Michele Yurgin, LMHC, LPC-I

My name is Michele Yurgin (she/her/hers) and I am a sex positive, trauma informed, and inclusive counselor with knowledge and experience with individuals and couples counseling. I believe people can change behaviors and everyone can achieve happiness. Through counseling I believe personal growth and reconnection is possible and achievable. I am committed to truly connecting, supporting, and having a dialogue with others (even if it is based on educating or being educated about race, oppression, and de-colonization) while assisting in a shame and guilt feel space. The work is challenging but I really LOVE my work. 
 
My theoretical orientation is dynamic and ever changing but is based mostly on Relational Cultural Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Solution focus, Mindfulness, Art Interventions, CBT, DBT, and Narrative Interventions. Basically, I look at the whole person including their childhood and values and morals while assessing for safety, being of good mind, and consent. Together we will look at where there is dysfunction and break negative patterns while learning and developing healthy coping skills. Also, I work to increase effective communication for clients, their loved ones, and families. I have a special focus on working with LGBTQIA+ and non-binary persons, non-monogamous and polyamory clients, and Active and Reserve duty Military and Veterans. 
 
I am a graduate of Lewis and Clark College with a Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling. And I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington and almost complete with my Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. I have years of experience years being a Mental Health Counselor in Community Counseling Settings and a Suicide Crisis Counselor. I am Navy Veteran and have 12 years of experience with being in Military Culture as both active duty and civilian. I have deployment experience working alongside US and foreign military, government, and Afghan persons. 

Michele Yurgin, LMHC, LPC-I
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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