OUR COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY

All people face challenges throughout their lives and these issues tend to be multi-faceted and culturally diverse. We, the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine, take a developmental perspective and assume that people grow and change throughout their lives. Our counseling department has a strong sense of compassion and commitment to helping people while offering a safe place for clients to explore ways to cope through sharing their experiences.

Counseling interventions are designed to help clients challenged by a range of circumstances including: trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, parental guidance, unanticipated life events, marital or relationship discord, social injustice, work site disruption, anger management, and career issues. Our philosophy is to  approach the healing process holistically, using a wellness model, as opposed to an illness model, which highlights and encourages an individuals strengths.

Our objective is to work with individuals, groups and communities in order to improve mental health by:

1. Encouraging clients to discuss emotions and experiences.

2. Examining issues including substance abuse, aging, bullying, anger management, careers, depression, relationships, LGBTQ issues, self image, stress and suicide.

3. Working with families.

4. Helping clients define goals, plan action and gain insight.

5. Developing therapeutic processes.

6. Referring clients to other services.

7. Taking a holistic (mind and body) approach to mental health care.

8. Defining spiritual health according to your faith, principles, values, and moral beliefs. A person’s spiritual health is characterized by:

  • the ability to love and be loved

  • forgiveness

  • community service

  • personal fulfillment

  • compassion

  • caring for others

  • experiencing and spreading joy

  • self-care and reflection

  • servitude

Sometimes, just the act of venting is helpful. Counseling provides a safe haven for precisely that kind of free-ranging release: You can say things in the therapist’s office, with the therapist present, that would be incendiary or hurtful in your living room.
— Laura Wasser

If you and/or your loved one(s) are interested in learning more about our counseling services, you can contact us via email (acnm.alaskacenterfornaturalmedicine.com) or phone (907.452.3600). 


Counseling services at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine are provided by Bruce Hill, PhD, LMFT, CEAP