2018 Tillman Scholar

Jonathan Yellowhair

Marine Corps
Georgia State University
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

“I want to alleviate the mental health disparities currently affecting our reservations. People don’t need our pity, they need us to fight for them like they deserve.”

Jonathan Yellowhair, M.S, LAC, NCC received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University and is a United States Marine Corps Veteran with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the Navajo Nation, Jonathan finds it imperative to implement cultural teachings from his family in Chilchinbeto, AZ directly into his work in Flagstaff. He conducts assessments and is passionate about facilitating groups for clients mandated from the courts and individuals navigating substance use disorders. His focus areas also include adolescents, trauma, domestic violence, cultural identity, depression, and social anxiety.

Jonathan emphatically advocates for people in recovery/sobriety and believes that everyone has the innate ability to heal themselves by embracing the right process. His work is grounded in helping his Navajo community, but he has also been fortunate to have learned and worked in marginalized African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities in Atlanta, GA.

Jonathan loves his pitbulls, Mowgli and Baloo, and enjoys taking them for long walks on trails. He is passionate about spending time with his family and advocating for his tribe and Indigenous people in his community.