"I Cannot Teach anybody anything. I can only
make them think."

About Karen

I earned my Master’s degree from Saybrook University, located in San Francisco, California.  Saybrook University is a Humanistic school, and as such, I learned to focus on the strengths inherent in each individual, couple, and family.   My fundamental belief is that people are innately good and that psychological and mental problems often stem from a rigid or outdated coping system.  In therapy, I highlight each individual’s growth and emphasize the importance of self-actualization.  In couples’ therapy, there is an emphasis on learning to listen to the emotional truth of the other, while also gaining greater authenticity in expressing one’s own truth.  Through self-awareness and genuine appreciation of one another, couples can learn to re-create, or perhaps experience for the very first time, true understanding, connection, joy, and love.

Please visit my “Individual Therapy” and “Couples Therapy”  pages to learn more about how I approach individual and couple therapy.  To contact me for an appointment or for any other reason, please call and leave a confidential voicemail at (907) 727-7253, email me at kcunningham511@gmail.com, or visit my “Contact” page and fill out and submit the form.  I will get back to you within 48 hours.  Thank you!

Jonathan S. Schick, MA, MFT-A

“I am very proud and very excited to introduce Jonathan S. Schick, MA, MFT-A, who recently graduated (with a 4.0 GPA!!) from Pepperdine University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy!  He is licensed through the State of Alaska to diagnose and treat mental health for individuals, couples, and families.   As an Associate, Jonathan will be receiving weekly supervision through Karen Cunningham, LMFT-S.

As Jonathan’s focus has been a systems approach to families, he is educated, qualified, and committed to working with individuals, couples, and families. His approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths-based. Jonathan values the relationship between client and therapist and sees it as key to driving growth and change. Jonathan brings warmth and humor into the therapy room and uses his passion for mindfulness and body awareness to facilitate exploration and expression.  Jonathan strives to help his clients live a more meaningful, fulfilling life, whether this means conquering internal struggles or facing issues with important people in their lives. Jonathan takes a caring and methodological approach when designing individualized treatment for his clients, and focuses on the strengths of each client and their relationships to produce enduring change.

Jonathan worked with Alaska Behavioral Health as an intern, providing individual and group psychotherapy services to a wide range of clients.  Jonathan has a strong knowledge and understanding of therapeutic techniques associated with trauma, marriage and family, and emotional disturbances. Jonathan has completed the following trainings:

  • Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training: Bridging the Couples Chasm
  • Gottman Level 11 Clinical Training: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities
  • Jonathan also specializes in substance use treatment and provides individual and group therapy to clients in an intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment setting
  • First Aid/CPR/Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • Jonathan has openings some evenings and weekends.  To reach Jonathan, please email him at jschickak@gmail.com or leave a confidential voicemail at (907)317-7505.

Keith Lowell

Keith, a San Diego, California native, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 2003. He served in numerous capacities in the Marine Corps, including one deployment to Iraq in 2004. Upon return from deployment, Keith studied at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011. Keith was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 2012 and is currently serving on active-duty orders in Alaska. He is familiar with the military life stressors, commitments, challenges, and resources.

Keith is currently matriculating at Liberty University, pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is on track to graduate in the late summer/early fall of 2024. He volunteers as a student intern on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and interns with a private practice Marriage and Family Therapist in Anchorage, Alaska. He and his wife are the parents of three sons. They currently live in Eagle River.


Jasper is an ausssiedoodle with a heart full of mischief and an impressive ability to leap onto high things. He is a master of snuggles and loves to sing along (howl along) to “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. Jasper has earned his Canine Good Citizen Award and continues to learn new tricks. His favorite seems to be “steal glasses and pens” to get attention. Jasper is a big part of my life and will sometimes make an appearance in my therapy sessions.