferred providers for BCBS, Aetna, Providence, and Tricare. We cannot take Denali Kid Care, Medicaid or Medicare.

Sliding scale: no

Contact information 907-644-8044


Dome Arts LLC: Kathryn C. Mallory

Working with: Children 4 - 17, Parents, Families; all ages for Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy

Specialty Areas: Play Therapy (Trauma- and Attachment-informed),

Child/Parent Relationship Therapy (also called Filial Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy (all ages)

Hours: Monday - Friday; flexible hours to meet needs due to COVID-19

Telehealth: Yes, with Simple Practice Telehealth platform

Face to Face: Not at this time

Insurance: Tricare, Premera/Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna.

Sliding fee scale for self pay

Contacts: phone (907) 457-1101; FAX (907) 457-1121 website:

Lubitsh Counseling LLC

Population: Adults/ Couples

Work in (geographical area): Offering Telehealth Statewide

Specialties: Integrated primary care- dealing with chronic disorder, Pain management, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Anxiety and stress, LGBTQ, Life transition, Relationship Issues, Addiction

Modalities): Psycho-dynamic, EMDR, Sensorimotor, Hypnosis

Hours of Operation: Varies

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: not at this time.

Insurance: preferred provider BCBS, bill other insurances too.

Sliding scale: Yes, especially for COPID-19 related needs Contact information: (907) 3179442;


ND Systems Inc.

Serving mental health needs of children, adolescents, adults and elders.

Physically located Fairbanks however serving Statewide via telehealth.

Modalities & Specialties: Medication management, psychotherapy, CBT, Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback, Biofeedback for addressing symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression and ADHD

Hours of operation: by appointment only, includes evening and weekends

Telehealth: Yes

In-person sessions: Yes

Insurances: Tri-care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna

Sliding Fee Scale: Yes with restrictions

Contact: 907-374-0852


Population: Adults/ Couples/ Families

Work in (geographical area): Anchorage

Specialties: Addictions/Co-Occurring Disorders, Marriage and Family Dynamics, Coupes, Counseling, DOT/SAP Services

Modalities: CBT EFT REBT DBT Trauma Focused Motivational Interviewing, The Gottman Method, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Hours of Operation: M-F 9-6

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: Yes but depends on state mandates

Insurance: BCBS, Aetna, CuraLinc, KEPRO, ComPsych, Magellan, Optum,

Sliding scale: Yes

Contact information: 907-351-8249

WindRose Counseling, LLC

Population: Adults/Teens

Work in (geographical area): Mat-Su

Specialties: Anxiety, Trauma, Multicultural, LGBTQIA

Modalities: EMDR, DBT, EFT

Hours of Operation: Sunday/Monday 9-6, Saturday/Evening Intakes

Telehealth: Yes

Sessions in person: Typically yes but not at this time due to recommendations for social distancing.

Insurance: Out of Network with courtesy billing of preferred insurance. Contact information: (907)671-0160;