HERE AT PLAYFUL JOURNEYS we have Master's Level clinicians that entered the field of therapy because they enjoy being with kids so they naturally are very talented at their job. Our clinicians receive ongoing training in the best practices in play therapy, and understand how to help your child thrive. We use techniques that are trauma-informed, developmentally knowledgeable and are rooted in the science of attachment and neurobiology of the brain. Our office manager, Andrea, is warm, friendly, helpful and professional.
Lori Houston, LCSW, RPT-S
Lori has been healing children, teens, and adults with play, expressive arts, skills, mindfulness, and EMDR in the Mat-Su Valley for 22 years. Fostering healthy attachments and using neurobiology as the foundation of therapy, Lori creates a fun, safe environment to heal from trauma or work through life's stressors causing anxiety or depression. She is the president of the Alaska Association for Play Therapy and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and a State of Alaska LPC Supervisor.
Heather Hull, LPC
Heather is a life-long Alaskan with a naturally playful spirit. She helps children of all ages cope with and reduce the effects of anxiety and depression due to life's transitions. Along with a love for fun, Heather brings trauma-informed best practice and a neurobiological approach to therapy, helping to heal hearts from traumatic experiences such as divorce, social problems, violence and abuse. Helping caregivers to strengthen healthy attachments with their children is integral to her approach. Heather has been dedicated to helping children and adolescents ages 2 to 24 years in the Valley for nearly 15 years and as a clinician for the past 3 years.
Taylor Grohol, Executive Office Administrator
Brian Albright, LCSW
Brian has seen the tremendous healing power of play working with Alaska's children for over a decade. He strengthens family connections to help children express themselves and empowers parents to help their children. Child-centered Play Therapy is the foundation that allows Brian to create a fun way for children to let adults know what is causing their anger outbursts, depression, or anxiety and gives them the tools to resolve it.
Richard Crisostomo, PMHNP-BC
Taylor is our Practice Manager who is a billing specialist and runs the back office. You are welcome to call her to resolve any concerns about your bill. You may also see her at the front desk at times. She is a wonderful new addition to Playful Journeys!
Chris Buehner, Administrative Coordinator
Chris will greet you with a warm smile each and every day. She is whom you will speak to on the phone to schedule or reschedule appointments, answer questions about your balance, answer inquiries about your insurance, and get messages to your clinician.
Richard completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. His professional background includes working in a pediatric intensive care unit and at a pediatric residential treatment center. After completing his graduate studies, he worked at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as a a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner before moving to Alaska. He has a passion for pediatric behavioral health. His philosophy when it comes to patient care is that each person is treated as such and not as a diagnosis. He believes that collaborating with patients, families, and colleagues to formulate a treatment plan that is comprehensive and least restricting is essential to care. The saying is that "it takes a village" and Richard stands by that. He strives to provide safe, competent, and compassionate care.
During his free time I enjoy fishing, hiking and riding ATV's. A fun fact about Richard is that he has three awesome dogs.