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Julie Yaekel-Black Elk

Outpatient Mental Health Professional


Year Joined: 2021
Years of Experience: 42


Southwestern Illinois College (BAC) & University of Wisconsin-Superior - AAS-Administration Of Justice, 400hr-Police Academy, & BS-Psychology
University of Minnesota-Duluth - MA-Community Counseling & MA School Counseling
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - PhD-Counseling Student Personnel Psychology


Trauma Focused-CBT, Domestic Abuse Intervention Counselor-Men's/Women's Counselor, Veterans/Police Officer PTSD Counseling, CSDT Therapist, Cultural Counseling

Areas of Experience
  • Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Verbal)
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety - General
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • College-Aged and Student Issues
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Court-Ordered Therapy
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family of Origin
  • Fertility or Infertility
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage & Couples Therapy
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Perpetrators of Crime or Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Identity
  • Social Anxiety
  • Special Assessments
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Work Issues

More About Julie Yaekel-Black Elk

Clinical Interests:

My clinical interests are assisting individuals and communities return to a pre-trauma state while simultaneously recognizing the strengths and skills that they have acquired through their experience of loss, grief and pain. Clinical individual and group populations that I have had a great deal of experience with in this area have been: veterans, police officers, domestic abuse perpetrators and survivors. Community based services have included both current and historical trauma as well as addressing the impact and healing from both; natural/unnatural events and disasters.

Clinical Approach:

Meaning Making is an important step in the process of moving past experiences of trauma and loss and to assist individuals make sense of that which seems senseless. I believe it is essential to an individuals sense of well-being to treat the entire person. Therefore, I often incorporate a Constructivist Self-Developmental Theoretic approach. This has a cognitive/behavioral emphasis which focuses on an individual's beliefs about their relationship with themselves and others. To explore and recreate connections assist individuals and communities feel whole again.


When I can incorporate family and community, with my love for the outdoors: fishing, canoeing, camping and hiking in the woods I am happiest. I do enjoy some sole activities, weather permitting in Minnesota, I also enjoy riding my Harley, gardening and working on carpentry projects.

Clinic Contact Info

Duluth Clinic

332 W. Superior Street, Suite 300
Duluth, MN 55802

(218) 722-4379