Michelle Nortrup

Therapist Michelle  Nortrup Photo

About Me

Hello! My name is Michelle Nortrup and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota. I earned my Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2017. I work with individuals of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds, and I welcome the LGBTQ+ community. A client working with me will find a safe, judgement-free environment with unconditional respect and support. I have experience working with survivors of trauma and clients suffering from depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), developmental trauma, postpartum depression, and attachment injuries early in life. I have training in Polyvagal Theory where I help the client map out and understand their autonomic nervous system and how it responds to stress. I help clients navigate developmental life stressors, early childhood trauma, family of origin issues, parenting or relationship issues, cognitive restructuring, changing behavioral patterns, developing positive resources to work towards biological regulation, and healing from traumatic experiences or abuse.

My passion is to hear my clients share their story and to help guide them toward understanding their experiences, emotions, and thought processes. One of the most powerful things I can offer my clients is choice. My clients have the power to choose what they are comfortable sharing, what they feel ready to work on, and at what pace we will approach their issues. I see myself as a passenger while my clients are in control of the direction of their personal therapeutic journey.

I have lived in Minnesota for 10 years and I am originally from Northern California. I am a mother to two amazing girls and two cats, and I have been with my partner for almost 15 years. Before I became a therapist I worked as a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for eight years. Some of my career goals include becoming a disaster mental health provider and volunteering with organizations like The Red Cross to provide support to people in crisis. I love animals and hope to have a certified therapy dog to take with me on deployments to disaster zones. Thank you for taking the time to get to a little about me, and I look forward to meeting anyone who would like to work with me.

Thank you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #2817 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Written by L.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

I just had my first session with Michelle and I can honestly say she made me feel more comfortable than I've ever been around any other therapist.
She's extremely empathetic and easy to talk to, I feel validated and heard and I'm excited to continue to work with her.

Written by A.L. on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Michelle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I haven’t been with Michelle very long yet but from my short experience she has already made me feel very comfortable and like I can be honest. I can tell she cares about her clients and wants to not just listen, but also provide the steps it takes to improve ones healing process and techniques to work through their problems. I’m happy I get the chance to work with her.