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/her/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. I launched in August 2020 and I continue 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 struggling with anxiety and 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 2000+ hours accrued between my private practice and my counseling internship at APU's Counseling and Wellness Center. I teach and apply non-violent communication and mindfulness skills, somatics, IFS theory, attachment theory, reality therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy while counseling from a person-centered approach. I apply 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 and I strive to use my natural curiosity to help my clients better understand themselves.
I currently offer sessions Tuesday-Friday. I do not offer evening or weekend sessions.
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.