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Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic

The ANTHC Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic is designed to meet your everyday behavioral health needs. All services are provided by telehealth. Our goal is to promote Alaska Native wellness through compassionate and easy-to-connect to behavioral health services.

What We Do

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The Behavioral Health Wellness Clinic provides all services in a private and confidential manner via telehealth. Though all services are delivered via telehealth, clients must be physically in Alaska at the time of service. We ask clients to check-in to their appointments 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. All Group Counseling services will close 5 minutes after the scheduled start time to minimize distractions for others present.

Available services:


Substance Use Assessments

At a substance use assessment appointment, a provider will spend time getting to know you and learning about your current substance use, previous substance use history, personal history, and current areas of concern. The substance use assessment will allow the provider to recommend supports and treatments to help you achieve your substance use goals such as reducing your drinking or drug use or stopping your use altogether. Recommendations can include outpatient, individual or group therapy, residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, among others. The provider will introduce you to a case manager to help you get connected to the next point of care.

Duration: Between 1 and 1.5 hours per appointment


Mental Health Assessments

At a mental health assessment appointment, a provider will spend time getting to know you and learning about your lifestyle, personal history, and your current areas of concern. The provider will then use the information to provide you with options that can help improve your current concerns, challenges, and symptoms (counseling, medications, Elder mentorship, etc.).

Duration: Between 1 and 1.5 hours per appointment


Individual Counseling

In individual counseling, a provider will work with you one-on-one to help you meet your needs and work on things that are bothering you. Individual counseling can help address a variety of topics including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief and loss, family and relationship difficulties, life changes, substance use, body image, sexual health, feeling stuck in life, etc. Individual counseling can be just a few appointments or a few months long.

Duration: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour per appointment


Group Counseling

The clinic offers a variety of group sessions to learn life skills to help individuals learn skills to cope with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, stress, trauma, and substance use. In group counseling, a provider works with a group of individuals who are experiencing similar concerns. Group members discuss their experiences and learn skills to help address their concerns and symptoms. Group sessions are a great way to connect with and learn from others who understand what you are going through.

To register for our groups and for more information on services we provide, call us at (907) 729-2492 or complete an online intake and one of our staff will contact you to discuss the best options for you.

Duration: 1 hour per appointment


Anxiety, Depression, & Stress

Days: Tuesday and Thursday from 9-9:50 a.m. 
Wednesday from 12noon-12:50 p.m.
For: Anxiety, Depression, & Stress

This group provides you with practical skills and techniques for addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. You will be engaged in activities that help identify patterns in your thoughts and behaviors as well as meaningful ways to increase your well-being.


Living in Balance

Days: Wednesday
Times: 4 -4:50 p.m.
For: Substance Use

This group focuses on identifying relapse triggers, building prevention skills, and addressing issues that come with early recovery. You will learn to identify situations that trigger cravings and pinpoint decisions that lead to using. You will also develop strategies you can immediately implement for engaging a meaningful life without alcohol and drugs.


Everyday Mindfulness

Days: Monday and Friday from 12noon-12:30 p.m.  
Wednesday from 9-9:30 a.m.  
For: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, Pain

Mindfulness for Health & Resilience flyer

This group engages you in a variety of mindfulness exercises at each session. Exercises include meditation, guided imagery, breathing methods, and other practices to help relax the body and mind, reduce stress, and improve well-being. You will learn how to focus on what you are sensing in the moment without judgment as well as techniques to bring relief to symptoms you are experiencing.


Trauma Recovery and Empowerment

Days: Thursday                                
Times: 12noon-1 p.m.                
For: Substance Use, Trauma

This group helps you work towards safety in your life, letting go of dangerous relationships, feeling control of your trauma and substance use symptoms, and discontinuing your substance use. You are not required to recount specific traumas. The emphasis of this group is on teaching and practicing skills that you can use right away to address symptoms of trauma and substance use.


Healthy Relationships

Days: Monday                                           
Times: 4-4:50 p.m.                        
For: Relationship Skills

This group provides you with the skills to have a healthy romantic relationship. You will work on exercises and skills related to your: values and responsibilities, social skills, decision-making abilities, refusal skills, setting and attaining goals, hygiene and self-care, and sexual health.


Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

Days: Thursday                                           
Times: 4-4:50 p.m.                        
For: Grief Support

This drop-in group offers you support following the death of a loved one. In a supportive setting, you will engage in both listening and sharing to the extent you are comfortable. Each session will provide space to process loss, learn about skills for coping, and set grief aside for small amounts of time to focus on self-care activities.


Healing Complicated Grief

Days: Tuesday                                      
Times: 4-5:30 p.m.                             
For:  Complicated Grief

Healing Complicated Grief Flyer

Complicated grief is persistent and unrelenting grief that interferes with a person’s life, affecting their daily functioning, relationships, ability to work, and finding meaning in life after the death of a loved one.

This provider-led group is offered as a series of 12 weekly sessions for those experiencing complicated grief. In a supportive setting, participants identify their “stuck” points, learn strategies to address them, and practice activities to help adjust to their loss. Group members benefit from listening, sharing their experiences (to the extent they are comfortable), and being with others who are also experiencing complicated grief. The content in each session builds off prior sessions in the sequence. BHWC staff will meet with those interested in participating to ensure the best fit for their current situation and grief.


Health Behavior Coaching

Health behavior coaching can help you learn skills to manage health concerns and chronic illnesses by helping you change behaviors that might be getting in the way of your physical wellness. A provider can help you with topics like sleep, weight management, pain, tobacco cessation, and exercise, among others. A provider will help you process things that might be getting in the way of healthy behavior and suggest tips and tricks for achieving your physical health goals.

Duration: Between 30 minutes and 1 hour per appointment


Family Support for Substance Use

Our clinic offers Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) for families seeking support. CRAFT equips family members with skills to help motivate their loved ones to reduce their substance use and motivate their loved ones to enter treatment. Skills include positive communication, rewarding loved ones for their non-using behaviors, removing rewards around their substance use, problem-solving, inviting the loved one to treatment, domestic violence precautions, and self-care. Family members can use this support to learn new skills to help their loved ones, to have a place to vent about the stressors in their life, and to concentrate on their personal well-being.

Duration: Between 1 and 1.5 hours per appointment


Referral Support

If you are interested in resources or treatment facilities outside of this clinic, a provider will meet with you to connect you to additional agencies and treatment centers to help you meet your goals. The provider will present you with options and assist you in completing paperwork and the necessary steps to get to where you would like to go.

Duration: Between 1 and 1.5 hours per appointment