Kimber Olson, LCSW, BCD

2600 Denali, Suite 606 (the Short/South Denali Tower building between Northern Lights & Fireweed)

Kimber Olson is the co-author of The Thursday Group, a story and information for girls healing from sexual abuse, available from Neari Press and Amazon, and the author of the Pathway to Hope Video Guidebook, a companion resource for the Pathway to Hope: Healing Child Sexual Abuse video developed to help Native communities in Alaska understand and address the sexual abuse of children and to promote healing.  She co-authored, with Diane Payne and Jarad Parrish, the Pathway to Hope: An Indigenous Approach to Healing Child Sexual Abuse (International Circumpolar Health Journal, 2013).  Kimber is the Chair of the Alaska Regional Component Group for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissocation, which supports therapists working in the field of trauma and dissociation, and promotes higher learning and increased skill in these areas.  She has taught as an adjunct instructor in the social work and human services departments of the Kachemak Bay Branch of the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, and has presented nationally and internationally, as well as throughout Alaska and in Indian Country on complex trauma, attachment, dissociation, eating disorders, ethics, compassion fatigue, and other topics. In her private therapy practice, Kimber specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma, and dissociation.  She has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, including the Early Trauma Protocol, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping).  She uses bottom-up brain based exercies and stabalization and grounding teachniques with individuals to create a calmer brain with which to eventually be able to process trauma.  With children and families, Kimber uses her training in child centered and filial therapy, as well as forensically sensitive and trauma focused cognitive behavioral interventions, art, puppets, and sandtray. 

Kimber offers a Consultation Group for therapists who work in the area of trauma and dissociation with children (4-18 y.o.) once a month.  If you are interested in this group, or in joining the Alaska Regional Component Group of ISST-D, and you are a professional therapist, please feel free to contact Kimber.

The spring of 2014 through December 2014, Kimber will be supervising Lynden Grothe, a second year graduate student in the Counseling Program at the Alaska Pacific University.  Lynden is able to offer limited no-fee based services to clients who meet the necessary criteria.  Please contact Kimber if you have a child who may be in need of these services.  L:ynden may also help with billing, care management, and client contact.  Please welcome her if you see her in the lobby.