Professional Credentials

Jason earned a bachelor’s in psychology from UAA in 1994 and began working with families as an in-home case manager and as a crisis intervention team leader, both in Alaska and in Tennessee. He earned a master’s degree from MTSU in clinical psychology in 2004 and became a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Since that time, he has worked as a therapist doing individual, family, group, and couples therapy.

Jason works largely through a cognitive-behavioral framework with the understanding that help comes through relationships. At AWA, our faith is the foundation of all we do and our interventions and therapeutic techniques must be consistent with the word of God.


Employer and Years of service
Valuable Experience Gained


Assets, Inc. – 3 years
Alaska Youth Initiative
Intensive therapeutic care

Community Services Agency (Tennessee Dept. Children’s Services contractor) – 7 years
Worked with families
Urban and Rural activities
Worked closely with the court
Children behavioral problems
Socio-economically disadvantaged families

Alaska Child & Family – 2 years
Functional Family Therapy
Juvenile Justice partnership

Northstar Behavioral Health Hospital – 4 years
Family Counseling (1000’s of hours)
Acute psychiatric issues
Suicidal ideation
Psychotic symptoms

Southcentral Foundation – 7 years
Couple’s Counseling
Family Counseling
Outpatient urban counseling
6 years working in remote, native villages: McGrath, Takotna and Nikolai
Facilitated group sessions
Crisis intervention in native village of St. Paul Island

Connect 2 Care – 3 years
Couple’s Counseling
Family Counseling
Outpatient rural counseling
Grief Counseling
Faith Based Counseling

Cornerstone Counseling – 1 year
Christian counseling – outpatient

Alaskan Credentials

Jason was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He grew up to appreciate the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness and enjoys sharing that beauty with others who can appreciate it. Jason and Shannon met in Chattanooga, Tennessee while Jason was there seeking his education. Once he received his master’s degree, they moved to Alaska and were married in 2007. While Jason worked in counseling, Shannon pursued her career in information technology as a programmer. Their daughter, Eliana, was born in 2014 in answer to years of prayer. Her name means, “my God has answered” in the Hebrew language. She is truly a miraculous blessing.