Jennifer Gessert, MS. LPC, CDCI

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Since 2008, I have had the great honor of helping my clients break through the obstacles that hold them back in life. I have helped people shift their priorities, identify their deepest desires, develop wellness and interpersonal skills, heal from trauma and eradicate negative habits of thought and behavior. We bog ourselves down in negative messaging that we "can't" achieve our goals or "don't deserve" to be truly fulfilled in life.  Life is too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your fullest life. 

Originally from Portland, OR and after earning a BA in Art Studio, I came to Alaska over 20 years ago as a backcountry guide and artist. Through observing many people's transformations in wilderness settings, I found that I had a passion for guiding people through their experiences in becoming more genuine and authentic people. I went back to school and graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2009 with my Masters in Counseling Psychology. Since then, I have worked extensively in the fields of substance abuse counseling and supporting under-served populations such as the inmate population, the Native community, and the LGBTQ community.  I am now the owner of White Wave Counseling, where I have found my life's passion in guiding my clients through their healing while also curating a team of therapists who resonate with this passion in their unique ways that compliment my philosophies.

I have pursued special training in the areas of depression, anxiety, sleep improvement, pharmacology, medication-assisted therapy for substance abuse, mental illness for chronically ill, interventions for challenging teens, perinatal wellness, communication skills, trauma recovery, and parenting strategies. I also have a passion for introducing mindfulness-based interventions whenever helpful for my clients. I draw from a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Interviewing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness Interventions, and many more.

 

I enjoy working in colorful Anchorage, Alaska, one of the most diverse cities in the nation. I strive to help people evolve through their challenges on any level whether emotional, behavioral, or professional and support adults and teens age 13+, of any gender, race, or sexual orientation.

It would be my honor to consult with you over the phone for a 15 minute discussion to see if I am a good match for you in your search for the right therapist. You may also send me an email with any questions you have.

Amanda Kookesh, M.Ed. LPC, CDCI

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I feel honored to be in the moment with people who feel safe enough to share their story with me and heal and grow from that….it takes a lot of strength to be vulnerable with someone new and want to change, and I respect that. Helping people is always something that came very naturally, and it is the perfect field for me. I love helping others with a compassionate and non-judgmental frame of mind.

 

I enjoy working with a wide range of individuals, couples, and families. I am passionate about working with anyone who is searching for a new direction in life or feels stuck, helping them to realize their potential. I work with adults, couples and teens age 13+, and any race, gender, or sexual orientation. Almost everyone can benefit from discovering more about themselves and why they do the things they do. This can mean exploring areas of childhood that may be impacting how they function as adults and learning, growing, changing from that. I enjoy helping people realize they can lead healthy lives.

I am a life-long Alaskan, originally from Southeast Alaska of Polish and Alutiiq heritage. I received my BA in Psychology, lived for 2 years in Slovakia teaching English, then returned to Alaska to further pursue my education and career in mental health. I have been working in the mental health field since 2009, graduating with a Masters in Counseling Education from UAA in 2017. I have supported people in a wide variety of contexts including residential programs for youth, substance misuse programs, suicide prevention, and as a resource for the Alaska Native community. I am currently also on the board of directors for the Alaska branch of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots organization in the country dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness.

 

I have specific training in Gottman techniques for couples and enjoy helping my clients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, divorce, marital problems, trauma, sleep issues, substance misuse, generational trauma, family stressors, domestic violence, and PTSD. I pull from a bouquet of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution- Oriented techniques, mindfulness techniques.

Please get in touch if you think we would be a good match. I would be delighted to answer any of your questions and start a conversation about how I can help you move forward.