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Kimber Olson, LCSE, BCD

Kimber Olson has worked in the mental  health and social services field since 1989. She graduated with her bachelors in social work in 1995 and with her masters degree in 1997.  She was licensed at the clinical level in 2001. Kimber has worked as a child protection social worker, a volunteer guardian ad litem (CASA), and a rape crisis hotline volunteer.  Her extensive mental health experience includes work in outpatient community    health centers, in school-based programs, providing city-wide on-call and crisis management services, home-based and hospital-based therapy, community health development coordination, and long-term residential treatment.

Kimber is a board certified licensed clinical social worker and a certified criminal reformation clinician.  She holds advanced certification in critical incident stress management, and is an Advance-Children, Youth and Family Social Worker.  Kimber has trained in level I and II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and level I Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).  She has post-graduate training in sand tray therapy, the use of art in therapy, and Child Centered and Filial therapy.  Kimber is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment and Training in Attachment of Children (ATTACh) and the association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

Kimber has provided trainings nationally and internationally, teaching professionals in the areas of trauma, sexual abuse, attachment, ethics, compassion fatigue, physically and eating disorders among others.  She has taught in the social work and human services departments at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College.

Kimber is the author of the Pathway to Hope Video Guidebook, a companion to the video created by Tribal Law and Policy Institute to help community providers in Alaska understand and address the sexual abuse of children.  She is the co-author with Peggy Ellen Kleinleder of a book published by NEARI Press in 2009 for youth who are healing from child sexual abuse.

Contact Information:  

Kimber Olson LCSW

711 H. Street, Suite 400

Anchorage , Alaska 99501


Email: changingtidesalaska@gmail.com


Bernadine (Bernie) Janzen, MS, LPC

Bernadine Janzen

Bernadine (Bernie) Janzen has worked in the juvenile justice system of California. She has also been a group home foster parent, a group home counselor, and a trainer in physical and mental wellness and is an adoptive parent of two siblings who experience attachment challenges. Bernie is a co-founder of and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA) for 7 years. She has her Masters of Science in Children Community Based Mental Health from Vermont College & South New Hampshire University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alaska. She is a registered clinician with the International Association for Treatment & Training of Attachment of Children (ATTACh). Ms. Janzen has worked for the last 3 years with families whose children experience attachment disorders.


Bernadine (Bernie) has participated as a board member for the ATTACh organization for the last 3 years. She has facilitated the ad hoc marketing committee and is currently working on reviewing the policy and procedure manual for the group. She is a national speaker on issues of childhood attachment and the healing of the “new family” these children come to live within. She provides consulting and contract work to Catholic Social Services of Alaska and to the Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates.


Bernie believes that all families who provide homes for children with attachment difficulties need specialized therapy as well as trained families and friends and professionals and communities that will support their families in the challenging work ahead.


Contact information:
Phone: (907) 376-3835
Fax: (907) 376-3840
Email: Tattacbsj@gmail.com
Web: http://www.tattac.com