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Love & Liberation Therapy, LLC

 

Emily Mechtenberg, MS

Sex positive, gender-affirming counseling services for individuals, couples, and groups based in Anchorage, Alaska

My Background & Services

Welcome and thank you for visiting!  I'm Emily Mechtenberg (pronouns - she/hers) and I provide counseling services for adults living in Alaska, including seasonal residents.  I am based in Anchorage and my services are accessible across the state as I offer tele-health appointments via HIPAA-compliant video chat or phone.  Following is a bit more about my background and my areas of focus.

 

Sometime in 2012, I learned about the growing fields of adult sex education and sex therapy.  I was immediately fascinated and sought after as much media and research regarding those topics as I could find.  At that point, I had been working as a nurse for about 5 years and understood that my health science background would give me a leg up if I ever wanted to shift gears in my line of work.  Fast forward to 2020 and I am now in a position to work with individuals and couples 18 years and older experiencing challenges around sexuality, gender identity or gender roles, and within their relationships.  I counsel from a framework of anti-oppression and intersectional feminism and I support people of all genders and sexual orientations. I am also happy to work with people in non-conforming relationships such as open relationships, swinging, or with people who identify as polyamorous.  In addition, I have experience working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, and who are working through trauma.

 

I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology, I am working toward licensure as an LPC Supervisee under the guidance of Ebony McClain, PhD, LPC, and I am a future candidate for full licensure in the state of Alaska.  In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and have been practicing as a registered nurse in the state of Alaska since 2007.  

My experience as a therapist includes 600+ hours serving as a counseling intern at Alaska Pacific University’s Counseling and Wellness Center. I taught non-violent communication and mindfulness skills, practiced motivational interviewing, reality therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy while counseling from a person-centered approach. I applied concepts from John and Julie Gottman and Esther Perel when working with couples. I graduated in April 2018 summa cum laude.  I continue to be captivated by the fields of psychology and sex research.  I strive to use  my natural curiosity to help my clients better understand themselves.

 

Contact Me

I currently offer evening sessions beginning at 5:30 pm on M, W, Th nights.

To schedule as a new client, please contact me at the email or phone number below. My voicemail is confidential and is a safe place to leave your name and how to best contact you. **Please note, I will get back to you within one business day.  And be aware that I do not return calls on weekends or holidays, but will get back to you thereafter.  

Tel:  888-862-0624
Fax: 888-558-7491

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