About Adult Services

Alaska Behavioral Health provides comprehensive outpatient treatment services for adults experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental illness.  Our services include:

We assess all clients through an intake process, based on their needs and functionality. 

For questions on the assessment process or to schedule an appointment, please call our front desk.  

In Anchorage, 907-563-1000.

In Fairbanks, 907-371-1300.

Meet Our Team


Christine Alvarez, LPC - Chief Clinical Officer of Adult Services

Christine Alvarez has more than 13 years of mental health experience and has served in a variety of leadership roles including Team Lead of Austin-Travis County Integral Care’s Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, Director of Multnomah University’s Counseling Center, and Assistant Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County.

Christine is licensed as an LPC in Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and Alaska.

Christine will be overseeing adult services in both Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Sarah Koogle, M.Ed, LPC-S - Clinic Manager, Fairbanks

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Sarah has a master’s degree in clinical community counseling.  She’s traveled and lived in many states and countries, but has been in Alaska for about 15 years and consider Fairbanks home. Sarah enjoys enjoys the Alaskan summer and all that comes with that: hiking and exploring lakes and rivers. She has worked with a wide range of mental health issues in both inpatient and outpatient care, with adults and children.  Her passion lies in the community counseling setting.

Alicia Lamar, M.Ed, - Fairbanks

Alicia enjoys walking, hiking, and gardening. She loves living in Fairbanks in the summers, but is not too thrilled about the winter (though she thinks winter is beautiful!) Alicia started working with us as an intern (when we were called Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services.) She enjoys being part of a great team and working with all the staff and the clients.

Emily McClelland, MSW - Fairbanks
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Emily McClelland, Fairbanks Clinician

Emily McClelland has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has been with Alaska Behavioral Health since May 2020.  She is a life-long Alaskan and enjoys going on walks to soak up the summer sun, reading, and arts and crafts.

Her passion is helping adults with anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, and other mental disorders to create fulfilling lives. In order to do so, Emily uses a strengths-based approach along with CBT, mindfulness strategies, and other therapies with clients. Emily believes that the most important part of therapy is trust between the clinician and the client so that they can work together towards making positive changes.

Clinical Associates

Amanda Forsting, BA - Fairbanks

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Amanda is a Clinical Associate and Clinical Counseling Intern who has worked for Alaska Behavioral Health since 2018. She completed my undergrad with bachelors degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and a minor in Criminal Justice, at the University of Northern Colorado and completed an internship at the Boulder County Probation Department. She began working in the mental health field as part of a Crisis Response Team 2014 in Colorado, continued in Crisis work in Texas in 2015 and moved to Alaska in 2016. Amanda is finishing her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, expecting to graduate in December (2020). She plans to specialize in grief and trauma related modalities while completing my supervision for licensure.

Her family loves to travel and spends most summer weekends sight-seeing around Alaska, camping, boating, fishing, and driving. She also loves reading, photography, music and live theater.  Amanda has known she wanted to work in Psychology/Mental Health in some capacity since she was a teenager. She’s drawn to counseling because each new client with their past experiences and hopes for change, growth and recovery is a journey and adventure that they embark on together (similar to traveling with her family.)

Wanda Naffziger - Fairbanks

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Wanda has lived in Alaska since 2005. She moved to North Pole, Alaska from Christmas, Florida with her 3 children. She is originally from Los Angeles County California. While growing up, she was a big part of her sister’s life. That sister was diagnosed with a development disability and later in life with Bipolar disorder, and her sister has been an inspiration to her.  Wanda also has a son and nephew both diagnosed with mental illness. She has worked in the mental health field for a little over 10 years now and enjoys working with her clients.

She enjoys spending time with her family including her pets, drawing, gardening, and other arts and crafts.