About Child & Family Services

Child and Family Services Continuum provides a wide range of therapeutic services to children and adolescents with mild to complex mental and behavioral health concerns, along with their families. Our clinicians specialize in trauma-informed and trauma-focused practices, early childhood intervention, intervention with older children and adolescents, and family intervention. We provide a comprehensive array of skill development services designed to enable children and adolescents to thrive in their community. Families are offered training and support to create more successful family communication and healthy home living environments.

For assessment and intake in Anchorage, please call 907-762-8667.

In Fairbanks, please call 907-371-1300.

Meet our Clinicians

Joshua Arvidson, MSS., LCSW; Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center and Child and Family Services at ACMHS/FCMHS

Joshua is an expert in trauma-informed care for children, and established the Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS. He serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the Principal Investigator for the Military Family Child Trauma Program. He’s also on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and has presented at over 100 conferences on childhood trauma, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  Joshua serves on the Board of Directors for FOCUS and has designed and taught courses on clinical practice with children and adolescents and childhood trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua has published in the journals, Child Welfare 360, Child Maltreatment, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and Trauma, Abuse and Violence.  He’s been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” and has received a Business Achievement Award for Healthcare from the Anchorage Daily News.

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC; Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services at ACMHS

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC is the Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services.  As part of the Alaska Child trauma Center since inception, Kristin provides mental health services to children and families impacted by trauma and is a nationally certified ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) trainer.

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC is a Clinician at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Lindsay provides mental health services to children and families affected by trauma and trains individual throughout the state of Alaska on trauma and its impacts.

James Douglass, MS, LPC

James was born in Western Pennsylvania and is an Alumni of The Pennsylvania State University and Cappella University. He loves dogs (and really any other animal also) and says music and cooking are his methods of calming and relaxation. He believes in being versed in many different methods of counseling in order to be able to help his clients where they are.

Mara Hill, MS, LPC

Mara has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at ACMHS since 2015, when she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in clinical psychology and a certificate in children’s mental health. Mara enjoys facilitating preschool psychotherapy groups, eating peanut butter on fruit, and going outside.

In this video, Mara explains the Little Tykes program, and why she loves to work there.

Saraj Gottstein, MA

Saraj Gottstein graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Naropa University, in Boulder Colorado in Transpersonal Counseling and Wilderness Therapy. Saraj has a passion for mental health and overall wellness. She loves to work with clients in the community and in the wilderness throughout Alaska. Currently Saraj works as a clinician for Anchorage Community Mental Health in the Child and Family clinic and in our transition age youth programs, Alaska Seeds of Change and Power Center.

Geri Hernandez, MEd

Geri Hernandez, MEd, is a clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Services at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been effective by trauma.

Sicely Kluge, MSW

Sicely Kluge, MSW, is a directing clinician for the Alaska Child Trauma Center/Family Services at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services.  As part of the Alaska Child Trauma Center/Family Services, Sicely provides mental health services, including individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy, to children and families impacted by various types of trauma through the use of ARC treatment (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency).

April McElhenny, MSW

April McElhenny, MSW has more than six years of experience with children and adults who have been impacted by childhood trauma. She’s worked in different settings – child welfare, juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment. At ACMHS, she really enjoys working with families and their caregivers. She’s seen that working with children is way more successful when she’s also having success with engaged caregivers. April focuses on validating and normalizing kids’ experiences, providing active intervention when needed, and noting the positives.  She makes sure to provide praise for the children and caregivers for their efforts. April provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy and uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and ARC interventions during treatment.

Read more about April here.

Kris Nosek, LCSW

Kris Nosek, LCSW, has a diverse background working in the hospital setting, on JBER, and as a CASA for the state of Alaska. She is  originally from Portland Oregon, but has been in Alaska for five years. She spends most of her time outdoors.  She’s excited to join the staff at ACMHS to provide mental health services to children and families impacted by complex trauma through the use of ARC Treatment and TF CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy).

Patty Quinn, MS

Patty Quinn, MS, has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services for three years. Patty provides group services in our therapeutic preschool, as well as individual and family therapy.