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Kimber R. Olson, LCSW, BCD

MSW - Master of Social Work

307 East Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage AK 99503

I believe that people have everything within themselves to make the changes they want. I also believe that our ability to see our own inner strengths can be masked by past experiences and abuse, by our own resultant fears, anger, isolation, and various ways that we protect ourselves from further harm. We need our self protective parts; this is how we have survived our life history. The problem with this approach is that we tend to wall our hurt in with the protective measures we use, continuing to hurt ourselves even as we are trying to protect ourselves from further pain. I use a relational approach to therapy, providing a connection with another person who believes in the inner power and strength we each contain within ourselves. To this end, I use a variety of theories, techniques, and approaches that compliment this belief and are specific to the needs of the individual with whom I am working. I started my career as a therapist knowing that I wanted to work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have focused on this issue since I was a 17 year old college freshman, and have continued to be passionate about the subject. I had the opportunity to work with several amazing therapists who have helped to shape my philosophies and beliefs about healing, and who have contributed to how I help others. As my practice has evolved over the years, I have worked more within the areas of trauma that sexual abuse can influence; attachment issues, relationship challenges, isolation, depression, and anxiety, PTSD symptoms, self harm and suicidal ideation, eating disorders, substance abuse and dissociation. These masks of trauma are the ways individuals protect themselves from further hurt, but they are only symptoms of the deeper issues. I feel strongly that even people who think they are damaged and unrepairable are full of so much more potential than they know. I love working with people and seeing them do the hard work of learning to understand themselves and reinventing themselves into the full potential of who they can be. I am amazed by the courage and tenacity of people who have been hurt and are willing to take the difficult and painful steps of healing themselves. They are doing the work so many others avoid and are afraid of. It is this type of heroic courage that keeps me coming back into the office day after day. I am honored to be a part of the trusted few who get to be a part of someone's healing journey.
Dissociative Disorders
Complex Developmental Trauma/PTSD
anxiety
Depression
Complex PTSD
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Eating Disorders
May, 1997
MSW - Master of Social Work
May, 2010
Certificate in Advanced Ethics Studies
May, 2014
Chair, Alaska Regional Component Group of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Mar, 2016
ISST-D Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Jun, 2016
Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling
Dec, 2016
Director, Board of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
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