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.
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.
Brian Albright, LCSW
Brian has been strengthening family connections for over a decade through the application of attachment focused psychotherapy and the healing power of play. Through the foundation of Attachment Theory and Child-centered Play Therapy children learn to effectively express themselves, which then creates powerful healing within the family. This methodology simultaneously supports children and parents in developing and nurturing the connections that will help the family work through difficult behavior, resulting in a stronger family bond.
Heather Hull, LPC
Richard Crisostomo, PMHNP-BC
Heather is a life-long Alaskan with a naturally playful spirit. She helps children and adults 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 uses trauma-informed best practice, such as EMDR, 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 of age in the Valley for nearly 20 years and as a clinician working with all ages since 2014.
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.
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.
LeeAnn Mitchell, LPC
Lee Ann enjoys helping children and adults of all ages manage life challenges. She has been helping individuals and families heal utilizing EMDR, play therapy, attachment theory, and expressive arts. She believes in a person centered approach and strengthening connections. She has been practicing in the Mat-Su Valley since 2013. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors in Alaska.