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SOLDOTNA THERAPISTS SPECIALIZING IN TRAUMA COUNSELING FOR PTSD, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND OTHER TRAUMATIC EVENTS

Trauma happens when life experiences elude a person’s natural ability to process something in a healthy way.  When someone’s system becomes so overwhelmed with threat, that their sense of safety and belonging in the world is compromised.  This threat can at times be to their physical person, such as when one is in a car accident or a natural disaster.  Or, it can be a mental or emotional threat, such as the loss of a loved one.

Trauma can occur in circumstances of abuse (physical, sexual, mental, emotional), when one has witnessed or been exposed to domestic violence, situations of loss or grief, car accidents, natural disasters, house fires…all kinds of things can be traumatic.

Our KPMH providers are adept at navigating symptoms that often result from traumatic experiences. These symptoms can include, but are not necessarily limited to; flashbacks, insomnia, nightmares, fear, anxiety, mistrust, hyper-vigilance, agitation, irritability hostility, self-destructive behaviors, social isolation, loss of interest or pleasure in activities one once enjoyed, guilt, loneliness, emotional detachment and unwanted thoughts.

 

QUICK COUNSELING FACTS

Sessions are 50-60 minutes

Counselors experienced in treating trauma on staff

$180 per session

Accepted by most insurance providers

We do not accept medicaid at this time

To schedule: (206) 451-7271

 

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Do I NEED COUNSELING OR THERAPY FOR MY TRAUMA?

It’s worthy of nothing that trauma comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Yes, there are Big T traumas, such as war and assault and all the terrible things you think would qualify.  But there are also little t traumas, such as repeated incidents of shaming, chronic feelings of being unsafe or uncared for due to having an alcoholic parent, or totally bombing a speech in the 9th grade that left you feeling exposed and vulnerable and stupid.  That speech experience, for example, might keep one from public speaking opportunities in the future.  Or, it could be even more insidious, like keeping someone from speaking up in team meetings at work, because just the thought of sharing an opinion evokes the exact same physiological experience of panic, shame, and vulnerability that became embedded in that person’s nervous system during that 9th grade speech. 

Trauma is awful, and it can impact a person’s life in all kinds of ways. Much like anxiety and depression, it is not a respecter of persons, and does not discriminate.  If not addressed, trauma can lead to a cascade of issues that can be incredibly disruptive and debilitating to one’s health and happiness. If you, or someone you love is dealing with troubling symptoms that may be rooted in a traumatic experience, please reach out. We would be honored to come alongside you as you work towards healing, health and wholeness.


What can I expect in counseling?

At KPMH, you can expect a comprehensive approach to treat the symptoms you’re dealing with.  You and your provider will work together to understand not just how to manage the symptoms, but to address them at their root cause.  Effectively and comprehensively addressing trauma with KPMH providers may include, but is not limited to:

  • Psychoeducation and brain based science to help you understand what’s happening with trauma on a physiological level.

  • Coping skills to support you in managing your symptoms when they arise.

  • Ongoing discussion and evaluation of lifestyle choices that may be contributing to or exacerbating your symptoms. Areas of exploration may include:

    • Sleep

    • Diet/ nutrition

    • Supplementation

    • Exercise/Movement

    • Connectedness (time with family, friends)

    • Play

    • Time in nature

    • Self care

  • Exploration and treatment of unresolved traumatic life events, most likely through the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). For more information about EMDR, go HERE.

  • A practical and effective self-care plan to support you in staying ahead of your symptoms and effectively managing them prior to them becoming overwhelming and unmanageable.


How long will counseling for trauma take?

The length of time an individual is in counseling is situation specific and can vary. However, we at KPMH are passionate about giving our clients the tools and skills they need to thrive and function well.  We will cast a wide net at the onset, looking for all the variables that may be contributing to the distress you are experiencing. We will build skills for managing symptoms and explore root causes that may be underlying your distress. We will take as little or as much time as you need, but we will do our very best to get you back about the business of living your life.


OUR SPECIALIZED TRAUMA COUNSELORS IN SOLDOTNA

Soldotna trauma counselor Mary Kuepper

Mary Kuepper - Counselor

Mary has over a decade of experience working in community based mental health. A certified EMDR therapist, Mary is passionate about giving people the tools they need to not only function well, but to thrive in their everyday life after traumatic events. Learn more about Mary here.


billing, INsurance information, and Limitations

Insurance

  • KPMH is currently a preferred provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Any deductibles, co-pays or co-insurances are due in full at the time of service. If KPMH is not in network with your insurance carrier, as a courtesy, we will submit an out of network claim on your behalf. Any deductibles, co-pays or co- insurances are due in full at the time of service. Any cost of service not reimbursed by your insurance carrier will be your responsibility.

Secondary Insurance Coverage

  • At this time, KPMH does not bill secondary insurance directly. If you have secondary insurance coverage, we would be happy to provide you with a Superbill that will streamline the reimbursement process. You are welcome to handle that yourself, or, we recommend utilizing Better, an online tool for filing out of network claims and securing reimbursement for money paid out of pocket. You can find out more about this resource at https://www.getbetter.co/

Medicaid and Medicare

  • At this time, KPMH providers are unable to see any individuals who have Medicaid or Medicare coverage.

Cost

  • Cost of Individual and Family therapy sessions is $180 per hour.

  • Sessions last between 50- 60 minutes.

  • Cash, check or major credit cards are all accepted.


How do we move forward with PTSD or TRAUMA counseling?

Ready to get started? Call or email us today. Our contact info is at the bottom of this page.

Once you reach out, one of our Soldotna therapist will contact you to gather information regarding your specific situation.  This process will help us better understand how to support you and assist you in making changes towards your identified goals.

This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions, and ensure that we are the right fit for you. Here at KPMH, our providers believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in the process of creating change. These initial conversations are important in assessing fit, as therapy is not “one size fits all.”

Additionally, KPMH uses Simple Practice, a medical record and portal system that will allow for confidential and HIPAA compliant messaging that ensures your privacy. You will be sent a portal link that directs you to online documentation to be completed prior to your initial session.

KPMH’s office is located on the second floor of the Blazy Mall, Suite 202. Feel free to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled session to grab a cup of tea and relax before meeting with your provider. We look forward to meeting you, and are honored you have chosen us to do this work along side you.