Amanda Kookesh's Full Story
Adults, Couples, and Families
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 18+, 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.