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Welcome to Behavioral Health services at Sunshine Community Health Center (SCHC). We look forward to the opportunity to assist you in reaching your personal goals. We specialize in a variety of services such as individual, couples, family, and group therapy.

At SCHC we believe in providing a team approach to giving you the best care possible. Our Behavioral Health team also provides integrated care with our Primary Care Providers to provide you with holistic, patient-centered care.

To begin your journey towards a happier, healthier life please call and make an appointment today.

 

 

 

Behavioral Health Services

Individual / Family / Couples
Therapy sessions revolve around your present or long standing needs. The Behavioral Health Specialists will help you to build upon your existing strengths while also exploring new tools for you to use. Individual, family, or couples counseling is available and our Behavioral Health Specialists work with people of all ages. We look forward to helping you live a happier life.
EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.  The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Complete treatment of the targets involves a three pronged protocol (past, present, and future), and are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. “Processing” does not mean talking about it. “Processing” means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded.

Integrated Care
Integrated care is a holistic, team approach to meeting the needs of the mind and the body. At Sunshine Community Health Center we address medical, behavioral, and substance abuse within the primary care setting. Integrated Care helps patients with multiple healthcare issues to have better healthcare outcomes, have a better experience, and to save money.
Office Based Opioid Treatment
The Office Based Opiate Treatment (OBOT) program that combines the use of the medication, Suboxone®, an FDA approved medication for treatment of people with opiate dependence, with outpatient Behavioral Health treatment. This program helps people struggling with opiate addiction transition from a life of drug dependence to a life of recovery. Suboxone® contains two types of medication, buprenorphine and Naloxone®, which complement each other in detoxification and maintenance therapy. Maintenance therapy can continue as long as deemed medically necessary by the physician. Behavioral Health treatment consists of an assessment followed by group and individual counseling as agreed upon by the treatment team. The OBOT program at SCHC requires a commitment to abstinence from all substances, including nicotine, once a person is in the program. Support will be given to people who need assistance in stopping the use of substances other than opiates. In Phase I of the program, all group sessions are held at the Talkeetna clinic.

Are you or someone you know struggling with opiate addiction?  Medication Assisted Treatment using Suboxone is one option to consider.  If you are interested in learning more about this type of treatment, you can contact our Behavioral Health Assistant at 733-9202.

If you’d like more information, this article describes the research on the effectiveness of MAT.

Addiction Recovery Treatment
This program is for all patients who have are struggling with their use/abuse of alcohol or other drugs. Although a patient may combine some form of medication assisted treatment (MAT) with their Behavioral Health treatment, this treatment program is separate from our OBOT program. Treatment options are based on the needs of the patient and may include individual, group, or family counseling. Our Behavioral Health Specialists are able to assist patients who are referred by the court or by the Office of Children’s Service (OCS). Patients who are interested in attending the Addiction Recovery Group must speak with a Behavioral Health provider prior to the first group.

Domestic Violence Support
Sunshine Community Health Center can help people who have experienced domestic violence by addressing the emotional, logistical, and physical barriers to healing. Our Behavioral Health Specialists are equipped to provide a variety of therapeutic options to treat trauma, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as other emotional concerns. Financial help for those who experience violence may be available through the Families in Crisis Fund, which is funded by the Talkeetna Bachelor Society. In addition, the Behavioral Health team can provide assistance with accessing transportation, shelter, and other emergency needs. The Behavioral Health Team will also work with people to create a safety plan based on their current needs. If you are concerned that your relationship is unhealthy, please do not hesitate to contact the Sunshine Clinic and ask for the Behavioral Health Assistant.

Behavioral Health Providers

Sarah Blanning, LCSW
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sarah graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She caught the Alaska bug after her first visit, and relocated to Alaska in 2011. She has provided services to a variety of populations for over ten years, including individuals impacted by family or sexual violence, those struggling with addiction, and military members and their families. Sarah obtained her clinical licensure in 2015 and has a special interest in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders. In her free time, Sarah enjoys snow-machining, four-wheeling, spending time at her cabin, building and refinishing furniture, and reading.
Portrait of sarah blanning, licensed clinical social worker
Deborah Young, LCSW

Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.  She has worked in the field of Behavioral Health as a direct service provider, manager and administrator for 25 years. In addition, Deborah has 11 years tenure with the University of Phoenix.  During her tenure she served as Adjunct Faculty, Lead Faculty Area Chair for the School of Social Sciences, Title IX Committee Member and Faculty Trainer.  She is an aspiring writer, loves cooking, listening to music and watching movies.

Portrait of Deborah Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mark Chapman, LCSW

Mark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; he earned his Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas Arlington. He has over 20 years of clinical experience working with older adolescents and adults addressing issues of chemical dependency, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Mark is the father of a 21-year-old daughter who enjoys crime and thriller movies and is a big Stephen King fan.

Mark Chapman, LCSW
Tanya Korta, LPC

Tanya is originally from Minnesota and has lived and worked in rural Alaska for the past 25 years. She was formerly an elementary school teacher who evolved into a community behavioral health counselor, working for a tribal health organization providing behavioral health services for the past 8 years. Tanya earned a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2017. She has experience working with a diverse group of people impacted by mental health issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and trauma-related stress disorders. I have a special interest in working with children and adolescents. Tanya and her husband have three grown children and enjoy outdoor adventures and small town living.

Tanya Korta, LPC
Kirsten Strolle, LMSW

Kirsten has been a Behavioral Health Care Manager at SCHC since 2016 and has worked in direct services for over 10 years serving a variety of patients, both children and adults, including survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

Kirsten graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Political Science and a Minor in Sociology. She earned her M.S.W. from the University of New England in 2020. She completed her clinical internship at SCHC which included individual sessions and a  Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Group.

Kirsten enjoys hiking, skiing and foraging.

Kirsten Strolle, Behavioral Health Clinician

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