Veterans/Military Service

Active duty and military veterans sometimes face unique challenges. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, alcohol abuse and other mental health concerns may present themselves long after military service has ended. Therapists who specialize in working with veterans will help to empower their clients and encourage them to combat their issues and live a full and meaningful life.

Local experts in Veterans/Military Service

Katherine Chiba, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have had the enormous privilege of working with veterans and their families for 15 years. Although I am not a vet myself, I have learned a great deal about military culture and the ongoing impact of military service. As veterans have expanding choices for receiving treatment in the public sector, I hope to provide another resource for the support and treatment they have earned.

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Travis Wright (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

My work with veterans spans the last twenty years and I have had the privilege to work with veterans from WWII to the present. I also saw veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. As the director of the Portland Vet Center I facilitated numerous Combat Focus Groups including the African-American Combat Focus Group. I have also worked with family members of sailors and soldiers who were killed on active duty providing bereavement counseling as well.

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Melissa Hartley ((she/her))

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, LPC intern

I am experienced and knowledgeable about military culture and service. I have not served, but I do come from a military family, and continuously seek to improve my understanding of issues faced by active duty service members, their families and veterans from each unique branch of the military.

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James Gallanos (he, him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I currently work for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs as a Social Worker and Suicide Prevention Coordinator working with Veterans and their families. I have strong subject matter expertise in treating suicide and self harming behaviors, PTSD, substance use, interpersonal relationship problems and adjustment to major life transitions and circumstances our veterans experience. Although I am not a Veteran, I work hard to be culturally responsive to best serve all those who served.

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Amanda Ichihashi Jagerman (She/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I worked at the Portland VA Hospital in the Rural Veterans Program, providing individual & group counseling to Veterans living in rural areas as part of an interdisciplinary team psychiatrists, psychologists & nurses. My focus was on treating female Veterans & people managing chronic pain. While I was there I wrote a CBT workbook aimed at treating anxiety specifically for female Veterans.

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Marla Christensen LPC NCC (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA LPC NBCC

My past experience includes working at the Portland VA. Through this experience, along with my Military family, I have gained the knowledge to assist Veterans and their families in the unique culture of the Military. As a specialist, I will help to empower you to combat your issues and develop strong relationships; giving you tools to assist in living a healthy and productive life.

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Michele Yurgin ((she/her))

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMHC, Professional Counselor Associate, NCC

I am a Veteran and have deployment experience as a civilian. I am completed Tier I, II, and III of the Start Behavioral Health program created by the Uniformed Service University and Center for Deployment Psychology. Also, I have complete various trainings to include Suicide interventions, trauma-informed care, PTSD counseling, Military Sexual Trauma and Military Couples Counseling.

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Joyce Yuan, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

I am both pleased and proud to have had the opportunity to work with military veterans at VA hospitals in OR, NY, and CA. I have experience providing psychotherapy to veterans from all eras of service (Vietnam, Gulf War, OIF/OEF/OND). I am familiar with the challenges of combat exposure and of re-integrating into civilian society. I am happy to serve those seeking care outside the VA setting.

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Liz Powell (they/them)

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY 27871; OR PSY 3068

As a disabled veteran, I understand the challenges of military service and life once you leave active duty. I served 5 years in the US Army, including a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan. I've worked with active duty service members, reserve/guard, and veterans from all branches. I also know that military service can bring up complex feelings, so I like to make space for whatever comes up for you.

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